National Basketball Association
Chicago 118, Milwaukee 112
When: 9:00 PM ET, Sunday, May 16, 2021
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
#56 Mark Ayotte, #18 Matt Boland, #8 Marc Davis
Thaddeus Young finished with 20 points and seven rebounds to help the host Chicago Bulls finish their season with a 118-112 victory over the playoff-bound Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night.
Young was one of six Bulls who scored in double figures as Coby White totaled 19 points, five rebounds and five assists while Lauri Markkanen had 17 points and five rebounds.
Each team sat some of their regulars as Nikola Vucevic did not play in the final game of a disappointing season for the Bulls (31-41) following his acquisition from the Magic at the trade deadline.
The Bulls also played without Zach LaVine (right knee tendinitis), Daniel Theis (right hip), Troy Brown Jr. (sprained left ankle) and Tomas Satoransky (sprained left ankle) for the second consecutive game.
Locked into the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference after the Brooklyn Nets' victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier in the evening, the Bucks (46-26) rested all of their starters -- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday and Donte DiVincenzo.
Middleton was the only one listed on the NBA's injury report as sitting out with left ankle soreness. Bryn Forbes and Bobby Portis also did not play.
Jordan Nwora totaled 34 points and 14 rebounds -- both career highs -- to lead the Bucks, who will face the sixth-seeded Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. The Heat eliminated the Bucks in the second round last season in five games.
Milwaukee finished 11-1 against Central Division opponents.
Chicago missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season and for the fifth time in the past six years. It's the team's longest postseason drought since a six-year absence following the end of the Michael Jordan era.
Ryan Arcidiacono scored 14 points off the Bulls' bench. Rookie Patrick Williams and Devon Dotson each had 11 points.
Jeff Teague had 23 points for Milwaukee. Elijah Bryant scored 16 points while Pat Connaughton had 15 points and Mamadi Diakite had 13 points and seven rebounds.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Jordan Nwora 34
Thaddeus Young 20
Jeff Teague 7
Coby White 5
Jordan Nwora 14
Cristiano Felicio 8
Jeff Teague 10
||Free Throws Made
Thaddeus Young 4
Sam Merrill 3
Javonte Green 4
Jordan Nwora 3
Thaddeus Young 3
Team Stats Summary
Milwaukee will play their next game at home against Miami. The Bucks have a W/L % of .696 after a win and .538 after a loss.