Bucks Bully Chicago Around
Posted Jul 15 2009 11:21PM
LAS VEGAS, July 15 - The Milwaukee Bucks (4-0) stayed perfect in the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS with its 87-72 victory over the Chicago Bulls (0-2) from the COX Pavilion in Las Vegas.
The Bucks led for nearly the entire game going coast-to-coast for all but half of the second quarter. The teams traded the lead on four occasions before Joe Alexander put Milwaukee up for good at 35-34 on a jumper with 3:44 remaining in the half.
Alexander’s bucket initiated a 14-6 run by the Bucks to end the half with a nine-point cushion at 47-38. Milwaukee kept things revving for the final 20 minutes of the game, as they held a double-digit lead for most of the period, including two 15-point leads.
After shooting a mere 37 percent to open up the first 10 minutes, the Bucks shot a combined 67 percent from the field in the second and third quarters.
Chicago cut into Milwaukee’s lead in the early stages of the fourth quarter before succumbing with 5:48 remaining in the game.
Milwaukee never trailed in the first quarter, although Chicago knotted the score on four occasions. The Bucks maintained a one- to three-point cushion for most of the opening period and even pushed out to five at 20-15 with 2:03 remaining. The Bulls managed to rattle off a 5-0 run to end the first 10 minutes of action.
The tables turned in the Bulls favor in the second quarter, as they took their first lead 26 seconds in off a three pointer by Taurean Green. Chicago withstood Milwaukee tying the game up three times only to recoup the lead itself twice. The Bulls last led at 34-33 before Alexander’s basket.
Alexander was the game’s top scorer with 18 on 7-of-16 shooting. Amir Johnson followed Alexander’s hot hand with 17 of his own. Jodie Meeks and Brandon Jennings rounded out the quartet of the Buck scorers with 16 and 14, respectively.