Hawks vs. Bulls - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks lost to the Chicago Bulls 97-58 on the road. This was the lowest scoring output from a Hawks team since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1968. With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 21-16 on the season and 1-1 in the regular season series with the Bulls. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, and Kyle Korver in the backcourt, and Josh Smith and Al Horford in the frontcourt. Anthony Morrow (sore lower back) did not dress. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Mike Scott, with 10 points. No other Hawk even scored in double-figures! The leading scorer for the Bulls was Carlos Boozer, with a game-high 20 points. In the first quarter, the Bulls went on a 14-2 run and held the Hawks to 15 points at the end of one. The second quarter was when things really went bad for the Hawks. The Bulls used a 14-0 run and held the Hawks to just five points in the quarter (Hawks franchise low for points scored in a quarter). The Bulls had a 48-20 lead at the break. In the second half, the Hawks played better, but they still only scored a subpar 38 points over quarters three and four while allowing the Bulls to rack up two more 20+ point quarters, and they lost by 39. The only effort the Hawks showed was in compiling flagrant and technical fouls (Harris, Teague, and Smith each were called for one at the beginning of the third quarter). Effort best shows up in rebounding and points in the paint, and the Hawks were outdone in both those categories. In fact, the Hawks were outdone in every statistical category except for free-throw percentage, and the only reason the Hawks had a better percentage than the Bulls did is because the Bulls attempted 23 more free-throws than they did. This was just a tough performance from start-to-finish in this nationally-televised rematch of their 2011 Eastern Conference semi-finals playoff series.