Bulls 97, Hawks 58By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Mon, Jan 14, 2013 11:00 PM EST
CHICAGO -- Chicago's Carlos Boozer collected his eighth double-double in the past nine games, and the Atlanta Hawks set several records for offensive futility in a 97-58 loss to the Bulls on Monday at the United Center. A layup by Jeff Teague with 7.9 seconds left prevented the Hawks from breaking their all-time mark for fewest points in a game. The mark of 57 has stood since 1955. The Bulls set a team record for fewest points allowed. That one stood for less than a year, as they gave up 59 points to the Magic at Orlando on March 19. The Hawks scored just 20 points in the first half, a franchise low for both teams. It was just one off the NBA record for fewest points in a first half, set by the Los Angeles Clippers against the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999. Atlanta held a 13-12 lead after ex-Bulls forward Kyle Korver hit two free throws with 6:37 left in the first quarter. From there, the Hawks scored just two points over the next 13 minutes as part of a 31-4 Bulls run. The second quarter was stunningly bad. Atlanta hit two of 21 shots, committed seven turnovers and scored just five points, also the worst performance in franchise history. The Bulls were coming off consecutive home games to the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns, leaving them with a 10-10 record at the United Center and wondering what happened to their home-court advantage. There were no concerns Monday, as Boozer led the way with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Luol Deng added 18 points, and Joakim Noah finished with nine points and 16 rebounds. Atlanta's high scorer was Mike Scott, who had 10 points off the bench. Korver and Josh Smith contributed nine points each for the Hawks, who have lost six of their past seven games. Jeff Teague was on the floor during garbage time in the fourth quarter most likely so he could play against his younger brother, Bulls rookie Marquis Teague, who checked in for the first time at the six-minute mark of the fourth quarter. The brothers played against each other once before in the NBA, Dec. 22 in Atlanta. NOTES: The 20 points scored by the Hawks in the first half were a franchise low by a wide margin. The previous record was 25, set a few different times. Atlanta's previous low for points in a quarter was six at Minnesota on Nov. 23, 1994. ... Hawks forward DeShawn Stevenson plans to have his right knee examined when the team returns to Atlanta. ... Korver knocked down his first 3-point attempt of the night, making it 31 straight games with a 3-pointer made, the longest streak of his career. ... Korver spent the past two seasons with the Bulls and admitted before the game it was tough to leave. "One of the cliches that's always said is, 'Leave it all out on the floor.' We had a group that really did that for two years," he said. "We had such good chemistry and enjoyed playing with each other. So that part was tough, for sure."
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