Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Bulls - December 9, 2009

Atlanta 118, Chicago 83 | December 9, 2009 | Philips Arena
  • The Atlanta Hawks recorded their biggest win of the season Wednesday -- 35 points -- in a 118-83 rout over the Chicago Bulls, before a nationally-televised audience.
  • Jamal Crawford scored a season high 29 points as the Hawks moved to 15-6 on the year.
  • The Bulls lost their ninth in 10 games, and are now 7-13.
  • Leading from start to finish, Atlanta is now 9-2 at Philips Arena.
  • For the first time this season, every Hawks player scored, with Josh Smith and Maurice Evans (each with 18), and Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams (each with 12) registering double digits.
  • Four players finished with four points after one to help the Hawks to a two-point lead, 23-21.
  • Atlanta got things in gear in the second behind Crawford's 12 points. He connected on five of eight shots off the bench to finish with 16 at the half to lead the way. Johnson had 12 and Josh Smith tossed in 10.
  • With the second and third quarters, the Hawks took command of this game, outscoring Chicago 65-36 and taking a 30-point lead to the fourth quarter, 87-57. By that point, the reserves played the majority of the minutes the rest of the way.
  • Atlanta travels to Toronto for a Friday game at the Air Canada Centre (7 pm, 790, SPSO).

Jamal Crawford



Honorable Mention
Josh Smith - 18 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast

- Don't let the final score fool you into thinking the second unit did all their damage once the outcome had already been decided. A 10-2 run from the last part of the first period until two minutes into the second period turned a 19-18 deficit into a 28-21 advantage and was sparked by agressive play from Joe Smith, Zaza Pachulia and Jeff Teague. In the first 2:30 of the second period Joe Smith had three offensive rebounds, Z had a steal and two rebounds, and their assault on the backboard had Chicago over the foul limit for over 10 minutes. That spurt changed the entire tone of the game.

- The starters picked up in the second quarter right where Smith and Pachulia left off, outrebounding the Bulls 15-6 overall.

- Atlanta displayed two ways of dominating a team tonight. In the first half they overcame poor shooting (42% from the field, 1-of-10 from behind the arc) with hustle and taking care of the ball (only two turnovers). In the second half they regained their shooting touch by hitting 8-of-14 from long range and also picked up the tempo with 16 fast break points.

- The hot shooting in the second half helped the Hawks break out of a shooting slump that saw them shoot under 20 percent from 3-point range the past two games. Mike Bibby remained in a personal shooting slump as he finished with just two points and missed all three attempts from behind the arc.

- We are now over a quarter the way into the regular season. CLICK HERE to check out the latest post From the Highlight Factory for the latest team report.