Bulls Even Series In 86-73 Win Over Hawks

Derrick Rose racked up a double-double Wednesday night while he knocked down a game high 25 points as the Chicago Bulls topped the Atlanta Hawks in a low scoring affair by a final margin of 86-73. The victory for the Bulls knots up their best of seven second round Playoff series at 1-1. Atlanta would score in just the teens in the first two periods allowing Chicago to lead by double digits as the contest reached the half. Although the Hawks would cut their deficit in the third they never really threatened their opponents who went on to win the game. Jeff Teague who is starting in lieu of the injured Kirk Hinrich had another strong performance for Atlanta as he scored a team high 21 points in the loss.

Neither team would look impressive from the offensive end of the floor for most of the opening period but Chicago did go on a spurt down the stretch. Rose buried a 25 foot trey with 26 seconds remaining putting his team ahead 25-19 at the end of the quarter. The Hawks offensive game would remain stalled during the second and as the two clubs headed to their locker rooms when the contest reached the half they trailed 48-37.

Atlanta would finally find their shooting touch during the third and were able to erase a little of their deficit during the period. However the Bulls would still hold the advantage at the end of the quarter with the score 65-58. The Hawks got to within six points of Chicago during the final 12 minutes but could never get any closer and the Bulls won the game with ease.

Rose scored 25 points, dished off 10 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Joakim Noah would record a double-double with 19 points, 14 boards, 3 steals, 2 assists and a block while Luol Deng also had a double-double as he had 14 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and 1 steal.

Teague dropped 21 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 2 rebounds while Joe Johnson scored 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 1 assist. Josh Smith added 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 assists and a steal while Jamal Crawford came off the bench with 11 points and had 1 assist. The series will resume in Atlanta for game three on Friday.

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