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Bulls light it up to beat Milwaukee
Tyrus Thomas lost a contact lens during the first quarter of the Bulls' stunning 151-135 victory over the Bucks on Monday night at the Bradley Center.
But instead of turning into The Gang Who Couldn't See or Shoot Straight, the Bulls shot the lights out in posting the franchise's most points since beating Phoenix 155-127 on Dec. 4, 1990.
"One fifty-one," interim coach Jim Boylan deadpanned. "I thought that was a rum."
The Bulls fell four points shy of the franchise record but still set season highs for points, points in first and second halves, points in all quarters but the fourth, field goals (63), assists (42) and shooting percentage.
The Bulls shot a staggering 67 percent, fifth-best percentage in franchise history.
"It was kind of like an All-Star Game," guard Chris Duhon said. "There was no 'D' being played."
Luol Deng scored 32, Ben Gordon added 29 points in 27 minutes and Duhon posted 22 points and 15 assists.
The outcome didn't look possible when the Bulls allowed the Bucks to drop 45 first-quarter points on them on 66.7 percent shooting. Charlie Villanueva scored 18 of his 22 before the second quarter started.
But the Bulls, led by Gordon's 12 points, made 18 of 25 shots in the second quarter to take an 81-71 halftime lead. The 81 points surpassed outputs for 10 entire games this season and matched an 11th.
The Bulls made 18 of 25 shots in the third quarter, led by Deng's 8-for-8.
Bucks guard Ramon Sessions posted an NBA-season-high and franchise-record 24 assists.
"I joked that (former Bulls coach) Scott Skiles would've been really upset if he broke his single-game assists record (30) against the Bulls," Boylan cracked. "It's been a tough year for us. To be able to air it out, there's nothing wrong with that."