CHICAGO, Jan. 21 (Ticker) -- Needing to bounce back, the Chicago Bulls were handed the perfect opponent.

Kirk Hinrich scored 23 points and dished out nine assists as the Bulls posted their eighth win in nine games, a 95-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

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Carrying a seven-game winning streak into Boston, the Bulls dropped a 92-83 decision to the Celtics on Wednesday. With five straight wins at home, they were more than happy to host the Hawks, who entered with the league's second-worst record at 7-29.

"Give them credit, they are turning into a good team and they are jelling at the right time," Hawks forward Antoine Walker said of the Bulls. "They will fight to be a playoff team all the way to the end."

Trailing, 22-14, with 2:38 to go in the first quarter, Atlanta used a 9-1 burst to forge a 23-23 tie with 11:15 remaining in the second period. But Chicago went on a 17-7 run in which Tyson Chandler scored seven points to open a 40-30 advantage with 5:41 to go.

"I think some of our guys took this game for granted," said Bulls forward Antonio Davis, who scored a season-high 17 points. "It's Atlanta and they have one of the worst records. Our guys took it too easy. You can't do that in this league. We (threw) away some big leads and we were lucky to win."

The Hawks drew within 74-71 with a third quarter-ending 19-7 burst. But the Bulls sealed the win when Hinrich scored six points during a 17-5 spurt that gave Chicago a 95-78 cushion with 4:21 to play.

"We played down to the competition," Bulls center Eddy Curry said. "It's a problem we have had all season. But we put it together in the fourth quarter and got the win."

Hinrich recorded his 22nd consecutive double-digit game and Curry scored 18 points for his 21st straight for Chicago, which held its opponent under 100 points for the 24th straight time.

"We didn't play a very good game," Hinrich said. "We lacked some energy, but it's still good to get a win."

The win did little to awe Bulls coach Scott Skiles, who was more impressed with the crowd of 18,815 that made it to the United Center despite a snowstorm.

"We are happy we won the game for the fact that so many fans braved the elements," Skiles said. "It was a below mediocre performance and frankly, I am embarrassed by it. ... When you look at the stat sheet, if they make their shots, they beat us like a drum. They beat us on the glass and we had our feet on the ground like our shoes were filled with concrete."

Walker scored 25 points and Al Harrington added 21 for the Hawks, who have lost eight straight on the road.

"I saw us start to do things in the third quarter, but the other three quarters, they really outplayed us," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "We threw the ball away a lot, and we can't do that."