CHICAGO, ILL (WSAU) The Milwaukee Bucks lost their first exhibition game last night, 100-to-94 at Chicago.
Rookie forward John Henson hyper-extended his left knee – but it looked worse when he fell to the floor late in the third period. Henson, Milwaukee’s first-round draft choice, will have another exam today.
The Bucks were down by 10 going into the final quarter. They got to within three with 2:47 left, when Chicago put the game away with a jump shot by Nate Robinson and two free throws from Rip Hamilton. Robinson had 24 points and 13 assists as he started in place of Kirk Hinrich, who was out with a knee injury. Hamilton scored 23, and Bulls’ center Joakim Noah had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The Bucks were out-shot 47-to-42 percent, and coach Scott Skiles said it was the first game in which his team was not competitive. Mike Dunleavy and Samuel Dalembert each had 13 points off the bench. Bucks’ starter Brandon Jennings also scored 13, despite a sore big right toe that he’s playing through. Dalembert added 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Chicago only committed 14 turnovers, after averaging 22 in its previous three exhibitions. The Bucks’ pre-season record fell to 2-and-1.
They’ll play the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow night in La Crosse.