-- Chicago locked up defensively over the final three quarters to post a 98-77 win over the Hawks at Philips Arena on Wednesday.

-- Atlanta led by 8 early but settled for a 23-21 edge after one ... The Bulls shot a blistering .667 from the field in the second quarter (5-6 3FGs) taking a 54-42 lead at the break (after being up as many as 18) ... Chicago made their first 7 3FGs in the half before finally missing their final attempt.

-- The Hawks opened the second half on a 10-2 run, cutting it to 4, but the deficit ballooned back to 76-60 heading to the final stanza ... Atlanta never threatened in the fourth as the Bulls rolled to the win.

-- Josh Smith paced the Hawks with 19 points ... Jeff Teague put in 13, Joe Johnson 12 and Marvin Williams 10, while Zaza Pachulia hauled in 10 rebounds.

-- Luol Deng led all scorers with 22 and Carlos Boozer tallied 20 points and 9 boards.

-- The Bulls shot 20 FTs (making 13) on the night, compared to an 8-9 showing for the Hawks, and had a 45-36 edge on the glass.

-- The Hawks are back in action on Friday vs. New York at Philips Arena (7:30pm on SportSouth HD, 680 AM and 93.7 FM).