Bulls beat Bucks
Derrick Rose had 18 points, 12 assists and six assists for Chicago, who has won 11 of its last 13 games.
John Salmons scored 18 points for the Bucks, who shot a season-low 32.1 percent.
Trailing 45-44 at the half, the Bulls opened the second half by outscoring the Bucks 9-0. Rose started the run with a 3-pointer and had a basket to make it 52-45.
Chicago pulled away for good midway through the fourth quarter by going on a 16-4 run. Leading 69-66, Rose started it with a jumper and Chicago got consecutive 3-pointers from Rose and Kyle Korver to make it 86-72.
The Bucks, already missing starting point guard Brandon Jennings with a broken foot, learned before the game they would be without backup Earl Boykins. Boykins was suspended by the NBA for one game without pay for making intentional contact with a referee in Monday’s loss to Atlanta.
The Bucks’ Corey Maggette scored 15 points off the bench, and Luc Mbah a Moute added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Milwaukee forward Drew Gooden missed his third straight game with left plantar fasciitis.
Last updated: 3:43 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012