Rapid Reaction: Bulls 107, Hawks 103

February, 25, 2014
Feb 25
9:09
PM CT
Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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ATLANTA -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 107-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night at Philips Arena.

How it happened: Joakim Noah paced the Bulls with 20 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Mike Dunleavy played almost the entire game and racked up 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists as the Bulls picked up their sixth win in seven games. Jeff Teague had 26 points and seven assists but it wasn't enough for an Atlanta team that continues to struggle.

What it means: The Bulls were lucky to come out of this game with a win. They really didn't play well, and their defense was not as tight as it had been over the past few weeks. But they found a way -- and that's what good teams do. Kirk Hinrich had a poor shooting night, but he made some big plays down the stretch including stealing the ball from Teague in the final minute. After a bad second half against Miami on Sunday, Tom Thibodeau was hoping the Bulls would bounce back mentally, and they did. They found a way to win instead of finding ways to lose -- the way Atlanta did.

Hits: Carlos Boozer had a solid bounce-back game with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Misses: D.J. Augustin is now 2-for-24 over his past two games.

Stat of the night: The Hawks knocked down 14 3-pointers in this game -- the most the Bulls have given up since November 2010, when they gave up 16 to the Knicks, according to Bulls Radio statistician Jeff Mangurten.

What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Wednesday night when they take on the Golden State Warriors at the United Center.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
22.0 3.3 1.5 40.0
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.4
AssistsD. Rose 4.8
StealsJ. Butler 1.5
BlocksP. Gasol 2.1