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Bulls send Bucks to franchise record-tying loss

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Kirk  Hinrich and  Jimmy Butler  scored 17 
points apiece to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 102-90 victory over the Milwaukee 
Bucks on Friday. 

Carlos  Boozer and  D.J. Augustin tallied 14 points apiece, with Boozer adding 
11 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won four straight. Joakim Noah contributed 
11  points and  13 boards, while Taj  Gibson and Mike Dunleavy added 13 and 12 
points, respectively. 

Brandon  Knight  had a  game-high 22  points and Jeff  Adrien posted a career- 
high  21  points  and had  nine  rebounds  for  the  Bucks, who  have  tied  a 
franchise  record with  62  losses  on the  season.  Ramon  Sessions and  Zaza 
Pachulia  scored 14  and 13  points, respectively,  with Pachulia  adding nine 
rebounds in defeat. 

The Bulls led  27-15 at  the end  of  the first  quarter on  the strength  of 
shooting  50 percent  (12-for-24)  from the  floor, while  the  Bucks made  40 
percent (6-for-15) of their field goals in the period. 

Chicago expanded its lead to 37-21 with a 10-2 run two minutes into the second 
frame.  The Bucks  had no answer and  trailed by 19, 48-29, with 3 1/2 minutes 
left in the first half. 

Milwaukee  trailed 51-35  to  start  the third  period.  After trading  scores 
through  the first 4  1/2 minutes of the second half, the Bucks used a 9-4 run 
to  pull  within 10  points. Chicago,  however, stretched  the margin to 82-62 
heading into the fourth. 

"We  started to move the basketball. We started looking for the cutters," said 
Bucks head coach Larry Drew. 

The  Bucks, though, did not go away. With 9:19 left they scored 11 straight to 
pull  within eight,  the closest they had  been since a minute into the second 
quarter. The teams went back-and-forth over the next three-plus minutes before 
a 7-2 surge put Chicago back up by 13 with just over two minutes to play. 

"They played harder than us for a stretch. But when we needed to score, we got 
it done," said Gibson. 

Milwaukee scored the next four to pull within single-digits with 1 1/2 minutes 
left,  but Butler and  Noah each knocked down a pair from the line to help the 
Bulls seal the deal. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Bucks now trail the all-time series 106-122 against Chicago ... Milwaukee 
has  lost 12 straight on  the road and is now 1-22 on the road in 2014 ... The 
Bucks  tied the 1993-94  club with a franchise worst 62 losses in a season ... 
Chicago  had 12 turnovers,  compared to 20 by the Bucks ... The Bulls went 33- 
for-42 from the foul line, while Milwaukee shot 26-for-35 from the stripe. 

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