Hinrich made 6 of 7 free throws in the final 43 seconds to give
the Bulls a 107-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night at
Philips Arena. The 10-year veteran scored 14 points, the most
important coming on three free throws that put Chicago ahead to
It was the sixth win in seven games for the Bulls, who won all three
meetings with Atlanta this season.
"Making those free throws ... those were big free throws," Chicago
coach Tom Thibodeau said. "The three he made were huge."
Atlanta, which trailed by as many as seven points in the fourth
quarter, took the lead at 100-99 when forward DeMarre Carroll scored
off a pass from Teague. Carroll's 3-pointer then gave Atlanta a
103-01 lead, but he fouled Hinrich while shooting a 3-pointer and
Hinrich made all three free throws to put the Bulls ahead.
"We didn't play great tonight, but we did whatever was necessary to
find a way to win," Thibodeau said. "That's the important thing, to
scratch them out when you have to scratch them out."
Chicago (30-26) got 22 points from forward Mike Dunleavy and 20
points and 12 rebounds from center Joakim Noah. Forward Carlos
Boozer added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Atlanta (26-30) was led by guard Jeff Teague, who had 11 of his 26
points in the fourth quarter, and guard Shelvin Mack with 17 points.
Atlanta center Elton Brand had a season-high 13 rebounds.
"I thought our group competed at a very high level for 48 minutes
tonight," Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. "That's what we're
looking for and that's what is most important to us."
Atlanta appeared to have taken the lead on the next possession
following Hinrich's three free throws when forward Mike Scott
drained a 3-pointer. But the basket was waved off because
Budenholzer signaled for a timeout. Once the ball was inbounded,
Teague had it stolen away by Noah.
Atlanta forward Kyle Korver then stole the inbound pass and fed
Teague, but he stepped out of bounds while driving the baseline.
Atlanta fouled Hinrich, who made both free throws to give the Bulls
a 106-103 lead with 11 seconds remaining.
"We missed a lot of close plays," Korver said. "We had the lead. We
got a tough call on the three-point play. Then they made their free
throws at the end. When you lose, you always have a couple of things
to do differently. We just didn't close it out."
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The Hawks raced ahead to a 10-point lead in the first period and led
by as many as 14 points thanks to the hot shooting of Korver, who
made three 3-pointers and scored 10. Boozer used his size advantage
to score eight and keep the Bulls close.
"I thought we were slow," Thibodeau said. "Getting established in
the paint was important for us. I thought Carlos did a good job
The Bulls caught up with 6:56 left in the second quarter on a
3-pointer from Dunleavy and took the lead on the next possession on
a pair of free throws by guard D.J. Augustin. Before the end of the
half, there would be two more lead changes and the game would be
tied four more times before Chicago had a 54-51 lead at
The Bulls kept the momentum in the third quarter and led 71-64 on
Boozer's layup with 4:41 left. The Hawks cut the lead to two points,
only to have the lead stretched back to five when Augustin made a
half-court shot at the buzzer.
NOTES: Atlanta F Kyle Korver extended his streak of consecutive
games with a 3-point basket to 125 games. Korver drained his first
attempt with 11:38 left in the first and followed with another
3-pointer on the next trip down the court. His three first-quarter
treys matched his total from two previous games against the Bulls.
... C Dexter Pittman made his Atlanta debut late in the first
quarter. Pittman was signed to a 10-day contract on Feb. 22 to help
provide depth in the middle. ... The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
reported that the Hawks have acquired C Mike Muscala from the
Spanish League. Muscala, who played at Bucknell, was acquired by the
team with the 44th pick in the 2013 via a trade with Dallas. In 20
games with Blusens Monbus Obradoiro of Santiago de Compostela,
Muscala averaged 14.6 points and a league-leading 7.8 rebounds. ...
Atlanta F Paul Millsap missed his second straight game with a right
knee contusion suffered Feb. 21. Millsap is expected to miss at
least one more game. C Pero Antic (strees fracture right ankle) will
miss at least one more game and C Gustavo Ayon (right shoulder) was
unavailable on Tuesday. ... Chicago G Jimmy Butler (bruised ribs)
missed his second consecutive game. ... Among the celebrities in
attendance was former NBA great Julius Erving and singer Glenn Frey,
a member of "The Eagles," whose band had played Philips Arena the
previous night. ... Atlanta plays its next six games on the road,
starting with Wednesday's game in Boston. Chicago returns home
Wednesday for a game with Golden State.
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