Carlos Boozer returned from his two game absence after suffering a knee injury to score 19 points and grab 13 rebounds, leading the Chicago Bulls to an 81-72 victory over the over the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Friday night.
When you take a Bulls’ team that has been decimated by injuries and recently traded all-star forward Luol Deng and pair them with perhaps the NBA’s worst team in the Milwaukee Bucks, two terrible offensive performances is what you should figure to get.
And these two squads did not disappoint.
The Bulls made just 24 shots, shooting 38.7% from the field. The Bucks hit 28 shots, but needed 26 more attempts to do it, shooting 31.8% from the field. The game was won at the free throw line where the Bulls hit 27 of their 39 attempts (69.2%). The Bucks went just nine-of-12 (75.0%) from the charity stripe.
Mike Dunleavy, Jr. added 18 points and four rebounds and Taj Gibson had 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks off of the bench.
O.J. Mayo led the Bucks with 16 points while Ersan Ilyasova and Luke Ridnour poured in 14 apiece.
The Bulls are now 16-18 while the Bucks are 7-28.