Sefolosha, Howard spark Hawks to 115-107 win over Bulls

ATLANTA  — Thabo Sefolosha scored 20 points, Dwight Howard added 18 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls 115-107 on Wednesday night for their third consecutive victory.

Paul Millsap had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, and Dennis Schroder scored 13. Howard grabbed 10 boards as Atlanta outrebounded the Bulls 49-30.

Jimmy Butler finished with 39 points and Dwyane Wade had 25 for the Bulls, who have lost four of five.

The output was Butler’s highest since he scored a career-high 53 points against Philadelphia on Jan. 14 last season.

Atlanta carried over some momentum from Tuesday’s rare victory at Cleveland. The defending NBA champion Cavaliers had won 11 straight in the series, including two playoff sweeps.

Sefolosha sparked the Hawks when he entered late in the first quarter, scoring 16 of their 21 points in a 3:44 stretch that spanned the first two periods to help Atlanta take a 45-31 lead.