Bucks Rout the Bulls (Chicago, Illinois) – After beating the Wizards twice, the Chicago Bulls (2-3) traveled to Milwaukee on New Year’s Day to face the Bucks. The Bucks have also started off 2-3, experiencing a slow start compared to their 24-3 start last season.
An Uphill Battle
Even though their records are the same, the Bulls faced a tall task playing reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. The Bucks had the best regular season record in the NBA the last two years and this past Tuesday against the Heat, they made an NBA record 29 three pointers.
Bucks Outshoot the Bulls to Start
The Bucks continued their hot shooting against the Bulls in the 1st, as they jumped out to a 14-7 lead behind four 3’s. Chicago struggled to start as they trailed 21-8 with 5 minutes left, but closed the quarter out with a 13-6 run. Bucks led 27-21 going into the 2nd
Milwaukee started off the 2nd with a 12-4 run, to give them their largest lead of the game at 39-25. It only got worse here for the Bulls, as the Bucks led 62-40 going into halftime.
The Bucks shot 12/24 from three in the first two quarters and Giannis led them with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Wendell Carter led the Bulls with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Bucks Close Out the Bulls
Giannis started the 2nd half more aggressive for the Bucks, as he scored 12 of their first 14 points to increase their lead to 76-50. Zach Lavine also scored 10 of his 16 points in the 3rd for the Bulls, but Milwaukee didn’t let up as they led 96-75 going into the final quarter.
The Bucks outscored the Bulls 10-3 in the first two minutes of the 4th and never looked back. They ended up making 22 threes to the Bulls six, with that being the main difference in their 126-96 win over Chicago. Giannis led the Bucks with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Zach Lavine led the Bulls with 16 points and 6 rebounds.
Next, the Bucks (3-2) will continue their five-game homestand against the Detroit Pistons(1-4) on Monday at 7pm CT.
The Bulls (2-4) will return to the United Center on Sunday, against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks (2-3) at 7pm CT.
Bucks Rout the Bulls