NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 11th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (5-0) at Chicago Bulls (3-4), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The surprising Atlanta Hawks will try to remain unbeaten Tuesday and snap a seven-game skid in the Second City as they continue a four- game road swing in Chicago against the Bulls.
The Hawks opened the trip with a hard-fought 89-85 win in Oklahoma City on Sunday.
The dynamic Joe Johnson scored 25 points to lead the Hawks, while Marvin Williams added 16 points for Atlanta, which at 5-0 is off to the best start since winning its first 11 games of the 1997-98 campaign.
Ronald Murray had 14 points in the win and Mike Bibby 13. Al Horford hauled in 12 rebounds and Solomon Jones had 10 boards.
The Bulls lost for the third time in four games on Saturday when Cleveland's LeBron James scored 41 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and made some key three-pointers in the final minutes to help the Cavaliers beat Chicago, 106-97, at the United Center.
Ben Gordon finished with 29 points for the Bulls, who have lost three of four. Rookie star Derrick Rose contributed 17 points, nine assists and five boards in the loss for Chicago.
Luol Deng scored 20 and grabbed seven rebounds for the Bulls, who were without guard Kirk Hinrich.
Hinrich could be out for three months due to surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb.
To make matters worse for Chicago, big man Drew Gooden is questionable for tonight's contest with a sore right ankle.
On Atlanta's injury front, star forward Josh Smith is expected to miss two to four weeks with a high left ankle sprain suffered versus Toronto last week.
The Hawks have taken two of the last three in the series. Previously Chicago had won 12 straight versus Atlanta. The Hawks last won in Chicago on April 9, 2004.
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