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.”
Giannis dominates – the Bucks make cards with the Bulls
The Bucks started the game with a smashing Giannis putback, but otherwise got a mixed start offensively. This description would have been an understatement for the Bulls, on the other hand, the visitors got a lot of open threes due to the Bucks defense’s focus on DeRozan, but did not hit a charging door (4/16 threes in the first quarter). Milwaukee, on the other hand, came to roll and scored ten goals in a row, and Giannis made one And – the last point to a dominant first quarter (34:18).
By that time, the Greek already had 15 points, and the Bulls could not find an answer to his physique in the second half either. At the same time, Chicago remained without a point for nearly four and a half minutes, which the Bucks mercilessly punished. The lead grew to +29. Even when DeRozan finally celebrated his first points in the middle of the round, not much changed for the visitors. It was 60:42 at the break.
After the switch, Bulls fans still felt something like hope, Chicago reduced it to -11 relatively quickly. The next setback came in the form of back-to-back threes from Portis that fueled a 13-2 run. A little later, Brook Lopez cleared up Derrick Jones Jr., Connaughton and Allen put more needle sticks from downtown. By the end of the third round, Milwaukee had again run away to 91:68 – the match was settled.
Eight minutes before the last buzzer, Antetokounmpo’s working day ended, and nothing worth mentioning happened afterwards. The Bucks are 8-0 under head coach Mike Budenholzer in matches where Milwaukee can end a playoff series – including his time in Atlanta, Coach Bud has now won 11 series in a row. Next up is the showdown in the second round against the Boston Celtics, the series starting Sunday night at 7pm German time.
NBA Playoffs – Bucks vs. Bulls: The Series at a Glance (4-1)
|1||April 18||12:30||Milwaukee Bucks||Chicago Bulls||93:86|
|2||April 21st||3.30||Milwaukee Bucks||Chicago Bulls||110: 114|
|3||23rd April||02.30||Chicago Bulls||Milwaukee Bucks||81: 111|
|4||April 24||at 19||Chicago Bulls||Milwaukee Bucks||95: 119|
|5||April 28||1:30||Milwaukee Bucks||Chicago Bulls||116: 100|