Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NBA: Bucks Stay Alive with Win in Chicago

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NBA: Bucks Stay Alive with Win in Chicago

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Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points and eight assists, Khris Middleton scored 21 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks avoided elimination again with a 94-88 victory over the Bulls on Monday night in Chicago in Game 5 of their first-round series.

With a 3-2 lead, the Bulls will try to close it out again Thursday at Milwaukee. But the Bucks aren't going quietly after dropping the first three games.

"We just didn't come down here because we won one game," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. "Some people look at it as house money. You can always talk about the future. We're not looking at the future. We've stayed in the present and worked our tails off and put ourselves in this position to win the series."

The Bucks regrouped after a nine-point lead dwindled to three, and they hung on again after a seven-point lead shrank to four with just over a minute remaining.

Carter-Williams hit 10 of 15 shots while outplaying Derrick Rose. The Bucks' guard rolled his right ankle early in the third but came back late in the quarter.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 points and reserve O.J. Mayo added 10 as the Bucks kept the Bulls off balance most of the game.

Pau Gasol had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago, but Rose and Jimmy Butler struggled.

Rose was five of 20 from the field and missed all seven 3-point attempts. He committed six of his team's 13 turnovers. Butler scored 20 points but shot five of 21.

The Bucks were leading 86-77 when Rose hit two jumpers and Gasol buried one of his own to make it a three-point game with 4:45 left.

Carter-Williams answered by banking in a shot, and John Henson flew in for a dunk off a miss by Mayo to make it 90-83 with 3:15 left.

Gasol hit two free throws after getting knocked to the court with 1:04 left to pull Chicago within 92-88. But Antetokounmpo blocked a runner by Rose, and Middleton hit two free throws to make it a six- point game with 27. …

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