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Bulls fight back, fall


Bulls fight back, fallAfter appearing to be headed for a fifth consecutive blowout defeat, the Bulls suddenly came to life midway through the third quarter and again were the hustling, defensive-minded bunch from the first two weeks of the regular season.

But despite rallying from a 14-point deficit to take the lead, the comeback fell short as the Milwaukee Bucks survived for a 99-97 victory Monday night at the Bradley Center.

The Bulls (6-9) wrap up the circus trip with a 1-5 record after dropping the last five.

''The guys battled,'' Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said. ''Some guys had to play extended minutes with the injuries we have. We had an opportunity down the stretch. We didn't convert on a couple, but I liked the way the guys battled.''

John Salmons led the Bulls with 23 points, Luol Deng had 22 points and 14 rebounds and Derrick Rose added 19 points and seven assists.

After being held to single digits in points and rebounds in the previous two games, center Joakim Noah bounced back with 16 points and 17 rebounds.

The Bucks (9-7) were led by center Andrew Bogut with 22 points and 15 rebounds. It was Bogut's first game back after missing time with a lower left leg bruise.

The Bulls facing the Bucks just as Bogut gets healthy was typical of their luck during the road swing.

''We should have had this one,'' Rose said. ''We dug ourselves too big a hole.''

The Bulls trailed by 12 points in the first half before closing the deficit to 48-44 at halftime.

The Bucks, though, got off to a hot-shooting start in the third quarter, pumping in four three-pointers in the first four-plus minutes for a 65-52 lead. Milwaukee led by 14 points (70-56) midway through the quarter before the Bulls came to life on both ends.

''We were playing harder,'' Rose said of the run. ''Defense, rebounding and running, playing like we're supposed to play.''

The run started on the defensive end as the Bulls held the Bucks to five points during a five-minute span to trim the deficit to 75-72 with 30 seconds left in the third.

Milwaukee took a 77-72 lead into the fourth, but Lindsey Hunter opened the scoring with a three-pointer to make it a two-point game, then Rose scored on three straight offensive possessions, including a three-point play, for a tie at 82 with 10 minutes left.

A short while later, Salmons hit a 15-footer to give the Bulls an 84-82 lead, their first lead since 3-2 early in the first quarter.

The teams exchanged leads for the next few minutes, and a Deng dunk gave the Bulls an 89-87 edge with 4 1/2 minutes to play.

But that would be the Bulls' last basket for more than four minutes.

Del Negro stuck with the lineup that accounted for the comeback -- Rose, Hunter, Salmons, Deng and Noah -- and they appeared to tire. The Bulls had only one point (a Noah free throw) over a stretch of 3:44 as Milwaukee took a 95-90 lead with just over a minute left.

The Bulls , though, battled back again and inbounded the ball with seven seconds left trailing by two, but Brad Miller's 18-foot jumper only grazed the front of the rim.

''I had a good look,'' Miller said. ''It was just a little short.''

Comment at suntimes.com.

THE RECAP

Bulls 17 27 28 25--97

Milwaukee 22 26 29 22--99

Bulls min fg-a ft-a o-t a pf pts

Deng 46:05 7-14 8-8 4-14 1 1 22

Gibson 18:11 3-6 2-4 4-5 0 4 8

Noah 34:12 4-10 8-10 7-17 1 4 16

Rose 44:09 8-17 3-3 2-2 7 3 19

Salmons 43:19 8-15 6-8 0-3 1 3 23

Miller 20:54 2-6 0-0 0-4 0 3 4

Pargo 10:50 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 0

Hunter 22:20 2-9 0-0 1-5 2 1 5

Totals 240 34-80 27-33 18-51 13 20 97

Percentages: FG .425, FT .818. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Salmons 1-2, Hunter 1-3, Miller 0-1, Pargo 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 14 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Salmons 3, Deng, Gibson, Miller, Noah). Turnovers: 14 (Deng 5, Gibson 2, Noah 2, Rose 2, Miller, Pargo, Salmons). Steals: 7 (Salmons 3, Deng 2, Noah, Rose). Technical Fouls: None.

Bucks min fg-a ft-a o-t a pf pts

Delfino 26:42 5-12 2-4 2-4 2 5 15

Ilyasova 27:14 5-9 2-2 4-8 1 6 13

Bogut 34:39 10-19 2-6 5-15 3 2 22

Jennings 42:57 5-15 2-2 1-2 8 2 15

Bell 40:01 6-16 3-7 0-4 5 3 16

KThomas 13:21 2-3 0-0 2-5 3 1 4

Warrick 20:46 3-9 0-0 5-7 1 2 6

Ridnour 18:53 1-4 0-0 1-1 6 2 2

Meeks 15:27 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 2 6

Totals 240 39-92 11-21 20-47 29 25 99

Percentages: FG .424, FT .524. 3-Point Goals: 10-26, .385 (Jennings 3-4, Delfino 3-8, Meeks 2-4, Ilyasova 1-2, Bell 1-5, Warrick 0-1, Ridnour 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 11 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Bogut 4, Bell 2, Jennings, K.Thomas). Turnovers: 10 (Jennings 3, Bell 2, Ilyasova 2, Delfino, Meeks, Warrick). Steals: 8 (Bogut 3, Bell 2, Delfino, Ilyasova, Jennings). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 11:03 first.

Officials--Bob Delaney, Scott Wall, Zach Zarba. A--13,684. T--2:19


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