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Monday, January 24th (All times eastern)

Chicago Bulls (19-19) at Atlanta Hawks (8-30), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Sitting at .500 for the first time since Oct. 31, 2003, the Chicago Bulls return to the court tonight as they tangle with the lowly Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.

Chicago has won two in a row, nine of 10 and 15 of its last 19 games to even its record at 19-19 for the season. The Bulls haven't been a game over .500 since opening the 2002-03 campaign with back-to-back wins.

Chicago continued its winning ways on Saturday, downing the Detroit Pistons, 100-89, at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Kirk Hinrich scored 24 points with nine assists to anchor the Bulls to the win.

Eddy Curry added 15 and Antonio Davis contributed 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls in the win. Andres Nocioni tossed in 11 points and Chris Duhon tacked on 10 in the contest.

The Bulls shot 49.4 percent from the field against the stingy Pistons, including 4-of-15 (.267) from three-point range. Chicago netted 20-of-25 (.800) attempts from the free throw line.

Chicago was outrebounded, 44-36, but limited its turnovers to 14 for the contest. The Bulls won at the Palace for just the third time in their last 14 tries.

The Bulls, who have won three of four and five of their last seven road tilts, are 6-10 in foreign buildings this season. Chicago is closing out a short, two-game road trip tonight.

Atlanta put an end to a three-game skid on Saturday night, as it registered a 100-96 victory over Boston at home. However, the Hawks have still lost 10 of 13, 15 of 19 and 16 of their last 21 contests overall.

Antoine Walker had 29 points, six rebounds and six assists to lead the Hawks past Boston. Al Harrington added 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for the Hawks, who rallied from a 17-point deficit to pick up the victory. Josh Childress tallied 19 points and nine boards for Atlanta.

Atlanta hit 42 percent from the floor, going 4-of-10 from three and only 18- of-28 from the stripe.

Atlanta center Obinna Ekezie missed the game because of the flu. Ekezie should be available for tonight's contest.

The Hawks, who are finishing up a short, two-game homestand tonight, are 6-15 at home this season. Atlanta still has lost four of its last seven home contests.

Chicago got the best of Atlanta, 95-85, at the United Center last Friday night. Nonetheless, Atlanta has won four of seven and seven of the last 11 meetings, including two straight and four of five at home.

01/24 10:38:27 ET


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