The Chicago Bulls just played their most complete game of the season

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Wednesday night, the Chicago Bulls took on the Atlanta Hawks for the second game in a row, only this time at home. Fortunately for Bulls fans, this team played their best game of the year.

The Bulls came out firing in the first quarter, scoring a season-high 38 points in the first 12 minutes. However, the Hawks were feeling it too, as the first quarter ended 38-34.

The second quarter, though, is where everything changed. For the first half of the quarter, Atlanta kept within striking distance. In the waning minutes before halftime, the Bulls went on a 23-3 run and went up 74-53.

The halftime numbers were actually astounding. Chicago might not see another half like this all season, as they shot 69.8 percent from the field. Four Bulls were in double figures. Although Nikola Vucevic wasn’t one of them, he played a tremendous first half notching eight points, 12 boards and two steals.

These Chicago Bulls played lights out from start to finish, with everyone getting involved.

As the second half kicked off, the Bulls kept the momentum going. Chicago ended up shooting over 61 percent for the game and finished with a season-high 38 assists on 52 field goals — an astounding number. They also had seven players in double figures, as they ended up beating Atlanta 131-117.

The Hawks were playing extremely short-handed, if we’re being fair. They entered the night with just four roster players available. The rest were recent additions, making this the toughest game the Hawks have played all season.

The Bulls were also still playing without Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso, but two others stepped up and played arguably their best game of the year as well: Coby White and Javonte Green.

White finished with 17 points, 12 assists and three boards, filling in nicely for Ball. After the game, White told reporters that he knows exactly what he’s capable of, hinting that no one should be surprised by this type of outpouring from him.

Green, meanwhile, was all over the court. On both ends, he was a menace. He did a little of everything, putting up 14 points, three assists, two steals, two rebounds and a block. Green actually finished with the best plus/minus of the night for the Bulls at +24.

Vucevic finished with a season-high 20 rebounds to go with his 16 points and three steals. The big man has been playing his best ball of the season lately, making the Bulls look truly unstoppable if their big three are on point.

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The Bulls still sit comfortably in second place in the East at 22-10 now, having won four in a row. For those getting an early start to their weekend and enjoying another holiday, the Bulls take on the Indiana Pacers on New Year’s Eve — tomorrow at 2:00pm — to go for their fifth straight win.