CHICAGO — Forward Mike Dunleavy scored 20 points off the bench to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 91-84 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday at the United Center.
Forward Luol Deng added 17 points and the Bulls had three players produce double-doubles. Deng grabbed 11 rebounds, while forward Taj Gibson and center Joakim Noah each finished with 10 points and 12 boards. Chicago (14-18) has won five of its last seven games.
Guard Jeff Teague and forward Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 16 points each. The Hawks dropped to 2-3 since losing center Al Horford for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
Atlanta guard Kyle Korver knocked down a corner 3-pointer two minutes into the game, extending his NBA record streak to 103 consecutive games with a made 3-pointer. Korver played for the Bulls for two seasons from 2010-12. He finished the night 2-for-7 from 3-point range.
The Bulls kept the lead for the entire second and third quarters, but Atlanta (18-16) tied it early in the fourth on a 3-point play by Mike Scott. The Bulls answered with a 3-pointer by Dunleavy and tip in from Noah to quickly regain a 72-67 advantage, which they never relinquished.
Atlanta lost some potential points later in the fourth quarter. Korver knocked down a corner 3-pointer with 4:18 left that would have pulled the Hawks within 84-82. But at the next stop in play, the referees reviewed the video and ruled Korver did not release the ball before the shot clock expired, negating the basket.
On the Hawks’ next possession, forward DeMarre Carroll released a 3-point shot and made contact with Noah, who was contesting on defense. Instead of three free throws for Carroll, though, officials ruled he kicked out his legs to create the contact and called an offensive foul.
In the meantime, Dunleavy tipped in a Noah miss and Gibson finished an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Noah. Those baskets capped an 8-0 run to boost Chicago’s lead to 88-79.
Just before halftime, Deng tossed in a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to give Chicago a 50-45 lead at intermission.
Notes: Chicago F Carlos Boozer sat out with a sore right knee. The injury happened Thursday during a win over Boston and kept him out of practice the following day. Coach Tom Thibodeau said an MRI proved negative, so the team is hoping this injury won’t keep him out for long. Before this one, Boozer had missed just three games in the past three seasons. … Before the game, Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer was asked about C Pero Antic’s decision to double-team Golden State G Stephen Curry on Friday’s final possession. The double-team left Warriors G Andre Iguodala unguarded, and he knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in Atlanta. “I think he just made an instinctive play,” Budenholzer said. “Steph Curry is one of the best players in our league. Getting the ball out of his hands is something you could argue is a good idea.” … The last time the Hawks played in Chicago, on Jan. 14, 2012, they scored just 58 points — second fewest in franchise history.