Game 52: Chicago Bulls (27-25) lose to Atlanta Hawks (31-24), 113-90
February 10, 2016
United Center – Chicago
The only real good news for the Bulls right now is the fact they now have a break from the hardwood with All-Star weekend right around the corner. They aren’t going into the break with much optimism, though, if any at all.
The Bulls lost their fourth-straight game Wednesday night, falling to the Hawks 113-90. The thing is, though, they were right in the game in to begin with.
In the first quarter, the Bulls and Hawks were nearly even, as the Bulls had the 29-28 advantage. In the following quarter, the Bulls’ turnovers allowed the Hawks to get ahead 53-48 by halftime. The Hawks had the 7-0 advantage in fast-break points and scored 15 points off the Bulls’ team total 10 turnovers in first half.
The Hawks further separated themselves from the Bulls in the first half by going 7-for-17 from downtown while the Bulls made just 1-of-5.
With an 11-0 run early in the third quarter, the Hawks built up a 15-point lead. Doug McDermott broke that run with a 3-pointer, and that got the Bulls going for a bit. But, ultimately, the Bulls were inefficient on offense and couldn’t defend well — the Hawks ended the third quarter with 38 points — which, unfortunately for them, is nothing new.
Nothing improved from there, as the Bulls went on to score just 17 more points.
Player of the Game
Schroeder may have come off the bench for Atlanta, but he was still his team’s leading scorer at 18 points. He went 6-for-10 from the field, 3-of-5 on 3-pointers and missed just one of his four free throws. Schroeder also added two rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Gasol was the lone player in Wednesday night’s game to post a double-double. His 20 points led all scorers, and his 10 rebounds tied Bobby Portis for the game high.
The Hawks’ 113 was a result of a true team effort: eight different Atlanta players scored in double figures. Kent Bazemore was the lone Atlanta starter to not score in double digits while Mike Muscala, Schroeder, Mike Scott and Thabo Sefolosha came off the bench to do the same.
On the other hand, the Bulls’ had just four players score in double figures: Gasol, McDermott, Derrick Rose and Bobby Portis.
The Bulls allowed the Hawks to get too many easy points Wednesday night. They scored just four points on fast breaks while the Hawks scored nearly five times that at 19.
Had the Bulls not allowed the Hawks to thrive off of their 19 total team turnovers, the game would have been a much more even one considering the Hawks scored 25 points off of them.
Matchup of the Game Result
Doug McDermott versus Kyle Korver
Korver and McDermott weren’t matched up often in the Bulls’ loss, but as the two both hail from Creighton and are known for their shooting abilities, looking at this matchup was inevitable.
At 17 points, McDermott was the Bulls’ second-leading scorer, going 6-of-12 from the field, 2-for-5 on 3-pointers and making all three of his free throws. He also added three rebounds, three assists and one steal in his 37 minutes.
Korver had a slow start, scoring just two points in the first half, but he ended the night with 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting. He also grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists, got two steals and blocked a shot. So Korver may not have outscored his fellow Creighton Bluejay and Iowan, but he sure had a nicer overall stat line.
The Bulls return from their All-Star break Thursday, Feb. 18 to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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