Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan, Coby White headline clutch win over Bucks

The Chicago Bulls opened this week on the heels of a dreadful four-game losing streak and facing a potentially season-defining stretch of schedule littered with elite opponents.

Well, on Monday, they routed the league-best Boston Celtics at home. And on Wednesday, they rode active defense, DeMar DeRozan’s brilliance and clutch shotmaking by Coby White to a signature road win over the Milwaukee Bucks by a score of 118-113, the Bulls’ first regular season win over that division rival since December 2017.

Here are 10 observations:

1. Billy Donovan felt this one creeping toward an irredeemable start when he first whistled for a timeout 70 seconds into the game. At that juncture, Brook Lopez had buried two 3-pointers, the Bulls had committed two sloppy turnovers and Giannis Antetokounmpo had blown by DeRozan for an open dunk en route to an 8-2 Bucks lead.

Milwaukee pulled ahead by as many as nine points in the first quarter, but the Bulls righted the ship with the help of some torrid 3-point shooting (6-for-13, led by two from Javonte Green) to trail just 33-32 entering the second.

2. More adversity came early in the second when Zach LaVine — who had 10 points and two assists in the first — was whistled for this controversial offensive foul (that was later upgraded to a flagrant one) while shooting a fadeaway jump shot:

Not only did that lead to a four-point swing as the Bulls were…

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