Josh Smith and Horford had double-doubles for the Hawks. Smith finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds and Horford added 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Hawks also got double-digit scoring from Jeff Teague (16) and Kyle Korver (10).
Troublesome for the Hawks was the fact Smith had just three second-half points, on two shots.
“We just didn’t play very well,” Korver said. “We didn’t play hard for a while. The Bulls don’t beat themselves. They don’t lose back-to-back very often. They came out and really took it to us.”
The Hawks rallied from a nine-point second-quarter deficit to take a 44-43 lead into halftime. After taking their first lead of the game, 36-35, with 3:08 remaining in the first half the Hawks fell behind by five points before scoring the final six points of the half. Smith had 16 first-half points for the Hawks.
The Bulls regained the nine-point advantage by the end of the third quarter, 69-60, with the help of an 8-0 run to start the second half.
“I think we relied on the jump shot and that put us in a hole,” DeShawn Stevenson said. “We didn’t play defensive as well in the second half. They made shots. We didn’t box out. They had a lot of rebounds.”