Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/2

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

Bulls 105

(13-19, 8-9 away)

Bucks 91

(17-13, 9-7 home)

    Coverage: CSNC

    7:30 PM ET, January 6, 2006

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 26 28 23 28105
    MIL 18 33 25 1591

    Top Performers

    Chi: K. Hinrich 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mil: M. Redd 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Bulls bash Bucks behind balanced offensive attack

    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.

    Kirk Hinrich added 18 points for Chicago. Andres Nocioni had 17, Luol Deng, Othella Harrington and Darius Songaila all scored 13, and Ben Gordon finished with 10.

    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 point.

    "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."

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 105 91
    FGM-FGA 36-76 (.474) 35-78 (.449)
    3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 6-19 (.316)
    FTM-FTA 28-30 (.933) 15-19 (.789)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-39 11-37
    Assists 28 22
    Turnovers 8 13
    Steals 4 3
    Blocks 4 1
    Fast Break Points 10 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 28 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 14 3

    Top Performers

    Kirk Hinrich Hinrich
    Points: 18
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 25
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0