Rapid Reaction: Hawks 92, Bulls 75
December, 22, 2012
By Nick Friedell
ATLANTA -- Let's take a quick look at how the Atlanta Hawks cruised to an easy 92-75 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at Phillips Arena.
How it happened: Al Horford led the Hawks with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Lou Williams added 16 points, and Kyle Korver chipped in with 13 points against his former team. Luol Deng had 11 points for the Bulls, while Joakim Noah added 10 points and nine rebounds. Noah turned the ball over six times, though.
What it means: The Bulls got absolutely hammered in this one. For as well as they played in the first three quarters Friday night against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, that's how badly they played in the first three of this game. Tom Thibodeau's team looked lifeless most of the night and could not find any rhythm offensively. What has to concern Thibodeau most is that his team gave up 45 points in the fourth quarter of Friday night's game and continued to play without any focus in this one. The Bulls got outworked by the Hawks and never really got up off the mat after being knocked down early -- something that is not often said about a Thibodeau-coached team.
Hits: About the only positive moment in the night for the Bulls came in the third quarter when rookie Marquis Teague checked in to face his brother, Hawks guard Jeff.
Misses: After playing so well on Friday night, Kirk Hinrich went just 3-for-11 from the field and got dunked on badly by Lou Williams in the first half.
Stat of the night: The Hawks outscored the Bulls 61-33 in the second and third quarters combined.
What's next: The Bulls take on the Houston Rockets on Christmas night.