Hawks 113, Bulls 90
The Atlanta Hawks rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 113-90 victory against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday at the United Center.
Paced by eight players who scored double figures and another strong shooting performance from the 3-point line, the Hawks (31-24) took control in the second quarter never let up.
Dennis Schroder led the way with 18 points, Jeff Teague had 17 points, Al Horford finished with 16 points, and the Hawks also got double-figures from Paul Millsap (15 points), Mike Muscala (11 points), Kyle Korver (10 points), Thabo Sefolosha (10 points) and Mike Scott (10 points).
Atlanta finished 13 for 33 from the 3-point line for its sixth straight game hitting at least 10 from behind the arc. The Bulls (27-25) allowed at least 100 points for the seventh straight game and fell to 1-6 in that stretch.
Pau Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his 30th double-double of the season to lead Chicago, which lost its fourth straight game.
Doug McDermott had 17 points, Derrick Rose added 14 points and rookie Bobby Portis finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who are 5-13 since a running off a season-high, six-game winning streak Dec. 28 to Jan. 7.
Atlanta has won the first two games of the season series against the Bulls by comfortable margins. The Hawks won the first game 120-105 in Atlanta, and never trailed in it.
This time, Chicago built a seven-point lead in the first six minutes of the first quarter. Atlanta’s 10-2 run erased it and the Hawks trailed 29-28 at the end of the first. They surged into the lead in the second, built a 53-48 lead at halftime and cruised in the final two quarters.
Atlanta outscored Chicago 60-42 in the second half, and made the Bulls again pay for too many turnovers. The Hawks scored 25 points off 19 Bulls turnovers, after scoring 25 points off 22 turnovers in the first game.
Chicago starting forward Taj Gibson left the game in the second half with a left foot strain and didn’t return.
NOTES: Bulls PG Derrick Rose returned to the starting lineup against Atlanta after missing a game Monday in Charlotte because of general body soreness. … Hawks reserve F/C Tiago Splitter missed his sixth consecutive game with a right hip injury. Splitter reportedly sought a second opinion on the injury, and surgery could be among the treatment options. Splitter has played 36 games this season, averaging 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. … Bulls G/F Mike Dunleavy made his second start in a row in his third game back after missing the season’s first 49 games following preseason back surgery. … The Bulls played without injured G Jimmy Butler (knee sprain), F Nikola Mirotic (appendicitis) and C Joakim Noah (left shoulder injury). Mirotic has missed eight straight games, and Noah is out for the rest of the season.