Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Bull 105, Hawks 92
By Nick Friedell
ATLANTA -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 105-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night at Phillips Arena.
How it happened: D.J. Augustin had another big game for the Bulls, going off for 23 points and five assists. Kirk Hinrich added 17 points, six assists and three rebounds, as the Bulls grinded out another win. Paul Millsap paced the Hawks with 22 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough for an Atlanta team that continues its late-season slide.
What it means: For the third straight game, the Bulls tightened things up in the final 12 minutes and clamped down on their opponent just enough to pull away at the end. The difference lately has been the attention to defense in the fourth quarter. Augustin has acknowledged there is a different pace late in the game, and he feels his team picks up its intensity. That was the case again on Wednesday, as the Bulls didn't allow the Hawks to get into any kind of offensive rhythm. Augustin continues to lead the way offensively for the Bulls and is growing even more confident every game. He believes he's going to hit all the big shots, and his teammates trust that he'll be able to ice wins.
Hits: Joakim Noah chipped in with 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Misses: Jimmy Butler had 17 points, but he was just 6-for-16 from the field.
Stat of the night: The win marks the 200th career victory of Tom Thibodeau's coaching career.
What's next: The Bulls head home to face off against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.