Milwaukee Bucks defeat Chicago Bulls, 79-74

Chicago — The Milwaukee Bucks won one for injured center Andrew Bogut on Tuesday night at the United Center and provided a glimpse of what life will be like without Bogut in the process.

The Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls, 79-74, to clinch a playoff spot in their first game since Bogut suffered season-ending injuries in Saturday's victory over Phoenix.

"This is a huge feeling for everyone in here," Bucks guard Luke Ridnour said in a jubilant visitors' locker room. "To ...

Chicago — A long wait ended for the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, a playoff drought that extended back to the 2005-'06 season.

Even without injured center Andrew Bogut, the Bucks showed the same defensive determination and teamwork that has marked their storybook season as they defeated the Chicago Bulls, 79-74, to clinch an Eastern Conference playoff berth.

It was truly official when an elated Bucks coach Scott Skiles swapped high-fives with veteran Kurt Thomas,...

 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Kurt Thomas wasn't hitting his jumper Tuesday, going just 2 for 8 as he replaced the injured Andrew Bogut in the Bucks' lineup. But he pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds and forced a key traveling call against Bulls center Brad Miller with 7.9 seconds left and the Bucks leading, 77-74. "It's huge," Thomas said of clinching a playoff spot. "It just shows the hard work everyone in this locker room has put in ever since training camp. Covering for ea...