Hawks 116, Bulls 101

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CHICAGO (AP)—Stephen Jackson knew if he ran to a spot, he’d be open.

With Jason Terry and Bob Sura slicing through a porous Chicago Bulls defense and kicking the ball out, the Atlanta Hawks had one easy shot after another.

“Jason and Bobby have been penetrating, guys have been helping and I have been getting open shots,” Jackson said after his 36-point performance Friday night led the Hawks to a 116-101 victory Friday night in a game that featured Sura’s first career triple-double.

“We were sharing the ball, playing together,” said Sura, who finished with 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.

“My goal was to get one (triple-double) this season. I have been close a bunch of times this year and a lot of times in my career. So it feels good to finally get one.”

Against Chicago’s lackluster defense, almost anything was possible.

Terry added 23 points and 11 assists for the Hawks, Chris Crawford scored 20 and the Hawks shot 49 percent.

“We were a step slow right from the beginning, two or three steps slow really. We did not play very hard, we did not play very well,” Bulls coach Scott Skiles said.

“They showed up to try and win a professional basketball game and we had a hard time doing that.”

Kirk Hinrich scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Bulls.

After Chicago cut a 19-point second-quarter deficit to single digits, the Hawks took off with a 16-0 third-quarter spurt to build a 25-point lead as boos began to pour out from a crowd of 21,184.

Jackson scored 10 points in the run, a spurt that included a feed by Sura to Crawford for a dunk to get his 10th assist and the triple-double.

Atlanta found the Bulls’ defense to its liking immediately. The Hawks made 18 of their first 27 shots and built a 45-26 lead in the second quarter behind the scoring of Jackson and Crawford.

Jannero Pargo kept the Bulls in the game, scoring 12 second-quarter points, and Chicago trailed by 13 at the half. The Hawks finished the first twoquarters shooting 56 percent from the field.

Notes

Terry was the last member of the Hawks to record a triple-double, getting it against the Bulls on Feb. 28, 2003, with 23 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. … The Hawks now have 26 wins. Their lowest victory total since they began playing in Atlanta was 25 in the 2000-2001 season. …Jackson shot 13-of-27 from the field. … The Hawks won the season series 3-1. … The Bulls had 23 turnovers, leading to 27 Atlanta points. … Veteran Bulls guard Kendall Gill, finishing the season on the injured list with migraine headaches, said he wants to play one more season but isn’t sure where he will end up. Gill, who will be 36 in May, plans a summer of intense workouts. He said he’s had problems with migraines since he was a youngster, but the recent flare-up is the first in five years. Gill said one of his biggest regrets is not getting much of a chance to play with Scottie Pippen, sidelined most of the season by knee problems. … Marcus Fizer didn’t play Friday night because of a viral illness. Jerome Williams played just eight minutes and none in the second half after hurting his hamstring. Tyson Chandler, who’s been bothered by a soreback, was not with the team after having LASIK eye surgery.

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 Top Performers
 Atlanta
B. Sura B. Sura
5-7,  12 Pts
11 Rebs, 12 Assists
 Chicago
K. Hinrich K. Hinrich
11-21,  29 Pts
2 Rebs, 9 Assists

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