Kevin C. Cox
The Bulls essentially played six players against the Hawks. They ended up winning by 17.
The Chicago Bulls were on the road with about six of their regular rotation players able to go on Saturday night. Instead of letting the Hawks control the tempo in their own arena, the Bulls came out strong and completely dominated their Eastern Conference foes. In the end, Chicago came away with a 93-76 win.
Four players played upwards of 40 minutes for Chicago. Luol Deng played 46 minutes on his way to 25 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. Taj Gibson just missed a 20-20 game with 19 points and 19 boards, while Nate Robinson went 4-for-6 from behind the 3-point arc in a 20-point effort.
As a team, Chicago out-rebounded Atlanta by nine, and turned the ball over just seven times. That's awfully impressive considering how fatigued the team must've been after playing on Friday night.
The Hawks just could not get anything to fall. They shot just 39 percent from the floor and went 8-for-15 on their free throws. Josh Smith, who, once again, has been the talk to trade rumors in recent days, had a solid game with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Al Horford put up a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards.
Next up for the Bulls will be the Pacers on Monday night. The Hawks will take on the Pacers in Indiana on Tuesday night.