Dunleavy hits late 3, Bulls beat Bucks 91-90

As last-second, game-winning 3-pointers go, this one wasn’t the


But it got the job done, and that’s the only thing that mattered

to Mike Dunleavy and the Chicago Bulls.

At this point, the Bulls will take whatever offense they can


Dunleavy banked in a three-pointer with 5.8 seconds left and

Joakim Noah came up with a block on the other end, leading the

Bulls to a 91-90 comeback victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on

Friday night.

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.”

Trailing by two in the final seconds, Chicago came up with a

tie-up on the defensive end and won the jump ball, allowing

Dunleavy to hit a high-arching 3 that banged off the glass, then

in, for the lead.

Noah then blocked O.J. Mayo’s shot to preserve the lead – and a

victory that appeared unlikely just seconds before.

”You could see his rhythm coming offensively,” Bulls coach Tom

Thibodeau said of Noah. ”Defensively, he’s been terrific from the

start of the season but offensively, you can see his timing is


Noah scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds – both season

highs – for the Bulls, who ended a three-game losing streak.

Chicago scored fewer than 80 points in all three of those losses –

including one to Milwaukee in Chicago on Tuesday.

Jimmy Butler scored 16 points in his return from injury for


”I felt all right,” Butler said. ”Rusty. Out of shape.

Terrible. But I’m glad my guys pulled this win out.”

Carlos Boozer scored 14 points and added 12 rebounds.

Gary Neal scored 17 points and Henson added 15 for the Bucks,

who appeared to have the game won when Khris Middleton hit a

desperation shot with 29.8 seconds left. Instead, it was another


”It wasn’t even really supposed to get to that point, but we

made some mistakes, critical mistakes, and that’s what happens,”

Henson said.

And to make matters worse for the Bucks, a crowd filled with

traveling Bulls fans made it sound like a home game at times for

Chicago – especially at the end, when Dunleavy’s shot set off a

thunderous ovation.

That’s not a new phenomenon when the Bulls visit Milwaukee – but

to Henson, it is somewhat annoying.

”A little bit, man,” Henson said. ”But, hey, they’re an hour

away. It was a Bulls crowd.”

Milwaukee went on a 12-4 run to take an 11-point lead with 7:37

remaining. The Bulls chipped away at the lead, but Henson passed to

a wide-open Ekpe Udoh on the baseline and Udoh delivered an

emphatic dunk for an 88-83 lead with 1:30 left.

Mayo then fouled Dunleavy on a three-point attempt, and Dunleavy

hit all three free throws to cut the lead to two. After a Milwaukee

miss, Boozer made a game-tying jumper with 54.9 seconds left.

Middleton then hit a desperation shot with the clock running

out, giving Milwaukee a two-point lead. Butler was called for

traveling on the other end and the game appeared to be all but over

– but it was only setting the stage for Dunleavy’s big moment.

”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.”

While Derrick Rose’s season-ending knee injury has garnered the

most attention, it hasn’t been the only critical injury for Chicago

this season.

Butler missed 11 games because of a toe injury and the Bulls are

still without Luol Deng, who remains sidelined with a sore left


Chicago added some depth earlier in the day Friday, signing free

agent guard D.J. Augustin. Augustin was scoreless in 11-plus

minutes in his Bulls debut.

NOTES: Drew said guard/forward Carlos Delfino will have surgery

on his right foot in his native Argentina on Saturday. There is no

timeline for his return. . Larry Sanders has been fitted with a

protective glove and cleared to resume some basketball activities,

but there is no timeline for his return from a thumb injury. …

Thibodeau said Deng is feeling better and could be available for

Saturday’s game.