By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune reporter
12:14 AM EST, January 31, 2013
MILWAUKEE — Nate Robinson, the only three-time slam dunk champion in All-Star history, kept telling his teammates he would get one.
So when his first dunk of the season came late in the second quarter of the Bulls' 104-88 victory over the Bucks on Wednesday night at the Bradley Center, Robinson started talking.
That's very comfortable territory for the energetic guard.
First, Robinson shouted at the Bulls' bench, "I want my money," a nod to some friendly wagering with teammates. Then he started chatting up Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, with whom he had exchanged trash talk during these teams' last meeting.
Finally, Robinson started talking to nobody in particular, just woofing at the wind.
It was that kind of night for the Bulls, who began six straight road games with a strong and balanced offensive showing despite Carlos Boozer sitting for the first time this season. Six Bulls landed in double figures, led by Robinson's 24 points.
"My teammates have been teasing me all season, man, and I just had the opportunity," Robinson said. "I don't dunk off one foot, so that kind of surprised everybody, including myself."
Robinson said his dunk means Richard Hamilton has to do 100 fingertip pushups, which may or may not be code for "hundreds of dollars." Told Joakim Noah said he also owes Robinson money, Robinson laughed.
"I didn't even know that," he said. "Tell him to pay up."
The Bulls cashed in an aggressive offensive mindset, posting a season-high 66 points in the paint and falling just four points shy of another season-high with 17 fast-break points. They also tied the Spurs' NBA record by winning their 41st straight game when scoring 100 or more points.
Joakim Noah and Luol Deng had double-doubles. Taj Gibson, who started when Boozer succumbed to a hamstring injury, just missed with 14 points and nine rebounds.
"Know my looks and just attack the paint," Gibson said. "That's what I did. I'm not going to shy away. I know I can be a starter one day. So whenever I get the chance, I just step up."
Robinson's later took a charge from Jennings, who argued the call and got ejected with 2 minutes, 54 seconds remaining.
"It started last game," Gibson said. "Brandon scored so many points and started dancing around our court. Nate doesn't like that. He told us before the game he was going to go at him."
Robinson broke open a tight game in the second quarter by sinking his first seven shots for 16 points.
The Bucks, who had rallied from 27- and 15-point deficits to beat the Bulls earlier this season, whittled a 20-point deficit to seven. But Jimmy Butler, huge again with 18 points, dunked off a Deng alley-oop and putback a Deng miss to allow Robinson to keep talking.
And talking. And …
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