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Despite the brutal schedule, the Hawks started fast and led by nine points in the first quarter. Both teams struggled in the second quarter.
Chicago shot 2 for 21 in the period and went more than eight minutes without a field goal during one stretch, missing 14 straight shots.
Atlanta led 38-26 at the break as Chicago scored just three points more than its franchise record for fewest points in a half, set on April 10, 1999, against Miami.
NOTES: Ronnie Brewer started in place of Richard Hamilton, who sat out his second straight game with a strained left groin. Hamilton was a game-time scratch from the starting lineup. . Chicago's C.J. Watson missed the game with a strained left elbow suffered on Sunday. Watson is listed as day-to-day by the team but was seen before the game with his arm in a sling. . Atlanta handed Miami its first loss on Monday and was trying to knock off one of last season's Eastern Conference finalists for the second straight night. . The Bulls, who beat the Hawks in six games in the playoffs last year, entered the game having lost seven of the last 10 regular-season meetings with Atlanta. . After a day off on Wednesday, the Hawks open a stretch of three games in three nights at home, starting with a matchup against Miami on Thursday. The last game of the stretch is against the Bulls.
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