CHICAGO (AP) -- Milwaukee coach Terry Porter had seen enough.
His team trailing by two in the final seconds, Porter slapped a
container of gum and candy, sending pieces flying onto the floor,
after Chicago's Tyson Chandler went high to bat the ball out and
teammate Kirk Hinrich recovered it.
Hinrich then made a free throw on Porter's technical foul, and
teammate Chris Duhon -- fouled after the offensive rebound -- made
two more. The three free throws with 5 seconds left sealed
Chicago's 90-85 victory Monday night.
"I appreciate it. He (Porter) helped us out," Chandler said
after the Bulls ended a three-game losing streak. "I pointed it
out to the ref. I picked up a piece of the candy and said, "Hey
After teammate Andres Nocioni missed his second straight free
throw with 11 seconds to go, the long-armed Chandler was able to
tap the ball in Hinrich's direction. Milwaukee's inability to
rebound and give the Bucks a shot at winning was too much for
"We just weren't able to go get it and that's frustrating,"
Porter said. "We had a great chance there to tie it or win it in
regulation and they get the rebound."
Michael Redd hit two free throws and, after a basket by Hinrich,
answered with a jumper to cut it to 87-85 with 26 seconds left.
"We allowed them to hang around," Chicago coach Scott Skiles
said. "Tyson made a big play on the rebound and we made the free
throws to win the game."
The Bulls' victory was their 30th, tying their most in a season
since winning their sixth championship in 1997-98.
Hinrich had 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. And Eddy
Curry, unhappy with his playing time, added 16 for Chicago but
still had seven turnovers.
Redd led Milwaukee with 26 points, eight in the fourth quarter
when the Bucks forged a strong rally that fell short.
"We had a chance to win. A couple of calls didn't go our way.
We missed some big rebounds," Redd said.
And the Bucks also missed 10 free throws, going just 15-of-25
from the line.
Milwaukee scored nine straight for a one-point lead midway
through the third before Chicago went on a 16-6 run featuring eight
points from Curry for a 65-56 lead.
Curry, who had played just a couple of second-half minutes in
Chicago's previous two losses -- one at Milwaukee on Saturday night
-- and none at all in the fourth quarter, met with Skiles on Monday
morning to find out why he was riding the bench in crunch time.
Told he needed to play better defense, Curry said he would. And
this time he played plenty in the second half, scoring 10 points in
the third quarter. He also played the final 6:39 of the fourth.
"I felt I was able to go out and be a presence," Curry said.
"It's good he (Skiles) had confidence in me and kept me out
Chicago took a 45-39 halftime lead with a closing 11-3 run that
started with Duhon's 3-pointer and featured two baskets by
The Bucks shot 63 percent in the first quarter and 30
percent in the second and finished at 46 percent. ... Former Bulls
forward Marcus Fizer was scoreless in 12 minutes, missing all five
of his field-goal attempts for the Bucks. But Toni Kukoc, a key
member of three title teams in Chicago, had eight points and three
assists in 22 minutes for Milwaukee. ... Duhon had 13 points and 10