The Atlanta Hawks competed with the Chicago Bulls for three quarters, but the quality of Derrick Rose shined through in the fourth quarter, while the Hawks players failed to execute. Atlanta shot worse than 25 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter while Chicago shot nearly 50 percent, scoring a majority of their points from the free throw line and inside of the paint. Rose's ability to create high quality shots and free throw opportunities for himself and teammates was the ultimate deciding factor in the end, as Chicago won by a final score of 95-83.
Rose put in a great fourth quarter performance and finished on 33 points, while Luol Deng chipped in with 23 points and the Bulls out-rebounded the Hawks by four. Zaza Pachulia put in a great shift off the bench with 13 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes, but Jamal Crawford turned in a performance off the bench that was the exact opposite of Pachulia's, as he shot 1-9 from the field.
The Bulls are now in the driver's seat in the series, as they hold a 3-2 lead after five games as the series heads back to Atlanta. Jeff Teague put in a great performance for the Hawks, but Josh Smith and Joe Johnson will both need to up their games offensively for the Hawks to get back into the series.