In an outcome that should have surprised nobody, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 78-74 on Tuesday night.
The Bulls played without four starters, and for the most part Carlos Boozer lived up to his reputation as the team's worst starter. He had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, which sounds like a very nice 37 minutes. But when you did it on 9/23 field goals and 0 assists versus 6 turnovers, that takes any goodness out of it.
Mike Dunleavy had his best game as a Bull, scoring 24 points (9/15 FG, 2/4 3's) with five rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. His 2nd quarter was a thing of beauty, as he hit all seven of his shots and outscored Milwaukee 18-15 on his own.
Marquis Teague also had the best quarter of his career in the 2nd quarter, as he played all 12 minutes and had six assists, doing an outstanding job of running the offense and knowing to keep finding Dunleavy when he was white-hot. The Bulls scored 28 points in the 2nd, and 46 points in the other 36 minutes of the game.
Tony Snell played fairly well overall, putting up 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots. He had another beautiful Scottie Pippen moment, grabbing a defensive rebound, dribbling the length of the floor, and going right into the post for an easy 5-foot bank shot when he saw that he had the much smaller Nate Wolters guarding him.
Teague has looked much more comfortable since his brief D-League assignment, though his shot has been one of the ugliest things you have ever seen in your life. But if he keeps getting minutes, I expect he'll find the confidence in his jumper that he had during the 2013 Summer League.
And Tony Snell? This kid just keeps showing more and more each game. He is most certainly looking like another "A" on the draft report card of John Paxson and Gar Forman. His jumper looks very good, his ballhandling has been even better than advertised, and he just plain looks like he knows what he is doing out there.