MILWAUKEE — The Bucks aren’t going away quietly. They know they weren’t supposed to be here — Jason Kidd even acknowledged after the game that many of the reporters in the room didn’t have his team in the playoffs before the start of the season. But they’re making their presence felt, playing the Bulls tough and not letting them get anything easy. On Saturday, that tenacity finally paid off with a win: Milwaukee outlasted Chicago 92-90 to stay alive going into Game 5 at the United Center on Monday.
The Bulls’ 28 turnovers allowed for 39 Bucks points, and a few crucial plays down the stretch. An O.J. Mayo three was waved off for coming after the shot clock, but then he hit another one. And after the Bulls tied it up with a Pau Gasol three-point play, Jerryd Bayless won the game at the buzzer with this layup off a gorgeous out-of-timeout play call from Kidd:
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau didn’t want to put the blame on just that play — after all, how could he when the Bulls coughed up as many turnovers as they did?
“We beat ourselves,” Thibodeau said after the game.”
“Mistakes will happen, we just made too many of them throughout the game,” said Gasol. “We put ourselves in a position to try to win, but I don’t think we played with enough sense of urgency.”
The Bucks, meanwhile, showed no shortage of that. They had no other choice.
“If you lose, you go home,” said Mayo after the game. “I don’t think any of us are ready to go home. We lose one more game, our season is over, and we’re having a great season.”
Their season goes on, for at least two more days.