NBA Game Recap - Chicago at Milwaukee
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:00 PM EST

MIA
108
CLE
97
F
DAL
103
NY
106
F
CHI
115
MIL
124
F
LAC
127
NO
132
F
ATL
112
PHO
128
F
BKN
93
DEN
101
F

Milwaukee 124, Chicago 115

Nov 14, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Chicago (4-8)

32

34

20

29

115

Milwaukee (8-3)

30

35

32

27

124

Giannis drops 30-plus again to lead Bucks past Bulls 124-115
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:33 AM

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo ensured the Milwaukee Bucks’ dominance over the Chicago Bulls didn’t end Thursday night.

Antetokounmpo had 38 points and 15 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe added a season-high 31 points and eight assists, and the Bucks withstood another historic effort by Chicago rookie Coby White to beat the Bulls 124-115.

The Bucks have won seven straight against Chicago dating to 2017.

White shot 5 of 8 from 3-point range in the first half, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to hit five 3-pointers in consecutive games. The 19-year-old first-round pick hit seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter of a 120-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night - the most in a quarter ever by a rookie. White finished Thursday with 26 points, including six 3s.

“He was terrific,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said of White. “I thought a lot of our players played well. That’s a tough team.”

Antetokounmpo had at least 30 points for the seventh game this season for the Bucks, who played without Khris Middleton. The All-Star forward is expected to miss the next three to four weeks with a thigh bruise.

Donte DiVincenzo, who made his first career start in place of Middleton, had four points and five rebounds.

“I think the team realized in order to win tonight, we got to drive the ball into the paint and get some paint points,” Antetokounmpo said.

The Bucks made just six 3s while Chicago hit 18 from long range. But Milwaukee outscored the Bulls 70-32 inside. That marked a season high in the paint for Milwaukee. Bledsoe was a perfect 12 for 12 inside the arc.

“I was just getting some easy looks, man,” said Bledsoe, who has scored at least 20 points in each of his last five games. “My teammates do a great job of spacing the court. The way they shot the ball leaves gaps for me to drive and it’s up to me to make those shots.”

The Bucks missed Middleton early, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Milwaukee struggled to create and make shots, shooting an anemic 4 of 18 from 3 in the first half and trailed 66-65 at halftime.

Things switched in the second half when Antetokounmpo threw down a dunk that tied it at 82-82 with 6:37 to play in the third, prompting Boylen to call a timeout. The play ignited the crowd and jumpstarted the Bucks.

Wesley Matthews scored 10 of his 15 points from the foul line for Milwaukee. Matthews had just three free-throw attempts coming into the night but had 13 Thursday.

“This offense is kind of predicated on spacing and ball movement, so everybody can be in any spot,” Matthews said. “We already can be kind of interchangeable. We’re definitely going to miss (Middleton’s) production on the offensive end.

“This team is built with a lot of depth and tonight we put up 124. The offense wasn’t the problem. We have to stop people. We’ve got to find ways to do that.”

Zach LaVine had 25 points and seven assists before fouling out for Chicago. Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 points and six rebounds. He also fouled out.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Chicago had six players score in double figures (White, LaVine, Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen, 11; Thaddeus Young, 11; and Tomas Satoransky, 10).

Bucks: Center Robin Lopez finished with six points and three rebounds. Lopez spent the previous three seasons with the Bulls, averaging 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks in 219 games.

“RoLo is a hyper-competitive dude,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. “He likes to win. He likes to win a practice game. He likes to win a 1-on-1 game, a shooting game. I like that competitive spirit that he has.”

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host the Nets on Saturday.

Bucks: At the Pacers on Saturday.

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Leaders

Chicago PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Harrison 0 0 0 1 0 0
C. White 26 -9 3 5 3 0
Milwaukee PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Brown 0 10 0 9 1 0
G. Antetokounmpo 38 -4 4 16 3 1

Team Comparison

CHI MIL
Points For 115 124
Field Goals 38/93-41% 42/88-48%
Three Pointers 18/43-42% 6/33-18%
Free Throws 21/25-84% 34/47-72%
Offensive Rebounds 10 17
Defensive Rebounds 35 41
Rebounds 54 64
Blocks 1 4
Steals 14 9
Turnovers 20 22
Points Scored Off Turnovers 19 26
Points in the Paint 32 70
Fast Break Points 19 23
Personal Fouls 29 22
Technical Fouls 3 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - MIL Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Nov 14 CHI 115 @ MIL 124 K. Dunn 5 E. Ilyasova 2

Game Information

Stadium: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 17,627
Game Time: 2:24