How it happened: The Bulls finally showed up in the fourth quarter. Tied at 81 with just over five minutes remaining, the Bulls outscored the Bucks 12-5 the rest of the way. Nate Robinson broke the tie with a long jumper, and the Bulls never trailed again. Carlos Boozer put the exclamation point on the win when he threw down a dunk off a Joakim Noah miss with 29.8 seconds left. Unlike the past two losses, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau turned to Boozer and Hamilton in the late moments. Hamilton and Boozer rewarded their coach. Boozer had 22 points and a game-high 19 rebounds, and Hamilton had 22 points. Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, who scored a game-high 23 points, had to be carried off the court after injuring an ankle with 23.1 seconds left.
What it means: The Bulls needed this one. They had dropped their last three games, the longest regular-season losing streak under Thibodeau. It was also important for Boozer and Hamilton to bounce back from their recent struggles. The Bulls returned to .500 with the win. It was the Bulls' ninth consecutive win over the Bucks.
Stat of the night: The Bulls out-rebounded the Bucks 54-40 overall and 20-8 on the offensive boards.
Hits: A game after scoring just four points, Hamilton scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half. He was 6-of-18 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line.
Misses: Both teams struggled mightily from the 3-point line. The Bucks were 3-of-17, and the Bulls were 4-of-16.
What's next: After a day off from each other, the Bulls and Bucks will face each other again in Chicago on Monday.