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Scorching second half carries Bucks past Bulls

Scary bad. Scary good.

The Milwaukee Bucks were a bit of both Friday night. Fortunately for them, they were more of the later at the right times.

Falling behind by as many as 22 points in the first half, the Bucks put on a second-half clinic, pulling away for a 123-104 victory over the Chicago Bulls at Fiserv Forum.

Chicago (4-12) could do no wrong in the first half. Former Bucks Jabari Parker scored 15 first-quarter points, and Justin Holiday went 6 for 6 on 3-pointers in the first half, as the Bulls built a 63-41 lead late in the second quarter.

The Bucks (11-4) saved a small amount of face with the final four points of the half, retreating to the locker room with a 63-45 deficit.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer apparently delivered one heck of a halftime address.

Brook Lopez made a 3-pointer to open the quarter, and the Bucks went on a period-long blitz that had the Bulls wondering what happened.

All the shots the Bulls swished through the net in the first half clanged off iron in the third quarter. All the shots the Bucks clanged off the iron in the first half magically swished through in the third quarter.

When the dust had cleared, the Bucks had delivered a 46-17 quarter and held a 91-80 lead entering the fourth quarter. The margin reached 22 in the fourth quarter, meaning each team held a 22-point lead.

Eric Bledsoe lead the Bucks with 25 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton each added 23, with Antetokounmpo grabbing 13 rebounds and Middleton 10.

After going 6 for 17 on 3-pointers in the first half, the Bucks went 12 for 26 behind the arc in the second half.

Parker led the Bulls with 21 points, but after his big first quarter he scored just two more points before adding four in garbage time. Holiday had just two points after the half to finish with 20. He went 0 for 3 on 3-pointers after his 6-for-6 show in the first half.

The Bucks announced before the game that reserve center John Henson has a torn ligament in his wrist and will require surgery. He’s expected to miss as many as 12 weeks.

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