Friday , Dec , 17 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Milwaukee Bucks Team Report – December 17

=== Milwaukee Bucks Team Report – December 17 ===

(Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks lost their third game in a row on
Thursday, as they fell to the Chicago Bulls, 85-77, at the United Center.

Michael Redd had 22 points for the Bucks, who have lost three straight.
Desmond Mason added 15 points and Joe Smith tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds
for Milwaukee, which has dropped seven of nine and 13 of its last 16.

Trailing 63-61 with two minutes gone in the fourth quarter, the Bulls went on
their game-clinching run. Kirk Hinrich started the burst with a basket at the
9:48 mark and a pair of Tyson Chandler free throws with 3:29 left ended it,
giving Chicago an 82-65 cushion.

Milwaukee later drew within eight a couple of times, but it was too little too

Prior to Thursday’s game, Milwaukee placed guard Erick Strickland on the
injured list with a lateral meniscus tear of the right knee. He will miss a
minimum of two weeks.

Smith has scored in double digits in three straight games and has registered
four double-doubles this season. He is averaging 12.7 points and 7.3 rebounds
in his last three contests.

The Bucks are off until Saturday when they host the Philadelphia 76ers. This
will be the second meeting of the season between the squads. On December 12,
the Sixers knocked off the Bucks, 107-101, at the Wachovia Center.