Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

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Game 1: Monday, January 2nd
Game 2: Friday, January 6th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 22nd
Game 4: Wednesday, March 15th

Bucks 93

(17-11, 8-6 away)

Bulls 92

(12-18, 5-9 home)

    7:30 PM ET, January 2, 2006

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 23 20 30 2093
    CHI 23 29 18 2292

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee: M. Redd 29 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Chicago: B. Gordon 28 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Bucks send Bulls to seventh consecutive loss

    CHICAGO (AP) -- After a poor first half, Michael Redd found his shooting touch in the third quarter.

    Redd scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter and Mo Williams added 13 points and nine assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 93-92 victory over the slumping Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

    Redd and the Bucks quickly erased an 11-point deficit by going on a 22-6 run in the third quarter. Redd was just 4-for-14 from the field in the first half, but he hit six shots in the third quarter.

    "I like the way our team came out in the second half with a little sense of urgency and got back into the game quickly," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "He [Redd] kind of struggled with some of his shots in the first half. He's a good scorer and a good shooter. He had the confidence to keep going."

    Ben Gordon, who made his third start of the season, scored 28 points for Chicago, which has lost seven straight. The Bulls' last win came on Dec. 17 at home against Boston.

    "Well, I normally err on the side of telling the truth, so I'm going to tell it. I'm really embarrassed by what happened out there," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "I thought we came out in the second half, we were pretty much as soft as I've seen. We played with very little heart, very little aggressiveness."

    Chicago trailed 91-87 with 1:01 left in the game when Gordon stole the ball from Williams. On the break, Williams blocked Gordon's layup attempt, but Andres Nocioni was there for the follow. Chicago had two shots to make it 91-91 but couldn't convert.

    Mike Sweetney missed a short hook in the middle of the lane with 33 seconds left and Luol Deng made a bad pass with 5 seconds left that Jiri Welsch stole. Welsch, who was fouled, hit two free throws to put the game away for the Bucks.

    Before Deng made a turnover, the Bulls were supposed to call a timeout, but Chris Duhon decided to push the ball up the court.

    "He [Skiles] was really upset with the way that second to last play went. That's something we just got to learn from. Everybody on the floor in that situation is supposed to know that we need a timeout, but nobody called it so that's the players responsibility," Gordon said.

    Duhon hit a 3 as time expired for the Bulls for the final margin.

    The Bucks trailed 56-45 early in the third quarter, but responded with a 22-6 run. Redd scored 11 points during the run and scored the final 13 points in the quarter for Milwaukee. His layup tied the game at 58 and then he hit two free throws to give them a 62-60 lead.

    "In the first half, it seemed like I couldn't make one [basket]. But I just kept staying aggressive," Redd said.

    Toni Kukoc found Redd under the basket to give the Bucks a 67-62 lead with 3:35 left in the third. Redd finished the quarter with 17 points. Chicago had nine turnovers in the quarter and 13 in the second half.

    Jamaal Magloire scored 14 for Milwaukee and Bobby Simmons finished with 10.

    The Bulls closed the second quarter with an 8-1 run to take a 52-43 halftime lead. Gordon scored six points in the span for Chicago and had 15 points in the half. Redd and Simmons both scored 10 points in the half for the Bucks, who only shot 36.4 percent as a team.

    Othella Harrington scored 19 points for Chicago and Deng added 16 with 10 rebounds.

    Game notes

    Bulls forward Tyson Chandler stepped on Williams' foot and in the process injured his ankle in the third quarter. He did not return to the game and is listed day-to-day. ... The Bucks are 7-0 in games decided by three points or less.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 92
    FGM-FGA 33-81 (.407) 38-77 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 5-9 (.556) 4-11 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 22-32 (.688) 12-17 (.706)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-39 8-41
    Assists 20 23
    Turnovers 15 19
    Steals 7 4
    Blocks 4 8
    Fast Break Points 11 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 28 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 8 11

    Top Performers

    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 29
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Ben Gordon Gordon
    Points: 28
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0