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Mike Dunleavy hits winning three in Bulls’ 91-90 win at Milwaukee

Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah right tries drive past Milwaukee Bucks' John Hensduring first half an NBA basketball game Friday Dec.

Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah, right, tries to drive past Milwaukee Bucks' John Henson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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Updated: December 13, 2013 10:16PM



MILWAUKEE – One new face making his debut. One old face back from injury. In the end, a locker room that finally had something to smile about.

They can thank a three-point bank-shot from Mike Dunleavy with 5.8 seconds left for that.

In avoiding a second loss to lowly Milwaukee for the second time in less than a week, the Bulls ended a three-game losing streak with the 91-90 win at the Bradley Center on Friday night.

Yes, Jimmy Butler was back from a turf toe that cost him 11 games. And yes, newly-signed D.J. Augustin made his debut after being picked up off waivers, putting in 12 minutes of scoreless work.

If it wasn’t for Joakim Noah’s 21 points, 18 rebounds and five assists, it wouldn’t have even reached nail-biter drama in the final few minutes.

A dunk by Ekpe Udoh with 1:30 left put Milwaukee up 88-83, but O.J. Mayo fouled Dunleavy on a three-point attempt, putting the Bulls veteran at the line. He made all three to cut it to a two-point deficit. Mayo then took a terrible three-point attempt, and the Bulls made him pay off the miss with Carlos Boozer tying the game up with a baseline jumper.

Khris Middleton threw up a wild left-handed floater with 30 seconds left to again put the Bucks up, and after a timeout, Butler attempted an off-balance drive to the rim and was whistled for the travel with 19.2 seconds left.

But this is a Milwaukee (5-18) team that does very little right, so of course Noah tied Gary Neal up on the inbound, won the jumpball and that led to Dunleavy’s three-point bank shot. Mayo had one final drive attempt in the final seconds that was blocked by Noah, allowing the Bulls (9-12) to escape.

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