Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/16

Game 1: Thursday, December 16th
Game 2: Sunday, December 26th
Game 3: Saturday, March 5th
Game 4: Monday, March 7th

Bulls 87

(29-27, 11-16 away)

Bucks 95

(24-33, 17-12 home)

    7:30 PM ET, March 5, 2005

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 21 23 19 2487
    MIL 16 25 29 2595

    Top Performers

    Chi: K. Hinrich 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Mil: M. Williams 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 11 Ast, 2 Stl

    Bucks' final 16 points come on free throws

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- After seeing his reserves had scored only 12 total points in the previous two games, Milwaukee Bucks coach Terry Porter knew he would need a lot more against the Chicago Bulls.

    Porter's bench responded with 24 points, including 16 in the second quarter, to help lead the Bucks to a 95-87 win Saturday night over the Bulls in front of the first sellout crowd of the year at the Bradley Center. Toni Kukoc and Marcus Fizer had eight points each off the bench.

    The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bucks.

    "Our bench really stepped up big for us tonight," Porter said. "They were much more aggressive than they've been and really made us a difference for us. We're a much better team when that happens."

    Desmond Mason scored 20 points and Maurice Williams and Michael Redd added 16 points each. Joe Smith added 10 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for the Bucks, whose last 16 points came from the free throw line. In all, Milwaukee hit 17 of 21 free throws in the fourth quarter.

    "We really stepped it up the second half," Mason said. "We limited them to one shot and got out and ran. It was a very good game for us."

    Porter said the Bucks responded well after their tough 103-97 loss Friday night in Minnesota.

    "We put that game behind us and really came out and played much better tonight," he said.

    The win by Milwaukee extended the Bulls' losing streak in Milwaukee to 14 games, dating back to March 29, 1998, the year that Michael Jordan led the Bulls to the last of their six NBA championships.

    Kirk Hinrich led Chicago with 24 points and rookie Ben Gordon added 20 points for the Bulls, who lost their third consecutive game.

    Hinrich said the key to the game was Milwaukee's 17 offense rebounds. Overall, Milwaukee outrebounded Chicago 49-43.

    "I thought we were doing a pretty good job, but you can't give a team that many second chances," he said.

    Trailing 70-63 at the end of the third quarter, the Bulls scored the first 12 points of the fourth quarter to grab a 75-70 lead on Othella Harrington's short jumper with 8:44 remaining. Hinrich had six points during the run.

    The Bucks came back and scored 11 straight points, seven of which came on free throws, late in the fourth quarter to grab an 86-80 lead on Mason's two free throws with 2:01 remaining.

    Williams' two free throws with 43.3 seconds remaining extended the Bucks lead to 88-80. Tyson Chandler's tip-in cut the lead to 88-82 with 36 seconds remaining. Williams then hit five free throws and Mason made two for the Bucks to seal the win.

    The Bucks held the Bulls to just three field goals in the final 4:34.

    "Stretches like that happen throughout a game," Hinrich said. "When it does happen, you've got to be able to count on your defense."

    The Bulls grabbed a 44-41 halftime lead behind Hinrich's 10 second-quarter points, including two 3-pointers.

    Game notes

    The win was the Bucks' sixth straight at home this season against a division opponent. Overall, Milwaukee is 7-4 against Central Division teams. ... The last time the Bucks went two straight games with the bench scoring less than 10 points was during the 1998 season on Jan. 14 and Jan. 16 when they scored a total of 18 points. ... The win gave the Bucks a 96-95 lead in their all-time series against the Bulls.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 87 95
    FGM-FGA 36-82 (.439) 35-86 (.407)
    3PM-3PA 5-23 (.217) 4-11 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 10-14 (.714) 21-28 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-43 17-49
    Assists 19 24
    Turnovers 19 16
    Steals 10 13
    Blocks 3 2
    Fast Break Points 8 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 10

    Top Performers

    Kirk Hinrich Hinrich
    Points: 24
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Mo Williams Williams
    Points: 16
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0