Surging Bulls stampede through Atlanta
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry scored 19 points to lead six Bulls
in double figures, as Chicago routed the Atlanta Hawks, 107-82, at Philips
Othello Harrington had 18 and Ben Gordon added 15 for the Bulls, who are over
.500 (20-19) for the first time since opening the 2002-03 campaign with back-
to-back wins. Chris Duhon, who hit four three-pointers in the first half,
finished with 14 points, Luol Deng chipped in with 13 and Kirk Hinrich ended
with 11 for the red-hot Bulls, who have won 10 of their last 11 games.
“We were just having fun out there,” Curry said. “We were really clicking on
Al Harrington scored 18 points to lead the Hawks, who have lost four of their
last five games.
The Bulls led by 22 points at halftime and continued to add to their lead
throughout the third quarter. The lead grew to 38 after a free throw by
Harrington with just over two minutes left in the frame.
Chicago took a 94-57 lead into the fourth quarter and scored five straight
points to begin the final frame for a 42-point cushion.
The Hawks had a one-point lead, 24-23, after the opening 12 minutes, but
Chicago used a big second quarter to take control of the contest. A basket by
Tyson Chandler to begin the frame put the Bulls ahead for good.
Leading 34-31, Chicago closed the opening half with a 24-5 run. Andres Nocioni
scored to ignite the burst, Deng hit a trey during the run and Duhon’s fourth
three-pointer gave the Bulls a 58-34 advantage in the final minute of the
Curry had 13 points and Duhon was 4-of-6 from three-point range to lead the
Bulls to a 58-36 halftime lead.
Chicago has won four of its last five road games.