Bulls bounce back with win in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls bounced back nicely from an ugly defeat.
LaVine had 27 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, and the Bulls went 7 of 10 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 97-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.
One night earlier, the Bulls were embarrassed 135-106 at Charlotte.
“It’s good to get a win,” said LaVine, who has led the Bulls in scoring in all six games. “I was upset with the effort that we gave (Friday).”
Jabari Parker scored half of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for the Bulls, who struggled from long range for the first three quarters, making 5 of 23 from beyond the arc. Rookie Wendell Carter Jr. had 10 points and 10 rebounds while playing his first NBA game in his hometown.
Trae Young, who entered leading rookies with 21.5 points per game, scored 13 points on 3-of-12 shooting for the Hawks and turned the ball over five times. Taurean Prince led Atlanta with 16 points and reserve Dewayne Dedmon had 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Prince, Young and Kent Bazemore combined for 15 of Atlanta’s 22 turnovers on a night when the Hawks shot 32.1 percent (27 of 84).
“Coming off two games where we played well (and won), it was a lesson in how you handle success,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “Sometimes, we were trying to do too much, and it was evident with our 22 turnovers. … I thought right from the start we were trying to hit home runs.”
Both teams were cold in the first half. The Hawks led 44-41 at the break while shooting 26.2 percent from the field (11 of 42), including a 3-for-15 performance in the paint.
Atlanta did make 8 of 22 3-point attempts in the first half to hold the Bulls at bay as Chicago made 15 of 45 overall and 4 of 17 from beyond the arc.
The Bulls led 67-63 after three quarters. Atlanta got within two on Vince Carter’s 3-pointer midway through the fourth, but the Bulls responded with a 9-2 run, including two 3-pointers by Justin Holiday.
“They didn’t like how last night went,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I saw it in their eyes.”
The Bulls out-rebounded the Hawks 14-6 in the fourth quarter on the way to their fourth straight win over Atlanta.
“They were fighting,” Pierce said. “They lost pretty bad (Friday) night, so they came out with a greater sense of urgency than we did.”