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Bulls' David Nwaba (13 points) drives past Bucks' Khris Middleton (29 points) on Friday at the Bradley Center. 

MORRY GASH, ASSOCIATED PRESS

MILWAUKEE — So what if the Chicago Bulls have the third-worst record in the NBA?

Bobby Portis says it’s fun playing with Nikola Mirotic, his Bulls teammate who suffered facial fractures when the two fought in October.

Despite their troubles earlier this season, they made for an impressive duo Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.

Portis scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Bulls won their fifth consecutive game, beating the Bucks 115-109. The winning streak coincides with the return of Mirotic, who had 22 points.

“Me and Niko, we don’t really care about that situation anymore,” Portis said about their fight. “Everything’s for the team. We’re professionals, we’re basketball players and this is our job.

“Ultimately, we have to come in here every day, put our shoes on and play together, find a way to make it work,” he said. “I feel we’ve done that up until this point.”

Mirotic made a wildly off-balance 5-footer while being fouled and converted the free throw to give the Bulls a 112-107 lead with 1:07 to go.

“We both have stepped up,” Mirotic said. “I think we’ve learned how to play with each other.”

Eric Bledsoe and Rashad Vaughn each missed a 3-pointer for Milwaukee in the final minute. Mirotic made three free throws over the last 13 seconds to seal the victory.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 16 rebounds for the Bucks, who lost for just the third time in nine games. It was just Milwaukee’s second loss in nine home games.

Khris Middleton also scored 29 points, while Bledsoe had 12 points and seven assists.

Milwaukee’s guards struggled offensively. Bledsoe shot 5 of 13 in 34 minutes, while reserve Malcolm Brogdon went just 3-for-12 in 32 minutes.

“Honestly, I thought it was just one of those nights where me and Eric were just out of rhythm,” Brogdon said. “I didn’t think they did a specifically good job on us. There are just games where you are out of rhythm and it happens.”

In addition, Vaughn played 28 minutes and shot only 3 of 10, including 2-for-8 on 3-pointers.

“He got a lot of wide-open shots that we all think he can make,” Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said. “They just didn’t go down for him. I thought he was good out there while he was on the floor. He’s got to be able to knock down those wide-open shots.”

Portis hit a pair of foul shots to give Chicago the lead for good, 106-104, with 2:58 left. After a Milwaukee turnover, Mirotic drained a 3-pointer for a 109-104 lead with 2:42 to go.

Robin Lopez scored 18 points for the Bulls.

Chicago 33 26 23 33 — 115

Milwaukee 30 28 24 27 — 109

CHICAGO — Valentine 1-4 0-0 2, Mirotic 7-16 5-7 22, Lopez 9-14 0-2 18, Dunn 7-12 3-5 17, Holiday 2-10 4-4 8, Zipser 0-2 0-0 0, Markkanen 0-0 0-0 0, Portis 9-16 7-7 27, Grant 2-3 2-7 8, Nwaba 5-9 2-3 13. Totals 42-86 23-35 115.

MILWAUKEE — Middleton 9-19 9-9 29, Antetokounmpo 11-18 6-9 29, Henson 5-6 1-3 11, Bledsoe 5-13 1-2 12, Payton II 1-1 0-0 3, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Maker 2-3 2-4 7, Brown 1-1 0-0 3, Liggins 0-0 0-0 0, Vaughn 3-10 1-2 9, Brogdon 3-12 0-0 6. Totals 40-83 20-29 109.

3-point goals — C 8-22 (Mirotic 3-7, Grant 2-3, Portis 2-5, Nwaba 1-1, Zipser 0-1, Dunn 0-1, Holiday 0-4), M 9-33 (Vaughn 2-8, Middleton 2-9, Brown 1-1, Payton II 1-1, Maker 1-2, Antetokounmpo 1-3, Bledsoe 1-5, Brogdon 0-4). Fouled out — Dunn. Rebounds — C 50 (Portis 12), M 43 (Antetokounmpo 16). Assists — C 24 (Dunn, Holiday 7), M 24 (Bledsoe 7). Total fouls — C 26, M 24. Technicals — M coach Bucks (defensive 3 second). Att. — 16,921.

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