CHICAGO – John Henson cracked a smile as he headed down the court after his desperate turnaround splashed through the net.
It was that kind of night for Milwaukee.
Henson had 25 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots, and the Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 78-74 on Tuesday in a matchup of slumping teams racked by injuries.
We just kept fighting, Henson said. Man, we just kept fighting. As a young team, a scrappy team out here, that’s what we got to do.
Brandon Knight added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which had dropped three of four. O.J. Mayo was just 2 for 12 from the field, but had seven assists and made a couple of big plays in the fourth quarter.
Milwaukee only used nine players due to injuries, and Miroslav Raduljica logged all of 83 seconds. Chicago went with an eight-man rotation after Joakim Noah was sidelined by a bruised right thigh.
It doesn’t matter, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. Everyone who’s called upon is capable of doing their job. Eighteen turnovers hurt us. In the first half we had great ball movement with 14 assists. In the second half, we have to do better.
Mike Dunleavy scored 18 of his 24 points in the second quarter, but the Bulls struggled on offense in the latter part of their fourth loss in five games. Carlos Boozer, the only starter from the season opener at Miami, had 21 points and 12 rebounds.
CAVALIERS 109, KNICKS 94: In Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and Jarrett Jack added 17 points for Cleveland.
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 and Amare Stoudemire had 15 for New York.
SPURS 116, RAPTORS 103: In Toronto, Manu Ginobili scored 16 points and Tony Parker had 15 for San Antonio. Tim Duncan scored 14 points and Aron Baynes had a career-best 14 as the Spurs overcame a 14-point first quarter.
NETS 104, CELTICS 96: In New York, Deron Williams scored a season-high 25 points and Brook Lopez added 24 for Brooklyn in the first matchup for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett against their former team. Garnett had 11 points and Pierce finished with four points.
THUNDER 101, HAWKS 92: In Atlanta, Kevin Durant scored 30 points for Oklahoma City, which won for the 11th time in 12 games. Shelvin Mack scored 17 points off the bench for Atlanta.
TIMBERWOLVES 121, PISTONS 94: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Kevin Love had 26 points and 16 rebounds in just 30 minutes for Minnesota.