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Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

Bucks stage wild comeback as Bulls blow 27-point lead


CHICAGO — The Milwaukee Bucks had everything working against them late in the third quarter — a 27-point deficit, a nine-game skid against Chicago and a flurry of 3-pointers by the Bulls, the league's worst deep-shooting team.

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Huge advantage squandered: Chicago's Joakim Noah puts up a hook shot over Milwaukee's Larry Sanders in the first half on Monday night. The Bucks edged the Bulls 93-92. AP

So Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles cleared the bench and watched his reserves tear off a 31-4 run, leading the Bucks to a stunning 93-92 comeback win over Chicago on Monday that snapped a three-game losing streak.

Ersan Ilyasova scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half to lead the comeback, including 12 in the fourth quarter when Milwaukee outscored the hosts 30-12 to prevent the Bulls from taking over first place in the Central Division. The first-place Bucks lead the Bulls by 1½ games.

"We got different guys in the game," Skiles said. "They played very well together, played with a lot of energy, played some good defense."

Milwaukee played the entire fourth quarter with the same five reserves: Ilyasova, Epke Udoh, Beno Udrih, Mike Dunleavy and Doron Lamb.

"It can happen fast," Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. "You can lose 10 points in an NBA game in a minute. Everyone says that doesn't happen, but you see it all the time. If you don't play tough with a lead, this is what happens."

Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 30 points for the Bulls but missed a shot at the buzzer that would have won it.

John Henson, Udrih and Udoh all scored 11 points, while Monta Ellis added 10. Udoh added six rebounds and five of Milwaukee's 12 blocked shots.

The Bucks hadn't beaten Chicago since April 6, 2010.

"We played terrible," Bulls forward Luol Deng said.

Chicago outscored Milwaukee 28-13 in the third and opened the 27-point lead on Kirk Hinrich's 3 with 2:50 to go in the quarter.

Thunder 114, Bobcats 69

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 18 points and the Thunder opened a 40-point halftime lead in one of the most lopsided first halves in NBA history on their way to a blowout of Charlotte.

Russell Westbrook had 12 points and 11 assists before he and the rest of Oklahoma City's starters were pulled less than 5 minutes into the second half with the Thunder leading 79-25.

Nets 96, Knicks 89 (OT)

In New York, Jerry Stackhouse, wearing the No. 42 Jackie Robinson made famous in Brooklyn, made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:31 left in overtime as the Nets controlled the extra period of a playoff-like game that neither team led by more than seven.

Brook Lopez had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Brooklyn.

New York's Carmelo Anthony had 35 points and 13 rebounds, but was only 10 of 16 at the free- throw line.

Hornets 105, Clippers 98

In Los Angeles, Greivis Vasquez had 25 points and 10 assists and the Hornets' defense took Blake Griffin completely out of the game — a career-low four points — en route to a win over the skidding Clippers, ending the Hornets' seven-game losing streak.

Pistons 108, Trail Blazers 101

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Brandon Knight scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half, outplaying Damian Lillard in a matchup of young guards and leading Detroit to a win over Portland.

Spurs 118, Wizards 92

In Washington, Boris Diaw scored 16 points, Tiago Splitter had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Tony Parker added 15 to help San Antonio win its fourth straight over the still-winless Wizards (0-12).

Grizzlies 84, Cavaliers 78

In Memphis, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol scored 19 points each and the Grizzlies overcame a lethargic performance to escape with a win over Cleveland.

Jazz 105, Nuggets 103

In Salt Lake City, Al Jefferson scored a season-high 28 points and Derrick Favors made three free throws down the stretch, helping Utah remain unbeaten at home with a win over Denver.

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