Mar 28, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith (5) reacts to being called for a foul against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Bulls Vs. Hawks: Atlanta Drops Second Straight, 98-77 To Chicago

Josh Smith led the Hawks with 19 points but the Atlanta Hawks lost their second straight game falling to the Chicago Bulls 98-77.

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Bulls Vs. Hawks Final Score: Chicago Rolls Over Atlanta 98-77

Even without Derrick Rose the Chicago Bulls are showing that they are a formidable team as they continue to lead the Eastern Conference. Atlanta got a healthy dose of some red hot Chicago shooting in a 98-77 loss Wednesday night at Philips Arena.

The Hawks got out of the gate early leading by as many as eight points in the first quarter. Chicago outscored Atlanta 33-19 in the second to take a 54-42 advantage at the intermission. The Hawks began the second half on a 10-2 run but Chicago answered back with more long range marksmanship and cruised home to the victory.

Josh Smith once again led the Hawks with 19 points and seven rebounds. Jeff Teague added 13 points and eight assists while Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams finished with 12 and 10 points each.

Luol Deng led the Bulls with 22 points and was 5-8 from three-point range. Chicago made its first seven three-point attempts and finished 9-16 in the game. Carlos Boozer added 20 points and nine rebounds while Taj Gibson finished with 19 points and six boards off the bench.

Atlanta has now lost two straight but remain just a half game behind the Pacers for fifth place in the East Standings. The Hawks will enjoy a much needed day off on Thursday before hosting the Knicks on Friday and heading to Philadelphia on Saturday.

For more on this game Hawks fans should check out Peachtree Hoops and Bulls fans should visit Blog A Bull. For more new and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball Page.

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Bulls Vs. Hawks Score: Atlanta Trails Hot Shooting Chicago 54-42 At Halftime

The Atlanta Hawks hope to escape Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls then they are going to have to increase their defensive intensity a few notches. The Hawks trail the Bulls 54-42 at the half after the Bulls hit 56 percent of their shots and 7-8 from three-point range.

Atlanta started well enough and led 23-21 at the end of the first quarter. The Bulls came roaring back in the second outscoring the Hawks 33-19 in the period.

Josh Smith was active once again and leads Atlanta with 13 points and five rebounds but is just 5-14 from the field. Joe Johnson has nine points while Jeff Teague and Zaza Pachulia have seven each. Teague handed out five assists in the first half and Pachulia grabbed five rebounds.

Luol Deng hit 5-7 shots in the first half and has 14 points at the break. John Lucas came off the bench to score 10 points and Carlos Boozer has eight for the Bulls. Chicago has a decided edge in bench points outscoring Atlanta 19-6 in the first half.

For more on this game Hawks fans should check out Peachtree Hoops and Bulls fans should visit Blog A Bull. For more new and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball Page.

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The Atlanta Hawks cap off a five game in six day stretch Wednesday night when they take on the Chicago Bulls at The Highlight Factory.

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