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Thomas leads Bulls past Bucks

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Associated Press
January 25, 2011
— While the Milwaukee Bucks were focused on stopping one of the league’s young stars, one of the NBA’s veterans gave the Chicago Bulls a big lift.

The 38-year-old Kurt Thomas scored 22 points and Derrick Rose added 21 points and 10 assists to lead the Bulls to a 92-83 win over the Bucks on Monday night.


“Kurt was hitting every shot, and my job is to give it to him,” Rose said. “They were playing two people on me when I’d drive the ball, so I was throwing it to him every time.”


Thomas, who is in his 16th NBA season, scored his most points since Jan. 25, 2005, when he scored 24 against the Phoenix Suns while playing for the New York Knicks. Thomas also had nine rebounds and five assists.


“They were really playing off me,” Thomas said. “I knocked down my first two or three shots, so I just continued to fire away.”


Chris Douglas-Roberts scored a season-high 30 points, one shy of his career high, for the Bucks. Andrew Bogut had eight points and 18 rebounds and Ersan Ilyasova added 17 points.


Thomas played last season with the Bucks.


“Kurt had a great night for them,” Bogut said. “He knows our stuff backwards, though. He knows where to get to and where our help is going to come from.”



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