Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Chicago Bulls 123-102 on Monday night (Tuesday morning IST). The game took place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a double-double for the Bucks with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Giannis returned after sitting out for two games due to a sore back.
Giannis was 8-for-14 from the field and sat out the final 5 and a half minutes. Khris Middleton finished the game with 25 points. Eric Bledsoe scored 15 points in 16 minutes. He had missed eight back-to-back games due to a broken right leg. The Bucks are now leading the league with a 30-5 win-loss record.
Zach LaVine scored 19 points for the Bulls. However, he shot only 7-for-23 from the field. Lauri Markkanen and Coby White added 18 points. Wendell Carter Jr scored 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bucks started with a 8-0 run after the Bulls missed their first 6 attempts. The Bucks had a 31-20 advantage going into Q1, which they extended to 33-20 after an early basket from Robin Lopez. The Bulls tried for a comeback and Coby White and Markkanen both had 3 three-pointers during Q2, making 8-for-14 of the three-point attempts during the second period.
White made a 2-point shot with around 2 minutes left in the first half, giving the Bulls their 52-51 lead. However, Giannis scored 2 points to regain the Bucks' lead. The Bucks opened Q3 with a 17-4 run, establishing a 72-56 advantage over the Bulls. Kyle Korver's three-pointer during Q4 gave the Bucks their 105-81 advantage, their biggest during the game.