The Milwaukee Bucks dismantle the Chicago Bulls and enter the second round

The Milwaukee Bucks ended the series in the first round against the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 with an exclamation point. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. did not give the decimated Bulls a chance and shot the visitors out of the hall with a score of 116: 100. Now it’s round two against the Boston Celtics.

Milwaukee Bucks (6) – Chicago Bulls (6) 116: 100 (BOXSCORE), Series: 4-1

Antetokounmpo was obviously not so keen on going back to Chicago for another match. The 27-year-old set the tone from the first minute and tore down the opposition with 33 points on 11/15 from the field in just 30 minutes (plus 9 rebounds and 3 assists).

Support was provided by five teammates with double-digit points, including Bobby Portis (14 and 17 rebounds), Pat Connaughton (20, 6/9 threes) and Grayson Allen (13). The Bucks lead was up 29 points, and the defense against the decimated Bulls also played a role.

Two actual starters were missing in Zach LaVine (Health and Safety Protocols) and Alex Caruso (concussion), while DeMar DeRozan was completely knocked out by the Bucks with several defenders. This gave Chicago free space on the three-point line (52 attempts from Downtown – franchise record), but the role players could not use it (15 hits, 28.8 percent three-point rate). “That was the plan – put a lot of players in front of him and force the others to beat us,” said Wesley Matthews.

The top scorers among the guests were Patrick Williams (23, 9/13 FG), Coby White (17) and Nikola Vucevic (19, 16 rebounds and 6 assists but 3/9 three-pointers). DeRozan was held by the Bucks with 10 shots from the field and 11 points and 7 assists. Substitute Javonte Green was a total failure (3 points at 1/8 FG, still 7 steals).

“It was the first rodeo for many of our guys. They now understand what it means to be in a playoff series,” DeRozan looked back at the duels with the Bucks. “There’s so much to learn from this experience, especially when you play against the reigning champion.”

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