The Hawks came into Tuesday night’s game against the Bulls with a three-game losing streak, and the All-Star Break couldn’t come fast enough. Their offense has been lackluster during the losing streak, and with their consistent struggles against the Bulls, this match up didn’t look favorable coming in.
That theory proved itself true early, as the Bulls came out and looked dominant on both ends of the floor. Their defense is always stellar, but the fact that they put up 33 points in the first quarter showed that the Hawks need some work on the defensive end. The Bulls had a 16-point lead at the end of the first quarter, and they would be plagued by that slow start from then on.
At times, Atlanta looked disinterested, and the Bulls were out-hustling them on the boards, loose balls, on offense, and on defense. The Hawks looked tired, and it showed in some of the performances. Chicago outrebounded the Hawks 57-28, and had 17 of those on the offensive end. Joakim Noah recorded his fourth career triple-double with 19 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Paul Millsap struggled in this one, going 6 of 15 from the floor for 15 points and just two rebounds. DeMarre Carroll had 11 points, and Lou Williams added 13 points off the bench. The Hawks had a combined 32 points in the first and fourth quarters, and it was that slow start and finish that took them out of this one.
Chicago ended up winning 100-85, and this handed Atlanta their fourth straight loss. They are now 25-25 through the first 50 games of the season. They are right back at it in Toronto on Wednesday night, and that will be the last game before the All-Star Break this Friday.
Stay tuned to Soaring Down South for all the All-Star coverage this weekend, as we cover Paul Millsap’s first ever All-Star appearance.