FINAL FROM THE UNITED CENTER:
Milwaukee 123, Bulls 102 (Bulls: 13-21, 7-11 at home)
LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 19 pts. Bucks: Middleton: 25 pts.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter: 11. Bucks: Antetokounmpo, Connaughton and Ilyasova each with 10.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Satoransky: 7. Bucks: Antetokounmpo: 6
CCI STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Bulls went to the line only 8 times.
CCI 2nd STAT OF THE NIGHT: If you like "pace" it was your type of game. A total of 191 shots were taken on the night.
RECAP: The Bucks pulled away from the Bulls in the second half outscoring the Bulls 40-25 in the third quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to the Bucks lineup after missing two games with back soreness and responded collecting his 29th double-double game of the season of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Milwaukee outrebounded the Bulls 59-43. It was an off night for the Bulls as they managed to shoot just 37%. Coby White gave the Bulls a spark off the bench with 18 points. The Bucks improved to a league-best 30-5.
Prior to the game, it was a pleasure meeting "Operation Warriors Wishes." Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and dedication to our country. You are appreciated!
UP NEXT: Home with Utah Thursday.
24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:
Atlanta 101, Orlando 93: The Hawks surprised the Magic in Orlando as the Hawks ended a ten-game slide. The Bulls remain just two back in the loss column from the eighth seed Magic in the East.
Utah 104, Detroit 81: The Jazz have won eight of their last nine games. Donovan Mitchell scored 23. Newcomer Jordan Clarkson added 20. Rudy Gobert has at least 15 rebounds in four of his last six games.
Minnesota 122, Brooklyn 115 OT: The T-Wolves got a much-needed win as they continue to play without Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. It was Minnesota's first home win since November 13.
Washington 123, Miami 105: The Wizards undrafted guard Garrison Mathews scored 28 points in his 11th NBA game. The Heat had their five-game win streak come to an end. Washington reserves scored 80 points—this is NOT a typo.
Phoenix 122, Portland 116: Devin Booker torched the nets for 33 points going 15-15 from the line. The Suns went 21-22 from the stripe and shot 56% from three-point range.
Always a pleasure.