After being the life of the party in Friday’s win over the New York Knicks, it seemed like the Chicago Bulls were starring in another sequel to The Hangover, getting worked by the Atlanta Hawks 92-75 the very next night.
So many intriguing storylines deserved attention going into the game. The return of Kirk Hinrich to Atlanta. Would Kyle Korver get his payback on former team? The battle of the former Florida Gators: Joakim Noah vs. Al Horford and the battle of the former Florida Gators. Would brothers Jeff Teague and Marquis Teague battle in the backcourt?
It started off well. Then came the Second Quarter of Doom. The Hawks trailed 31-28 in the second quarter before going on a 25-6 run. The Bulls looked wasted. If this were boxing, a TKO would have been in full effect already. Chicago had seven turnovers in the second quarter alone and were down 16 at the half.
The most memorable mauling moment in the game was when Hawks guard Lou Williams streaking down the middle of a fast break. It was all bad from the start. Captain Kirk was in his path and it was obvious before Sweet Lou ever took flight that this was not going to end well for Hinrich. Not at all. It was only made worse by the fact that Hinrich fouled Williams on the play, resulting in an and-one free throw. The dunk was so vicious, so telling of the type of night it was. Welcome to Stankonia. After that, I truly wanted no more parts of Kirk in this game. Take that poster and sit on the bench. Bricks were on the house as Hinrich finished with 3-of-11 shooting for 7 points. Luol Deng was lukewarm with 11 points.
Meanwhile, it was raining like Magic City for the Hawks. Philips Arena was truly the Highlight Factory. All of Atlanta’s starters scored in double figures. Al Horford had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Kyle Korver exacted his revenge with 13 points and three trifectas in the first half. He hit one right at the buzzer that was so gangsta. It still hurts to see him doing that for the opposing team. Bulls fans everywhere lost their wind. The second half was merely a daze.
The NBA regular season is 82-games. Nights like this happen. Get some rest, fellas. You’ll need to be ready to rumble against the Houston Rockets when James Harden brings his beard to town on Christmas.
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