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Rapid Recap: Bucks 113, Bulls 120 (OT)

Dame Time came too early

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After a questionable effort in regulation and some of their now-typical clutch scoring, the Milwaukee Bucks fell to the depleted Chicago Bulls at the United Center after an Alex Caruso buzzer-beating three forced overtime. Giannis Antetokounmpo was the high man for Milwaukee with 26 and Nikola Vucevic led all scorers with 29. Box Score

Game Summary

Though the Bucks started off hot, the Bulls shot 50% from deep in the first to quickly erase an early deficit as the visitors went cold, making it 26-24 after one. Milwaukee misfired for the first half of the next period before Lillard reentered and helped them grab the lead back with eleven second-quarter points, taking a 55-49 edge into the locker room.

That differential held through most of the third as Giannis started to cook (twelve points in the quarter) after running into first-half foul trouble, but the Bulls managed to tie it at 80 entering the final frame. Chicago put together a 14-0 run over the quarter break to go up by as many as twelve. Though Milwaukee cut it to two late, a Coby White triple with 1:26 left looked like the dagger, but a pair of triples by Malik Beasley and Lopez put the Bucks right back in front with 20.5 on the clock.

Giannis stuffed Patrick Williams at the rim on the ensuing possession then was sent to the charity stripe. He thankfully hit them both because Alex Caruso hit a game-tying three as the horn sounded to force overtime.

In OT, Giannis goaltended Ayo Dosunmo on the break after a bad Lillard pass to put Chicago up three at the 1:14 mark. Lillard again threw away the inbounds pass with 36 seconds left down three, leading to a fastbreak dunk and the Bulls then iced it at the line.

Stat That Stood Out

After improvement in recent weeks, the Bucks’ troubles on the glass popped back up tonight. The disparity in second-chance points wasn’t quite as pronounced during regulation (17-10 in Chicago’s favor) and actually finished tied, but Chicago outrebounded Milwaukee 51-43, including 14-10 in terms of offensive boards. That gap was even bigger (12-3) before the Bucks closed it in the fourth and OT.

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