MILWAUKEE -- Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau favours wins over style points. Given that two starters were getting over illness or injury and a third was lumbering through the second half with a new leg injury, Chicagos 81-72 win over the Bucks on Friday suits him just fine. Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 13 rebounds in his first game back from a right knee injury and Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 18 points for the Bulls, who won their fourth straight. Joakim Noah had eight points, 10 boards and seven assists after missing practice while feeling under the weather. "You guys are into the esthetics. Im into the wins," Thibodeau said when asked about the scratch-and-claw victory after the Bulls nearly squandered a 15-point lead. Jimmy Butler finished with 10 points and said he was fine afterward after getting hit in the thigh. The Bucks opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run to get to within three. A long jumper from Ersan Ilyasova (14 points) got the Bucks to 71-70 with 5:42 left. But the Bulls hung on, even after Boozer missed two foul shots with 3:42 left with his team up by three. The Bucks missed their final 11 shots, failing to hit after Brandon Knights bucket with 5:09 left. The Bulls havent allowed an opponent to score more than 87 in the four-game streak. "Tried to contest shots, trying to rebound, making them shoot over our hands and it worked out," Boozer said in relaying the reasons for the late defensive stand. He didnt look bothered by the sore right knee that kept him out two games. The Bucks missed two opportunities to tie it after Knight (12 points) and O.J. Mayo (16 points) misfired on open 3s on back-to-back possessions with under 3:30 left. Dunleavy answered with an off-balance layup to get the lead back to 77-72, then hit two foul shots to get to a seven-point lead with about 1 minute left. "We had some good looks but they just didnt fall for us," coach Larry Drew said. "We forced a couple down the stretch that probably werent the best selection but going down the stretch, if you make plays youll win if you dont, you wont win." After a slow start, Chicago gained traction in the third behind the bullish Boozer. With both knees heavily wrapped in ice after the game, Boozer said he felt great and made it a point to thanks the trainers. Boozer grabbed eight rebounds alone in the quarter. Larry Sanders finished with one point and nine boards before fouling out with 1:16 left in the game. He was in foul trouble most of the night in large part due to the active Boozer. Boozer rebounded a missed 3 and saved the possession just before landing out of bounds. Chicago whipped the ball around the perimeter and Jimmy Butler (10 points) hit a 3 from the wing to make it 59-47 with about 6:50 left in the third. The energy and offensive rhythm that Milwaukee had in building a seven-point lead after the first quarter disappeared in the third before re-emerging to start the fourth. But once again, the NBA-worst Bucks (7-28) fell short trying to rebound from a second-half deficit. "Everybody might be a little down as far as the season has gone for us. Weve lost a lot of close games and it is building up on us right now but you cant think about that," forward Epke Udoh said. "We just have to be ourselves and be better the next game." Foul shooting and the long-range touch of former Dunleavy, who went 3 for 3 from 3-point territory in the second quarter, helped the Bulls turn a 27-20 deficit in the first quarter into a 47-45 halftime lead. Boozer had 15 first-half points and went 7 of 8 from the foul line. NOTES: Asked if he had spoken to injured guard Derrick Rose since the trade this week of Luol Deng, coach Tom Thibodeau said the two talked about the team in general all the time. 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"Im ready for this,"Treliving said.EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Two months ago, Matt Kalil and the rest of the Minnesota Vikings offensive linemen were reeling.The Detroit Lions had just sacked rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater eight times, relentless pressure that also led to three interceptions, while forcing seven punts and limiting the Vikings to three points.The division rematch has arrived this week, and the Vikings are now down three of their five original starters to injuries. That doesnt mean theyre anxious, tough, about having again to block Ziggy Ansah, Ndamukong Suh and the rest of that fierce front four the Lions have.Im not worried about this game at all, Kalil said. I think the guys weve got up there are pretty solid.Ansah has 15 1/2 sacks in 27 career games, 2 1/2 against Kalil and the Vikings on Oct. 12.Ive definitely got my hands full, but their other defensive linemen are pretty good, too, Kalil said.This has been a rough season for the former fourth overall draft pick, taken by the Vikings in 2012 out of USC, but he has started to play a bit better over the second half of the season despite a persistence of costly penalties.The overall protection for Bridgewater has been better, too, as hes learned to deliver the ball more quickly without letting the pass rush alter his throws. Bridgewater has taken a total of 13 sacks over the past six games.Most remarkable about the improvement is that the Vikings have done so with a majority of backups. Kalil and centre John Sullivan are still intact, but Joe Berger is at right guard for Brandon Fusco and Mike Harris is playing right tackle for Phil Loadholt.Both Fusco and Loadholt are on injured reserve with torn pectoral muscles. Left guard Charlie Johnson hurt his anklle in the last game, too, so Vlad Ducasse is in line to replace him against the Lions.dddddddddddd Ducasse started four games for Fusco before Berger took over there.Its a next-man-up mentality. I know Vlad is going to come in and do a great job for us, Harris said. This is my third game now. The coaches are expecting me to perform at a high level. Just play ball. Thats it.Kalil and offensive co-ordinator Norv Turner, unprompted in separate interviews, each credited offensive line coach Jeff Davidson for his patchwork.Jeffs been doing a great job all year of just throwing guys in random spots, getting them used to playing all different positions, Davidson said.None more than Berger, the veteran now in his 10th NFL season, his fourth with the Vikings. He has been the go-to guy at both guard spots and centre when injuries have come up.Hes kind of the mauler in there, Kalil said.Special teams co-ordinator Mike Priefer, speaking about the lack of touchdowns on kickoff returns this year, mentioned missing Bergers blocking on that unit now that hes a starter on offence.He does get outmanned a little bit at times, but I think he makes up for with having a good understanding of what were trying to do and being in the right position, Turner said.Berger, who played at NCAA Division II Michigan Tech and grew up in the state, will have several family members and friends at Ford Field on Sunday. So this is a special game for him. But hes not letting the Lions become that big of a deal.Theyre a good defensive front. 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