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Boozer and Bulls take down Bucks

Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Boozer registered a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds to help the Chicago Bulls to an 81-72 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in what was an offensive struggle from the opening tip.

Mike Dunleavy tallied 18 points on 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc, Taj Gibson netted 12 and Jimmy Butler added 10 points for Chicago, which won its eighth consecutive road game over Milwaukee for the first time in franchise history.

Joakim Noah had eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Bulls' fourth straight win overall.

Chicago shot 38.7 percent from the floor, but held Milwaukee to a meager 31.8 percent shooting.

O.J. Mayo scored a team-high 16 points, while Ersan Ilyasova and Luke Ridnour each posted 14 points in the loss, Milwaukee's fourth straight defeat.

Brandon Knight scored 12 points on 5-of-21 shooting and Miroslav Raduljica added 10 points as the Bucks fell to 3-14 at home.

Knight made a jumper with 5:09 left in the fourth to pull Milwaukee within one, 73-72. From that point, the Bucks went 0-for-11 from the field down the stretch and were held scoreless by Chicago's stingy defensive unit.

Dunleavy quickly answered Knight's jumper with one of his own, then scored on a layup and a pair of free throws to increase the Chicago advantage to 79-72 with 1:16 to play.

Milwaukee shot 6-of-23 in the fourth quarter, but surprisingly shot better than the Bulls, who were 4-of-16.

"Going down the stretch you have to make plays and we did not make plays," said Bucks head coach Larry Drew. "We forced a couple shots down the stretch and it probably wasn't the best selection on some shots, but you have to make plays."

Ilyasova scored five points during a 10-1 spurt to open the game for Milwaukee. Dunleavy made Chicago's first bucket 5:13 into the contest and the Bulls trailed 12-5 in the early going.

The Bucks led by as many as 11 in the quarter and owned a 27-20 advantage heading to the second.

Dunleavy buried back-to-back 3s to cap a 13-1 charge midway through the second quarter and help Chicago to a 35-32 lead.

The Bulls brought a slim 47-45 lead into the locker room at the half and extended the margin to 69-59 heading into he fourth.

"We were just trying to contest shots -- trying to rebound and make them shoot over our hands, and it worked out," said Bulls forward Carlos Boozer.

Game Notes

John Henson missed his sixth straight game for the Bucks with a sprained left ankle ... Boozer returned to the lineup after missing two games with a sore right knee ... Chicago outscored Milwaukee 27-9 from the free-throw line ... The Bucks edged the Bulls 5-2 on the fastbreak ... The Bulls largest lead was 15 ... Each team committed 12 turnovers.

01/11 01:54:39 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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