You don’t have to believe him if you don’t want to. He claims he meant to do it, no matter how unlikely that seems. But intentional or not, Mike Dunleavy’s banked-in 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining beat the Bucks on Friday night, and the way things have been going for the Bulls, they’ll take a victory any way they can get it. “When it left my hand, I thought it had a good chance of going in,” Dunleavy said after the game. “I thought it was going to bank in because (Bucks center John) Henson was out there and I had to get it up over his outstretched hand, and the second if left my hand, if I needed to call bank I would’ve called bank.” Fair enough. In a matchup between two floundering, injury-ravaged Central Division foes, the Bulls overcame some sloppy play in the second and third quarters to came back and beat the Bucks, 91-90, in what turned out to be a thrilling finish at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. In a wild final minute, Dunleavy banked in the 27-footer to give the Bulls a one-point lead, their first lead since the second quarter. Bucks guard O.J. Mayo got the inbound and went coast-to-coast to try for the game-winner but his buzzer-beating runner was blocked by Joakim Noah, who, despite Dunleavy’s H-O-R-S-E-shot heroics, was easily the MVP of the game. Noah finished with 21 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks, none bigger than the last one, in the victory, just the Bulls’ third in their last 12 games.
Dunleavy, Bulls pull off crazy last-second victory over Bucks
CSN Chicago | Dec 14