The Bulls have been extremely good this year (the calendar one, especially) in taking care of the teams they should, and did so again on Wednesday night in Atlanta. The Hawks were relatively healthy for this game compared to a few they've played recently, but have been ultimately falling apart in the 2nd half of their season. This loss against the Bulls actually allowed the Knicks to leapfrog them into the playoffs.
But the Bulls have seeding to play for (jockeying for the 'right' seed be damned, I assume they just want to get as high as they can [Update: Jo confirms, yup]) and though the Hawks hung in for much of the game they could not stick with the offensive barrage the Bulls unleashed. The Bulls (really!) hit 12 of 25 3-pointers, with DJ Augustin's 4 triples highlighting yet another great game from him. Whenever the Hawks were making a run here or there it was usually DJ hitting shots (and then his incessant mean-mugging of the crowd, as is his way) to keep them at a comfortable distance, like his corner three to end the first half. Jimmy Butler hit 3 (of 8) threes, Dunleavy hit a pair, Tony Snell hit two in his early stint (finished with 13 minutes helped by Butler's early foul trouble) and Hinrich hit one. The leading scorers were Augustin with 23 followed by Hinrich and Butler with 17 each, which is pretty strange.
The Hawks meanwhile started the game 5/5 from three, 3 of which coming from Kyle Korver, then kind of went in the toilet. Korver only hit 1 more very late in the game, and as a team they were 3/19 after that hot start. Between that and more than a couple missed layups, their offense simply didn't do enough if it wasn't coming from Jeff Teague or Paul Milsap. Both Teague and Milsap won their matchups, with Milsap particularly impressive as he frustrated Joakim Noah on both ends. Noah did finish with a fine line (it's relative at this point, he's been so great), but was often frustrated trying to guard Milsap (and with the officials) and had to really work for his own points.
Milsap's power, Teague's speed (on one play I swear he got to the rim as Kirk tried to wrap him up and only found air), and Korver's (first quarter) shooting were nice, but they were the only Hawks players in double-digits. Meanwhile the Bulls had contributors from all over, and they simply shot far better from the field (51% to 43%), and especially from three (48% to 33%). So while both teams were fairly even in the offensive rebounding and turnovers departments, the Bulls were always able to capitalize more. Being the better team helps.