Milwaukee Bucks defeat Chicago Bulls, 99-97

Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut was obviously feeling much better.

After pre-game introductions, it is customary for the Bucks to form a circle around the free-throw line in front of their bench while one of the players, usually a rookie, is pushed into the middle of the circle to perform an inspirational dance.

But Monday night, prior to the Bucks' down-to-the-wire, 99-97 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the Bradley Center, it was Bogut who jumped in the middle...

 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Gone but not forgotten? Bucks center Andrew Bogut, who returned after missing six games with a leg injury, was introduced before the game as Dan Gadzuric. Bogut waved to the crowd as he trotted on the court after his introduction and, playing through his identity crisis, went on to finish with 22 points and 15 rebounds.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Take your pick. Bogut had two big blocks late in the game.

STATISTICS SHEET: Bogut had a big first half as...

Andrew Bogut said he made it a personal challenge to return as quickly as possible from a lower left leg injury he suffered against New Jersey on Nov. 18.

Only 12 days later, Bogut was in the starting lineup Monday night as the Milwaukee Bucks met the Chicago Bulls at the Bradley Center. The 7-foot center scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lift the Bucks to a 99-97 victory.

Just having No. 6 in the lineup provided an emotional lift for a Bucks team that had ...