NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Chicago
(Tuesday, November 27th)
Final Score: Chicago 90, Atlanta 78
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Luol Deng scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Chicago Bulls pulled away in the second half to beat the Atlanta Hawks, 90-78, at the United Center.
Ben Gordon added 21 points, and Tyrus Thomas and Ben Wallace each pulled down 12 boards as the Bulls stopped a four-game losing streak. Chris Duhon and Andres Nocioni both chipped in 11 points as Chicago opened a three-game homestand.
Joe Johnson netted 21 points, and Josh Smith chipped in 12, as the Hawks had a two-game winning streak snapped. Al Horford dominated the glass with 14 boards and added eight points, but Atlanta lost its 12th straight against Chicago.
Chicago distanced itself from the Hawks shortly into the third quarter. Marvin Williams made two free throws for Atlanta, drawing the Hawks within a half- dozen points of the Bulls, at 42-36.
But then Chicago went on an 11-2 run over a span of four minutes. Duhon had five points during the run, including a three, and two free throws to cap it, giving Chicago a commanding 53-38 lead halfway through the stanza.
The Bulls' lead hovered around 15 until the end of the third quarter, when Gordon hit a jumper and Wallace dunked with half a minute left to put Chicago ahead, 70-51.
Chicago kept up the pressure in the final stanza, going on a brief 9-2 run to begin the fourth. Gordon ended it with a three, putting the Bulls up 79-53 with 9:28 left. The Hawks whittled the Bulls' lead down, but couldn't narrow their deficit to single digits.
Atlanta, though, went ahead early in Tuesday's contest. With the scored knotted at four apiece, the Hawks went on a 9-0 run, capped by Smith's three to make it 13-4 halfway through the first quarter. Atlanta sustained the advantage, and led 17-13 at the end of one.
But the Bulls came back to take the lead near the end of the first half, when Deng's layup put Chicago ahead, 29-27. Joakim Noah made a pair of free throws, and Nocioni drained a three at the end to put the Bulls ahead, 34-30.
The first half, however, was more remarkable for the lack of scoring than anything else. The Bulls shot 33.3 percent (15-of-45) from the field, and made just 2-of-2 free throws.
Atlanta was even worse from the field, shooting 25.8 percent (8-of-31). The Hawks were saved by making 13-of-16 free throws.
Atlanta ended up shooting better from the field (39.7 percent) than Chicago (39.3)...The Bulls had a 60-37 rebounding advantage...Atlanta concluded a three-game road trip with a 2-1 record...Salim Stoudamire had 10 points off the bench for the Hawks.
11/27 23:38:09 ET