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Bulls dominate early and cruise to win over Hawks

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ATLANTA — The Chicago Bulls came into State Farm Arena and cruised to a 113-93 victory over the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night.

For the Hawks, Jabari Parker was the highest scorer with 18 points, followed by Vince Carter with 14 and Kevin Huerter with 12. 

And for the Bulls (3-6), Tomas Satoransky had 27 points, Kris Dunn and Otto Porter Jr. had 13.

The Hawks now fall to a 3-4 record and will host the Sacramento Kings Friday night.

In the first quarter, it was all about the Bulls as the team held a 33-19 lead. Chicago shot 61.9 percent from the field, while the Hawks struggled with just 31.6 percent. The Bulls were also 4-for-8 from the 3-point line and had nine assists.

Otto Porter Jr. was the Bulls highest scorer with 10 points, followed by Zach LaVine with seven. For the Hawks, Alex Len led with four points and Vince Carter and Trae Young each had three.

The Hawks started the game with four straight points but the Bulls quickly went on a 11-2 run and took a lead that they never gave up. Afterwards, the Hawks went on a scoring drought that lasted almost three minutes, until Vince Carter shot a successful 3-pointer. Compared to last night’s game against the Spurs, the Hawks lost the possession of the ball too many times with nine turnovers.

During the second quarter, neither team really managed to get from each other as the Bulls scored 23 points and the Hawks had 22. 

The struggles from the 3-point line continued in the quarter for the Hawks, as the team only shot 2-for-17 and went 15-for-40 from the field by halftime.

While the Bulls cooled down from the field, they stayed consistent from the 3-point line thanks to LaVine, Porter Jr., and Satoransky, as they went 8-for-13 by halftime.

At halftime, Len and Carter had eight points each, followed by Bruno Fernando with seven.

Early in the third quarter, the Hawks looked on their way to cut the team’s deficit when they went on a 7-0 run but as the quarter progressed, the Hawks continued to struggle from the 3-point line and turnovers.

Meanwhile for the Bulls, the team stayed consistent and led as many as by 26 points by the end of the quarter.

At the end in the fourth quarter, the point deficit was too large for the Hawks to overcome, despite scoring 28 points. 

Overall, the Hawks shot 30-for-74, had 41 rebounds and went 6-for-30 from the 3-point line.

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