Bulls vs Bucks final score: DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso lead Chicago to Game 2 win

After the crushing Game 1 loss, the Chicago Bulls responded with one of their best performances of the season.

On the road against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Bulls went up 18 points as the defending champions put on a close game in the fourth quarter, but Chicago continued to respond with big buckets.

DeMar DeRozan had another standout night offensively dropping 41 points on 16 of 31 shots from the field, ending it by scoring a rimfire basket with 18.2 seconds left as the Bulls exited Milwaukee with a 114-110 victory , tying the series at one game apiece.

It was a chaotic streak that included several Bulls offensive rebounds. Eventually, the ball landed in DeRozan’s hands with about 24 seconds left. Instead of waiting for Milwaukee to foul him, he went to the hoop, made contact with Giannis and scored despite it.

You could tell how much that meant to the Bulls as the entire bench raced to help get him back as the timeout was called.

Then Alex Caruso stepped up with another timely defensive play, drawing an offensive foul on Giannis to turn Milwaukee over. It was emblematic of his night as Caruso was all over the place for Chicago and made big play after big play. He finished with just nine points, but he had 10 assists, hit shots from downtown and played some expected defense. . Billy Donovan opted to have him keep Giannis on the stretch and it yielded positive results. He added a block and was one of the players who grabbed an offensive rebound in the game‘s offensive streak.

As a team, Chicago shot very well from the field at 49.4 percent and, more importantly, three to 48 percent (12 of 25), a monumental improvement from Game 1. If the Bulls are to have any chance of making this series competitive, they need to keep stretching the ground and breaking through to three points.

Chicago turned the ball over 13 times, leading to 13 points for the Bucks. They collected 25 assists from 44 marks. As usual, they shot almost perfectly from the line, missing only once.

Second to DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic had an outstanding game and a redemption performance in his own right. He had 24 points and 13 rebounds, stretching the floor with his timely shot. Vucevic went four of eight from three-point field, including a timely shot with 2:30 left to keep the Bucks at bay.

Zach LaVine didn’t have a foul problem in this game as he scored 20 points and three assists. He mostly deferred to DeRozan in the fourth quarter as DeMar had a hot hand, but that didn’t stop LaVine from getting involved. He also knocked down a much-needed three to stop a Bucks run at 4th. Patrick Williams had nine field goal attempts and finished with 10 points, but he found other ways to make an impact. He grabbed nine rebounds and added three assists. For most of the game he was tasked with guarding Giannis and struggled to some extent. However, he was much needed for Chicago given his contributions to corporate boards.

The Bulls starters may have let them down in the series opener, but they were leaned on a lot with much better results tonight. No Bulls bench player played more than 14 minutes in that game, and the unit scored 10 combined points. Donovan gave them a quick hook every time the Bucks started closing their deficit.

As for Milwaukee, they got 33 points and 18 rebounds from Giannis and all of their starters scored in double digits. Brook Lopez continues to kill the Bulls as he had 25 points and Jrue Holiday participated with 15. Khris Middleton had 18 points but left the game in the fourth quarter.

Middleton may be absent from the rest of this series as the initial diagnosis was an MCL sprain. Bobby Portis also left midgame for the Bucks after suffering an eye injury.

It was a huge win for Chicago, as getting a game on the road now gives them some hope of heading home. They got monster performances from all their major contributors and shot well from deep. This along with what has been a very good defense is a recipe for success for the Bulls if they want to make this a competitive series.

Game 3 is Friday night in Chicago and you can guarantee the atmosphere at the United Center will be electric.

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