Mike Dunleavy banked in a three-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining to push the Bulls to a 91-90 road win over the Bucks at the Bradley Center on Friday night.
You don't see too many game-winners that begin with a jump ball at the opposite free-throw line, but that's where Chicago and Milwaukee lined up with 16.2 seconds remaining and the Bucks leading 90-88. Joakim Noah was able to win the tip for the Bulls, who pushed the ball up in search of a game-tying or game-winning opportunity. Dunleavy, who signed with the Bulls over the summer after spending the previous two seasons in Milwaukee, curled around from the right baseline to the left angle. He received a pass from Kirk Hinrich after using two screens to get a little space.
John Henson switched out on Dunleavy to contest the three-pointer, and Dunleavy had no choice but to launch over the long-armed defender with the clock under eight seconds. The shot looked long, and it was, but it somehow banked home cleanly off the glass. Milwaukee collected the ball and had a shot at a winner of its own on the other end, but O.J. Mayo had a running floater blocked by Noah as time expired.
The three-pointer capped an 8-0 Bulls run over the final 1:23 of the game. The Associated Press reported post-game reaction to the final shot from both sides.
Dunleavy said he had to change the angle of his shot to avoid the reach of his defender, 6-foot-11 forward John Henson.
"He's so long so if I would have shot my normal shot, he might have got a piece of it," Dunleavy said. "So basically what I'm saying is, I took a bad shot and it went in."
"He hit a tough shot," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. "It wasn't an easy shot. It was a contested shot. But I'll say it again: It should not have come down it (that). We were in position where we should have closed that game out."
Dunleavy finished with 12 points (on 4-for-8 shooting), five rebounds and four assists. Noah led the Bulls with a game-high 21 points (on 10-for-15 shooting), 18 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three steals.
Henson led the Bucks with 15 points (on 6-for-9 shooting), eight rebounds and four blocks in a losing effort.
Chicago improved to 9-12 with the win; Milwaukee dropped to 5-18 with the loss.
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