The Atlanta Hawks get their 31st win of the season, as they win easily over the Chicago Bulls, 113-90 in their final game before the All Star Break.
The Atlanta Hawks enter the All-Star Break with a much-needed win, crushing the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night at the United Center, 113-90. While Atlanta lost two rough games to their division rival in the Orlando Magic earlier this week, the Hawks enter the All-Star Break feeling better about themselves than do the Chicago Bulls.
Chicago has lost four straight games at the United Center. That hasn’t happened since Vinny Del Negro was their coach six years ago. The Bulls were completely disinterested in playing defense or taking care of the basketball in their embarrassing blow out loss at home. At the All-Star Break, Atlanta improves its record to 31-24, while the Bulls are only two games over .500 at 27-25.
The Atlanta Hawks shot the basketball well though out their road game against the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night, connecting on 47.8% of their field goal attempts, 39.4% of their threes, and draining 93.3% of their free throws.
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Atlanta had eight different players in double figures scoring. Dennis Schroder led the way with 18 points on 6-10 shooting, including 3-5 from long distance. He finished with four assists, two rebounds, and a steal. Jeff Teague had 17 points on 7-16 shooting, with eight assists, five rebounds, and three steals.
Al Horford had 16 points on 7-11 shooting, including 2-4 from three. He also had five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. In his final game before the All-Star game in Toronto, power forward Paul Millsap had 15 points on 6-12 shooting, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block.
Mike Muscala had a great night off the Atlanta bench with 11 points on 5-7 shooting, with six rebounds, an assist, and a block. Kyle Korver, Thabo Sefolosha, and Mike Scott all finished with 10 points against the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night at the United Center.
Overall, the Atlanta Hawks gave a great effort Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls. The two straight losses to the Orlando Magic was clearly not sitting well with the team. Perhaps the constant trade rumors surrounding Jeff Teague, Al Horford, and Kyle Korver were getting to the club and hindering their focus, particularly late in games.
Atlanta put all distractions behind them in this convincing road win over the Bulls that will ensure that the Hawks will enter the All-Star no worse than fourth place in the Eastern Conference and in first place in the Southeast Division.
It’s games like Wednesday’s in Chicago that makes one believe that we still haven’t seen the Atlanta Hawks’ best brand of basketball consistently. Perhaps Atlanta figured something out in the final game before the All-Star Break and could spark a great resurgence of the club in the final weeks on the 2015-16 NBA season. Let’s Go Hawks!