Bulls try to get back on winning track vs. Hawks
(Sports Network) – The playoff-bound Chicago Bulls open a two-game road trip
when they visit the slumping Atlanta Hawks this afternoon at Philips Arena.
Chicago, which is No. 5 in the Eastern Conference playoff race, tries to get
back on the winning track today. On Friday, LeBron James scored 39 points
and dished out nine assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Bulls,
112-108, in overtime at the United Center.
Ben Gordon poured in 37 points and Tyrus Thomas added a career-high 27 points
and grabbed eight rebounds for Chicago, which had a four-game winning streak
halted. Kirk Hinrich finished with 22 points and 11 assists in defeat.
The Bulls are 15-21 on the road this season. They will visit the Pistons on
Wednesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Atlanta has dropped five straight games. Gerald Wallace had 31 points and nine
rebounds to lead the Bobcats to a 101-87 victory over the Hawks at Charlotte
Josh Smith finished with 25 points, 15 boards and six blocked shots, while
Marvin Williams had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Charlotte for the
Hawks, who have lost seven of their last eight games overall. Salim Stoudamire
chipped in 12 points and Lorenzen Wright netted 10 for Atlanta, which
committed 22 turnovers.
The Hawks are 15-21 at home this season. They will visit Vince Carter and the
New Jersey Nets on Wednesday at Continental Airlines Arena.
This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the squads. The
Bulls won all three contests this season and have captured 10 in a row in the
Chicago has won five straight after losing its last two at Atlanta.