Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/21

Game 1: Friday, January 21st
Game 2: Monday, January 24th
Game 3: Monday, March 21st
Game 4: Saturday, April 16th

Hawks 85

(7-30, 2-15 away)

Bulls 95

(18-19, 13-9 home)

    Coverage: CSNC

    7:30 PM ET, January 21, 2005

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 20 23 28 1485
    CHI 23 32 19 2195

    Top Performers

    Atlanta: A. Harrington 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Chicago: K. Hinrich 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

    Crowd of 18,815 brave elements to witness victory

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Bulls coach Scott Skiles thought that Chicago's fans should be disappointed despite a 10-point victory.

    Kirk Hinrich had 23 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Antonio Davis added a season-high 17 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 95-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

    "For the fact that so many of our fans braved the elements to come out I thought it was below a mediocre performance," Skiles said, "and frankly I'm embarrassed by it and I will do everything I can not to make it happen again."

    Despite a storm warning, 18,815 fans attended the Bulls 16th win in 22 games.

    The Bulls bounced back from a loss to Boston on Wednesday that ended their seven-game winning streak, but Skiles still found flaws with his team's effort.

    "When I look at the stat sheet if they [Atlanta] make any shots at all they beat us like a drum. They had 23 offensive rebounds, they killed on the glass. We have our bigs standing on the ground with concrete shoes most of the night not jumping getting rebounds," Skiles said. "It was a game any team could've won. We were just fortunate to have that little spurt."

    Leading 74-71, Chicago went on a 21-7 run at the start of the fourth quarter. Hinrich scored eight points in the span and hit Eddy Curry for an alley-oop dunk, giving the Bulls a 95-78 lead with 4:25 left in the game. Chicago led the entire game.

    Curry scored 18 points for Chicago, which has won six straight at home. Curry thought Skiles had a right to criticize the team's play, especially before Saturday night's game against the Detroit Pistons.

    "I think so. We definitely didn't play like we normally play. It's a let down for us because we needed some momentum going into tomorrow night," Curry said.

    Antoine Walker scored 25 points for Atlanta and Al Harrington added 21 points and eight rebounds. The Hawks have lost eight straight on the road.

    Trailing 70-59 late in the third quarter, the Hawks closed the period by outscoring the Bulls 12-4. Kenny Anderson scored with 1.9 seconds left in the third to cut Chicago's lead to 74-71. Replays showed Josh Smith interfered with the ball while it was still on the rim, but the officials counted the basket.

    "We just never could get into a rhythm," Walker said. "We turned the ball over in critical situations when we had a chance to take over the game."

    The Bulls led 55-43 at halftime. Hinrich, Curry and Tyson Chandler all had 11 points in the first half for Chicago. Harrington scored 13 points for Atlanta and Walker added 12 in the half. Chandler ended the game with 13 points.

    Game notes

    Chandler was 9-of-9 from the free throw line in the first half and the Hawks were just 12-of-20 in the half. As a team, Chicago was 14-of-15 from the line in the half. ... The Bulls have their longest home winning streak since the 1997-98 season when they won 10 straight from Feb. 28 to April 11. ... Atlanta is 2-15 on the road this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 95
    FGM-FGA 28-82 (.341) 34-74 (.459)
    3PM-3PA 3-10 (.300) 5-16 (.313)
    FTM-FTA 26-39 (.667) 22-31 (.710)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 23-50 12-37
    Assists 10 23
    Turnovers 17 14
    Steals 8 11
    Blocks 3 10
    Fast Break Points 4 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 31 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 17

    Top Performers

    Al Harrington Harrington
    Points: 21
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Kirk Hinrich Hinrich
    Points: 23
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0