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Bulls Destroy Bucks, 120-66, Moves On To Conference Semis

Bulls Destroy Bucks, 120-66, Moves On To Conference Semis

We haven’t seen the Mr. Hyde version of the Chicago Bulls much but man were they scary.

The Bulls came close to an NBA playoff record, dominating the Milwaukee Bucks 120-66 in Game 6 to clinch their first-round series Thursday night. The 54-point rout is the third-highest in playoff history.

As ejections go, Giannis Antetokounmpo flying from one end of the court to the other to deck a mid-follow-through Mike Dunleavy Jr. into the first row of Bradley Center seats could’ve been worse. With 1:34 left in the second quarter and the Bulls leading 58-28, the series all but over, the play was especially unnecessary. To be fair, Dunleavy dealt the gangly young Greek a shot to the chest on the previous play before dashing down the floor and spotting up for three. The veteran had been baiting the Bucks for most of a dominant Bulls half with a series of dubious cheapshots of his own. And still, all that said, Dunleavy drained the shot anyway.

One dirty play from the generally mild-mannered, 20-year-old Antetokounmpo, a player still growing into his jaw-dropping talent, can be excused. His blank expression afterward called to mind ubiquitous comic-book origin stories, the moment of lost composure where the hero accidentally discovers his own strength. It’s a learning process. On a similar note, there was plenty of self-discovery in the past two weeks for the Bucks, who more than adequately flexed their chops in a tremendous six-game showing. Unfortunately for the Bucks, their intensity and willingness to scrap on Thursday night was largely ineffective due to perhaps the Bulls’ best collective effort of the entire season. Chicago eliminated Milwaukee with a 120-66 win in the largest margin of victory for a series-clinching game in playoff history.

All Bulls starters dropped double-figures in scoring led by Dunleavy’s 20 while no one in the Bucks scored more than eight points.

We haven’t seen the Mr. Hyde version of the Chicago Bulls much but man were they scary.

The Bulls came close to an NBA playoff record, dominating the Milwaukee Bucks 120-66 in Game 6 to clinch their first-round series Thursday night. The 54-point rout is the third-highest in playoff history.

As ejections go, Giannis Antetokounmpo flying from one end of the court to the other to deck a mid-follow-through Mike Dunleavy Jr. into the first row of Bradley Center seats could’ve been worse. With 1:34 left in the second quarter and the Bulls leading 58-28, the series all but over, the play was especially unnecessary. To be fair, Dunleavy dealt the gangly young Greek a shot to the chest on the previous play before dashing down the floor and spotting up for three. The veteran had been baiting the Bucks for most of a dominant Bulls half with a series of dubious cheapshots of his own. And still, all that said, Dunleavy drained the shot anyway.

One dirty play from the generally mild-mannered, 20-year-old Antetokounmpo, a player still growing into his jaw-dropping talent, can be excused. His blank expression afterward called to mind ubiquitous comic-book origin stories, the moment of lost composure where the hero accidentally discovers his own strength. It’s a learning process. On a similar note, there was plenty of self-discovery in the past two weeks for the Bucks, who more than adequately flexed their chops in a tremendous six-game showing. Unfortunately for the Bucks, their intensity and willingness to scrap on Thursday night was largely ineffective due to perhaps the Bulls’ best collective effort of the entire season. Chicago eliminated Milwaukee with a 120-66 win in the largest margin of victory for a series-clinching game in playoff history.

The Bulls will now move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Round 2. David Blatt’s troops, however, will be severely undermanned with Kevin Love (shoulder) and J.R. Smith (suspension) out.

Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch / USA TODAY Sports

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