Kevin C. Cox
The Hawks used a balanced offensive attack and a dominant defense to stifle the visiting Bulls.
The Hawks trailed after the first quarter but outscored the Bulls by 28 points in the middle two quarters in order to take control of the game and cruise to an easy victory. The Hawks were led by Al Horford's 20 points and 10 rebounds as all five starters scored in double figures, including 16 points from Lou Williams and 13 points from Kyle Korver.
The Bulls couldn't manufacture too much offense a night after their physical victory over the New York Knicks. Only two players scored in double-figures with Luol Deng leading the way with 11 points but on only 5-for-14 shooting. Joakim Noah, who was in the middle of everything against the Knicks, managed to almost get a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds but he turned the ball over six times.
The Hawks shot 49.4% from the field and outrebounded the Bulls by 14.
The win moved Atlanta to 16-9 and dropped Chicago to 15-11. The Hawks are still third in the Eastern Conference with the Bulls right behind them in the fourth spot.