Bucks avoid elim­i­na­tion again, beat Bulls 94-88

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Michael CarterWil­liams made 22 points and eight as­sists, and Khris Mid­dle­ton scored 21 points as the Mil­wau­kee Bucks avoided elim­i­na­tion again with a 94-88 victory over the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 of their first-round NBA play­off se­ries Mon­day.

With a 3-2 lead, the Bulls will try to close it out again Thurs­day at Mil­wau­kee. No team has ever ral­lied from a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA post­sea­son se­ries.

In other play­offs, the Brook­lyn Nets beat the At­lanta Hawks 120-115 in over­time to level their se­ries and the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers avoided elim­i­na­tion with a 99-92 victory over the Mem- phis Grizzlies.

The Bucks re­grouped af­ter a nine-point lead dwin­dled to three, and they hung on again af­ter a seven-point lead shrunk to four with just over a minute re­main­ing.

Carter-Wil­liams hit 10 of 15 shots while out­play­ing Der­rick Rose. Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 11 points and re­serve O.J. Mayo added 10 for the Bucks.

Pau Ga­sol had 25 points and 10 re­bounds for Chicago but Rose and Jimmy But­ler strug­gled.

Rose was 5 of 20 from the field and missed all seven 3-point at­tempts. He com­mit­ted six of his team’s 13 turnovers. But­ler scored 20 points but shot 5 of 21.

In New York, Deron Wil­liams re­bounded from two dis­mal games with 35 points as the Nets evened their se­ries against the Hawks at two games each.

The Nets, just 38-44 in the regular sea­son, won the sec­ond straight in the se­ries and moved two vic­to­ries from be­com­ing the sixth No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 — only the fourth since the first round be­came best-of-seven.

Bo­jan Bog­danovic made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:25 left in over­time but the Nets never would have got­ten there with­out Wil­liams, whose 16 points in the fourth quar­ter were two fewer than he had to­tal in the first three games of the se­ries.

Brook Lopez had 26 points and 10 re­bounds for the Nets.

Jeff Teague had 20 points and 11 as­sists, and DeMarre Car­roll added 20 points and nine re- bounds for the Hawks, who host Game 5 on Wed­nes­day.

Kyle Korver had 16 points and 11 re­bounds, but the NBA’s lead­ing 3-point shooter dur­ing the regular sea­son missed three straight from be­hind the arc in the fi­nal sec­onds with the Hawks trail­ing by three.

Port­land’s Damian Lil­lard scored 32 points as the Trail Blaz­ers ral­lied to deny the Grizzlies their firstever play­off sweep af­ter Mem­phis led by as many as 10 points in the fourth quar­ter.

LaMar­cus Aldridge had 18 points and 12 re­bounds for Port­land.

Game 5 is Wed­nes­day in Mem­phis.

Mem­phis was play­ing with­out point guard Mike Con­ley, who was in­ad­ver­tently el­bowed in the face in the third quar­ter of Game 3 and un­der­went surgery on Mon­day morn­ing. His sta­tus for the rest of the play­offs is un­cer­tain.

The win­ner of the se­ries goes on to face the Golden State War­riors in the sec­ond round.

Marc Ga­sol led the Grizzlies with 21 points.

CJ McCol­lum added 18 points for the Blaz­ers, who snapped a se­v­engame los­ing streak to the Grizzlies — in­clud­ing all four regular-sea­son meet­ings.

AP

Chicago Bulls guard Der­rick Rose #1 drives be­tween Mil­wau­kee Bucks cen­ter Zaza Pachu­lia #27 and Er­san Ilyasova, dur­ing the first half in Game 5 of the NBA bas­ket­ball play­offs in Chicago on Mon­day, April 27.

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