Hawks vs. Bulls final score: Chicago stifles Hawks, 97-58

Jonathan Daniel

A record-setting second quarter sealed the Hawks' fate as they fell on the road in embarrassing fashion.

The Chicago Bulls turned things around at home in a big way on Monday night as they defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 97-58, at the United Center.

The story of the game was a dismal first half by the Hawks, who managed just 20 points through the first two quarters of action. That set a franchise record for fewest points in a half, and nearly eclipsed the NBA mark of 19 set by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1999.

Atlanta (21-16) shot just 24-of-82 from the field, including just 2-of-14 from the three-point line. The second quarter was particularly embarrassing for the Hawks, where they managed just five points. They were 2-of-21 in the quarter, and two Bulls' players, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng outscored the Hawks in the frame.

Things didn't get much better in the second half for the Hawks, where they managed just 38 points.

Boozer led the way for the Bulls (21-15) with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Deng finished with 18.

The Hawks' output for the game was the 15th lowest of the shot-clock era and lowest by a team in nearly a year.

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