MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Desperate for a win, the Chicago Bulls got it
in the most unlikely of places.
Chris Duhon scored 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter,
and Chicago snapped its eight-game losing streak with a 105-91
victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
"In an eight-game losing streak, when you get one you feel
really good about yourself," Duhon said. "Now we've just got to
maintain the effort that we had tonight and do it for a long period
of time and make the streak go the opposite way."
The Bulls had lost 14 straight in Milwaukee dating back to 1998,
when Michael Jordan had 30 points in the midst of a 13-game winning
streak during the final year of the Bulls dynasty.
The Bulls put seven players in double figures against the Bucks,
who never found their rhythm despite 25 points from Michael Redd.
Nocioni hit a 3-pointer and Songaila added an easy basket as
part of an 11-2 run to give the Bulls a 93-82 lead at the midway
point of the fourth while the Bucks made just one field goal in a
5-minute stretch. Milwaukee never got closer than seven from that
"We had a lot of passion and intensity," Bulls coach Scott
Skiles said. "We don't have a choice because that is how we have
to play to have a chance to win."
The Bulls opened the second half with a 10-1 run, but neither
side was happy with the officiating during a physical game where 51
fouls were called.
Chicago squandered an 11-point second-half lead on Monday night
in a 93-92 loss to the Bucks. After losing a nine-point advantage
in the third, the Bulls held tough in the closing minutes.
"When they made the run, we didn't let that get us down. We
were able to overcome it and make a run of our own," said Duhon,
who came off the bench for the first time this season. "When we
were able to put our foots on their necks, we did it."
Bucks coach Terry Stotts said before the game that the league's
best teams don't have to change their style when facing opponents
multiple times in the same week. Milwaukee, now 9-7 at home,
struggled with the new looks the Bulls showed them.
"They went after loose balls, rebounds, got into defensively,
and got contributions from everybody," Stotts aid. "All their
guys played hard. It's a game we shouldn't have lost."
For every nice play Milwaukee made, like when Toni Kukoc found
Dan Gadzuric on a backdoor cut for an alley-oop slam to give
Milwaukee a 78-77 lead, the Bucks would lose it, like when Mo
Williams, who finished with 15 points, threw a behind-the-head pass
that ended up in the sideline seats.
"They outworked us the whole game," Williams said. "They had
motivation because they had lost eight straight. They came on to
show that they really wanted to win."
The Bucks' 14 straight wins in Milwaukee against Chicago
was the third best in the league. Sacramento's 18 straight at home
over Denver and Phoenix's 17 straight at home over Milwaukee are
longer. ... The Bulls bench outscored Milwaukee's 49-22. ...
Chicago is 1-5 against Central Division teams. ... Chicago C Tyson
Chandler missed the game with a sprained right ankle sustained in
the loss Monday. ... Bulls F Randy Holcomb, signed to a 10-day
contract on Thursday, played 2 minutes and picked up one foul.