Recap of the Hawks vs. Bulls game on 12-22-12
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls 92-75 at home at Philips Arena. This was the second game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. With the win, the Hawks improved to 16-9 on the season, 1-0 in the regular season series with the Bulls, and 1-1 in their back-to-back set. The win also gave Coach Larry Drew his 100th win as the head coach of the Hawks. Congratulations to him! The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague, Louis Williams, and Kyle Korver in the backcourt, and Josh Smith and Al Horford in the frontcourt. Devin Harris (sore left foot) did not dress. DeShawn Stevenson dressed, but did not play, as he doesn't play both nights of back-to-backs. Johan Petro received a DNP-CD. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with a game-high 20 points. He also grabbed 10 boards, giving him a double-double on the night. Louis Williams added 16 points in his first start of the season. Kyle Korver contributed 13 points and six rebounds. Josh Smith had 12 points and five rebounds. Jeff Teague scored 11 points and dished out eight assists against his brother. The leading scorer for the Bulls was Luol Deng, with 11 points. In the first quarter, the Bulls outscored the Hawks 21-17. In the second quarter, the Hawks went on a 26-5 run and took a 53-37 lead over the Bulls at the break. Kyle Korver hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the half. In the third quarter, the Hawks outscored the Bulls 25-17, as they continued to pad the lead. In the final frame, the Bulls held the Hawks to just 14 points, but the Hawks still pulled off the 17-point victory. I think there were a couple of keys to this win. First off, Al Horford got out of his slump. After a series of poor performances from Boss, he made up for them in this one. Secondly, the Hawks did a great job of boxing out for rebounds. They held the Bulls to 12 rebounds below their season average. Great win for the Hawks in this rematch of their 2011 Eastern Conference Semi-finals series.