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Bulls publish season-high in factors, beat Hawks

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Chicago Bulls guard Ayo Dosunmu, second from proper, goes to the basket towards Atlanta Hawks ahead Jalen Johnson, proper, through the first half of an NBA basketball sport Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Picture/Alex Slitz)

ATLANTA — Ayo Dosunmu had a career-high 29 factors and added seven assists to assist the Chicago Bulls publish a season-high in factors and beat the Atlanta Hawks 136-126 on Monday evening.

DeMar DeRozan additionally had 29 factors and Nikola Vucevic completed with 24 factors and 11 rebounds. Coby White added 20 factors and 7 assists.

Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Andre Hunter led the Hawks off the bench. Bogdanovic had 28 factors and Hunter scored 23. Trae Younger had 19 factors, however was 2 of 10 from 3-point vary.

“We didn’t need to make it a shootout, however we wished to play quick,” Dosunmu mentioned. “Even once we scored, they get it out quick. We wished to go blow-for-blow with them. We wished to do our greatest and guard on protection, however the way in which the sport was going, each groups had been scoring after which we acquired some huge significant stops down the stretch.”

The win stored Chicago two video games in entrance of the Hawks for the No. 9 seed within the East. The Bulls have gained each video games towards Atlanta this season.

Dosunmu was 12 of 18 from the ground and 5 of seven from 3. He regularly created havoc for the Atlanta protection with drives to the basket that created alternatives for himself and his teammates.

“We didn’t begin the sport nice, however Ayo’s tempo and tempo in that second quarter actually acquired us again within the sport. He was downhill,” mentioned Bulls coach Billy Donovan. “Whether or not it was him flattening some 3s or attending to the rim, he did numerous good issues tonight.”

The Hawks had gained six of their final eight, however they allowed the Bulls to shoot 55.4% from the ground and 46.4% from 3 to sluggish their momentum because the All-Star break approaches. The Bulls had been averaging 111.5 factors per sport coming into the competition.

“We had numerous late switches,” Hawks coach Quin Snyder mentioned. “All of us must be higher guarding the ball.”

The Bulls trailed a lot of the first half, however closed the second quarter on a 12-2 run to take a 60-59 lead. Dosunmu had eight factors through the run as Chicago scored on 5 straight possessions.

The Hawks had been lacking beginning heart Clint Capela, who is not going to return till after the All-Star break with a left adductor pressure.

Torrey Craig began rather than Alex Caruso, who harm his foot in Orlando within the Bulls’ earlier sport.

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Bulls: End a four-game street journey at Cleveland on Wednesday evening.

Hawks: Go to Charlotte on Wednesday evening.

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