Playoff Review: Milwaukee Bucks Beat The Chicago Bulls To Claim Game 1

Playoff Review: Milwaukee Bucks Beat The Chicago Bulls To Claim Game 1

It is a busy night in the Eastern Conference, having most of their playoff matches in a single day. The 3rd seeded Bucks went up against the 6th seeded Bulls which was again a thrilling matchup. It was clear that both teams wanted to take the 1st game in order to assert who is the better team.

The Milwaukee Bucks went with the starting lineup of Jrue Holiday, Wesley Matthews, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpoa and Brook Lopez. The Chicago Bulls started with Alex Caruso, Zach Lavine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams and Nikola Vucevic.

Game Summary

With the start of the opening tip, the crowd started jeering as the Bucks started the game with a 9-0 run. The Vucevic snapped the run with a 3 of his own and got the Bulls on the board. But it was clear that the Bucks had the momentum and they attacked the rim. They widened the score gap to take hold of the game.

The frazzled Bulls regained their composure by starting to focus on defense. Great defense leads to goo offense and that happened in the 2nd quarter as they blocked the paint area and made it hard for penetration. Yet the Bucks took the lead with a 51-43.

In the 2nd half, the Bulls kept up with their defense and they took the lead in the middle of the 3rd quarter, thanks to the efforts from Vucevic, Lavine and White. The Bucks were not taking this lying down so Giannis took over and started punishing the defense.

In the 4th quarter, the Bulls made some wrong judgment in their plays which resulted in Lopez and Holiday going on a scoring burst. With under 50 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, the Bulls had the ball and they were down by 3 points. DeRozan was struggling with the ball so all eyes were on Zach Lavine who took a bad shot from beyond the arc missing the basket. The Bucks got possession of the ball and won the game.

Box Score

The star of the game was Giannis who went for 27 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks. Lopez was on fire today being the secondary scorer with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Jrue Holiday scored 15 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds along with 2 steals. Middleton struggled to score but instead made plays with 11 points and 6 assists.

On the Bulls side, Nikola Vucevic led the team with a double-double scoring 24 points, 17 rebounds and 2 blocks. Zach Lavine had a double-double as well with 18 points and 10 rebounds. DeRozan had a poor shooting night scoring 18 points on 24% from the field, but he had 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.

Takeaway from the game

The Bucks took Game 1 of the series with a scoreline of 93-86. Both teams under performed but the Bulls were the one who majorly struggled. DeRozan needs to be the leader and score more if they want to win the series. It is not an impossibility to win. The Bulls have the players to pull it off but they need DeRozan to show up if they want to win.

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