Tuesday , Feb , 20 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hawks fly into the Windy City

(Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls return from the All-
Star break and square off tonight at the United Center.

This is the third of four contests between the clubs this season. The Bulls
won the two previous contests. Atlanta is scheduled to host Chicago on April
1st at Philips Arena.

The Bulls have won nine in a row in the series. Atlanta has lost four straight
and five of its last six at Chicago.

Chicago enters tonight’s contest on a two-game losing streak. In fact, the
Bulls struggled heading into the All-Star break, as they dropped five of their
last six contests overall.

Ben Gordon is Chicago’s leading scorer at 21.2 points per game, while Ben
Wallace, who signed a lucrative, multi-year contract with Chicago last
offseason, has grabbed a team-best 10.3 rebounds per contest and Hinrich has
dished out a club-high 6.3 assists per game.

The Bulls, who will visit LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on
Thursday, are 20-7 at home this season. Chicago is tied with the Indiana
Pacers for third place in the Central Division, 4 1/2 games behind division-
leading Detroit.

Atlanta won three of its final four contests prior to the break. The Hawks are
in fouth place in the Southeast Division, nine games in back of the first
place Washington Wizards.

Joe Johnson, who was a reserve on the East squad in Sunday’s All-Star Game,
leads the Hawks in scoring (25.2 ppg). High flying Josh Smith has grabbed a
team best 8.1 rebounds per game, while Speedy Claxton has handed out a club-
high 4.7 assists per contest.

The Hawks are 12-16 on the road this season. They have won six of their last
seven games away from home.