On Tuesday night, the streaking Bulls, winners of eight of their last 10, defeated the, now 17-15, Bucks 115-106.
Up by nine points early, the Bucks seemed to have the game under control. But the Bulls bench, noticeably better in the last 10 games due to the return of forward, Nikola Mirotic, pulled them back into the game.
Up 56-53 at the half, the Bulls again used their bench in the second half to come away with the victory, the Bulls bench outscored the Milwaukee reserves 54-25.
The narrative was the same down the stretch for the Bulls as it has been in recent wins, Mirotic hitting big shots and Kris Dunn being able to get to the rim and finish in crucial moments.
One thing that the Bulls need to clean up quickly if they want to beat the top teams in the league is free throw shooting. Although most trips to the line came when the Bulls were up double digits in the fourth quarter, so they were not do-or-die, the Bulls shot an underwhelming 15-25 from the line.
With the return of Zach LaVine looming, things are only looking better right now for basketball in Chicago. The bulls travel back home Wednesday for a 7pm tipoff with the New York Knicks.
Bulls: Nikola Mirotic 24 pts. 8 reb. Kris Dunn 20 pts. 12 ast.
Bucks: Giannis Anetokounmbo 28 pts. 7 reb. Eric Bledsoe 22pts. 6 ast.