Chicago Bulls defeat Milwaukee Bucks, 83-81

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Bulls forward Luol Deng contributed a 20-20 line with 24 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in 42 minutes.

PLAY OF THE GAME: The Bucks had a chance to tie the score, but Bulls guard Derrick Rose went up to block a shot by Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings with 14 seconds left. The play preserved a two-point Bulls' lead.

STATISTICS SHEET: The Bulls scored only 29 points in the first half, hitting 10 of 37 shots from the field (27%) and 9 of 12 free...

Chicago — A great start for the Milwaukee Bucks had them thinking about finally getting an elusive victory at the United Center.

But forward Luol Deng and point guard Derrick Rose paced a second-half comeback as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Bucks, 83-81, on Tuesday night. The Bulls rallied from an 18-point third-quarter deficit but had to hold on in the final seconds, when the Bucks fizzled on their last possession.

Backup forward Ersan Ilyasova was forced far beyo...