Rose leads Bulls over Bucks in preseason tilt
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
CHICAGO—Derrick Rose is back, as Bucks coach Larry Drew noted with a wry grin in his pregame remarks.
And the Chicago Bulls guard looked in midseason form with 24 points in 28 minutes, pacing his team to an easy 105-84 victory over Milwaukee in exhibition play at the United Center.
Rose has scored 78 points in 81 minutes over the Bulls' last three games, a remarkable total for a player making a comeback from anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Rose missed all of last season with the injury he sustained in the 2012 playoffs.
This game matched a team with NBA title aspirations against one simply trying to find a cohesive lineup. The Bucks were without starting guard O.J. Mayo (family matter) and power forward Ersan Ilyasova (sprained right ankle), and Drew decided to go with a small-ball lineup at the outset.
But it hardly mattered as the Bulls cruised to a 15-2 lead in the opening minutes and held a 62-39 advantage at halftime.
All five Bulls starters scored in double figures, including former Bucks player Mike Dunleavy, who started in the absence of the injured Jimmy Butler (knee). Dunleavy finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes.
Carlos Boozer added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Luol Deng had 15 points for the Bulls (6-0), who will open the regular season on Oct. 29 at Miami.
Backup center Zaza Pachulia played in his first game with the Bucks since signing as a free agent in the summer. He had eight points and two rebounds in 17 minutes.
It also was his first action since March of this year when he was with the Atlanta Hawks. He underwent surgery on his right Achilles' tendon in early April.
Gary Neal, starting in Mayo's place, finished with 14 points to pace Milwaukee (0-5) while point guard Brandon Knight added 13 and center Larry Sanders had 12. John Henson did not start but played 22 minutes off the bench and had 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Bulls held a 52-31 rebounding advantage and scored 28 points off 21 Milwaukee turnovers.