NBA regular season

Bucks knock off Bulls for 3rd straight win

Bucks knock off Bulls for 3rd straight win

FACE-OFF. Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan defends against Bucks counterpart Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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The Bucks finish strong as Giannis Antetokounmpo rolls to his sixth straight double-double

Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his sixth consecutive double-double as the visiting Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Chicago Bulls, 118-112, to extend their win streak to three games on Friday night, March 4 (Saturday, March 5, Manila time).

The two-time MVP poured in a game-high 34 points, 16 rebounds, and 5 assists on 12-of-22 shooting to lead the Bucks past Chicago for the second time in two games this season.

Jrue Holiday added 26 points and 8 rebounds, and Khris Middleton notched 22 points.

Despite a rough third quarter, Milwaukee finished strong, outscoring the Bulls 18-10 over the final six minutes.

Zach LaVine paced Chicago with 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists on 13-of-26 shooting. DeMar DeRozan tallied 29 points, and Nikola Vucevic supplied 19 along with 9 rebounds.

The Bulls shot a crisp 50% from the field (47-of-94) but went to the free throw line just 11 times, making eight. Meanwhile, the Bucks cashed in on 22- of-33 attempts at the line.

Momentum had shifted late in the third quarter after a layup from Vucevic gave the Bulls their first lead since late in the first. It turned into a 14-5 Chicago run into the final frame.

Both teams shot at least 50% from the field in the first half, but six three-pointers and 26 points in the paint helped Milwaukee go into the break with a narrow 57-53 lead. Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 15 points, and Middleton and Bobby Portis each added 12.

The Bulls had trailed by 14 but outscored the Bucks 20-10 over the final 6:15 of the half to keep things close. LaVine led the way with 13 points, and DeRozan and Vucevic followed with 12 and 11, respectively.

Chicago also profited off its defense, scoring 11 points off 10 Milwaukee turnovers.

After a tight first quarter, the Bucks opened the second on a 16-4 run to build a 12-point edge. 

Antetokounmpo had 8 points during the surge, and all 4 of the Bulls’ points came from DeRozan. –