In the last matchup between the Bucks and Bulls, Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol combined for 45 points to lead the Bulls to victory, taking advantage of a Milwaukee frontcourt that was simply no match for the skill and energy of their opponent. Needless to say, the Bucks knew they'd have to do a better job on those two players to come away with a win Saturday night. The good news is Milwaukee locked up Gibson pretty well, holding him six points on 3-12 shooting. The bad news is that Gasol topped that 45-point mark all by himself.
Led by a career-high 46 points from Gasol, the Chicago Bulls snapped a two-game skid in a 95-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The loss put an end to Milwaukee's 5-game road winning streak and dropped them percentage points behind the Cleveland Cavaliers to 6th place in the Eastern Conference. Gasol also had 18 rebounds, hit 17-30 shots from the floor, and was 12-13 at the foul line.
Chicago had been struggling offensively for some time, and the Bulls didn't set the nets on fire by any means, shooting under 40% as a team. But as we've seen before, offensive rebounds gave them plenty of second chances. Of Chicago's 22 offensive boards, Gasol had eight while Gibson added five.
Brandon Knight led the Bucks in scoring with 20 points and also had five rebounds and assists apiece. He didn't shoot the ball particularly well (9-19 FG, 0-2 3P) but had just one turnover in a game that featured just 25 giveaways between the two teams. Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled to make much of an impact, finishing with four points and five rebounds in 26 minutes. John Henson had six points, seven rebounds, and four block, but he and Giannis each dealt with a bit of foul trouble throughout the game.
Injury Notes: Derrick Rose was held out of the game due to left knee soreness. He'll be examined by team doctors and could go in for an MRI depending on the results. Jason Kidd said Ersan Ilyasova will make the trip to London for Thursday's game versus the Knicks and hopes to get him on the court in that game. Brandon Knight twisted his ankle in the third quarter but didn't exit the game. Kenyon Martin left with a chest contusion. He was declared "questionable" but didn't return.