The Milwaukee Bucks have no problem beating the Chicago Bulls 127-106 on Tuesday night in Chicago and keeping their chances of catching the Miami Heat in the lead in the Eastern Conference. However, the chances are slim. The Heat are two wins ahead, with three duels remaining for the Bucks. The Celtics and Sixers draw with Milwaukee at 49-30.
DeMar DeRozan was the night’s top scorer with 40, but the Bulls were no match for the Bucks’ best team. Zach LaVine missed the team due to knee pain. On the other hand, seven players scored in double figures, including center Brook Lopez and his 28 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo needed no more than 18, with 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
Jrue Holiday took DeRozan tag — Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
This performance did not help Greece’s ambition to become the top scorer of the regular season. He came in with an average of 30.1 points. Joel Embiid (30.4) and LeBron James (30.3) are his opponents. Giannis is still fighting for the MVP award, with his main rivals Embiid and Nikola Jokic. He already had these two trophies on his shelf.
For Chicago, the remaining goals are to secure an immediate place in the playoffs and, who knows, pass the Toronto Raptors for fifth in the East. The campaign is now 45-34, one win less than the Canadian team, who beat the Hawks tonight.
The Bulls have 2.5 wins more than the seventh-placed Cleveland Cavaliers. The next challenge is against the Celtics, again in Chicago this Wednesday. The same Boston faced the Bucks in the fifth quarter, in Milwaukee.
DeMar DeRozan (40 points, 6 ast)
Patrick Williams (18 points, 6 repetitions)
White Coby (13 points)
Brook Lopez (28 points, 7 repetitions, 3 tocos)
Khris Middleton (19 points, 4 rebs, 5 ast, 3 roubo)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (18 points, 9 times, 7 times)
Jrue Holiday (11 points, 6 rib, 13 ast)
Zach LaVine (knee)
Lonzo Ball (knee surgery)
DeAndre Bembry (knee surgery)
Giannis Antetokounmpo dá um toco em Tristan Thompson – Photo: Melissa Tamez / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
points in bottle
Bulls 42/98 (42.9%)
Money 46/87 (52.9%)
Bulls 9/33 (27.3%)
Money 12/35 (34.3%)
Bull 13/13 (100%)
Money 23/25 (92%)
Score chart — Photo: NBA
First period – Money 26 to 20: Giannis didn’t need to throw a ball away in the first half to put Milwaukee in front. Middleton started with 7 points. Brook Lopez, with 6. On the other hand, DeRozan and Coby White had 6 each, but Chicago only scored 9 of 27 attempts. Bucks, 11 of 21, with 8 assists.
Second period – Bucks 32 to 26: DeRozan scores 14 points, 20 total, with all the attack load to himself due to LaVine lacking. But Milwaukee dominated the second quarter and opened up 18 points. Giannis scored his first 5 points. Middleton came in at 12, as did Grayson Allen. In the first half, the Bucks won 26-16. The score went from 58 to 46 at halftime.
Brook Lopez enters the Chicago Bulls — Photo: Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Third period – Bucks 38 to 36: In the third quarter without many defensive problems, both teams scored 74 points together. The gap is 21 points for the Bucks. DeRozan scored 20 points and reached 40. On the other hand, Brook Lopez reached 21 points and became the goalscorer. Score from 96 to 82 for Milwaukee.
Fourth period – Bucks 31 to 24: The gap dropped to 11 points early in the fourth quarter, but was quickly reached 24 points in a rush by the visitors. The holders of both teams had time to rest early. Milwaukee is still dreaming of first place in the East, while the Bulls are close to securing an outright playoff spot, even with a loss.
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