The Atlanta Hawks suffered a brutal loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday night when Andre Iguodala hit a three at the buzzer to beat them by one. The Hawks are without their best player in Al Horford for the rest of the season, and it has put a hole in their plans.
They still have a lot of talent though, and Paul Millsap has stepped up in Horford’s absence. The Hawks were right back at it on Saturday night against the Bulls in Chicago, and this game was ugly.
There wasn’t much offense for either teams early, but the Bulls five point lead at the half. The third quarter was filled with a bunch of missed shots, and neither team scored over 20 points in the period. The Bulls were leaving guys like Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver open, but they seldom connected, and it would cost them down the stretch.
In the final minutes, the Bulls would get a late surge, and they would put away the Hawks. Overall, Atlanta shot just 37 percent from the field, and you could tell that fatigue was setting in. Paul Millsap had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Jeff Teague had 16 points and 6 assists, and Mike Scott had 12 points off the bench for Atlanta. They also had every pump fake in the game.
Luol Deng had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Taj Gibson had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Mike Dunleavy had 20 off the bench for Chicago. They also had six players in double figures, and they had 20 offensive rebounds on the night. They also outrebounded the Hawks 52-43.