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                         === Bulls blow past Hawks ===
 
 Atlanta,  GA  (Sports Network) -  Luol Deng, Taj  Gibson and Jimmy Butler each
 posted  double-doubles to  lead the depleted Chicago Bulls to a 93-76 win over
 the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.
 
 Deng  finished  with a game-high  25 points and 14  rebounds and Gibson had 19
 points  and  set a  career-high  with  19 rebounds  for  the  Bulls, who  were
 without  starters  Joakim Noah  (foot),  Carlos  Boozer (hamstring)  and  Kirk
 Hinrich (elbow).
 
 "I'm exhausted, they kept giving me electrolytes on the bench, but I just kept
 wanting to play," said Gibson, who played 48 minutes in Friday's loss to
 Brooklyn. "I know late in the game I ran out of gas, but I just had to go out
 and play a little harder."
 
 Gibson was one of three Bulls' players to log at least 45 minutes on Saturday.
 
 Butler  scored 16 points  and pulled down 10 boards and Nate Robinson added 20
 points and eight assists for the Chicago.
 
 Josh  Smith scored 19  points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Al Horford scored 14
 points  and pulled down 12 boards for the Hawks, who have dropped two of their
 last three following a three-game winning streak.
 
 "You have to give that team credit, they played last night and just came out
 (tonight) and imposed their will the whole game," Horford said of the Bulls.
 "They dominated both ends, so you have to give them credit."
 
 Chicago  held a 24-17  lead after the first quarter, but trailed, 44-43 at the
 break.
 
 The  Bulls, though,  held Atlanta  to 32  points on  33.3 percent  (12-for-36)
 shooting in the second half.
 
 Chicago,  on  the other hand, opened  the third period on  a 14-4 run to go up
 57-48 with seven minutes remaining and never looked back.
 
 Atlanta pulled within 61-56 2 1/2 minutes later, but Chicago responded with an
 8-4 run at the end of the stanza to take a 69-60 lead into the fourth.
 
 Chicago's  lead  swelled to 81-66 following  Butler's trey with just over five
 minutes left and the Hawks couldn't get closer than 12 the rest of the way.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Robinson  was 4-for-6 from 3-point range ... The Bulls scored 15 points off of
 14  Atlanta turnovers ... The Hawks shot just 53.3 percent (8-for-15) from the
 free throw line.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 02/03 00:11:24 ET