Bulls 151 - Bucks 135
Attendance: 16,212
Time: 2:10
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MILWAUKEE, April 14 (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls couldn't miss, thanks to the defensively inept Milwaukee Bucks, who haven't been able to stop anyone all season.

Luol Deng scored 32 points and Ben Gordon added 29 as the Chicago Bulls barely fell short for most points in franchise history in a 151-135 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

"It definitely wasn't a playoff atmosphere,'' Bulls forward Joakim Noah said. "Put it this way, if people were playing for something right now, like a playoff berth, the score would have never been like that.''

Forget playoff atmosphere. It was more like playground ball, with alley-oops and easy buckets galore.

Chris Duhon had 22 points and 15 assists for Chicago, which fell five points short of its scoring record of 156 set March 16, 1984 at Portland, and four points short of its regulation record set against Phoenix on Dec. 4, 1990.

"It was kind of like an All-Star game out there,'' Duhon said. "No defense was being played.''

Kind of like an All-Star game, but without any real All-Stars.

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Postgame News and Notes

In just his 16th game as a Buck, rookie Ramon Sessions broke a 40-year-old team record with 24 assists tonight. Guy Rodgers had held the record since dishing 21 vs. the Detroit Pistons on Halloween Night in 1968, the sixth game in the Bucks’ inaugural season. Ten of Sessions’ assists came in the first quarter, when he dished as many as the entire Bulls squad.

The Bulls narrowly set a new record for a Bucks opponent with a 67% (63 of 94) shooting percentage. The previous high was 66.7% (at Buffalo Braves, 2/19/1974 – 62 of 93).

Sessions’ 20 points were another new career high. It was his second double-double in as many games and stands as the only 20-point, 20-assist game in Bucks history. Rodgers and Sessions are the only players in team history to surpass 20 assists in a single game.

The Bucks finished the season with a 19-22 record at the Bradley Center and a 6-10 record vs. the Central Divison.

Despite the loss, the Bucks set season highs for total points (135), points in a quarter (45 – 1st quarter), points in a half (71 – first half) and total field goals made (50).

The last time the Bucks had 45 points or more in the 1st quarter was 1/16/1989 vs. Orlando. The Bucks opened the game with 50 that night.

The Bulls also set season highs in total points (151), points in a half (81 – first half), total field goals made (63) and assists (42). Chicago’s 11 three-pointers ties a season high.

The Bulls’ 42 2nd quarter points and 81 first-half points are season highs for a Bucks opponent.

Charlie Villanueva scored 18 of his 22 points in the game’s opening frame.

A total of seven players scored 20 or more points tonight, including four Bucks and three Bulls.

All 10 starters shot 50% or better from the field tonight.

The Bulls opened the 2nd quarter with a 17-5 run.

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Highlights from Monday's loss to Chicago
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Larry Krystkowiak

(On Ramon Sessions setting a Bucks’ franchise record with 24 assists…)
“It was tremendous. I think he does a really nice job of finding the open guy. He has a knack for when to advance. I think he’s got what it takes to have an impact in the league. He certainly is taking advantage of his opportunities. He could be a future piece to the franchise.”

(On the high scoring game tonight…)
They shot almost 100 field goals and made two out of three. We just didn’t have the effort that we needed. I flash back to the first home game of the season against the Bulls, our home opener. If I’m not mistaken, I’m pretty sure we scored more points in the first half tonight than we scored in that game when we beat the Bulls. There were two different ends of the spectrum in terms of energy level and the urgency and how we were getting after it.”

Ramon Sessions

(On setting another career high with 24 assists…)
“It means a lot. You dream about stuff like that and to actually do that is a big thing. It’s too bad we couldn’t get the win, but those 24 assists would have been nothing without my teammates so I tip my hat to them for letting me get those.”

(On setting the franchise record in assists…)
“With a great franchise like this, it speaks for itself. Franchise record, that’s big.”

(On setting the franchise record in assists…)
“It just shows how much the D-League helped me out. Going to the D-League and getting minutes, then coming back up here and being able to play and continue on with that (was great). (The Bucks) are giving me minutes and I’m just trying to show that I can play.”

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