MILWAUKEE (AP) — If the Bucks and Bulls wind up meeting in the first round of the playoffs, Milwaukee just gave Chicago something to think about.
Michael Carter-Williams had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Milwaukee to a rare 95-91 victory at home over Chicago on Wednesday night.
The Bucks (37-38), who lost their previous nine home games against the Bulls, also got 16 points from Ersan Ilyasova.
Milwaukee won for only the third time in 11 games and maintained a 21/2-game lead over Miami and Brooklyn for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Chicago’s seven-game winning streak against Milwaukee ended despite 25 points and seven rebounds from Jimmy Butler.
Pau Gasol added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who have lost seven of nine on the road. Chicago dropped into a tie with Toronto for the No. 3 seed in the East.
“It doesn’t matter who we’ll see,” said Milwaukee big man John Henson, who scored six of his 11 points in the final quarter. “We’ve just got to be ready. We’ve got to be ready for anything.”
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich took a charge and injured his left knee with 4:35 left in the third quarter. He limped to the locker room and did not return.
Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said X-rays were negative and Hinrich will be re-evaluated Thursday.
“You’re always concerned,” Thibodeau said. “You’re concerned about everything.”
Chicago committed 13 of its 20 turnovers in the second half. The team shot 64.9 percent from the free throw line (24 for 37) and 19.2 percent from 3-point range (5 of 26) while giving up 20 offensive rebounds.
“We didn’t win. That’s all that matters,” Butler said. “No matter how many times you turn the ball over — yada, yada, yada — you’ve got to win the game.”
Consecutive jumpers from Khris Middleton and O.J. Mayo gave Milwaukee a 92-88 lead with 2:56 to go.
After a layup by E’Twaun Moore and a free throw by Gasol cut the deficit to 92-91, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo blocked a layup attempt by Moore with 1:25 to go.
Milwaukee answered at the other end on a tip-in by Ilyasova for a 94-91 lead with 1:07 left.
Chicago missed a trio of 3-pointers on its next two possessions before Antetokounmpo sank a free throw for a 95-91 lead with 5.8 seconds to go.