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Bucks C Zaza Pachulia after Game 5 win: "Confidence plus executing the game plan, here we are. We're still playing playoff basketball."
Khris Middleton: "We just stuck with our defensive principles. We forced some tough shots.'' The Bulls shot a meager 34% from the field.
Michael Carter-Williams on Game 6 Thursday night in Milwaukee: "I can't wait. I know Milwaukee is going to come out and be rowdy for us.''
Gasol on the Bulls losing last two games and clinging to slim 3-2 series lead: "It's a challenge. It's a test to see how we handle this.''
Bucks backup John Henson, who was huge down the stretch, praised starting C Zaza Pachulia: "He tired Pau (Gasol) out. I got a tired Pau.''
How appropriate: Michael Carter-Williams was wearing a "Rocky'' T-shirt.
Milwaukee!!!!!! Let's Go!!!!!! That's a big time win!!!!! 1 game at a time!!! See u Thursday!!!!!
O.J. Mayo on the United Center crowd chanting "O.J. sucks." "There's 22,000 fans in this place. If I can't hear that, I'm deaf.''
Giannis after Game 5 win: "We're not going to quit. They've got to make us quit."
Henson might be the only Buck who's played better this series vs. reg season. Now averaging 9.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.0 bpg. Big presence in 4th.
Big statement game from MCW. 22 pts on 15 shots, 9 ast, 8 reb, 3 blk and completely outplayed DRose. Biggest game of his life? I'd say so.
Bucks only forced 13 turnovers, but rotations were the crispest we've seen all series. Bulls missed shots, but not many open looks either.
Henson 14 boards, Pachulia 10. Huge.
In comparison, Rose and Butler combine for 33 pts on 10 of 41 FGs.
Carter-Williams and Middleton combine for 43 pts on 18 of 31 FGs.
Fun Facts: 1) Giannis blocked three shots in final six and a half minutes. 2) Bulls made three field goals in final six and a half minutes.
Gritty Bucks win 94-88. Now down 3-2 in series.
Bucks up 94-88 on 2 Middleton FTs with 27.3 left. Bulls timeout.
Bucks have 17 on shot clock and 29.6 left with 4-point lead.
Giannis another huge block on Rose as he drove to hoop. Two huge blocks by Greek Freak down stretch. Bucks lead by 4 with 29.6 left.
Gasol hammered again. Amazingly, a foul is called.
O.J. sucks call goes up again as he fouls Gasol and makes sure he doesn't get layup.
John Henson coming up big down stretch.
Pau complaining about the chair pull might have been Peak Muppet Pau
Bucks will undoubtedly be physical with Gasol until zebras dictate otherwise.
It's hard to live tweet a basketball game when you're pacing around shadow-boxing and judo-kicking the air every time something happens.
Gasol, as he has for much of this series, getting hammered inside and not getting a call.
I like this game. But can we end this game like now?
Henson with his 13th rebound and slam putback to give Bucks a 90-83 lead with 3:15 left. Bulls call a timeout.
Henson monster follow dunk puts Bucks ahead 90-83.
Bucks 88-83 with 3:37 left.
MCW drives for another basket. He has 22 on 10-for-14 shooting.
Two big jumpers by Rose trim Bucks lead to 86-81.
Huge drive by Giannis as he goes right past Mirotic to score. Bucks lead 86-77 and Bulls timeout with 7:19 left.
Noah doesn't finish on two inside shots and Bucks capitalize. Extend lead to 86-77 with 7:19 left.
MCW showing no ill-effects of that ankle turn right now. Another nice finish where Bulls' help D was nowhere to be found.
Jo's screams/FGM ratio has to be asymptotically approaching 1 at this point.
After 28 turnovers in Game 4, Bulls have only 12.
Bucks lead down to 80-77 as Noah gets tip-in with 8:32 left. Bucks call a timeout. Butler had 3-point play before that.
Bucks up by 8 and Carter-Williams foolishly fouls Butler. Now 80-75.
Bench watch: Mayo 8 pts, Dudley 5, Henson 4. Gibson leads Bulls with 12.
End of third Q: Bucks 76-70. Yet another tight game in the series.
End of 3: Bucks 76, Bulls 70. Dudley nails 3 from top of arc with 7.8 left in quarter and Bulls can't convert on last possesion of period.
Dudley with all sorts of Dudley things in the third quarter.
I like to think Thibs used to have a normal voice and then he fell in love with Bill Brasky sketches and it was all over.
Just occurred to me that Rose's reaction to the Bayless winner had strong Charlie Brown/George Michael meme potential.
MCW re-enters game.
Bucks wasting possessions after building 9-point lead. Forced shots, turnovers, fouls on other end. Time to settle down.
Carter-Williams has sprained rt ankle. Is expected to return, though.
Kidd obviously isn't concerned about Ilyasova's shooting woes. Just 2 for 11 but team-high 30 minutes.
Bulls in bonus and shooting FTs every time Bucks foul. Bucks lead 67-62 with 2:54 left in third.
Ersan hit a three, then missed another from corner. Now Dudley in for him.
Derrick Rose is 2 for 10 from field, 0 for 4 on 3s. Now you know why Bulls trail 67-60?
He is back at end of bench, standing up.
Now Bucks say MCW is available.
MCW has a sprained right ankle and return is questionable, per Bucks.
Only Zaza could pump, draw a foul on Jimmy and STILL end up on top of Butler's back.
Zaza with another circus shot and it goes in. He is fouled by Butler and converts 3-point play.
Ugly ankle turn for MCW, though he walks off under his own power. Being looked at on bench, now heading to locker room. Bad timing.
MCW going to locker room with Bucks trainer Scott Barthlama.
MCW landed on Gasol's foot and twisted his right ankle. Bayless coming in. Tough break for Bucks there.
NBA fines Perkins 15 grand but doesn't suspend him? I didn't know Stu Jackson still works for NBA.
Giannis misses another short one and is 2 for 8. Jump ball with Rose and MCW wins it easily.
Dunleavy is really struggling on both ends of court.
Giannis left-hander spun out on Bucks first possession of second half.
Bucks guards Middleton and Carter-Williams have been outstanding. Combine for 29 pts
Bucks shooting 45.7% at half and Bulls at 44.2%. Bulls 3 for 12 from 3-point range as Bucks making effort there. Bucks are 4 for 9 from 3.
Bulls have had a bunch of defensive breakdowns. Very unusual for such a well-coached, vet-laden team.
HT: Bucks 52, Bulls 49. MCW with solid half as he scores 14 and dishes 6 assists. Attacking off dribble. Middleton with 15.
And of course MCW throws it away IMMEDIATELY AFTER I COMPLIMENT HIM.
Aside from one rushed jumper, MCW really playing under control tonight. 12 points on 7 shots, 6 ast and 1 to. More please.
Each team with 7 TOs so far. Bucks lead 46-44 after 2 FTs by MCW. Carter-Williams with 10 pts and 6 assists so far in 16 minutes.
Two straight offensive boards by Noah lead to buckets for Bulls. But Mayo drills a triple and MCW scores.
Butler leads Bulls with 10 points and Noah with offensive surge for 8 points.
Kidd and Foster work Sean Corbin and almost immediately Corbin calls foul on Bulls.
Pachulia and ref Sean Corbin went into standard at end of that play. No harm done. Zaza was trying to hold him up.