Bulls didn't break 95 points in four regular-season meetings with the Bucks. Their 103-91 victory in Game 1 produced 52-41 rebounding edge.
Final: Bulls 103, Bucks 91. Rose shines with 23 points and 7 assists as Bulls take 1-0 series lead.
Bucks started 10/14 (71%), since then 24/72 (33%).
A Bucks victory is inevitable if Ersan can take enough long twos.
Bulls doing the Bucks a favor by putting Pau in the corner. Allowed Giannis and Zaza to double Taj
Bulls/Bucks January has returned; one score in last 12 possessions combined
Mayo and Dudley a combined 2/10 which is typically code for "Bucks will not win this game."
Feel like the difference in this game has been made shots. Bulls making toughies. Bucks missing makeables.
Bulls up 86-75 ... Beating the Bucks falls somewhere in between beating a YMCA pickup team and Team Croatia. Good first step.
End of 3: Bulls 86, Bucks 75. Rose 23, Butler 21. Middleton leading Bucks with 14. Bucks shooting 42.6%.
.... Unless your bar was set at just beating the Bucks ... go ahead and celebrate ...
Here's the rub: This is the Bucks. This isn't Kyrie ... and it's definitely not the King. Let's all stay in our lanes. ...
Bulls starting backcourt 44 points - Bucks 20. Ouch.
How clever of Rose to fake missing threes all season to lure in Bucks and just make 3 straight; 79-68 Bulls
Nobody said this would be easy. Bucks got close but Bulls answered. Can't let up now.
If Derrick starts draining a couple triples, the Bucks are in serious trouble. Bulls have to hope he doesn't forget to keep driving though.
Bucks would LOVE Rose taking those shots the entire game.
Gasol has killed the Bucks all season. He is just 3-for-11 tonight. Bulls need him down the stretch.
Middleton now leading Bucks with 11 points.
Middleton with 6 points early in third and Bucks back within 62-59. Thibodeau calls a timeout with 8:35 left in third.
Bucks 8-2 run...Bulls 62-59 8:35 left 3rd
Win or lose, Bucks aren't spooked by the stage.
Bucks blocked at least one shot in 80 of 82 games this season. They have zero blocks at the half. Bulls shooting 13-16 in the paint.
Bucks shot 59.1% in 1stQ, 29.2% in 2ndQ.
Bucks 9 of 15 FTs as they trail at half, 60-51. Butler with 17 to lead Bulls and Rose looking good with 12 points.
Bulls 60, Bucks 51 at half. Butler 17p, Rose 12p. They combined to shoot 11/15. Brooks 10p off bench. Giannis 10p for MIL. Bulls 25-17 bds.
Bucks still in it, but did themselves no favors to end 2nd. Rose playing well, Bulls drawing fouls, MCW/Ersan with empty trips to foul line.