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Saturday, January 4th
(All times Eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (18-15) at Chicago Bulls (13-18), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls have played better basketball of late
and will try to keep that momentum going Saturday night when they host the
The Bulls won two of their last three and four of the previous six. They've
clawed back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
On Thursday, the Bulls showed some swagger en route to a 94-82 home victory
over the Boston Celtics. Chicago racked up three technical fouls, but ended a
two-game home losing streak.
"It was a good win for us," said Joakim Noah. "We've got to keep playing with
energy, keep playing hard, not taking possessions off. We can't play 70, 80
percent. We have to give everything we have every night. When you come in the
locker room you've got to be tired."
Noah flirted with a triple-double on Thursday. He finished with 17 points, 11
rebounds and nine assists and Carlos Boozer managed 16 points. Luol Deng, Taj
Gibson, Mike Dunleavy and Jimmy Butler also scored in double figures for
The Bulls held the C's under 40 percent from the field, under 20 percent from
long range and forced 20 turnovers.
The Hawks lost for the second time in three games on Friday when Andre
Iguodala nailed a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Golden State
Warriors won their eighth straight game with a 101-100 triumph.
His shot wiped away a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Pero Antic tallied 16 points and seven boards for Atlanta, which has dropped
two of its last three.
"We followed the gameplan," Antic said. "At the end, we just lost the game."
Shelvin Mack finished with 15 points off the bench, while Jeff Teague chipped
in 14. Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll and Mike Scott each had 12 points in the
Kyle Korver made a 3-pointer in his 102nd consecutive game.
The Hawks play three of their next five on the road.
The Bulls have won two straight against the Hawks and four of the last five
matchups. Chicago has taken four straight regular-season meetings between the
two at home.
01/04 10:34:47 ET