The Chicago Bulls appeared well on their way to an easy victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night, building up a 27-point third-quarter lead. But the Bulls suffered a huge fourth-quarter collapse, falling 93-92 after Richard Hamilton's last-gasp jumper went wayward with seconds remaining.
The Bucks began their run at the tail end of the third quarter, cutting the 27-point deficit to 17 thanks to strong play from their bench. Milwaukee then needed only five minutes to tie the score at 82, setting up a frantic finish that involved numerous lead changes, missed free throws and turnovers. Ekpe Udoh's layup with just under a minute left proved to be the game-winner.
Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to score 18 points for Milwaukee, with most of that damage coming in the second half. Udoh and Beno Udrih provided a spark off the bench, with both guys chipping in with 11 points. For the game, Milwaukee's bench outscored Chicago's bench, 56-10.
Hamilton's 30 points led the Bulls. Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 17 points.