Bulls Best Bucks 151-135

Chicago just misses franchise-scoring mark
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 10:15 PM CDT
Chicago Bulls forward Andres Nocioni, of Argentina, left, goes up for a basket against the defense of Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut, of Australia, right, in the first half.   (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
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(Newser) – Luol Deng scored 32 points on 15-of-20 shooting and Ben Gordon added 29 points as the Chicago Bulls fell just short of a franchise record for points and shooting percentage with a 151-135 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. Four other players finished in double digits as Chicago fell five points short of the franchise record set in 1990.

The Bulls shot 67 percent from the field, just off a franchise high set in 1981, but the highest ever allowed by the Bucks. Milwaukee, which lost its seventh straight, showed just how little it has improved. The defense has declined under coaches Terry Stotts and Larry Krystkowiak, marking a new low in front of general manager John Hammond, who was hired on Friday.