More often than not, numbers can tell the story. Two major numbers worked against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Chicago turned 19 Milwaukee turnovers into 24 points and the Bulls scored 66 points in the paint on their way to a 104-88 victory at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. "We made mistakes and they capitalized," Bucks guard Monta Ellis said. "We got behind to a great team. Coming off the back-to-back it was going to be kind of tough for us to make that run to get the lead, especially the way they were playing." Not only was Milwaukee playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Bucks were unable to fly back from Detroit until this morning due to engine failure on the team's charter plane. The Bucks looked the part of a tired team in the first half and the Bulls were the polar opposite. Motivated and energized to get back at the Bucks for beating them on their home court, the Bulls were playing hard and feeding off a large contingent of Chicago fans that made the trip up I-94. Behind 16 second quarter points from streaky point guard Nate Robinson, Chicago rolled into half up 55-37. "We didn't like the way they celebrated on our court," Bulls forward Taj Gibson said. "We just wanted to be real tough and physical tonight, go in the paint early, and (coach) made the right calls and we took advantage of it." The Bucks were without their defensive ace, as center Larry Sanders was unable to play due to an illness. Without him, the Bulls owned the paint and Milwaukee struggled to defend the pick-and-roll. "Larry makes a big difference for us when he's around the basket and his activity and the way he alters shots," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "Maybe they don't get a couple of those tip-ins that they got against us. "If we would have had Larry tonight, obviously that would have helped us. But he wasn't there, so there was nothing we could do."
Bulls capitalize on shorthanded, tired Bucks
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