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Bulls vs. Hawks final score: first true blowout win of the season as Chicago rolls through Atlanta

started hot, and there was no collapse this time

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Both teams were on a back-to-back in this one, but it was the Bulls who looked a lot fresher and competent as they started hot and wound up blowing out the Bulls 113-93. This wasn’t even as close as the final score, as a 22 point fourth quarter in extended garbage time suppressed the Bulls overall fantastic offensive output.

The starters came to play in this one, or maybe they always ‘come to play’ and this time the threes were going in. Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter, and Tomas Satoransky combined to shoot 11-16 from three point range which makes everything look better.

And it also helped that the Hawks were abysmal. They had 21 turnovers through three quarters, many of the unforced - or at best lightly-forced - variety. I definitely think the Bulls were active defensively, but still not totally convinced it worked as much as the Hawks were not settled enough or made enough open shots to take advantage.

The Hawks were a paltry 6-30 from the three point line, ‘led’ by Trae Young going 0-8. There were a couple runs in the 3rd quarter where Atlanta got as close as 14, but unlike the Lakers they were unable to sustain any kind of solid play.

And, hey: the Bulls won the defensive rebounding battle! A sturdy 85.7%.

Jim Boylen also made rotation adjustments that may have helped this. If we look back at the minutes distribution in the box score it won’t tell the whole story, as Porter didn’t play in the 2nd half due to a foot contusion so he only played 12 minutes, and Carter battled foul trouble all night and finished with 13 minutes. But in the first time through the rotation, ther were changes: for one thing, Luke Kornet was out of the rotation entirely. Later, though Ryan Arcidiacono played, it wasn’t much alongside other smaller guards, but with Satoransky and Zach LaVine. More staggering with the starters overall instead of letting the bench guys grow or whatever nonsense that was.

This was kind of a junky game, but good to see the Bulls not be the junkier team for once. They have 2 nights off before hosting the Houston Rockets.