"It's a big-time burden being lifted,'' he said. "We're in
decent shape if we can find a way to play better on the road.''
Chicago, which hadn't won away from home since opening the
season at Boston, hit 16 of 18 shots and outscored the Hawks 41-19
in the fourth quarter. Fizer was 5-for-7 from the floor and hit all
four of his free throws in the final period.
After dunking over Nazr Mohammed and Glenn Robinson and cutting
Atlanta's lead to 88-87 with 8:42 remaining, Fizer made a 14-foot
fadeaway to give the Bulls their first lead since 3:25 of the
"I can honestly say it was the first time in my life I felt
like every time the ball left my hand, it was going down,'' Fizer
said. "It was probably our best road game, but we've had better
ones at home.''
Rick Brunson, making his season debut after sitting out the
first 40 games with tendinitis in his right knee, scored all 12 of
his points in the fourth quarter. The journeyman point guard was
5-for-5 from the floor, including two 3-pointers.
Bulls coach Bill Cartwright wasn't surprised to see Brunson play
so well in his first game with Chicago. Brunson was activated
before the game when Jay Williams was placed on the injured list
with a sprained left ankle.
"That is a classic example of what a pro is all about,''
Cartwright said. "He came in and got and an opportunity and took
advantage of it. He's done a good job of keeping himself in
Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 27 points for the Hawks, who lost
their fifth straight. Jason Terry had 23 and Glenn Robinson added
20. Atlanta committed more turnovers (17) than its opponent for the
seventh straight game.
"We've just got to come out and really enjoy this game,'' Hawks
reserve forward Darvin Ham said. "We're not digging graves for a
living at a cemetery. We're playing basketball, man. Every guy
should come out excited, exuberant about the opportunity to make the money we do doing what we do.''
After leading 81-70 on Terry's 16-footer, the Hawks were
"At the beginning of the fourth quarter, we had a nine-point
lead and let them get back into it,'' Atlanta coach Terry Stotts
said. "I thought they were hungrier. They built pressure, and we
didn't respond very well to it. When they were making shots, guys
on the weak side were making shots.''
Donyell Marshall pulled down 13 rebounds and Jamal Crawford,
starting in place of Williams, handed out six assists as Chicago
ended a three-game losing streak. The Bulls had dropped two straight in Atlanta and three straight in the series.
Rose was 15-for-21 from the floor, his biggest basket coming on
a 28-footer from the right side for an eight-point lead with 3:15
No one on the Hawks could stop Rose. Rose, who also scored 37 in
a 10-point loss at Cleveland Dec. 4, was 5-for-5 and hit three
3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
After Rose hit a 3-pointer with 5:07 remaining to make it 97-97,
Abdur-Rahim missed two free throws before Brunson's 3-pointer gave
Chicago the lead for good. The last time the Bulls had such a
prolific quarter was Nov. 26, 1991, when they shot 17-for-19 in the
third period of a 116-79 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
"We'll have to bottle that up and carry it with us somewhere,''
Rose said. "It was a great effort in the fourth quarter.''
Cartwright said he knew Williams would go on the injured
list after the rookie point guard was unable to practice Sunday.
The earliest Williams can return is Jan. 31, when the Bulls visit
Portland. ... Atlanta signed rookie point guard Mike Wilks to
another 10-day contract.
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