The Atlanta Hawks dropped their second straight Saturday night falling 91-84 to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Atlanta once again battled to the end but had no answer for the Bulls on the boards or the hot shooting of Mike Dunleavy down the stretch.
Atlanta is finding the going tough in the wake of Al Horford's season ending injury and were just unable to get over the hump against the Bulls. Whether it was an untimely turnovers, an offensive drought or a defensive breakdown the Hawks just couldn't get the lead back despite hanging staying close throughout.
Atlanta entered the fourth quarter trailing 67-64 before Mike Scott tied the game with a three-point play. Chicago responded with a Dunleavy three and a Noah tip in to stretch the lead back to five. Jeff Teague's block of D.J. Augustin and subsequent layup cut the lead to just one at 80-79 with 5:48 remaining. The Bulls responded with an 8-0 run to extend the lead to nine and the Hawks would never seriously threaten in the game again.
Teague finished with 16 points and six assists on 7-16 shooting. Paul Millsap logged a double-double with 16 points and a team-best 12 rebounds but was just 5-18 from the floor. Mike Scott added 12 points off the bench while DeMarre Carroll chipped in 10.
Dunleavy scored 11 of his game-high 20 in the fourth quarter. He would finish 9-14 from the field but was 5-6 in the fourth quarter alone. Luol Deng added 17 points and 11 rebounds while Jimmy Butler finished with 11. Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds each.
Chicago won the battle on the boards 52-43 and had 20 offensive rebounds. The Bulls' frontcourt of Deng, Gibson and Noah combined to grab 35 of Chicago's 52 rebounds.