This one seems to be slipping away from the Atlanta Hawks early.
Luol Deng netted 11 points and Derrick Rose added nine to post the Chicago Bulls to a 32-21 lead through one quarter in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup at the United Center on Tuesday.
Keith Bogans netted eight and Carlos Boozer had four for Chicago, which dished nine assists on 13 field goals in the frame.
The Hawks seem a step slow in this one on defense. As expected, the Bulls made an adjustment in the paint and the Hawks are having trouble in the post. Couple that with Atlanta taking some tough jumpers, and the Hawks find themselves down by double-digits in this one.
Atlanta came out of the gate slow as Deng scored Chicago's first seven points in a 10-2 run to start the game. Atlanta pushed it back to as little as 3 on a bucket by Josh Smith, but the Bulls pulled away to close out the frame.
Smith has six points, but sat for the last four minutes of the first quarter after picking up his second foul.
Al Horford has four points -- both on jumpers.
Jeff Teague netted four points and Joe Johnson added three for Atlanta, which shot 50-percent (9-for-18) in the first 12 minutes of the basketball game.