CHICAGO Forward Pau Gasol scored a career high 46 points and tallied 18 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 95 87 win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
Guard Kirk Hinrich added 16 points for the Bulls (26 12), who snapped a two game skid. Chicago improved to 7 4 without guard Derrick Rose, who sat out because of a sore left knee.
Milwaukee guard Brandon Knight tallied 20 points and five assists. Mayo scored 12 for the Bucks (20 19).
Gasol topped his previous high of 44 points, which he scored for the Memphis Grizzlies against Seattle on March 23, 2006. The last Bulls player with at least 40 points and 15 rebounds was Michael Jordan, who had 69 points and 18 rebounds against Cleveland in 1989.
Trx Straps Milwaukee made its first six shots of the second half to grab a 51 50 lead, but the Bulls responded. Hinrich spurred a 10 0 run with a pair of jump shots, and Gasol drove past Bucks forward John Henson for a finger roll layup to give the Bulls a 68 62 lead after three quarters.
Chicago led 48 39 at halftime behind a dominant start from Gasol, who scored 20 points in the first quarter and had 28 by the break. The 14 year veteran flustered Milwaukee with a bevy of layups, tip ins and jump shots, including a turnaround hook shot beyond the outstretched arms of 6 foot 11 Bucks center Zaza Pachulia.
Trx Workout The Bulls opened the game on a 10 2 run and led 29 19 at the end of the first quarter. The Bucks shot 3 for 14 (21.4 percent) to start the game, which marked the second of a back to back set.
Suspension Trainer Milwaukee forward Kenyon Martin left the game in the first quarter because of a bruised chest and did not return.
Trx Suspension NOTES: Bulls G Derrick Rose did not play because of soreness in his left knee. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose was not scheduled to undergo an MRI, but that could change after he met with the team physician. Rose has missed 11 of 38 games this season. . Bucks F Ersan Ilyasova missed his 10th consecutive game because of a concussion, but he could return Thursday. . Bulls F Mike Dunleavy missed his fifth consecutive game because of an injured right ankle. . Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said his players were eager to travel to London for Thursday's game against the New York Knicks. "We have a couple of international players, too, so family and friends will get a chance to see them play in person." It will be Kidd's second straight trip to London. Last year he coached the Nets against the Atlanta Hawks. . Bulls G Tony Snell earned his first start of the season.