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No Rose Just Thorns

Derek Rose missed yet another game with an ailing groin injury but the Chicago Bulls were able to improve their record to 13-5 playing without their leading scorer. Loul Deng picked up the slack leading all scorers with 22 points to pace the Bulls to a 98-77 win over the Hawks in Atlanta.

In a game of runs, the Bulls turned up the heat in the second quarter. Leading by 8 with 5 minutes remaining Joakim Noah ignited a 12-0 run with his only basket of the period. Reserve guard John Lucas came off the bench to score 10 points and pace Chicago to a 54-42 halftime lead. The Hawks made a run of their own out of the break. A triple by Kirk Hinrich followed by a layup from Jeff Teague cut the lead to 4. It was the closest Atlanta would get.

It was déjà vu all over again as the Bull opened up another run at almost the same exact time as the second quarter to stretch the lead out to sixteen points. Deng and Carlos Boozer combined for 14 of the 22 points scored by the Bulls in the quarter.

The rest of the game was pretty much a highlight reel for Taj Gibson. The Bulls forward scored 11of his 19 points in the fourth on an array of dunks and put backs.






Bulls vs HAWKS


SLIDESHOW


Bulls 98 - Hawks 77




  • Bulls F Brian Scalabrine paces the court during the Hawks pre-game ceremony.

  • Hawks C Zaza Pachulia slaps away the Loul Deng layup.

  • Bulls G CJ Watson turns the corner on Hawks G Jeff Teague.

  • Bulls C Joakim Noah lifts a hook shot over Hawks F Marvin Williams.

  • Bulls G Ronnie Brewer flips a shot at the basket.

  • Hawks F Josh Smith wrestles with Bulls C Joakim Noah for possession.

  • Left: Hawks F Josh Smith launches a jumper over the hand of Taj Gibson. Right: Bulls F Carlos Boozer lays it in over the defense of Josh Smith.

  • Bulls F Loul Deng shoots the jumper over a flat-footed Tracy McGrady.

  • Bulls C Joakim Noah flips the left handed hook towards the basket.

  • Hawks C Zaza Pachulia gets a reverse layup to fall.

  • Left: Josh Smith lifts a hook over Joakim Noah for two. Right: Joakim Noah ignites the Bulls 12-0 run with an awkward layup.

  • Hawks G Jeff Teague extends to the basket ahead of the Bulls Carlos Boozer.

  • Hawks C Zaza Pachulia gets a jumper turned back by Joakim Noah.

  • Left: Taj Gibson rejects the shot from Ivan Johnson. Right: Taj Gibson deflects a second shot from Ivan Johnson.

  • Hawks G Jeff Teague gets hammered in the air by Bulls C Omer Asik.

  • Omer Asik pins the layup from Kirk Hinrich against the glass.

  • Hawks F Marvin Williams gets loose on a fast break for a dunk.

  • Kyle Korver guards Hawks G Willie Green at half-court.

  • Hawks F Josh Smith drives past Taj Gibson in the lane.

  • The Bulls and Hawks exchange pleasantries after Joe Johnson takes down Taj Gibson under the basket.

  • With the Bulls comfortably ahead, Carlos Boozer laughs it up on the bench.

  • Bulls F Carlos Boozer powers a dunk down over Marvin Williams.

  • Bulls F Carlos Boozer powers a dunk down over Marvin Williams.

  • Bulls F Taj Gibson hammers home the alley oop from G John Lucas.




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