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Boylan moves to 2-0 as Bucks beat Bulls 104-96
MILWAUKEE 104, CHICAGO 96
By JAY COHEN
AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO (AP) -- Brandon Jennings stretched out his arms and held
his hands just over the ground as he glided toward center court,
celebrating another big 3-pointer with one of Nate Robinson's
Yup, Jennings was listening to Robinson's trash talk, and he had
the perfect response.
The speedy point guard scored 20 of his 35 points in the third
quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 104-96
on Wednesday night for their second consecutive victory under
interim coach Jim Boylan.
Robinson scored 13 of his 19 points in the first period, but was
unable to stop Jennings once he got going in the third.
"A little trash talking before the second half," Jennings said.
"I guess he felt like he had it going, he was getting the best
of me. I really don't take trash talking too kindly because I
don't really do a lot of trash talking. I warned him, so, hey,
Mike Dunleavy had 16 points and Monta Ellis finished with 14 for
Milwaukee, which made 10 of 22 3-point attempts. Larry Sanders
grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked seven shots.
"I think the whole team played well, but obviously Brandon,
offensively, really got it going," Boylan said. "I thought our
defense got a little more active, coming up with loose balls.
Larry's presence around the basket is intimidating. Guys go in
there and they're looking for him."
Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who
have dropped their last two games against Milwaukee at United
Center. The Bulls blew a 27-point lead in the third quarter as
Milwaukee snapped a nine-game losing streak against Chicago with
a 93-92 victory on Nov. 26.
"Just second half, I think they made a lot of tough shots,"
Boozer said. "Brandon was amazing. We missed some shots we
usually make, and that was the game."
Boozer has recorded a double-double in six consecutive games
while playing some of his best basketball in three seasons with
the Bulls. It's the best such streak for Chicago since Joakim
Noah also had a double-double in six straight games in 2009.
The Bucks parted ways with Scott Skiles on Monday in what was
called a mutual decision, and turned to his top assistant for at
least the rest of the season. Boylan also served as an interim
coach in Chicago when Skiles was let go during the 2007-08
"I told the guys that I'm just gonna have fun with this," Boylan
said. "Coach as well as I can coach, motivate these guys, and
that's what I'm gonna do."
It was a lot of fun against Chicago, especially when Jennings
got on a roll in the third. He was 4 for 7 from long range in
the period, including two 3s during a quick 8-0 burst that gave
the Bucks a 72-64 lead with 4:48 left.
"Teams go in stretches where they score and score and score,"
Robinson said. "It's like you can't do nothing about it. But
tonight we beat ourselves. Brandon Jennings got hot. It
Robinson also downplayed his running conversation with Jennings.
"A couple of dirty plays exchanged, but, you know, nothing to
complain about," he said. "It's basketball."
Jennings added a key floater in the fourth as the Bucks won for
only the seventh time in their last 27 games against the Bulls.
Luol Deng scored 18 points for Chicago, which was seeking a
season-best fourth consecutive victory.
Robinson got the start in place of Kirk Hinrich, who was
sidelined with a right elbow injury. It was the fifth start of
the season for the streaky guard, who made three 3-pointers in
the first quarter to help Chicago grab a 33-23 lead after one.
The Bulls still held a 10-point lead in the final seconds of the
first half when Jennings connected from long range, slicing
Chicago's advantage to 57-50 at the break.
NOTES: Bulls C Nazr Mohammed was preparing for the second half
when a giant inflatable Benny the Bull landed on him near the
free-throw line. The operator quickly got the mascot away from
Mohammed, who just smiled as he continued to warm up. ...
Hinrich has been hampered by a slew of injuries this season. He
missed three games in December with a bruised left knee and a
game in November because of an injured right hip. ... Boylan
said before the game he thinks Skiles will coach again. ... The
crowd roared when Bears CB Charles Tillman was shown on the
overhead videoboard before the final period. ... Jennings has
made at least one 3-pointer in a career-best 22 straight games.
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