The Chicago Bulls finished the 1st round playoff series 4-2 against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 on Thursday. The Bulls registered a thumping 120-66 win to book a semifinal berth against Cleveland Cavaliers. The margin is just 4 less than the NBA playoffs record of the highest margin victory. The Minnesota beat St Louis 133-75 way back in 1956.
The Bucks trailed 0-3 at one stage, then pulled off a couple of consecutive wins to stay afloat in the series. And perhaps that triggered a dominant show from the Bulls in game 6.
Mike Dunleavy led the Bulls with 20 points.
“We have been up and down,” Dunleavy said after clinching the series. “It certainly seems like nothing’s been easy for us this year. When we get going a little bit, we take a couple steps forward, we take a step back. For us, though, tonight hopefully can be a momentum-builder. Something just clicked for this team, and hopefully in the next few days we can keep that going.”
Pau Gasol scored 19 points and Jimmy Butler added 16 more to the winner’s tally.
Some more positive news for the Bulls is that Cavs forward Kevin Love has been ruled out of the remaining playoffs due to shoulder dislocation, while J.R Smith is suspended for the first two games of the 2nd round playoff series.
“Love changes them a little bit,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau explained regarding his opponents. “But the way they’re built, they have great flexibility, whether they have him or not.”
Now the Bulls can focus on the task of defending ace Cavalier star LeBron James.