After being dominated by the Miami Heat on Sunday, the Bulls returned to the court on Tuesday in Atlanta to face the Hawks.
The first half of the game between the Bulls and Hawks was a tale of two quarters. The Bulls were outscored 30-20 in the opening quarter of the game; only to turn around and outscore the Hawks 34-21 in the second quarter of the game. After a back-and-forth third quarter, the Bulls managed to hold off a late push by the Hawks in the fourth quarter and come away with a 107-103 victory.
Lets dive into the game recap by taking a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The Good: Concerned raised again after the Bulls loss to the Heat on Sunday over the team’s offense. The Bulls muted those concerns for at least one day after their performance against the Hawks on Tuesday. Seven players, including all of the Bulls starting five, had double-figures in the points category. Mike Dunleavy was the leading man for the Bulls on Tuesday by scoring 22 points. Carlos Boozer–17 points and 11 rebounds–and Joakim Noah–20 points and 12 rebounds–both registered double-doubles for the team.
Kirk Hinrich, 14 points, notched six key free throws in the closing minute of the fourth quarter.
The Bad: The Bulls defense evaded them for a second straight game. If the Bulls did not get the offensive output they did from their starters, then the team would have been dealt with another loss. More concerning was how the Bulls defense collapsed in the fourth quarter. The Bulls were the beneficiaries of a couple of questionable calls late in the fourth quarter–one call and one no-call–and that may have played a factor in the team’s victory.
The Ugly: There was no ugliness factor to tonight’s game. Though, the only issue that could be taken is that the Bulls were unable to extend their lead in the second half to the point where the Hawks were unable to comeback. But as the adage goes, a victory is a victory.