Bucks clinch NBA playoff spot by beating BullsWisconsin Sports
- The Milwaukee Bucks clinched their first NBA playoff berth in four years with a 79-74 victory at Chicago.
CHICAGO - The Milwaukee Bucks clinched their first NBA playoff berth in four years with a 79-74 victory at Chicago last night.
John Salmons scored 26 points in his first game against the Bulls since they traded him to Milwaukee in February. Kurt Thomas had 14 rebounds in place of Andrew Bogut, who’s out for the season after having hand surgery on Monday.
The Bucks out-scored Chicago 28-to-9 in the second quarter, thanks to a defensive clampdown after the Bulls shot 69-percent in the opening period. Milwaukee led by nine going into the final quarter. And the Bulls were within three when Brad Miller was called for traveling down the lane with seven-point-nine seconds left. The Bucks overcame a sub-par 36-percent shooting night.
Luol Deng had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago, whose own playoff hopes took a hit. The Bulls are now a game behind Toronto for the eighth-and-final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks regained the number-five spot in a tie-breaker with Miami. Milwaukee will host New Jersey tonight.