The Atlanta Hawks snapped a two-game losing skid by beating down the Chicago Bulls 92-75 on Saturday.
Larry Drew picked up his 100th win as Hawks head coach in the victory, making him the second fastest to reach the mark in Atlanta history behind Hall-of-Famer Lenny Wilkens (Drew = 173 … Wilkens = 166).
Al Horford led the way for the Hawks with 20 points and 10 rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting. Lou Williams, who made his first start since the 2009-10 season, dropped 16 points while adding four boards, three assists and one block in 31 minutes. Kyle Korver was effective chipping in with 13 points and six caroms in 26 minutes of action. Josh Smith had a solid all-around game scoring 12 points, pulling down five rebounds, dishing four assists, and posting 3 steals and 2 blocked shots to his stat sheet. Jeff Teague rounded out the starters with 11 points and eight assists.
Smith (6-of-12), Williams (6-of-12) and Korver (4-of-8) each shot 50% overall in the game — Williams & Korver added additional 50% marks from behind the arc as well each hitting 3-of-6 attempts from long range.
Loul Deng led the Bulls with a team-high 11 points while teammate Joakim Noah narrowly missed posting a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. No other Chicago player scored in double-figures.
Marquis Teague (Jeff’s little brother) had a productive stint tonight scoring eight points with three assists and one rebound in 16 minutes for the Bulls.
The Hawks trailed 31-28 in the second quarter but took off on a 25-6 run over the final seven minutes to build a 53-37 lead by halftime. The Bulls never recovered.
Atlanta extended the lead after outscoring Chicago 25-17 in the third quarter and cruised in the final period to the 92-75 victory.
The Bulls (15-11) head back home to face the Houston Rockets (14-12) on Christmas Day at 8:00 PM (ET).
The Hawks (16-9) will play host to the Detroit Pistons (9-21) on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 7:30 PM (ET).