Saturday , Dec , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bulls edge Hawks in OT

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Andres Nocioni scored 24 points, grabbed eight
rebounds, and hit two clutch free throws with 13.4 seconds left in overtime as
the Chicago Bulls held on for a 106-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Atlanta’s Joe Johnson had 23 points on the night, but missed a fadeaway from
the elbow with four seconds left in the extra period that would have given the
Hawks the lead. Kirk Hinrich pulled down the rebound and was quickly fouled,
hit his first free throw and missed his second, but Ben Wallace grabbed his
15th rebound of the game to clinch the win.

Hinrich also scored 24 points, and Ben Gordon scored 23 off of the bench and
grabbed eight boards for the Bulls, who have won four in a row and 11 of 12.
Luol Deng scored 19 points for Chicago.

Marvin Williams also scored 23 points for the Hawks, who have lost four of
five. Zaza Pachulia scored 16, and Josh Smith had 14 points and 11 boards for
Atlanta. Speedy Claxton scored 10 points and doled out 11 assists.

Johnson also missed an open jumper with 19.2 seconds left in overtime that
could have padded the Atlanta lead. Nocioni was fouled on the ensuing
possession, draining both of his shots to put the Bulls up 105-104.

Wallace tied the game at 93-93 with 43.1 ticks left in regulation with two
free throws. William missed a long three with 19 seconds left, but the Bulls
couldn’t take advantage, as Gordon’s fadeaway from the top of the key fell
short in the final seconds of regulation.

The Bulls had trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter, but came all the way back,
knotting the game on Wallace’s free throws.

The Bulls led 75-73 at the end of the third quarter.

Atlanta started fast, scoring the game’s first seven points to take the early
lead, and led by as much as eight points in the first quarter. The Bulls came
charging back, though, and only trailed 26-24 going into the second quarter.

The Hawks scored four points in the first minute of the second quarter, taking
a 30-24 lead on a Salim Stoudemire jumper with 11:25 left in the first half.
Chicago answered with eight straight, however, and took a 32-30 lead on a
running jumper by Gordon with 9:27 left in the second quarter. Atlanta led
55-51 at halftime.

Game Notes

The Bulls stretched their winning streak over the Hawks to eight games…The
win was Chicago’s fourth on the road this season, against eight losses. The
Bulls are 10-2 at home…The Bulls hit 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) from behind the
arc, against a 7-of-22 (31.8 percent) performance by Atlanta.