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article imageNBA: Josh Smith leads Hawks over Bulls 109-94

By Armando Tamayo     Jan 8, 2012 in Sports
Forward Josh Smith scored 25 points and Joe Johnson added 17 to lead the Atlanta Hawks over the Chicago Bulls 109-94 Saturday night.
Vladimir Radmanovic also scored 17, going 5-of-5 on the 3 point arc, on a season-high 28 minutes. The 6-foot-10 forward from Serbia came from the bench, as the Hawks hand the Bulls their second loss, snapping their six-game winning streak. The Hawks won their second straight game, improving their record to 6-3.
Last season's MVP, Derrick Rose scored eight points, the lowest total since he scored six when the Bulls beat the Raptors in Dec.15, 2010. He left the game in the 2:29 mark of the third quarter.
Reserve guard John Lucas III led Chicago with 16 points, 14 coming in the fourth quarter. Chicago never led in the game, which dropped them to 7-2, their best start in a season since the Jordan-led Bulls' 12-0 record in 1996-97. Kyle Kover added 13 points, with Jimmy Butler and Carlos Boozer each finishing 12. Omer Asik had a game-high 13 rebounds. Joakim Noah scored one point and had four rebounds in 17 minutes of play.
Both teams used their reserves in the majority of the fourth quarter, with Atlanta coach Larry Drew fielding in the Hawks starters Johnson, Smith and Al Horford, in the final minutes of the fourth. The game was contrary to their last game Tuesday at Chicago, where the Hawks collapsed in the second half, blowing a 19-point third quarter lead for a 76-74 loss.
The Hawks made sure this time that there will be no meltdown, where they led as much as 29 points midway in the third quarter, on guard Jeff Tegue's dunk. Atlanta led by 18 at the half, capped by an 18-2 run on Johnson's 12 foot jumper in the final seconds of the second quarter.
Atlanta forward Marvin Williams injured his left ankle left in the first quarter and did not return in the game. Guard Tracy McGrady returned after sitting out Friday's win over the Bobcats, played for 8 minutes but did not score.
Bulls guard C.J. Watson missed his fourth straight game with a dislocated left elbow. Chicago guard Richard Hamilton missed his second game with a groin injury, but was in uniform.
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