Hawks fly into the Windy City
(Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks play the second of a four-game road
trip when they visit the Chicago Bulls tonight at the United Center.
Atlanta enters the contest on a two-game losing streak. Matt Carroll poured in
22 points as Charlotte crushed Atlanta for the second night in a row, blowing
out the Hawks, 104-85, at Charlotte Bobcats Arena in the back end of a home-
Joe Johnson scored 22 points and Marvin Williams netted 20 in the loss to
Charlotte for the Hawks, who had a three-game winning streak before running
into trouble against the Bobcats.
The Hawks are 6-14 on the road this season. They will visit the Boston Celtics
on Wednesday an TD Banknorth Garden and the Orlando Magic on Friday at Amway
Chicago opens a three-game homestand this evening. On Monday, Jermaine O’Neal
had 22 points and 10 rebounds, as the Indiana Pacers snapped its four-game
skid with a 98-91 victory over the Bulls at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Ben Gordon scored 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting for Chicago, which has lost
back-to-back contests. Luol Deng posted 18 points and Kirk Hinrich netted 14
for the Bulls, who have lost 17 of their last 18 trips to Indiana.
The Bulls are 17-6 at home this season. They will host the Dallas Mavericks on
Thursday and the Miami Heat on Saturday.
This is the second meeting of the season between the squads. On December 16th,
Chicago defeated the Hawks, 106-104, in overtime at Philips Arena.
Atlanta has lost three straight and five of its last six at Chicago. The Bulls
have won eight in a row in the series.