Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau better not examine the second-quarter stats too long, or he might puke.
The Hawks dished out 11 assists — and turned it over once. Former Bull Kyle Korver nailed 3 of 4 from deep. Al Horford was 5-for-5. Chicago coughed up the ball seven times.
Josh Smith sent home an alley-oop over Carlos Boozer. Kirk Hinrich missed a corner jumper so badly, it hit the side of the backboard. Marco Belinelli committed an obvious charge near the basket, then had a 3-point try swatted.
Should we go on? Suffice to say that Atlanta took control in the second quarter Saturday night and never let go, blowing away the Bulls, 92-75.
After expending a ton of energy to beat the Knicks on Friday night, the Bulls suffered just their second double-digit loss of the season.
The only fourth-quarter drama was whether bench-warmer Vladimir Radmanovic would score (he did, draining a 3) and whether it would go down as Chicago’s most lopsided loss of the season (it did not). That remains the 101-80 drubbing at the Clippers on Nov. 17.
The Bulls’ top scorer Saturday was Luol Deng, and he finished with just 11 points on 5-for-14 shooting. But at least he was able to play after injuring his right shoulder in New York on an emphatic Jason Kidd strip.
Joakim Noah had 10 points and 9 rebounds.
By Teddy Greenstein, Tribune reporter
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