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Bulls Vs. Bucks: Bulls Outlast Bucks 107-100

Derrick Rose's 34 points powered the Bulls on Friday night.

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Bulls Vs. Bucks Recap: Bulls Squash Bucks' Comeback in 107-100 Victory

The Milwaukee Bucks cut what was at one time a 14-point Chicago Bulls lead to five points late in the fourth quarter, but that was as close as they would get in what ended as a 107-100 Bulls victory. The Bulls rode a barnstorming second half from Derrick Rose— who finished with 34 points, three rebounds and three assists— to that lead before sealing up the win with a barrage of free throws.

The Bucks got back in the game thanks primarily to a strong half from rookie Jon Leuer, who finished the game with 19 points on 9-11 shooting off the bench. The Bucks also received a massive game from Drew Gooden, who put up 23 points, 15 rebounds and six assists against the Bulls' vaunted frontline. But ultimately, Milwaukee was unable to overcome a third quarter that saw them score only 18 points.

Gooden's outstanding game was more than countered by the Bulls' starting frontcourt, with both Joakim Noah (15 points, 16 rebounds) and Carlos Boozer (20 points, 13 rebounds) tallying double-doubles. Kyle Korver scored nine points and added three rebounds in place of injured Bulls small forward Luol Deng.

The Bulls will be off on Saturday as they travel down to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat for the first time this season.

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Bulls Vs. Bucks Score Update: Bulls Extend Lead To 11 After Three

The Chicago Bulls' vaunted defense locked down the low horsepower Milwaukee Bucks in the third quarter of Friday night's match up, holding the Bucks to only 18 points as they extended their lead to 79-68 after three. Reigning MVP Derrick Rose had a scintillating quarter, brining his point total to 30 on the night, thanks mostly to frequent trips to the free throw line. Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings, who had outpaced Rose in the first half, went cold in the third quarter, bricking a number of long range shots.

The Bucks will have a long road ahead of them in the fourth, as the Chicago defense continues to tighten its grip as the Bucks' shooting percentage slips below 40% on the night.

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Bulls Vs. Bucks Score Update: Bulls Up By One At The Half

The Chicago Bulls would certainly be okay with Friday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks coming down to a battle of the point guards, but Brandon Jennings out-dueled Derrick Rose in a first half dominated by the two point men. Jennings finished the half with 19 points on 7-11 shooting, and added four rebounds and an assist. Rose was right on his heels with 16 points, but was held to only two assists and no rebounds. Bulls back up point guard C.J. Watson pitched in with eight points, including two makes from downtown. Carlos Boozer also had a solid half, putting up eight points and six rebounds.

As the score would indicate, the half was played evenly, with the Bulls making 21 field goals to the Bucks' 19, and Chicago adding six free throws to Milwaukee's seven. On the boards, the Bulls out-rebounded the Bucks by three.

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Bulls Vs. Bucks Score Update: Chicago Takes 30-27 Lead Into 2nd Quarter

The Chicago Bulls are without Richard Hamilton Friday night -- Kyle Korver started in his place -- but they've been able to handle the adjustment so far and carry a 30-27 lead on Milwaukee into the second quarter.

Related: Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks: 2011-12 Game Preview #21

Derrick Rose had 10 points in the first on 4-8 shooting; Korver and C.J. Watson each added five points. Offensive rebounding was a big story in the period for Chicago, as the Bulls grabbed 57% of their missed field goal attempts. Joakim Noah had five offensive boards by himself. That effort helped offset a modest shooting effort at the offensive end.

Brandon Jennings is playing well early for Milwaukee and has 16 points.

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Richard Hamilton Injury: Guard Likely To Miss Friday Night's Game Against Milwaukee

According to a report from the Tribune's K.C. Johnson, Richard Hamilton's groin is bothering him enough that he'll likely have to miss Friday night's game against Milwaukee.

The veteran guard aggravated his sore groin and is likely out against the Milwaukee Bucks. Rookie Jimmy Butler will make his first NBA start for Hamilton in Friday's game.

Hamilton suffered the groin injury early in the season and was forced to miss 10 games. He had played in the Bulls' last five games, though, twice scoring 20 points or more.

Related: Taj Gibson Likely To Play Friday Night

Jimmy Butler has appeared in 10 games for Chicago this season, averaging about four minutes of playing time per appearance. He has one double-digit scoring night to his credit: a 12-point effort against Atlanta on Jan. 7.

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Bulls Vs. Bucks: Taj Gibson Likely To Play Friday Night

The Chicago Bulls (16-4) may have the services of 3rd-year forward Taj Gibson on Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks (7-10). Gibson has missed several games since tearing a wrist ligament against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The California native has accrued 123 points from the bench this season, sporting an impressive .500 shooting percentage and 7.7 rebounds per 36 minutes.

Gibson participated in the team's Friday shootaround, according to the Chicago Tribune, and Gibson appeared eager to return to the court, saying: "I'm feeling a lot better, anxious to play."

The Bulls will need all the help they can get Friday night. With starters like Luol Deng out and others such as Derrick Rose nursing injuries, they will face an uncommon challenge against a Bucks team that has won 3 of their last 4 games -- though they too will be without one of their top stars.

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Bulls Vs. Bucks Preview: Chicago Hopes To Bounce Back From Wednesday's Defeat

Chicago welcomes Milwaukee to the United Center on Friday night.

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