Regular Season Series (Game 4 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

Bulls 114

(46-34, 20-20 away)

Hawks 105

(12-67, 9-31 home)

    Coverage: WGN

    7:00 PM ET, April 16, 2005

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 22 26 36 30114
    ATL 29 34 19 23105

    Top Performers

    Chi: C. Duhon 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Atl: J. Childress 17 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Chicago rallies from 19-point deficit

    ATLANTA (AP) -- With his team trailing by 15 points at halftime, Chicago Bulls coach Scott Skiles figured it was time to fire away in the locker room.

    "You only have so many bullets in the season; tonight I spent one," Skiles said.

    Motivated by Skiles, Chris Duhon and the Bulls quickly caught the hapless Atlanta Hawks and ran away with a 114-105 victory Saturday night.

    Duhon made eight 3-pointers for a career-high 24 points, including 15 in the third period.

    With his team trying to protect a one-game lead for fourth place -- and home court advantage -- in the Eastern Conference playoffs, Skiles was disappointed with his team's defense as the Hawks led 63-48 at halftime.

    "I got into them pretty good," Skiles said. "The thing you look for in that instance is are they going to respond."

    The Hawks scored the first two baskets of the second half to push their lead to 19. Then came the response Skiles wanted.

    With Duhon making five of six 3-point shots, the Bulls outscored the Hawks 36-19 in the period.

    "It was just one of those nights when I was in a good rhythm," Duhon said. "After the first three or four went in, I felt I could make any of them."

    With the victory, Chicago swept the four-game season series with Atlanta and strengthened its hold on home court advantage in the playoffs with its 14th win in 17 games.

    Duhon said veteran Antonio Davis warned the players at the start of halftime that Skiles "had the right to come in here and yell at us."

    "Coach Skiles just came in here and was being real with us," Duhon said.

    Said Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich: "Coach was a little upset at halftime, and rightfully so."

    One night after matching his career high with 17 points in a 117-77 victory over Orlando, Duhon easily topped that total. Averaging only 5.7 points, Duhon -- the NBA's rookie leader in assists -- surprised players on both teams by making eight of nine 3-point shots.

    "Eight of nine from 3, I don't remember anybody doing that," Hinrich said. "It was impressive. He was stepping into them and feeling it and we were trying to find him."

    Hinrich had nine assists with 17 points.

    With Duhon in the starting lineup, the Bulls are 46-25.

    The highlight for the Hawks and their sellout crowd of 19,445 on Fan Appreciation Night were the final seconds of the first half. The Hawks hit two 3-pointers in the final 8 seconds of the half to lead 63-48.

    After a 3-pointer by Tyronn Lue, Atlanta's 42-year-old Kevin Willis dove to the floor for a steal and, while on his back, passed the ball to Tony Delk. Standing near the corner edge of the midcourt line, Delk threw up a moonbeam shot at the buzzer that fell, giving the Hawks a 15-point lead.

    "I always take shots like that," Delk said. "Most guys don't, because they don't want to mess up their percentage. It felt good. ... You throw it up and hope it's good."

    Delk led the Hawks with 18 points. Josh Childress had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Lue added 16 points.

    The Hawks need to win one of their last three games to avoid becoming only the fourth 70-loss team in the 82-game era. Atlanta already is assured of finishing with the worst record in the league.

    The Bulls, headed to their first playoff appearance since 1998, have kept winning despite losing Eddy Curry to an irregular heartbeat and Luol Deng to wrist surgery.

    Andres Nocioni scored 19 points for Chicago. Ben Gordon added 16 points.

    Game notes

    Willis, activated from the injured list Saturday, started and had eight points. ... Skiles said no decision has been made on adding a player to replace Curry. ... The eight 3-pointers were an individual season high for Chicago, topping Ben Gordon's six at Charlotte on March 30.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 114 105
    FGM-FGA 38-78 (.487) 39-83 (.470)
    3PM-3PA 11-18 (.611) 7-13 (.538)
    FTM-FTA 27-30 (.900) 20-28 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-38 14-43
    Assists 21 22
    Turnovers 9 12
    Steals 6 6
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 8 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 27 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 18 19

    Top Performers

    Chris Duhon Duhon
    Points: 24
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Josh Childress Childress
    Points: 17
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1