MILWAUKEE (AP) — Richard Hamilton and Carlos Boozer were back on the court during the fourth quarter, and it paid off for the Chicago Bulls.
Hamilton scored a season-high 22 points, Boozer had 22 points and 19 rebounds, and the veterans helped the Bulls hold off the Milwaukee Bucks 93-86 to break a three-game losing streak.
The win by the Bulls was the ninth straight over the Bucks and the fifth straight at the Bradley Center. The last time Milwaukee beat Chicago was on April 10, 2010, in Chicago.
"It was nice to be out there and help this team get a win," said Hamilton, who scored 18 in the first half. "It was a lot of fun out there tonight. It was a game we needed to win."
Boozer grabbed eight offensive rebounds to help the Bulls outrebound the Bucks 54-40. He had scored a total of 17 points in his last two games.
"We hung in there tonight and really did a good job in the fourth quarter of getting some stops," he said. "We were hustling tonight and that was the key to getting a lot of our second opportunities."
Boozer has not been on the court lately in the fourth quarter, but said that was OK with him.
"I just go with the flow," he said. "It's his (coach Tom Thibodeau's) show. He runs it."
Despite his team's recent success against the Bucks, Thibodeau said the matchups are always tough games.
"When we play them, these games can go either way," he said. "They're hard-fought and tough. We've been fortunate to come out this way, but they're really good."
For Milwaukee, the loss was the third straight after opening the season by winning six of its first eight games. The team also received a scare when star guard Brandon Jennings went down late in the game with an ankle injury.
Afterward, Jennings said he rolled his ankle and sprained it, but it was not broken. He hopes to play Monday when the Bucks play the Bulls again in Chicago.
"It's really sore," he said as he looked down at the ice bag on his ankle. "It is the same one I had surgery on so I was nervous. But I think everything will be OK."
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