In a wild contest that reached 2 overtimes it probably shouldn't have, the Bulls ultimately prevailed after a dominating 2nd overtime to defeat the Bucks . Though the team had to exert itself more than you'd like in a game they had in hand, with the series now a 3-0 lead for the Bulls they have a chance to close things out Saturday and get plenty of rest.
This game had a ton of ups and downs, the ups usually coinciding with some brilliant plays by Derrick Rose. Rose had the long-ball working early (including one banker) and started adding explosive drives from there.
Rose carried the Bulls for much of this game with the 2 OTs bringing him to a whopping 48 minutes. Rose finished with 34 points on 12-23 shooting, going 5-9 from deep (I think he was exclusively scoring inside near the end of the game, too) . Rose was also fantastic creating open looks for teammates and taking care of the ball, with 8 assists and only 3 turnovers.
As a team though, the Bulls once again started off poorly, and things went real bad in the 2nd quarter (when Rose was out of the game). Chicago's offense was horribly stagnant and lacked spacing, which led to misses and turnovers and the Bucks running the floor. Giannis Antetokounmpo had his first not-awful game in the series, scoring a lot of his 17 first-half points in what was an 11-0 Bucks run. The Bucks were playing small, and with no Nikola Mirotic it reminded fans of a lot of early season Bulls contests where they couldn't handle PFs spacing the floor.
The deficit ballooned to 18, and quickly. But seemingly just as quickly, after Rose re-entered the game (and, it must be said, Noah exited), the Bulls stormed back on an 18-2 run themselves, ultimately heading into the half down 4.
The 3rd and 4th quarter saw a lot of spectacular plays by Rose, and made threes by him and his teammates Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell. The defense was still allowing a bit too many easy looks, but this one looked to be comfortably put away.
The Bucks were not done, though. They went on an extremely quick 11-0 run to end the game, with Khris Middleton scoring 8 of them, and at 33 seconds remaining giving Milwaukee a 1-point lead. Rose took a scary fall on a foul on the ensuing possession, missing the first FT and having the second one nearly rim out before tying the game. The Bucks had a chance to win the game at the 4th quarter buzzer, but Middleton missed a long two.
In Overtime, the score started back and forth for the first half of it to then see both teams go cold, and it was still a tie game with under a minute to go. The Bulls ran a ton of clock on their last chance to get an awful Butler 3-point try, so again the Bucks had a chance to steal the game...but got off an even worse shot.
Double OT saw the Bucks turn the ball over on 4 of their first 5 possessions (some great plays by Noah), with the Bulls capitalizing on an 12-0 run.