The Milwaukee Bucks sealed a 92-90 win over the Chicago Bulls in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series to ensure there will be a Game 5 on Monday.
Jimmy Butler scored 33 points in an epic performance for the visitors, as he found his rhythm on the offensive end while also putting in a shift on defense for his team too.
Aside from hitting multiple shots through the game to keep the Bulls in with a chance of winning, Butler capped it off with a tough three to end the first half as the shot clocked expired.
However, his brilliance wasn’t enough for the visitors to claim the win they needed to secure their path through to the Eastern Conference semi-finals, as the Bucks continued to fight despite being 3-0 down in the series.
OJ Mayo had 18 points to lead his team, but it was Jerryd Bayless who won the game at the death for the hosts as he stripped the ball from Derrick Rose before Jason Kidd called time-out, and then proceeded to lose the Bulls point guard to drop in the winning lay-up.
Naturally that sparked joyous scenes in Milwaukee as the Bucks avoided the sweep, and although they will still likely see their season end sooner rather than later, it is a huge experience for this young team as they look to build and become a force in the East in the coming years.
It was a particularly disappointing night for Rose after his heroics last time out, but Bulls fans will expect an all-round better performance from their side after they committed a season-high 28 turnovers which killed their chances of winning this game as they resulted in 39 points for the Bucks.
Game 5 is on Monday at the United Center in Chicago.