In a Monday night duel at Fiserv Forum, the Milwaukee Bucks survived against the Chicago Bulls in overtime, 133-129.
The Bucks would race out in the first quarter, embarking on a 16-4 run at one point. However, the Bulls didn’t retreat and stuck around. Brook Lopez’s scoring burst fueled by a pair of threes assisted Milwaukee in securing a first-quarter lead, 37-32.
Chicago wouldn’t inflict any real threat of snatching the lead from Milwaukee throughout the quarter. Coby White and DeMar DeRozan would be the bulk of the Bulls’ offense, but that two-man show couldn’t keep up with the Bucks to close out the half. At the break, the Bucks owned a 74-65 lead.
DeMar DeRozan would turn it on in the third quarter, playing a major role in denting the Bucks’ lead. Add in a Jevon Carter three as time expired going into the fourth and that equaled a 91-89 Bucks advantage.
In the fourth, both teams would be neck-and-neck to cross the finish line. DeRozan and White kept the Bulls in the thick of things as things ultimately came down to the closing seconds. DeMar DeRozan buried a jump shot to send it to OT at 118 apiece, as Damian Lillard’s halfcourt heave didn’t connect.
In the overtime period, Milwaukee would corral the necessary energy to piece together a win, led by Antetokounmpo. It took an extra five minutes, but the Bucks got a 133-129 victory.
Stat That Stood Out
Malik Beasley has been a sneaky good addition for the Bucks this season. In games where he’s on, he’s on. Tonight, that was the case. He pieced together an effective outing with 19 points, 15 of which came via the 3-point ball. Whenever he’s able to add that spark from deep, it complements the already potent Bucks offense even more.