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Bulls 107, Hawks 103
ATLANTA — Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich made 6 of 7 free throws in the final 43 seconds to give the Bulls a 107-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday at Philips Arena.
Hinrich, who scored 14 points, made three free throws with 43.2 seconds remaining to put Chicago ahead to stay. It was the sixth win in seven games for the Bulls, who won all three meetings with Atlanta this season.
Chicago (30-26) got 22 points from forward Mike Dunleavy and 20 points and 12 rebounds from center Joakim Noah. Atlanta (26-30) was led by guard Jeff Teague, who had 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, and guard Shelvin Mack with 17 points.
Atlanta, which trailed by as many as seven points in the fourth quarter, took the lead at 100-99 when forward DeMarre Carroll scored off a pass from Teague. Carroll’s 3-pointer then gave Atlanta a 103-01 lead, but he fouled Kirk Hinrich while shooting a 3-pointer and Hinrich made all three free throws to put the Bulls ahead.
Atlanta appeared to have taken the lead on the next possession when forward Mike Scott drained a 3-pointer. But the basket was waved off because Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer signaled for a timeout. Once the ball was inbounded, Teague had it stolen away by Noah.
Atlanta forward Kyle Korver then stole the inbound pass and fed Teague, but he stepped out-of-bounds while driving the baseline. Atlanta fouled Hinrich, who made both free throws to give the Bulls a 106-103 lead with 11 seconds remaining.
The Hawks raced ahead to a 10-point lead in the first period and led by as many as 14 points thanks to the hot shooting of Korver, who made three 3-pointers and scored 10. Chicago forward Carlos Boozer used his size advantage to score eight and keep the Bulls close.
The Bulls caught up with 6:56 left in the second quarter on a 3-pointer from Dunleavy and took the lead on the next possession on a pair of free throws by guard D.J. Augustin. Before the end of the half, there would be two more lead changes and the game would be tied four more times before Chicago had a 54-51 lead at intermission.
The Bulls kept the momentum in the third quarter and led 71-64 on Boozer’s layup with 4:41 left. The Hawks cut the lead to two points, only to have the lead stretched back to five when Augustin made a half-court shot at the buzzer.
NOTES: Atlanta F Kyle Korver extended his streak of consecutive games with a 3-point basket to 125 games. Korver drained his first attempt with 11:38 left in the first and followed with another 3-pointer on the next trip down the court. His three first-quarter treys matched his total from two previous games against the Bulls. … C Dexter Pittman made his Atlanta debut late in the first quarter. Pittman was signed to a 10-day contract on Feb. 22 to help provide depth in the middle. … The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Hawks have acquired C Mike Muscala from the Spanish League. Muscala, who played at Bucknell, was acquired by the team with the 44th pick in the 2013 via a trade with Dallas. In 20 games with Blusens Monbus Obradoiro of Santiago de Compostela, Muscala averaged 14.6 points and a league-leading 7.8 rebounds. … Atlanta F Paul Millsap missed his second straight game with a right knee contusion suffered Feb. 21. Millsap is expected to miss at least one more game. C Pero Antic (strees fracture right ankle) will miss at least one more game and C Gustavo Ayon (right shoulder) was unavailable on Tuesday. … Chicago G Jimmy Butler (bruised ribs) missed his second consecutive game. … Among the celebrities in attendance was former NBA great Julius Erving and singer Glenn Frey, a member of “The Eagles,” whose band had played Philips Arena the previous night. … Atlanta plays its next six games on the road, starting with Wednesday’s game in Boston. Chicago returns home Wednesday for a game with Golden State.
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