Carlos Boozer registered his 10th double-double this season, scoring 19 points and registering 13 rebounds, to help the Chicago Bulls take down the Milwaukee Bucks, 81-72. Chicago (16-18) has now won four consecutive games.
Boozer shot 6-12 from the field and 7-12 from the free throw line. Taj Gibson also contributed for Chicago, finishing with 12 points and 6 rebounds. On 6-16 shooting, including 2-6 from behind the arc, O.J. Mayo scored 16 points off the bench for Milwaukee in the loss. Ersan Ilyasova added 14 points and 6 rebounds.
As expected, the Bucks offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Bulls defense that ranks second-best in the league at forcing misses (46.5% opponents' eFG%). After finishing with an eFG% of 35.8% in this game, they rank 28th in the NBA in that metric at 46.3% this season. The Bucks paired an eFG% of 35.8% alongside a substandard FTA rate of 13.6. They are winless (0-4) when they drop below 45% and 20.0 in those respective offensive factors this season. The Bulls, on the other hand, are 5-1 when holding their opponents under those marks.
Milwaukee (7-28) has now dropped their last four straight games.
Coming up next, the Bulls square off against the Charlotte Bobcats, who are 15-22 on the year. The Bucks match up with the Oklahoma City Thunder, currently 27-9 this season. The Bulls have a 1-0 record against Charlotte this season. The Bucks have a 0-1 record against Oklahoma City this season.