The Chicago Bulls were hoping to avoid a 0-4 slump as they hosted the 1-3 Atlanta Hawks at the United Center. The Hawks, on the other hand, tried to avoid their fourth straight loss of the season as they took on the Bulls in the first of three matchups. The Atlanta Hawks would start the game off right as they shot forty percent from the field while holding the Bulls to thirty-six percent.
Robin Lopez would get hot for ten points as he shot fifty percent from the field in the twelve minutes that he played. He grabbed one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while rookie forward Lauri Markkanen would drill a three-pointer and collect three defensive rebounds. Denzel Valentine was held scoreless in the nine minutes that he played but did manage to get ahold of one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.
As for the Georgia team, 2014 NBA Champion Marco Belinelli would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers while dishing off one assist. Taurean Prince ended up being held to just one three-pointer in the nine minutes that he played while Isaiah Taylor came off the bench to drop a three-pointer. Mike Muscala recorded two points, two offensive rebounds, and four defensive rebounds as the Hawks ended the first quarter with a 20 to 18 lead.
The second quarter would be held closely as the Atlanta Hawks shot forty percent from the field while the Chicago Bulls shot thirty-six percent. Kent Bazemore shot thirty-three percent in the six minutes he played as he scored five points, three coming from the three-point line. He also grabbed two defensive rebounds while Muscala scored four points which would include two free-throws. Belinelli would also be held to four points as Utah-native John Collins came off of the bench to record two points, one offensive rebound, and two defensive rebounds.
On the other of the court, David Nwaba shot fifty percent from the field while putting up five points, one offensive rebound, and three defensive rebounds. Former Knicks center Robin Lopez ended up with four points and three offensive rebounds while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. Jerian Grant would be held to only one free-throw in the ten minutes that he played but he did manage to record two defensive rebounds and two assists as the Hawks went into halftime with a tight 39 to 37 lead.
The Bulls went on a 28 to 20 run in the third period as they shot forty percent from the field but the Hawks still shot forty-one percent from the field. Markkanen chalked up seven points on seventy-five percent shooting from the field while collecting one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds. Former Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard Justin Holiday scored seven points which would include one three-pointer. He also collected two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while Grant recorded five points, two rebounds, and four assists.
As for the visiting team, John Collins would come off of the bench to put up seven points in the eight minutes that he played. Bazemore would continue to contribute as he chalked up four points on forty percent shooting from the field. Maryland-native Malcolm Delaney would also end up with four points while Mike Muscala knocked down a three-pointer. Isaiah Taylor would be scoreless in the five minutes that he played off of the bench but he did manage to grab one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds. Dewayne Dedmon was also kept scoreless as he grabbed two defensive rebounds but it was the Bulls who gained the lead and ended the third quarter with a 65-59 advantage.
The Hawks attempted to come back in the fourth period as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while keeping the Chicago Bulls to thirty-three percent. Marco Belinelli would continue to contribute as he gets hot for eleven points, earning nine of those points from beyond the arc. Muscala chalked up five more points while getting ahold of two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound. He also connected for a three-pointer while Delaney recorded two points and three assists.
The Bulls would close things out as Valentine warmed up for seven points while shooting only twenty-nine percent from the field. He did knock down a three-pointer in the process while Nwaba collected six points and two defensive rebounds. Grant scored five points while Lauri Markkanen collected one three-pointer, one free-throw, and four defensive rebounds. Quincy Pondexter came off the bench only to be held scoreless but he would grab three rebounds as the Chicago Bulls pull out a 91-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Robin Lopez finished with sixteen points, eight rebounds, and four assists while Marco Belinelli ended up finishing with twenty-three points, two rebounds, and two assists.