Hinrich, Chandler Carry Bulls Past Bucks
Chicago 97, Milwaukee 91
CHICAGO, Feb. 22 (Ticker) -- Kirk Hinrich finished like he started.
Hinrich keyed a fourth-quarter run and Tyson Chandler came up with two big defensive plays in the final minute as the Chicago Bulls rallied for a 97-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
"I made my first couple and got going a bit," Hinrich said. "Then finally at the end I got a few to fall, but everybody was making plays at that point."
Hinrich added a leaner and drilled a 3-pointer before Luol Deng's layup capped the burst and gave the Bulls an 89-86 lead with 2:06 remaining.
"We made a couple of big plays down the stretch," Hinrich said. "We need to have guys stepping up when it counts, when the game is on the line we have to make plays. Tonight we did that."
Hinrich scored 26 points and Ben Gordon all 19 of his in the second half for Chicago, which won for the third time in four games.
"I was really struggling in the early going," Gordon said. "I was a little tired from the (All-Star) break with not playing much. Then in the second half I finally got a second wind."
The 7-1 Chandler was a non-factor offensively but was big on the defensive end, grabbing 12 rebounds and using his size to his advantage.
With the Bulls holding a 91-88 lead with under a minute remaining, Chandler blocked Michael Redd's drive. He rejected 6-foot T.J. Ford's driving layup, leading to Gordon's breakaway dunk with under 10 seconds left that sealed things.
"The game dictates when you have to step up and make a big play," said Chandler, who has reached double figures in rebounds in 12 straight games. "In the fourth quarter I was feeling good and comfortable. Down the stretch, I knew who they were going to, the coaches did a good job of preparing us for that."
"I guess he had orders to go wherever I went," Redd said. "In the end (Chandler) stepped up and made some big plays for them."
Redd scored 30 points but made just 12-of-34 shots for Milwaukee, which squandered a fourth-quarter lead for the second straight night after losing at home to New Jersey on Tuesday.
"In the last minute of the game we really need to get tough," Redd said. "Our whole team needs to execute a lot better."
Charlie Bell added eight of his career-high 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Bucks. His 3-pointer with 5:14 remaining gave Milwaukee an 86-80 lead.
"Tonight I just tried to play more aggressive," Bell said. "My last few games I was just waiting for the game to come to me and that's not how play."
Redd scored 20 points on 20 shots in the first half, helping the Bucks to a 52-48 lead. They held a 76-74 advantage entering the final period.
"After the way we played in the second quarter I thought we were in good shape," Redd said. "We just ended up playing well though for 36 minutes and we can't do that."
Deng scored 12 points and Malik Allen 10 for the Bulls, who shot 45 percent (38-of-84) and held a 51-42 rebounding advantage.
Bobby Simmons added 14 points and rookie Andrew Bogut 11 and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which shot 38.5 percent (35-of-91).
"We need to trust each other more," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "We get a fourth-quarter lead and then try to knock them out with quick shots, we need to show a little more patience."