The Bulls got a big game from their MVP Derrick Rose who scored 44 points and led them to a 2-1 lead, but the word is the Bulls can only go as far as Rose takes them. In this game Rose struggled and the Hawks capitalized to get a big win at home.
The Atlanta Hawks (44-38) hosted the Chicago Bulls (62-20) for the second of their three home games in this seven game series. The Hawks stole game one in Chicago to get home court advantage. The Bulls answered back with a big win on the Hawks home floor to take a 2-1 lead, but Atlanta pulled off a 100-88 win to even things up.
The Bulls struck first with a Luol Deng jumper, but the teams traded baskets and had the game tied up at 12 points apiece. The Hawks took an early lead behind buckets from Jason Collins and Jeff Teague to give them a 16-13 lead. The Bulls bounce back to take a two-point lead, 20-18 off a Derrick Rose three-pointer.
Josh Smith made a three-point play to tie things up at 21-points apiece, and Joe Johnson made a three-pointer to give the Hawks a 24-21 lead. Taj Gibson made a pair of baskets to give the Bulls a 25-24 lead. Jamal Crawford answered with two buckets of his own to give the Hawks a three-point lead. Taj Gibson made a late free-throw to cut the Hawks lead to two-points to end the quarter.
Omer Asik cut the lead to one with a free-throw, and Taj Gibson gave them a one-point lead with a layup to open the second quarter. The score was 29-28 and Josh Smith made a pair of free-throws to give the Hawks the lead back. Jeff Teague made a jumper to push the Hawks lead to 32-29, and force Chicago to take a timeout.
Josh Smith and Jamal Crawford both made baskets to give the Hawks a 36-29 lead. Carlos Boozer made four straight points to get the Bulls within three-points, but Al Horford made a pair of free-throws to make it 38-33. The Bulls went on an 8-2 run that tied the game up at 41-points apiece. Derrick Rose later made a three-pointer that gave them a one-point lead.
The Bulls got a jumper from Luol Deng to give them a three-point lead 46-43. Zaza Pachulia one of two free-throws, and Joe Johnson made a three-pointer to give the Hawks a 47-46 lead going into halftime.
Jeff Teague made a jumper to give the Hawks a 49-46 advantage to start the third quarter. Derrick Rose answered with a jumper and Carlos Boozer made a basket to give the Bulls a one-point, 50-49 lead. Josh Smith made a three-point play to start a 7-0 run that gave them a six-point lead.
Keith Bogans made a three-pointer that sparked the Bulls to score the next four-points and get within one-point. Joe Johnson made a three-pointer, and later made a jumper to give them a 67-61 lead. The Bulls went on an 8-0 run that was capped off with a Carlos Boozer layup to give them the lead.
The Bulls took 69-67 lead going into the final period, and Jamal Crawford knocked down a jumper to two with an early jumper. Derrick Rose made a runner to take the lead back, but Josh Smith made tip-in to tie things up at 71 points apiece. The teams then traded baskets and the Bulls came out with a 76-75 lead.
Josh Smith three-point play to give the Hawks a two-point lead before Kyle Korver tied things up 78 points apiece with a jumper. Smith later made a bucket that tied things up at 80 points apiece, and then made a pair of free-throws to give the Hawks a two-point lead. Derrick Rose made jumper to tie things up at 82.
The Hawks scored the next six-points to take a 90-84 lead and force the Bulls to take a timeout. The game took
Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks
an awkward turn when Derrick Rose went up for a three-pointer and was fouled. The refs called foul but later changed it to a jumpball that was won by the Hawks.
Atlanta then went on a 7-2 run that put them up by 11-points 97-86. Derrick Rose made a late basket, but the damage was already done.
Derrick Rose led the Bulls in scoring with 34 points and 10 rebounds, but took 32 shots and only made 12. Luol Deng had 13 points and seven rebounds with Carlos Boozer scoring 18 points with six rebounds. Taj Gibson came off the bench to score nine points.
Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 24 points, but the player of the night was Josh Smith who had 23 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists. Al Horford scored 20 points and Jeff Teague chipped in with 12 points. Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 12 points.
The Hawks tied things up at two games apiece before it heads back to Chicago on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM (EST). The Bulls now hold home court advantage with two of the last three games being played in Chicago.