It was all but over in Milwaukee once Terry Cummings got that feeling.
It came in the fourth quarter yesterday, when the 6-foot-9 Milwaukee forward scored 16 of his game-high 30 points to lead the Bucks to a National Basketball Association playoff victory over the Chicago Bulls, 122-115.
The Bucks have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Game 3 is Wednesday night at Chicago.
"There's a certain feeling I get that's hard to explain," said Cummings, who made five of six field shots and six of seven free throws in the final quarter. "The way I feel out there is one where I want to step in. I want to take the ball.
"I felt in order for me to start getting off I had to get to the ball. So I went to the ball and I started to do some one-on-one moves and that opened up the game."
The Bulls rallied into a 95-all tie with 8:32 left on a basket by Michael Jordan, their high scorer with 30 points. Cummings and Paul Pressey countered with 20-footers and Craig Hodges scored on a layup off a floor-length pass from Sidney Moncrief to give Milwaukee a 101-95 lead at 7:14.
Chicago could get no closer than three points the rest of the way, the last time at 104-101. The Bulls closed to 114-109 on two free throws by Jordan and followed with a steal off the press. Jordan was called for an offensive foul driving to the basket.
"That was the turning point of the game," said Bulls Coach Kevin Loughery. "It was a possible three-point play."
With 50 seconds left, Moncrief (25 points) fouled Orlando Woolridge (26 points) and a fight nearly developed. Loughery came out onto the court and was called for a technical, which Moncrief made, giving the Bucks a 119-111 lead.
Milwaukee went to the free throw line 18 times in the third quarter, making 17. The Bucks then scored 14 of 18 free throws in the fourth quarter, totaling 37 of 44 for the game. The Bulls made 30 of 36.
Using a tall lineup much of the first half, Milwaukee had a 59-53 halftime lead.
The Bucks, the league's best defensive team, held the Bulls to 40 percent shooting from the floor in the first half with a strategy that shuffled 7-foot Alton Lister, 7-1 Paul Mokeski and 7-4 Randy Breuer in and out of the lineup.
"I am very pleased with all three of them," said Coach Don Nelson. "Tonight it was Breuer who was a big factor. In Game 1 it was Mokeski and Lister."