THE FACTS: Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 19 rebounds, and Richard Hamilton also scored 22 points as the Chicago Bulls dominated down the stretch to pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks 93-86 Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Bulls won on the strength of physical dominance down the stretch, outrebounding Milwaukee 54-40 and piling up an 18-point advantage from the free-throw line. Chicago went 25-for-26 to just 7-for-10 for Milwaukee.
Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with 23 points but was carried from the floor with 23 seconds left after rolling his left ankle. Jennings did not put any weight on his left leg as he was helped to the locker room but said the injury was only a sprain.
QUOTABLE: "I've never seen anything like that. It was incredible tonight. There were a certain amount of balls they beat us to, but there were also some that just went right to them. Down the stretch, every one seemed that way to the point where every shot that went up you were like, 'OK, how are they going to get an offensive rebound this time?' They got them every which way."
-- Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy on the Bulls' offensive rebounding
THE STAT: Chicago outrebounded the Bucks 54-40 including 20-10 on the offensive boards. But the real number was the seven offensive rebounds the Bulls claimed in the final 5:01.
TURNING POINT: Beno Udrih's jumper pulled the Bucks within 74-73 with 10:42 left, but the Bucks then went scoreless over the next 3:14, missing five shots. The Bulls didn't exactly pull away at that point, pushing the lead to just 79-73, but when Chicago dominated the offensive boards the final five minutes that dry spell was enough to make the difference.
QUOTABLE II: "I thought he was terrific. He played hard, he really made great effort on the boards, and the rebounding was a huge key."
-- Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau on Boozer's big night
HOT: Hamilton went 10-for-10 on free throws to offset a 6-for-18 night from the floor.
NOT: Dunleavy couldn't get the open shot to fall, going 3-for-9 and 1-for-4 on 3-pointers after entering the game shooting 48.9 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent on 3-pointers. That led to the Bucks making just 3-for-17 3-pointers on the night.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Boozer's 22 points and 19 rebounds included eight on the offensive boards.
GOOD MOVE: Thibodeau used bench players Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson for key stretches in the fourth quarter and they helped limit Milwaukee to 31.8 percent (7-for-22) shooting, including 0-for-5 on 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
ROOKIE WATCH: After putting up 17 points and 18 rebounds at Miami Wednesday, Bucks forward John Henson only saw 1:18 of playing time despite the Bucks getting hammered on the boards.
NOTABLE: Bucks center Samuel Dalembert was not in the starting lineup and did not play. After the game, Bucks coach Scott Skiles said only "coach's decision." However, one source indicated that Dalembert reported to the BMO Harris Bradley Center late for the game. Dalembert had started the Bucks' first 10 games this season. Also, the game tipped off a half-hour later than the Bucks' first three Saturday night home games. Joel Przybilla started in Dalembert's place. ... The Bulls snapped a three-game losing streak and finished their five-game road trip at 2-3. The Bucks lost their third straight after a 6-2 start. ... Chicago has won the last nine meetings between the two teams. ... Jennings had five steals. He entered the game leading the league with 3.30 steals per game. ... The two teams meet again Monday night in Chicago.
UP NEXT: For the Bulls, Monday vs. Milwaukee, Wednesday vs. Dallas, Saturday vs. Philadelphia. For the Bucks, Monday @ Chicago, Wednesday vs. New York, Friday @ Minnesota.