Bulls vs. Bucks: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Bulls vs. Bucks: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Bulls vs. Bucks: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Chicago Bulls (28-16) play against the Milwaukee Bucks (19-19) at Fiserv Forum

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Friday January 21, 2022

Chicago Bulls 90, Milwaukee Bucks 94 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
But Milwaukee’s Big Three kept rolling as they led the way for the #Bucks in first victory over the Chicago #Bulls this season. jsonline.com/story/sports/n… via ⁦@journalsentinel⁩ – 12:45 AM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
“Sometimes you gotta find a way to win ugly games.”
Coach Bud’s ASL Press Conference: pic.twitter.com/rMhPxeQYyw12:39 AM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
New day, same Giannis. 🤣
Tonight’s Dad Joke: pic.twitter.com/RsgU33qm9012:32 AM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
A major shout out to Bulls Nation in Milwaukee—I met many, many of you tonight and am so thrilled you’re re-energized with this year’s team. Thank you for the kind words and support of our broadcasts. This team has character, heart, selflessness and professionalism. On to Florida – 12:31 AM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
10 observations: Shorthanded Bulls fall just short of upset of Bucks
nbcsports.com/chicago/bulls/…12:29 AM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Feeling victorious.
📸: @ScienceinSport pic.twitter.com/W5yGxGreoo12:23 AM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
The NBA needs to take a much longer look at that Allen- Caruso play and in my opinion do more than just be content to settle for a flagrant two ejection. Am I irate ? Yes. Very. I’m not in a good mood. – 11:58 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Hard fought game tonight … proud of the Bulls. Still trying to wrap my head around Grayson Allen’s dangerous flagrant two foul on @Alex Caruso Unbelievable … – 11:55 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Bobby came up big on the boards.
12 PTS | 13 REB pic.twitter.com/OgJyFB8kad11:45 PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Alex Caruso, asked if Grayson Allen came over to check on him after taking him out: “No.” – 11:39 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Asked on Allen’s history of cheap plays? Caruso said, “To be honest, I don’t watch much Duke basketball.” His wrist is sore, but X-rays were negative. Allen did not come and check on him. – 11:39 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
A double-double night ft. 4th quarter Khris.
16 PTS | 10 REB | 6 AST pic.twitter.com/Mfnq51wm7g11:39 PM

Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Alex Caruso on Grayson Allen’s Flagrant 2 Foul against him tonight. pic.twitter.com/JW4TII6Jrv11:38 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
“Kind of bullshit. Don’t know what else you could have done about it.” Caruso on the Grayson Allen foul. – 11:37 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Caruso on Allen foul: “Dude just grabbed me out of the air. Kind of bullshit.” – 11:36 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
After going 17-for-18 at the foul line tonight at Milwaukee, DeMar DeRozan opened up about his knack for drawing fouls on midrange shots. pic.twitter.com/NFJXlzaORK11:33 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Another 30+ point night. Another day at the office for @Giannis Antetokounmpo. #NBAAllStar
30 PTS | 12 REB | 3 AST | 2 BLK | 1 STL pic.twitter.com/mfplXrhTzd11:33 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Grayson Allen … your new public enemy No. 1 … as Bulls lose to Bucks in a grimy game all around.
Read it:
chicago.suntimes.com/sports-saturda…11:32 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Bobby made this kid’s day!! pic.twitter.com/1RUpe5tdAI11:27 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
For those keeping track – Round 2 is Mar. 4, when Grayson Allen and the Bucks come to the UC. – 11:24 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
The Bucks have now won 13 of their last 14 games against the Bulls. pic.twitter.com/JJNd375Fd511:20 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Another 30-piece for DeMar.
@DeMar DeRozan | #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/uSwOhtHbss11:18 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Here is Billy Donovan’s full answer when asked about Grayson Allen’s flagrant-2 foul on Alex Caruso and ejection.
It should be noted this is very uncharacteristic of Donovan to single out a player like this. pic.twitter.com/70UZFSMi8511:16 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bud: Sometimes you gotta find a way to win the ugly games. Credit to Chicago, the defense effort they’re putting out there, the way their young guys are playing. We talk about versatility in different ways and you gotta be versatile in the kind of games that you can win. – 11:10 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Giannis joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only Bucks ever to score 25+ points in at least 13 consecutive games.
🎰: @paysbig pic.twitter.com/VctNRJrcJc11:02 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Donovan going hard on Allen … very out of character for Billy, but he’s dead on. Said Allen has a history of this and could have ended Caruso’s career. – 11:01 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Billy Donovan with some strong comments about Grayson Allen’s Flagrant 2 against Alex Caruso: “He has a history of this,” Donovan said. – 10:58 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Donovan isn’t holding back with Grayson Allen criticism. #Bulls10:58 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Bulls coach Billy Donovan on Grayson Allen’s fragrant foul: “It was really, really dangerous to go after somebody like that…it wasn’t good. It was not good.” – 10:58 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Donovan on Grayson Allen foul: “It was really bad. Really, really bad.”
Said it could’ve ended Caruso’s career. And Allen has a history of it. Said he hopes league takes a look at it. – 10:57 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Billy Donovan on Tyler Cook: “I give him a lot of credit. Coming off an injury, not a lot of practice time. We threw him out there on Giannis, and he gave us everything he could.” – 10:57 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
LIVE: Coach Billy Donovan after tonight’s game against the Bucks twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…10:56 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Final Numbers:
DeMar: 35p/6r/3a
Vooch 19p/11r/3a/1s/2b
Matt: 11p/3r
Coby: 7p/4r/4a
AC: 7p/8r/4a/1s/1b
Dos: 5p/5r/6a/1s
Cook: 4p/7r/1s/1b
TBJ: 2p/5r/1a pic.twitter.com/bqRQy5cK4Z10:55 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
I typically root for 99.9% of NBA players to play well, earn that money and generally thrive in this league.
Grayson Allen is the 0.1% – 10:52 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Nets win.
Bulls are out of East top spot for first time since Jan. 1. – 10:51 PM
Chuck Garfien @ChuckGarfien
A healthy Bulls team against the Bucks in the playoffs, sign me up for that. Would be a fun series. Bulls-Bucks needs to be a thing. Tonight showed what it can be. – 10:50 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Bucks are 4-6 in their last 10 games, but their four wins…
-Nets
-Warriors
-Grizzlies
-Bulls – 10:48 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
“That’s a helluva team. They’re the No. 1 seed for a reason.” — Bucks guard Wesley Matthews on the Chicago Bulls – 10:48 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Bucks hang on for a 94-90 win over the Bulls.
Giannis: 30 points, 12 rebounds
DeRozan: 35 points (17/18 FTs)
Both teams shot under 20% from 3, under 40% from the field – 10:47 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Final: Bucks 94, Bulls 90
DeRozan: 35 pts, 17/18 FT
Vucevic: 19 pts, 11 reb
Caruso: 7 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast
Coby (3/15) and Ayo (2/9) combine to shoot 5/24
Both teams under 20% from 3P
Heck of an effort by shorthanded Bulls against defending champs, but they fall to 28-16 – 10:47 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls fall 94-90. Bulls fought all the way—-make or miss league—-but the Bulls left it on the court-undermanned gave Milwaukee a ballgame. – 10:46 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bulls take 800 shots in the final seconds but the #Bucks win 94-90. – 10:46 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
FINAL: Bucks 94, Bulls 90 – 10:45 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bucks 94, Bulls 90
With Nets victory, Bulls drop out of Eastern Conference lead for first time since Jan. 1
DeRozan 35 pts, 17-18 FTs
Vucevic 19 pts, 11 rebs
Giannis 30 pts, 12 rebs
Middleton 16 pts, 11 rebs, 6 assists
Both teams shot below 40% – 10:45 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Final: Bucks 94, Bulls 90.
DeMar DeRozan: 35/6/3
Nikola Vučević: 19/11/3
The Bulls are now 28-16. – 10:45 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Down 94-90.
15.8 seconds left.
Our ball, side-out. – 10:44 PM
Kane Pitman @KanePitman
When you hear Vucevic posting up Jrue Holiday described as a mismatch. pic.twitter.com/m51y3kG6ZV10:44 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bucks up, 94-90, with 15.8 seconds left after two free throws from Khris Middleton.
Middleton up to 16/11/6 for the night. Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks with 30/12/3. – 10:44 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Middleton 2 free throws 94-90 Bucks with 15.8 sec left. Bulls ball. – 10:43 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
jrue holiday is so good – 10:43 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Antetokounmpo-Portis-Middleton all have double-doubles for the #Bucks10:41 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
DeMar DeRozan is now 17-for-18 from the free throw line tonight.
Bucks 92, Bulls 90 with 1:10 left to play in Milwaukee. – 10:40 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Giannis has really bailed the Bulls out with some of these fallaways – 10:38 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Caruso is so good defensively. Think he’s seen each member of the Bucks’ big 3 and managed to get at least one stop in isolation against all three. – 10:38 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Forgot to mention that with his third free throw attempt, Khris Middleton has is now No. 10 all-time on the #Bucks free throw attempt list with 1,717. He passed Paul Pressey. – 10:37 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Wow. That’s a wide-open look from 3 that Caruso missed which the Bulls needed badly. – 10:35 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls trail 87-83. DeRozan with 31. 3:17 left 4th. – 10:32 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Back-to-back 30-point games for DeRozan, who now has 11 to tie LaVine for team lead. – 10:32 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls down 83-79. Bucks ball. Vooch with his 22nd dbl-dbl. Giannis : 28-11-3. – 10:30 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Bulls are the best shooting three-point team in the NBA at 38.8%. That’s a full percentage point better than No. 2 Charlotte. They’re 6-for-33 tonight (18.2%).
#Bucks lead 83-79 with 4:20 to go. – 10:29 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
The Bulls are getting great looks down the stretch but coming up short. So far, the offense isn’t the problem. DeRozan, Vooch, Caruso, White are all missing shots they can make. Bulls only trail by four with 4:20 left in Milwaukee. – 10:28 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bucks take a timeout with a 83-79 lead and 4:20 remaining. I feel confident guaranteeing Budenholzer will take another one before the 3-minute mark.
So, get ready for this game to slow down a bit. – 10:28 PM
Kane Pitman @KanePitman
Chicago and Milwaukee out here shooting the three like me on 2k when I bump up the difficulty level. – 10:28 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Coby White is 0-9 from 3.
Bulls are 6-33. Bucks are 6-30. – 10:27 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Nikola Vučević has five fouls for the #Bulls, as does Tyler Cook. #Bucks are in the bonus with 5:02 to go in regulation. – 10:26 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
COBY AND-ONE.
@NBCSChicago | @CobyWhite pic.twitter.com/BBsGEQGUqh10:26 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Big couple of minutes here for the Bucks. DeRozan on the floor and Antetokounmpo off. – 10:23 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bucks have dominated in second-chance points tonight – up to 17. They lead the #Bulls 80-76. – 10:23 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
This is the second start of Tyler Cook’s NBA career. He had one for the Pistons last season. #Bulls10:22 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
That challenge late in the third quarter the #Bucks won on an offensive foul call on Giannis Antetokounmpo looms large, as he picks up his third just now with under 8 minutes left in the game. – 10:20 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Sheesh. That’s a defensive possession from Wesley Matthews on DeMar DeRozan. – 10:19 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
What a ballgame…whether it’s date night-having pizza…running errands..you’ve got to keep the dial set @670TheScore @Audacy @Chicago Bulls radio network. Tied at 74. 9:02 left 4th. These Bulls don’t quit. DeRozan with 29. – 10:17 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
The Lakers grossly miscalculating on Alex Caruso – who wanted to re-sign there – is one of the worst unnecessary front office blunders in recent history.
Especially given he was awesome next to LeBron. It’s truly baffling. – 10:17 PM
Chuck Garfien @ChuckGarfien
Caruso guarding Giannis. Can’t get enough of it. – 10:17 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
BLOCKED BY ANTETOKOUNMPO!! 🚫 pic.twitter.com/2As6Jmrz1j10:16 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Energizer Bobby!!
💎: @JewelersMutual pic.twitter.com/LwZIPiRK1R10:14 PM

Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Alex Caruso guarding Giannis to start the fourth quarter has been a fun lil matchup so far – 10:14 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Tyler Cook has five fouls, and now it’s Alex Caruso checking Giannis
Forced a midrange miss, then a jumpball on a drive in first two possessions – 10:14 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
The undermanned Bulls getting a ton from Thomas- Cook…got to love – 10:13 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Matt Thomas AGAIN #NBAAllStar
@NBCSChicago | @TheIceMan_21 pic.twitter.com/3WbCYQOQdT10:13 PM

Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Alex Caruso now checking Giannis in this fourth quarter. Just forced a tie-up and jump ball. – 10:13 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
1 foul to go for Tyler Cook – 10:11 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Donovan puts Caruso on Giannis to start 4th even though Cook is on floor – 10:10 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Monster of the Midrange 🥶 #NBAAllStar
@NBCSChicago | @DeMar DeRozan pic.twitter.com/6PM5FQrx4o10:10 PM

Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Tyler Cook may not be well-known, but before joining #Bulls, he played in 45 games for Cavs, Nuggets, Nets & Pistons. – 10:09 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bulls lead the #Bucks 69-68 going into the fourth quarter. – 10:08 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
After three: Bulls 69, Bucks 68.
It’s not pretty, but the Bulls are doing all they can to start this three-game trip with an upset. Great effort by the undermanned Bulls here in Milwaukee. – 10:06 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
DeRozan with a turn around foul line jumper on Matthews…DD with 25. Timeout..Coach Bud not pleased. Bulls 67-66 . 43 seconds left – 10:05 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Matt Thomas is a Wisconsin native, from the LaCrosse area. Has 8 pts tonight, Derozan up to 25, #Bulls up 1 late 3rdQ – 10:05 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
There’s the third quarter UIOLI timeout from Budenholzer.
Bulls up, 67-66, with 43.0 seconds left. – 10:04 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Corner pocket ft. Jrue. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/W33fZEnyj49:58 PM

Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
This could be a consequential challenge. Tyler Cook drew a charge on Giannis, if call is changed it could be Cook’s 5th. #Bulls9:58 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Tyler Cook has four fouls in the third quarter, but has had some nice moments guarding Giannis. Ripped away a steal, forced a turnover defending the post and now draws a charge all in this period – 9:57 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Antetokounmpo just called for a charge on a eurostep. I think the officials think his elbow hit somebody in the face, but it did not appear that way on the replay.
Budenholzer challenge. – 9:57 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
MATTY ICE FROM DEEP.
@NBCSChicago | @TheIceMan_21 pic.twitter.com/dQUNUMO8t49:55 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Despite 4-25 from 3pt range…Bulls 60-60–the undermanned Bulls are bringing it tonight. 3rd quarter 3:25 left. – 9:55 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
A young Grayson Allen “playing” with the neighbors. pic.twitter.com/1m68CG2dKw9:54 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bucks and Bulls tied at 60 with 3:25 left in the third quarter.
The basketball has not gotten much prettier in the second half. Antetokounmpo with 20/9 thus far. – 9:53 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
60-60- 3:25 left 3rd…Don’t you dare leave us….@670TheScore @Chicago Bulls radio network @Audacy9:52 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Back-to-back threes for the #Bulls doubled their total from their previous 23 attempts from distance.
Game is tied again, 60-60. – 9:52 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Grayson Allen is back on the timeline… – 9:49 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Flagrant 2 … Grayson Allen … crack that Gatorade open in the locker room… – 9:49 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Caruso misses both FTs. – 9:49 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Grayson Allen ejected. Period. – 9:49 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Flagrant 2 for Grayson Allen on that foul to Alex Caruso. He’s been ejected. – 9:48 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The officials have ruled Grayson Allen’s foul is a Flagrant 2.
Allen is ejected, and boos escort him out from the #Bulls fans. – 9:48 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
And Grayson Allen is ejected for a flagrant foul on Caruso, who seems to be OK. #Bulls down by 1 mid-3rdQ – 9:48 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Hard to see Grayson Allen getting the benefit of the doubt here. #Bulls9:47 PM
Gery Woelfel @GeryWoelfel
Expect Grayson Allen is be writing out a check to the NBA. Ridiculous. – 9:47 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Grayson Allen sends Alex Caruso to the floor—-is it a flagrant one or two? – 9:46 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Grayson Allen gonna Grayson Allen! pic.twitter.com/MRYRoHu6nS9:46 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Alex Caruso is up after absorbing hard foul from Grayson Allen and bouncing off floor. – 9:45 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
That’s a hard fall for Alex Caruso. he was sprinting down the floor and Grayson Allen grabbing his arm to prevent the layup.
It spun Caruso around and he hit the floor hard. After staying down for a minute, he is walking towards the Bulls bench. – 9:45 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Alex Caruso just took a nasty fall with 5:45 left in the third quarter in Milwaukee. Dangerous play. – 9:45 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Wow, really scary fall for Alex Caruso on that fast break attempt. He’s still down under the basket. – 9:45 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
DeMar DeRozan has 14 FTAs midway through the third quarter
His season-high is 17. His career-high is 25 – 9:44 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
BLOCKED BY VOOCH.
@NBCSChicago | @NikolaVucevi pic.twitter.com/NqG1p60AHM9:41 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Milwaukee 55-51….Bulls entered the game #1 in 3pt% at 38%-tonight 2-21. Milwaukee was 7th at 36%. Tonight: 5-20–one of those nights, folks. 6:54 left 3rd. – 9:40 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Portis tonight … Green light! pic.twitter.com/26piM1j2489:38 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Billy Donovan is HOT that Tyler Cook didn’t draw a foul call there. In fact, this timeout is as much to argue with officials as correct defensive mistake that let Giannis score. Donovan is still screaming at them. Just entered huddle – 9:38 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Helluva block of a George Hill dunk attempt by Nikola Vučević.
#Bucks lead 55-51. – 9:38 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
The Grizzlies made 9 total threes against Milwaukee. SIX different Grizzlies have made threes in the 1st quarter. De’Anthony Melton, arguably the guy who has to step up the most without Tyus, has made two 3-pointers.
Grizzlies up 37-28 against the Nuggets. Impressive 1st quarter – 9:37 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Giannis with finesse. 🤌 pic.twitter.com/qXYo26y45V9:37 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Tyler Cook is whistled for his fourth foul with 8:28 to go in the third quarter for the #Bulls9:36 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Tyler Cook foul watch: 4 – 9:36 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Ayo with the finish off the glass!
@NBCSChicago | @AyoDos_11 pic.twitter.com/DMXP2B4DvL9:35 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Sixers match their biggest blown lead since 1996-97 per @ESPNStatsInfo
76ers Largest Blown Leads – Reg. season since 1996-97
Friday 24 Clippers
Nov. 2017 24 Warriors
Apr. 2016 24 Bulls
Jan. 2016 24 Bulls – 9:34 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
T for Portis! – 9:33 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bobby Portis just got a technical for throwing the ball at the stanchion after a foul was called on a Vucevic layup.
The league has said that is a no-no this season. – 9:33 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Chicago Public League finish! – 9:33 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Bobby Portis picks up another technical for rolling the ball off the stanchion. Such actions are automatic techs this season. – 9:33 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Portis drew a T for throwing ball at stanchion – 9:32 PM
Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner
That Bucks game on MLK Day might’ve been the start of a run for the Hawks. They’re starting to look like the team we saw in the second half of last season. – 9:27 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Khris said stepback & give me space. pic.twitter.com/b8dqkFWFnN9:23 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
The Grizzlies shot 9-40 against Milwaukee from three and have already hit their first three attempts against Denver. Again, 3-point shooting is a big thing to watch without Desmond Bane and Tyus Jones. So far so good today. – 9:18 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Intermission.
DeMar DeRozan: 18 pts (4-6 FG)
Nikkola Vucevic: 9 pts, 6 rebs pic.twitter.com/Bpy7guFmIK9:17 PM

Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Good defense or bad shooting? Bucks lead #Bulls 45-44 at the half with both sides shooting below 40% from field. DeRozan (18 pts) leads Giannis (16) in the MVP battle – 9:16 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Bulls doing a great job of uglying up this game enough to stay in it. – 9:15 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Half. Milwaukee 45 Bulls 44. DeRozan with 18 ( 10-10 ) foul line. Vooch 9pts 6 reb. Giannis 16-7-1. – 9:15 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo has 16 points and 7 rebounds and DeMar DeRozan has 18 points as the #Bucks lead the #Bulls 45-44 at the half. – 9:14 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Jrue dishes while Wes finishes. 🏹 pic.twitter.com/kiM9msIEhA9:14 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bucks 45, Bulls 44 at half
DeRozan 18 pts, 10-10 FTs
Vucevic 9 pts, 6 rebs
Giannis 16 pts, 7 rebs – 9:14 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Half: Bucks 45, Bulls 44 – 9:14 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Everyone in the arena knows DeRozan is getting the rock and the Bucks can’t stop him..that’s how good @DeMar DeRozan is – 9:13 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Coby White is 0-6 from 3. Both teams struggling from that distance – 9:12 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
I think there have undoubtedly been some fouls on DeMar DeRozan tonight.
But I’ll say this, I bet Khris Middleton wished he got this whistle on his mid-range shots. – 9:09 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
DeMar DeRozan is about to take his 9th and 10th free-throw attempts of the first half. Already 12th game this season with 10+ FTAs – 9:09 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Tyler Cook is saddled with three first-half fouls, so Nikola Vucevic now matched up with Giannis – 9:06 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
These are the first non-Tyler Cook minutes vs. Giannis. Vooch on him. – 9:05 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Malcolm Hill checks in for 1st time. – 9:04 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Tip drill but Khris is money with the stepback. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/9Q54VCNLqV9:04 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
DeMar DeRozan is in the heads of the Bucks…he’s 8-8 from the line..chants of MVP in an opposing arena..thousands of Bulls fans here in Milwaukee. Bucks 38-34. Giannis 12–4-1. Portis 7-6. 4:53 left 2nd. – 9:03 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
The Bulls are giving Khris Middleton A LOT of attention on his post-ups and his teammates are just dying to be the cutter into that open space. Hill and Allen almost ran into each other cutting to the front of the rim there.
Allen for 2. Bucks up, 38-34, with 4:53 left in Q2. – 9:02 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bucks 38-34. 4:53 left 2nd. Bucks-20pts in the paint. – 9:01 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
DeMar DeRozan gets “MVP” chants as he makes his seventh and eighth free throws of the game. #Bucks lead 36-34. – 9:00 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
I’m sure someone can find this quickly but I can’t recall the last time Giannis Antetokounmpo AND Khris Middleton opened up the game missing both of their first two free throw attempts. #Bucks shooting 38% from the floor, 18% from deep and 4-for-8 from the free throw line. – 8:59 PM
Rob Peterson @ShotDrJr
Not digging this mid-aughts vibe from Bucks-Bulls – 8:57 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
The details on Lonzo Ball’s upcoming knee surgery, some Zach LaVine news, and other injury updates …
Read it:
chicago.suntimes.com/sports-saturda…8:57 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
It’s the first night of a back-to-back and I have to admit, I’m now afraid of what the second night of the back-to-back is going to look like.
Bucks are 11-of-31 from the field, including 2-of-14 from 3. They lead, 28-26, with 8:21 left in the first half though. – 8:53 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Ayo no-look to Tyler Cook 🔨
@NBCSChicago | @Tyler Cook pic.twitter.com/insNPxWaTY8:53 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Fan behind me here at FiServ Forum just yelled out “Cookies!” after that Bulls steal.
(Attn: @Stacey21King) – 8:52 PM
Kane Pitman @KanePitman
The first half has been a perfect illustration of the room for error on passes to Giannis as the roll man. Just chuck it anywhere in the radius and he’ll make it work. Some crazy catches so far and then he gathers, powers up and it’s over. – 8:52 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo whistled for his second foul at the 10:13 mark of the second quarter. – 8:48 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Jrue Holiday said he’s a Naruto fan and I feel like we were robbed of some incredible Holiday-Jamaal Williams (@jswaggdaddy) material all of last season. – 8:47 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
After one quarter, the Bucks lead, 24-20. Antetokounmpo with 10pts/4reb.
Advanced Stats
OffRtg: 96.0
DefRtg: 72.0
Net Rtg: +24.0
ORB%: 25.0%
DRB%: 92.9% – 8:45 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
After 1. Bucks 24 Bulls 20. Antetokounmpo and Portis=17pts. Bulls: DeRozan and White each with 4. Two teams are a combined 4-23 from 3pt range. – 8:45 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Just getting things started. pic.twitter.com/lX1H0fwK0z8:44 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bucks go 2-for-12 from behind the three-point line and the #Bulls were 2-for-11. – 8:43 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Haven’t seen many low-scoring 1st quarters lately. #Bulls trail at Milwaukee 24-20 after one. Bulls are 2-11 from 3-pt range, Bucks are 2-12. Giannis leads all scorers with 10 pts – 8:42 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls are 2-11 from 3. Bucks are cold too at 2-12.
But difference is Bucks have 14 points in paint and Bulls have 2. Milwaukee does such a good job of sealing off lane and limiting dribble drives. – 8:42 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
DeMar DeRozan shoots the first free throws for the #Bulls this quarter with three seconds left. He scored four points as the #Bucks opened with a 24-20 lead. – 8:42 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Tyler Cook called for his third foul this quarter. No clue what to do with Giannis Antetokounmpo in transition (which at some point on the court, what to do is just get out of the way). – 8:40 PM
Kane Pitman @KanePitman
What a pass from Donte. I can’t believe he even attempted that bounce pass. Of course, Giannis is probably the only player in the league who could get to it but sheesh. – 8:39 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
There’s a first quarter 3Vincenzo to break the Bucks loose after missing 10 straight triples.
And then an absolute DIME to Antetokounmpo on the fastbreak. Evening, @ZoraStephenson. – 8:39 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
3 fouls on Tyler Cook.
He’s gonna use em up, folks. – 8:39 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Jrue Holiday really trying to get back into rhythm. Just booted what would have been a pretty finish at the rim. Had a couple of those last game. – 8:38 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Billy Donovan brings back Tyler Cook as the Bucks bring back Giannis.
We’ve gone from Ryan Arcidiacono as the Bulls’ resident Giannis stopper to Tyler Cook. – 8:37 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls and Bucks 12-12. Portis 7pts 5 reb. Dosunmu 3-2-2. Bulls 35%. Bucks 27%. – 8:34 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Bucks are 1-10 from 3 in first nine minutes of this one. Bobby Portis has their only make — but also four misses. They’re getting em up – 8:34 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Rough start for both offenses tonight. Bucks and Bulls are tied at 12 with 3:08 left in the first quarter.
Bucks are 1-of-10 from 3 thus far and 5-of-18 from the field overall. – 8:34 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Bucks and #Bulls have combined for 24 points in nearly nine minutes of play.
Milwaukee is shooting 10% from behind the three-point line and 27.8% overall, Chicago 28.6% from three and 35.7% overall. – 8:34 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Fight for every bucket. 💪 pic.twitter.com/nndiPsJWLx8:32 PM

Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Ayo Dosunmu slides from guarding Khris Middleton to Jrue Holiday. Just another night at the office for the Bulls rookie. – 8:31 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Alex Caruso got a bigger cheer than Donte DiVincenzo when they checked in. I’ll be honest – I haven’t heard this partisan of a crowd at Fiserv Forum in…a long time. – 8:30 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Troy Brown Jr. checks in for Cook as Giannis also takes a seat. – 8:27 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Huge game for the Bulls- Bucks….where are you listening to Bulls RADIO? We will give you a shout out.. @Audacy @670TheScore @Chicago Bulls radio network. – 8:27 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bulls up 10-8 in the early going of the first quarter. Bobby Portis is 1-for-4 from behind the three-point line and the team is 3-for-9 from the floor overall. – 8:26 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls up 10-8 6:37.left 1st. Bucks: 33% Bulls: 40% – 8:25 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
DeMar is pure from deep 🏹
@NBCSChicago | @DeMar DeRozan pic.twitter.com/wOrP3AFCWF8:25 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
After hitting his first triple tonight, Bobby Portis has missed his next three 3s. Bulls up, 10-8, with 6:37 left in the first quarter. – 8:24 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Two fouls in the opening five minutes for #Bulls forward Tyler Cook. Giannis Antetokounmpo is a tough defensive assignment for the two-way player. – 8:24 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Pat Connaughton is the #Bucks sixth man tonight. – 8:23 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum has now missed 17 straight 3-pointers dating back to the first quarter of the Bulls game. – 8:23 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
With that attempt, Giannis Antetokounmpo has now passed fellow #Bucks legends Glenn Robinson and Ersan Ilyasova for fifth all-time on the franchise three-point field goal attempts list with 1,455. – 8:20 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
You can hear the Bulls fans in the building tonight. – 8:20 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Smooth start for the Bucks. pic.twitter.com/SGKuEylO8H8:19 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bobby Portis hits a pick-and-pop 3 on the pass from Khris Middleton to open scoring tonight. And we are off here in Fiserv Forum. – 8:17 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bobby Portis dance alert
(guessing the flex will come later?) – 8:17 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Really wish the Bulls were at full strength for this game against the Bucks tonight. Still hoping for a fun one – 8:16 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Tyler Cook starts on Giannis. – 8:15 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Curious to see who starts on Giannis for the Bulls, Tyler Cook or DeMar DeRozan. – 8:11 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Making his first start as a Bull tonight 👊 pic.twitter.com/K37z8GJRuS8:09 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
It’s time for Bucks Basketball!! pic.twitter.com/1BcBoscQwW8:08 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Harden, Irving, Mills, Edwards and Sharpe will start for Brooklyn. Edwards and Sharpe are starting their 6th straight game together, the most consecutive starts for a pair of #Nets rookies since Ryan Anderson and Brook Lopez (19 straight in 2008-09). – 8:05 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets starters in San Antonio: Harden, Irving, Mills, Edwards and Sharpe.
Edwards and Sharpe will start their sixth straight game together, marking the most consecutive starts for a pair of Nets rookies since Ryan Anderson and Brook Lopez (19 straight – 2008-09). – 8:01 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
The Milwaukee Bucks have placed this tribute to Les Grobstein on press row. pic.twitter.com/D2a3YeS9tJ7:56 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Tyler Cook makes his 2nd career start in 55 games tonight for the Bulls. – 7:55 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Philadelphia on an 8-0 run to force a Clippers timeout. Joel Embiid responsible for all points: split FTs, assisted Korkmaz 3, finished a break after a Jackson turnover, got a middy.
43-36 Philadelphia lead with 3:16 left in first half. – 7:52 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Ready for the Friday night lights.
@betway | #GetItLocked pic.twitter.com/47DPbKawHv7:48 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Friday Starting ✋ vs. Bulls. pic.twitter.com/WjzQpA6C1i7:39 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Tyler Cook will make his first start as a Bull tonight.
@FirstAlert | #BullsNation pic.twitter.com/h6B93PezQ97:30 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
George had 14 points off the bench on Wednesday.
🎥: @Socios pic.twitter.com/TcLD5O4yPY7:28 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Like a Bat out of Hell… Nicolas Batum picking up where he left off after his 32-point game on Monday, banking in a middy and splashing a 3.
All five Clippers have scored, with Batum and Jackson making 2 FGs each. 15-8 Clippers lead mid 1st quarter – 7:19 PM
Evan Dunlap @BQRMagic
The Magic are playing the first of five straight home games. First time playing consecutive home games since December 28th and 30th against Milwaukee. Since then they’ve played 7 road games and 3 at home. – 7:09 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Khris has scored 20+ points in 7 of his last 8 games.
🎥: @Socios pic.twitter.com/PPBGn220h67:01 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Very classy move from the media relations staff of the Milwaukee @Milwaukee Bucks. They are honoring the late, great Les Grobstein tonight as the #Bucks host the #Bulls. pic.twitter.com/Jr1gPwqbvB7:00 PM

Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
In his last two outings, Trae Young is averaging 33.5 PPG, 12.5 APG and 4.5 RPG (.500 FG%, .500 3FG%, 1.000 FT%). Young became the first player in the NBA this season to notch at least 10 FTM on a perfect 1.000 clip in back-to-back games: 11-11 (vs. MIN), 14-14 (vs. MIL). – 6:49 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Lonzo Ball will do some pre surgery rehab on his knee before he has surgery sometime next week. Billy Donovan says the 6-8 week timeline for his return begins after the surgery – 6:48 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Lonzo Ball’s knee surgery will take place some time next week, according to Billy Donovan. Will rehab, do some strength work in the interim. His 6-8 week return clock starts after the procedure – 6:47 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Young Bucks battled the Bulls in the 2021 regular-season finale.
🔄 @BetwayUSA Game Rewind pic.twitter.com/Y4LfYE9rdG6:47 PM

Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Billy Donovan confirms Lonzo won’t have surgery until somewhere around the middle of next week and it is a 6-8 recovery form there – 6:44 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Caruso remains in the low 20min time restriction – 6:40 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Which player’s kicks do you want to see tonight?
@Socios | #BullsKicks6:40 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Alex Caruso remains at minutes limit of 22-25, per Donovan. – 6:39 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Zach LaVine’s knee has responded well, Billy Donovan says. He didn’t want to put an exact return date on him yet but sounds like LaVine could be back sometime middle to late next week – 6:38 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Billy Donovan said Zach LaVine continues to respond well to treatment and is doing on-court work. There is not yet a targeted date for his return but team is “optimistic” it could be middle to late next week. – 6:36 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Derrick Jones Jr is now able to rehab on a treadmill. No return date for Green. Zach has responded to treatment. Ball will have surgery on his knee. – 6:36 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Underdog. 😤
📸: @MotorolaUS pic.twitter.com/jQTmayqEuD6:36 PM

Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Derrick Jones Jr. (knee) is running on treadmill; Javonte Green (adductor) continues to progress, but return unclear. #Bulls6:36 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Donovan says LaVine possible return next week if things continue to progress well with left knee soreness. #Bulls6:34 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Donovan says he expects Lonzo Ball’s arthroscopic procedure to take place next week. #Bulls6:33 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Billy Donovan said Lonzo Ball will do some prehab before surgery for about a week and then have the procedure. – 6:32 PM
Gery Woelfel @GeryWoelfel
The Donte DiVincenzo trade watch is on. Some NBA officials believe the Bucks will try once again to unload the SG by the Feb. 10 trade deadline. The Bucks tried to trade DiVincenzo to Sacramento in the summer of ’20, but the NBA nixed the deal, saying the Bucks violated NBA rules – 6:30 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Jrue Holiday is not on the Bucks injury report tonight. After missing six games with left ankle soreness, he returned in Wednesday’s win vs. Memphis, but played only 22 minutes off the bench.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said they will be keeping an eye on him again tonight. – 6:25 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Apparently it’s #NationalHuggingDay…
Here’s @DeMar DeRozan being wholesome!
#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/0HYXpjLZt86:24 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Giannis has scored 30+ points in 9 of his last 12 games.
📸: @MotorolaUS pic.twitter.com/FIsZtDQfL06:14 PM

Chiney Ogwumike @chiney
Here’s my favorite HYPE song… and also the numbers you need to know about the Milwaukee Bucks! 💯 pic.twitter.com/bhLfmmCEhB6:10 PM

Sam Smith @SamSmithHoops
Ask Sam about whether it’s time for the Bulls to attack the trade market and what’s wrong with the Hall of Fame for not enshrining Ayo yet.
on.nba.com/33SA8Rk5:33 PM
Andrew Bogut @RogueBoguesPod
Basketball Pod Episode 49 – Giannis in 30mins vs the @Golden State Warriors: 30pts, 12reb, 11ast. He is the first player with multiple 30pt triple doubles.
Useful or Useless stat?
Listen to it here 👇
https://t.co/u0OwdyWBh0
#LetsGetRogue #RogueBogues #UsefulOrUseless #Stats #Giannis pic.twitter.com/yqcFohrL1H5:28 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
3 hours ’til tip.
📝: @Jockey pic.twitter.com/ndYRFoqMiN5:01 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
🚨 VOTE NOW, TIME IS RUNNING OUT 🚨
RT to vote @Zach LaVine for #NBAAllStar! pic.twitter.com/E1LJMwphew4:51 PM

Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
The Hawks will face off against the Miami Heat for the third time in nine days tonight. Atlanta’s coming off back-to-back wins, taking down Milwaukee (121-114) and Minnesota (134-122).
Game Notes: nba.com/gamenotes/hawk…4:45 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
New @FrontOfficeShow is up! @Trevor_Lane and I are back from a day off and we talk Dary Morey’s comments on Simmons trades, the Pacers winning without their stars, Russ, Lonzo’s injury, Boogie, Millsap and more. Subscribe below and help us get to 15K!
youtu.be/6CxR8evV_OA4:29 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Border Battle.
🎰: @paysbig pic.twitter.com/qi2ig5aSyV4:01 PM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Grayson Allen is back and showing how important part on the Milwaukee Bucks can be. His presence gives an extra threat on offense and he improves the chemistry with his teammates.
Story on Allen’s importance at @SdnaGr. @Grayson Allen #FearTheDeer sdna.gr/mpasket/924614…3:32 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
🚨 Tickets just dropped for tonight’s game!! 🚨
🎟: https://t.co/k3zOjlUYCI pic.twitter.com/DIOLRswwvx3:02 PM

Kevin Love @kevinlove
Gratitude. 🙏🏻 @ Chicago, Illinois instagram.com/kevinlove/p/CZ…3:00 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
When we first moved to Milwaukee, we were given a sticker that said “I’m from Milwaukee and that’s not funny.”
I feel like robot ads/headlines like this is why such a sticker is still relevant 😑 pic.twitter.com/DoAHQ0ZCeT2:30 PM

Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton issues his own medical update after clearing COVID-19 protocols. I’m told he is traveling with the team today, but his status for Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks is unknown. More right here ⬇️
sacbee.com/sports/nba/sac…2:11 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
“The environment that I saw…great group of talented guys that really value each other.”
Keepin’ It PC with @Pat Connaughton & @Rodney Hood ONLY at https://t.co/892C0gRV3v pic.twitter.com/SVnBACnnIN2:02 PM

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