The first-round playoff series between the six-seeded Chicago Bulls and the third-seeded Milwaukee Bucks is over, and the Bucks win the best-of-seven series in five games.
The Bulls lost all four encounters with the Bucks during the regular season, including 28- and 21-point blowouts in the last two games. The reigning NBA champion will be led by two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has not lost a regular-season game against the Bulls since December 27, 2017.
The Bulls were 14-1 in the regular season against the top four seeds in the Eastern Conference — Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers. This was the Bulls’ first postseason appearance in five years.
Here are the results of the playoff series:
Game 1: Bucks 93, Bulls 86
In the fourth quarter of every game, the Chicago Bulls are always comfortable with a single-digit deficit and the ball in DeMar DeRozan’s hands. That was a proven formula during DeRozan’s first season in Chicago.
but DeRozan failed to deliver late-game heroics in Game 1 against the Bucks. He didn’t score in the fourth quarter until 2:11 remained, went 1 to 7 in the quarter and only took two free throws in the second half.
Game 2: Bulls 114, Bucks 110
DeMar DeRozan is a man of his word. He proved that to the Bulls fans gobbles up the Bucks defense in the second half to cement a 114-110 win that leveled the first-round playoff series at a game apiece.
The Bulls star didn’t hide his frustration after Game 1 and vowed he wouldn’t repeat his 6-of-25 shooting performance. DeRozan spent Tuesday night on the Fiserv Forum court laying down shots to regain the rhythm lacking in the opening loss.
Game 3: Bucks 111, Bulls 81
The Bulls returned to the United Center for their first playoff game in five years with home field advantage and the momentum of an away win behind them.
But she hobbled out of Game 3 with a 111-81 beatdown as the Bucks bounced back like a reigning NBA champion to take a 2-1 lead in the first round.
Game 4: Dollars 119, Bulls 95
The Bulls offered hope in Game 4 of their series with the Bucks. That was at least an improvement for the fans at the United Center after the Game 3 decline.
The offense matched shots with the Bucks in the first half and avoided an early hole. Patrick Williams finally made good on his young promise, scoring 20 points in his best performance of the playoffs. The Bulls scored more transition points (6) in the first half than in any game in the previous series.
But none of that mattered when Giannis Antetokounmpo woke up. The Bucks star sliced through the Bulls’ defense with surgical accuracy, posting a streak-high 32 points. With Antetokounmpo slashing the Bulls at both ends of the pitch, the Bucks waltzed to a 119-95 win.
Game 5: Bucks 116, Bulls 100
The Bulls season ended on an air of inevitability Wednesday night when the team collapsed against the Bucks in a 116-100 loss in Game 5 to complete their best-of-seven first-round streak.
The Bulls’ odds went from unlikely to bleak after starters Alex Caruso (concussion) and Zach LaVine (COVID-19) were both ruled out of Game 5 early Wednesday. Bucks fans weren’t excited when they came to the Fiserv forum – they were expectant.
The only unexpected part of the loss was DeMar DeRozan’s stat line.
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