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The Atlanta Hawks (13-32) fall at home to the Chicago Bulls (18-28) 113-97.
The Atlanta Hawks came winning two in a row coming into tonight’s game. Chicago just came off a costly lost losing their starting point guard Kris Dunn.
Chicago started the game shooting 62.5% from the field dominating inside the paint. The Bulls opened up to a 14-3 lead.
Meanwhile, Atlanta struggled from the field missing their first six out of seven from the field and only scoring three points within the first five minutes.
The Bulls kept the onslaught going in the paint scoring 14 out of 20 points inside. Robin Lopez scored 10 of those points.
Hawks second unit came in and sparked the team and went on a 11-2 run to bring them within three ( 22-19). Marco Belinelli scored quick five points to boost the run.
The second quarter started off with both teams trading baskets until the Bulls got cold. Hawks Malcolm Delaney led the team by scoring five points to start the quarter.
Lopez couldn’t be stopped scoring six more points and helped the Bulls build the lead to a 55-38 at the half. Atlanta didn’t help their cause, they shot 2-23 from three-point land.
Atlanta came out in the second half more aggressive taking better percentage shots getting easier buckets. The defense found a solution to the pick-and-roll and was able to hold Lopez to two points in the third quarter.
Although the Hawks were able to slow down Lopez, Lauri Markkanen couldn’t be contained from scoring easy dunks. “I would say I ended up with six dunks,” stated Markkanen.
In the fourth quarter, the lead ballooned to 24 points. The Bulls hit three consecutive 3-pointers to start the quarter.
Despite a mini-run by the Hawks, the Bulls proved to be too much. The Hawks finished going 11-48 shooting three-pointers. We’ve been really emphasizing on shooting threes, we really want to make that a big part of our offense. I don’t remember forcing any and thought those were good shots,” stated coach Bud Mike Budenholzer.
Chicago was led by the two big men, Lopez ‘s 20 points and Markkanen’s 19 points.
Schroder led the Hawks 18 points and five assist.