MILWAUKEE—Pick a mood, any mood.
Glass half-full mood?
Glass half-empty mood?
The Bulls were outscored 42-14 in the second quarter42-14!and allowed an 8-2 run late after taking that fourth-quarter lead.
Guess which mood Jay Williams was in after the Bulls' 108-101 loss, their ninth straight at the Bradley Center?
"There are no moral victories," Williams said.
There may be no actual victories either if the Bulls play defense the way they did in the second quarter.
Trailing 36-35, the Bucks ripped off a 22-2 run behind the scorching shooting of Michael Redd and the surprising shooting of former Bull Kevin Ollie.
Redd, showing why the Bucks matched Dallas' offer sheet and re-signed the restricted free agent, scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the quarter.
Redd went 5-for-6 on three-point attempts and added a four-point play with 2 minutes 32 seconds to play in the half for good measure. He came in averaging 14.7 points per game.
Ollie scored 10 of his 14 points in the second quarter as Milwaukee grabbed a 67-44 halftime lead.
"We have to locate their shooters and not give them open shots," said Jalen Rose, who led the Bulls with 24 points. "When you are trying to come back, everything is magnifiedevery missed shot, every turnover."
Williams, who played 39 minutes, scored 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter as the Bulls pulled to within 13.
Early in the fourth, the Bulls made their final push. Rose scored five points and Donyell Marshall and Lonny Baxter added four apiece in a 13-0 spurt that gave the Bulls a 90-89 lead with 5:39 to play.
"Our effort was terrific in the second half," coach Bill Cartwright said.
But tied at 91-91, former Bull Toni Kukoc drained a 26-foot three-pointer with 3:49 to play. Kukoc had missed all seven of his three-pointers to that point.
"I've never missed [seven] threes in a row in my life," Kukoc said.
Said Cartwright: "Toni's a big-shot shooter. You have to think he's going to make that. And he did."
Rose hit a 15-footer on the ensuing possession. But Kukoc, who had 12 assists, drove and found Anthony Mason for a layup and foul on Williams. Mason's three-point play made it 97-93, and when Rose followed with a turnover that Ray Allen converted into two free throws at the other end, the Bulls were forced to foul.
"Toni hit a huge three," Rose said. "It crushed us. I think the comeback was dead after that."
Marshall posted his fourth double-double with 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Baxter, who played the entire fourth quarter, added 14 points and five rebounds.
That the Bulls made their fourth-quarter run with two rookies on the court proved little solace to Cartwright.
"Whether it's rookies or young guys, I have plenty of them," Cartwright said. "Either way, I'm going to have somebody young out there.
"We got scattered for one quarter. They made us pay."