Bulls Beat Bucks, End Eight-Game Slide
Chicago 105, Milwaukee 91
MILWAUKEE, Jan. 6 (Ticker) -- The Chicago Bulls put an end to two long losing streaks.
Kirk Hinrich scored 18 points and Chris Duhon scored 13 of his 16 in the final period as the Bulls snapped their eight-game slide with a 105-91 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Chicago had not won in its last 14 visits here dating to March 29, 1998, when Michael Jordan was still with the team. The Bulls used a total team effort as they had seven players in double figures.
"For whatever reason, we meant business when the ball went up tonight," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "That's the team I see in practice. It was good to see them take it into the game."
Andres Nocioni scored 17 points and Othella Harrington and Luol Deng added 13 apiece for the Bulls, who shot 47 percent (36-of-76) from the field.
"Everyone came out with a really determined mind-set, but Chris was really one of our leaders tonight," said Harrington, who pulled down 11 rebounds.
Milwaukee held a 77-76 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, but Chicago used a blistering 17-5 burst to open the period. Duhon scored five points during the stretch.
"In the fourth quarter, the Bulls outworked us and played hungry," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "All their guys played hard and really got contributions from everybody."
Michael Redd's jumper with 3:10 remaining brought the Bucks within 98-90 before Duhon scored five of the Bulls' next seven points, including a three-point play with 1:08 left to seal the victory.
"It felt good to make some big plays for my team down the stretch," Duhon said. "Whatever it takes for this team to win is what I'm going to do."
Chicago's defense was brilliant in the final period, allowing just 15 points.
"They had a stronger effort and they were determined to win the game," said Bucks center Jamaal Magloire, who scored nine points.
Redd scored 25 points and Mo Williams added 15 and eight assists for Milwaukee, which shot 44 percent (35-of-78) but dropped its second straight game, both at home.
"I think they outworked us the entire game," said Williams, who committed five turnovers. "They wanted it, they had the motivation and it showed."