Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Bulls - 020510

Atlanta 91, Chicago 81 | February 5, 2010 | Philips Arena
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  • The Hawks won their 2nd straight game and 5th straight at Philips Arena, topping the Bulls 91-81, behind Josh Smith's 2nd career triple-double.
  • J-Smoove finished the night with 18 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high-tying 10 assists...Smith also went over 6,000 career points tonight.
  • Atlanta got off to a quick start, opening the game on a 15-4 run...The Bulls came back to cut the lead to 27-20 after one quarter...The Hawks pushed the lead back to 11 midway through the 2nd before settling for a 50-46 advantage at the break.
  • Chicago grabbed the lead for the first time in the 3rd quarter after outscoring the Hawks 24-14...Atlanta shot 28.6% for the period (6-21), while the Bulls hit 11-17 shots (64.7%).
  • The Hawks picked up the defense in 4th quarter, holding the Bulls to 11 points (while scoring 27), the lowest point total by an opponent in any quarter this year.
  • Atlanta outscored Chicago 10-3 over the last 3:10 of the game.
  • Joe Johnson also scored 18 points, Jamal Crawford had 17, Al Horford 15, and Marvin Williams added 11 (along with 8 boards).
  • The Hawks enjoyed a 21-4 advantage in bench scoring.
  • The Bulls had a huge advantage at the foul line, hitting 15-20 (75.0%)...The Hawks made 5-11 from the charity stripe (45.5%)...Atlanta was whistled for 21 fouls compared to 10 for Chicago.
  • Luol Deng led all scorers with 20 and Derrick Rose had 19.
  • The Hawks are back in action tomorrow at Washington (7pm SPSO and 790 The Zone).

Josh Smith


*2nd Career Triple-Double

Honorable Mentions:
Marvin Williams - 11 pts, 8 reb, 5-8 FGM-A

- It is safe to say that the Hawks aren't intimidated by a fourth quarter deficit. For the second straight game Atlanta trailed entering the final period only to take the lead and control down the stretch. The usual suspects stepped up (Joe and Jamal) and Mike Bibby made an appearance (clutch 3-pointer) and J-Smoove did everything he could to steal the show.

- EVERYTHING. Smith had five assists in the game's first six minutes and everyone (including Smoove and Woody) knew that a triple-double was a real possibility. The points were there early in the second half and he was a monster on the boards down the stretch (8 rebounds in the 4th quarter alone). Still, that final assist proved to be elusive. He kicked to an open Crawford for three... no good. He kicked to Joe open on the arc... too early in the shot clock. Finally, he got the ball with 8 seconds to shoot, drove middle and kicked to Bibby...splash, with just over two minutes remaining.

- Even with Smoove's monster game, he needed some help to secure the victory. He would be the first to tell you that it would have been bittersweet without the 'W'.

- Marvin Williams played a very efficient game, collecting 8 boards and scoring 11 points in just under 27 minutes of action.

- Atlanta got only 4 points from their bench players not named Crawford. A stat that will need to change if Coach Woodson wants to be able to keep his starters fresh after the All-Star break.