Game 73: Chicago Bulls (36-37) lose to Atlanta Hawks (45-30), 102-100
March 28, 2016
United Center – Chicago
The Bulls got off to a great start, outscoring the Hawks 31-22 in the first quarter. But their abysmal 14-point second quarter paved the way to a 52-45 Hawks halftime lead.
The Hawks built up a 15-point lead in the second half, but they slowed down in the fourth quarter. And the Bulls took advantage.
Aaron Brooks had a hot hand in the fourth, but the Bulls eventually stopped going to him even after his layup tied the game at 93. Jimmy Butler completed a four-point play after drawing a foul from Paul Millsap with 19 seconds left in the game, but the Bulls couldn’t score enough or stop the Hawks in the end.
Player of the Game
Teague led all scorers in the game with 26 points and was one of two players to score 20-plus points.
He went 9-of-18 from the field and was perfect from the charity stripe with eight free throws. He also flirted with a triple-double, adding six rebounds and seven assists.
Brooks’ 16 points led all bench players in the game and trailed just Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose. So yes, that means he did outscore Butler, albeit an unhealthy one.
Regardless, Brooks provided a much-needed spark for the Bulls off the bench, especially in the fourth quarter. If the Bulls kept feeding him, they could have had a better chance at having a successful comeback.
He finished the night shooting 7-for-10 from the field and added four rebounds, six assists and one steal.
The vast difference between the two teams’ free throw attempt was one of the biggest factors in the Bulls’ loss. The Bulls managed to outrebound the Hawks matched their assists and turnovers, but the Hawks got to the charity stripe almost twice as many times as the Bulls did.
The Bulls didn’t even take advantage of all their 15 free throws, making 11, while the Hawks only missed three.
Interestingly enough, the Bulls made four more field goals than their opponents did. But it just goes to show the Bulls’ ability to score hasn’t been enough to accumulate wins.
The Hawks had seven more blocks than the Bulls did, just proving the difference in frontcourt play, specifically defensively, for the two teams.
The Bulls will finish off their back-to-back in Indianapolis when they face the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. central.
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