John Henson had 25 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 78-74 on Tuesday night in a matchup of injury-riddled teams trying to break out of a slump. Brandon Knight added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which had dropped three of four. Chicago used only eight players after Joakim Noah was sidelined by a bruised right thigh. Carlos Boozer was the only starter in the lineup from the season opener at Miami.
CHICAGO - Forward John Henson scored 25 points, including a desperation 22-foot jumper as the shot clock expired, to help the Milwaukee Bucks secure a 78-74 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday at the United Center. Guard Brandon Knight contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who won for the third straight time in Chicago. The Bulls were led by forward Mike Dunleavy with 24 points, while forward Carlos Boozer finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Just when it seemed like the doldrums brought on in the aftermath of the disastrous “Circus Trip” were a thing of the past, another lackluster performance came to the surface Saturday night at the United Center, as the undermanned Bulls (8-10), lacking their two primary scoring threats, lost to the Pistons (10-10), 92-75, in Detroit’s first win in Chicago since 2006. The forward tandem of Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson (21 points, 10 rebounds)—the latter, usually the former’s understudy, started at small forward in place of injured All-Star Luol Deng, who missed the contest due to a lingering sore left Achilles’—were the Bulls’ protagonists in the early going, sparking a slim lead in the opening minutes of the game. The Pistons’ own duo of point guard Brandon Jennings (33 points) and power forward Greg Monroe (eight points, 12 rebounds) kept the visitors close, however, and eventually enabled Detroit to seize the lead, as reserve swingman Kyle Singler provided a spark off the bench.
In the second season of his second stint in Chicago, Kirk Hinrich once again has been asked to take on starting point guard duties. Derrick Rose's torn meniscus thrust Hinrich back into the starting role, where he averaged 7.7 points and 5.2 assists in 60 starts for the Bulls a year ago. Injuries aside, Hinrich has been a reliable asset for Tom Thibodeau, last year allowing Nate Robinson to remain with a second unit deprived of scoring and, in 2013, keeping sophomore Marquis Teague on the bench as he continues to develop in Year 2. His shooting numbers have been poor since arriving in Chicago -- a career 42.7 percent shooter before signing with the Bulls in 2012, Hinrich has shot just 37.7 percent in one-plus years -- but Hinrich has been an apt passer surrounded by scorers in Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer.