5 takeaways from the Chicago Bulls’ surprising win against the Milwaukee Bucks, including Coby White coming up clutch

The Chicago Bulls opened their six-game trip Wednesday with a 118-113 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum, fueled by DeMar DeRozan’s 36 points and two huge 3-pointers down the stretch from Coby White.

With back-to-back wins over the Boston Celtics and Bucks, the Bulls (8-10) showed they have the talent to compete with the best teams in the league despite their lackluster start to the season. But the toughest stretch of the season is on tap, and they have to continue to play aggressively to avoid a letdown.

Here are five takeaways from Wednesday’s win.

1. A clutch win at last

The Bulls were 0-7 in “clutch” games, defined as those with a five-point margin and five minutes or fewer remaining. With a 10-point lead and 10 minutes remaining, the Bulls were in control until Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo began to assert himself in the paint, scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter to give the Bucks a late lead.

But a White 3-pointer tied the game with 1 minute, 15 seconds left, and after Alex Caruso coaxed Antetokounmpo into a charge, White nailed another 3 to put the Bulls back in front. Defensive consistency was key to holding off the Bucks.

“We’ve been pulling together defensive stops for longer stretches in games, and it shows,” DeRozan told NBC Sports Chicago on the postgame show. “We’ve got to do that, especially competing against the good teams in this league.”

The win over the Bucks was also important for the team’s confidence. They had lost 17 of their last 19 against Milwaukee since 2018-19, including last year’s loss in five games in the first round of the playoffs. With a large contingent of Bulls fans making the trip up I-94, it sounded like a home game at times.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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