The third-year forward set a franchise record Friday night by blocking at least one shot in his 24th consecutive game. The previous record of 23 had been shared with Ben Wallace(Jan.-March 2007) and Jawann Oldham (March-April 1985).
Thomas set the mark with a second-quarter block of Luc Mbah a Moute's layup attempt. During the streak, Thomas, who had two blocks Friday, has 49 overall.
"I'm just doing my thing," Thomas said.
Gordon finished with 34 points, while Hinrich contributed 11 points and four assists in the first half before a bruised right quadriceps sidelined him for all but 4 minutes 46 seconds of a stat-free third quarter.
Derrick Rose added a few wrinkles to Skiles' forehead, getting to the rim early and often in an aggressive outing that featured a career-high-tying 27 points.
Pick a metaphor, any metaphor -- running uphill, fighting a tough current or going against the wind. No matter how you describe it, the Bulls seemingly have been fighting to gain ground since early in the season and finally were able to break through Friday night.
With their 117-102 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center, the Bulls took over eighth place in the Eastern Conference and no longer are looking at the playoff race from the outside.