CHICAGO (AP) -- With the Bulls mentally disinterested, according
to their coach, the Atlanta Hawks had little trouble beating
Chicago on Tuesday night.
Abdur-Rahim made 10 of 16 shots with 10 rebounds, and Nazr
Mohammed had 15 points for the Hawks, who have won four of five.
"We didn't play smart or aware all night," Bulls coach Bill
Cartwright said. "It's really disappointing for me to see that
happen. It's a collective effort, it's not just one person. We
can't do it without effort."
Jalen Rose had 26 points and six assists for the Bulls, who have
dropped 11 of 13.
Abdur-Rahim and Terry got Atlanta off to a fast start, with
Abdur-Rahim scoring 10 points and Terry adding eight points and
five assists to give the Hawks a 28-22 lead after one.
"We forced the tempo of the game, and we got some easy shots
because of it," Terry said.
The Hawks built a 15-point lead by the fourth quarter and never
let the Bulls get closer than four down the stretch.
The Hawks extended to a 13-point in the second, but Atlanta had
just one field goal in the final 3:44 as the Bulls got within 53-45
Rose had nine points in the third, but the Hawks took a 71-65
lead into the fourth.
Jacque Vaughn made a 3 and Abdur-Rahim had four points in a 13-4
Hawks run to open an 86-71 lead with seven minutes to play.
"Shareff took it upon himself and put it on his shoulders to
carry us," Terry said.
Tyson Chandler converted a three-point play after a no-look feed
from Rose, and the Bulls used a 12-2 run to get within 88-83 with
3:44 to go. Chicago later got within four, but not closer.
Terry and Abdur-Rahim combined for 13 points in the fourth to
help keep the Bulls down.
"Shareef competes like crazy," Hawks coach Lon Krueger said.
"We consistently get good results with him."
Hawks forward and Chicago native Leon Smith has had a tough
time since getting drafted in the first round out of King High
School in 1999. But Smith was signed for the remainder of the
season March 6, and has averaged two points and eight minutes for
Atlanta. "It's somewhat of a clean start," said Smith, who was
released by the Mavericks before his rookie season and has endured
emotional problems since turning pro. "I'm just learning lessons
right now. I'm not saying I'm proud of myself, but I'm happy to be
in this situation." ... Hawks forward Cal Bowdler did not play
because of the flu. ... Bulls forward Eddie Robinson did not play
because of an upset stomach. Robinson, who blamed bad fast-food
chicken for his discomfort, stayed in the trainer's room the whole
game. He is also nursing a sore toe. ... The numerous United Center
banners, commemorating the accomplishments of the Bulls and the
NHL's Blackhawks, were back in place after the NCAA ordered their
removal during men's tournament play over the weekend. "I still
get a feeling when I see the banners," former Bull Toni Kukoc
said. "I looked up at them 10 times during the game."