The Bulls must confirm their return to form after beating Boston and therefore put out a big performance to beat the Bucks on their floor, tonight, after a breathtaking meeting until the end.
Milwaukee led in the first half, led by Brook Lopez from the start to quickly take the score to 16-7, until the DeRozan-LaVine-Green-Green trio allowed Chicago to recover from the start. scoring (33-32).
The same scenario was repeated in the second quarter, this time the address increased outside the Hill-Connaughton-Matthews triplet to +12 (50-38). Chicago responded in the same way by relying on Coby White, Patrick Williams twice, and Nikola Vucevic to take before the break (62-61).
While the two teams remained back to back during the restart, the meeting took a sudden turn when Giannis Antetokounmpo had to leave early due to his fourth personal foul. Author of 18 points during the season, DeMar DeRozan helped pass 14-4 to the locals (79-87) to end his festival with a 3-point buzzer in the third period (83-90).
But it took more to knock off the Bucks. After two baskets from Brook Lopez, it was Giannis Antetokounmpo who took matters into his own hands to get his men back in the game, between his forceps finishes and his assists for Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen (95-95). Money time is on time, and both teams make it a point of honor to go blow for blow!
Jevon Carter put in a super drive before seeing Giannis Antetokounmpo hit the midway mark to put the Bucks up +3 with just 90 seconds left (109-106). Not enough to destabilize Chicago for now. The Bulls got Coby White open twice for two “clutch” baskets in the corners to put Chicago back in the lead (109-112).
A bad pass choice between Jrue Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo in the throw-in complicated the situation for Milwaukee, especially when Nikola Vucevic drove the nail behind a 3-point basket against the panel (109-115 ). Chicago then left the Fiserv Forum with a victory (113-118).
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– A derby atmosphere. As is traditionally the case at games from Chicago to Milwaukee, the audience was divided in large part by fans who made the short drive from the “Windy City”, about an hour and a half drive from the Bucks’ nest. In addition to providing a relatively good atmosphere compared to what we usually see in the NBA, these oppositions generally offer a good match, as was the case last night, with a rivalry that finally changed in the last minutes.
– A duo we didn’t expect. While the ball tends to end up in the hands of DeMar DeRozan or Zach LaVine in these situations, safety ultimately comes from Coby White and Nikola Vucevic, illustrating the quality of Billy Donovan’s roster. Milwaukee made a huge gamble by leaving Coby White open twice and paid a heavy price for it. Nikola Vucevic also took his shot because of the way Milwaukee defended him: triple bingo on arrival for the Bulls.
✅ DeMar DeRozan. A set of strikers to display in all basketball schools! More seriously, his third quarter was a demonstration of what DeMar DeRozan can do with the ball in hand, with variety but also efficiency (18 points, 7/9 shooting during the season). He even defended Giannis Antetokounmpo, successful at the end!
✅ Coby White. The man at the end of this match with two “clutch” baskets sent from two corners. He finished with his best stat line this season in a win over Chicago. Interesting off the bench, as are his three other teammates, Alex Caruso, Javonte Green and Andre Drummond, each in their own style.
✅ Brook Lopez. His role is important in Khris Middleton’s absence. Giannis Antetokounmpo needs to have a true lieutenant by his side, and between Jrue Holiday (14 points, 11 assists) and Brook Lopez, there’s room to do tonight. The pivot not only put his men on the right path, but he was also invaluable in important moments, such as when it was necessary to stop the bleeding at the end of the third quarter. If the Bucks’ overall performance isn’t good enough, position 5 is nothing to be ashamed of.
✅⛔️ Giannis Antetokounmpo. There is absolutely nothing new in the “Greek Freak”, always willing, athletically above the lot, who still ends up with a big line of stats (36 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists), but punctuated his match with his many garbage, in between his airballs, his forced quotes and other unnecessary brilliant inspiration, as illustrated by his 8 lost balloons!
Milwaukee (12-5): the Bucks are on deck Friday to welcome Cleveland (2:00 am)
Chicago (8-10): the Bulls are always on the road because they are expected in Oklahoma City, also this Friday (02:00).