The Chicago Bulls let game four slip away late, and Hawks tied the series up at two games apiece. Chicago got a big game from their MVP after a poor shooting night in game four when he went 12 for 32, but still scored 34 points with ten assists.
The Atlanta Hawks (44-38) came back to Chicago riding an emotional win from game four. The Chicago Bulls (62-20) needed this win to keep their dream season alive and hold on to hope of advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Chicago started the game with 10-2 run that was capped off with a Derrick Rose three-pointer. Atlanta took a timeout early and came out the timeout to score on a jumper from Joe Johnson. The Bulls kept the pressure on the Hawks as they continued to build on their lead after a Carlos Boozer slam dunk. Josh Smith got the Hawks within three with a layup to make it 18-15.
The Bulls went on a 14-2 run that included a pair of three-pointers from Keith Bogans to give them a 32-17 lead. The Hawks answered with a layup from Jeff Teague and a jumper from Jamal Crawford to cut into the Bulls lead. Chicago ended the quarter with a 32-21 lead.
Zaza Pachulia opened the second quarter with a jumper, and Marvin Williams added one also to cut the Bulls lead to seven-points. C.J. Watson made a jumper to give the Bulls an 11-point lead, 36-25. Jeff Teague made a free-throw and Pachulia made a layup to cut the Hawks lead to six points. Derrick Rose made a layup to push the Bulls lead up to ten-points.
The Hawks cut into the Bulls lead with Al Horford making a pair of buckets to make it 42-35. The Hawks then went on a 7-2 run that included a Joe Johnson three-point play and Josh Smith made a layup to get them within four-points, 46-42. Carlos Boozer made a pair of free-throws to end the half with the Bulls up 48-42.
Luol Deng scored on a jumper to give the Bulls a 50-42 lead to open the third quarter. Jeff Teague made a three-point play to get the Hawks within five-points. Keith Bogans made a three-pointer to give the Bulls an eight-point lead. The Hawks continued to try and cut into the lead as Joe Johnson made a three-pointer to make it a 58-54 game.
Jeff Teague got the Hawks within two-points with a jumper. The Bulls got a three-point play from Carlos Boozer to give them a 61-58 lead. Josh Smith made a dunk to cut the Bulls lead to one-point, and on his way down Carlos Boozer hit him in the chin with a elbow. They were both hit with technicals after Johnson responded by pushing him in the back.
Josh Smith later made a jumper to give the Hawks a one-point 64-63 lead. The Bulls got the lead back with Luol Deng making a jumper, but the Hawks took the lead with an Al Horford jumper. The Bulls ended the quarter with a 69-68 lead after Ronnie Brewer made a layup.
Jeff Teague scored to open the final period with a layup and give the Hawks a 70-69 lead. The Bulls then went on a 9-0 run that gave them a 78-70 lead after a Derrick Rose layup. Teague and Josh Smith made free-throws for the Hawks as they got within six-points, 80-74.
Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls
The Bulls got a layup and a Derrick Rose three-point play that gave them an 85-76 lead. The Hawks got a jumper from Al Horford that made the score 85-79. Taj Gibson scored six points during the Bulls 8-0 run that gave them a 93-79 lead with two-minutes left. Joe Johnson made a jumper to cut into the Bulls lead, but the Hawks pretty much packed it in as the Hawks emptied their bench.
Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 21 points and seven assists. Josh Smith scored 16 points with 16 points and seven rebounds. Joe Johnson scored 15 points, and Al Horford scored 12 points with 10 rebounds.
Zaza Pachulia scored 13 points off the bench to lead the Hawks bench in scoring.
Derrick Rose scored 33 points with nine assists to led the Bulls. Luol Deng scored 23 points and Carlos Boozer added 11 points with 12 rebounds. Keith Bogans scored 11 points going 3 of 5 from behind the arc.
The story of the night was Taj Gibson who gave the Bulls a boost in the final period off the bench to score 11 points in the fourth quarter.
The Bulls have now taken a 3-2 lead heading back to Atlanta on Thursday, May 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM (EST).