Hawks 89, Bulls 83
CHICAGO (AP) _ Isaiah Rider scored 13 of his 24 points in the third quarter, and his 15-foot jumper with 45 seconds left sealed the Atlanta Hawks’ 89-83 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
The victory snapped a seven-game road losing streak for the Hawks. They hadn’t won on the road since beating Portland on Dec. 13.
Jim Jackson added 18 points for Atlanta despite sitting out all but eight minutes of the first half in foul trouble. Alan Henderson was the only other Hawk in double figures with 14 points.
Lorenzen Wright’s hook shot gave Atlanta a 75-64 lead with 7:07 left, but Chris Anstey got the Bulls back into the game by scoring nine points to spark a 13-4 run that cut Atlanta’s lead to 79-77 with 3:20 left.
The biggest shot of the run came from Matt Maloney, who’d been struggling all night. He hit a 3-pointer, his first basket of the night, with 3:48 left to bring the Bulls within 79-75.
Elton Brand’s layup with 1:04 left made it 83-81, and that’s when Rider decided he’d had enough. He hit a 15-foot jumper from the left wing, his first basket of the fourth quarter, and the Bulls couldn’t get any closer.
Anstey scored a season-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Toni Kukoc also had 19, and Brand added 18.
Though Rider’s stats weren’t impressive _ he was 9-of-24 from the floor _ he came through when the Hawks needed it most. Trailing by 7 at the start of the third quarter, Rider took over the game. He hit two 3-pointers in a row as Atlanta went on a 12-5 run, tying the game at 51 on Rider’s layup with 6:38 left in the third.
He and Jackson combined to score all but two of Atlanta’s last 14 points in the third quarter, and Jackson opened the fourth with two more baskets to give the Hawks a 69-61 lead.
Atlanta hadn’t played since last Saturday and the Bulls had been off since Tuesday _ their game Wednesday against Charlotte was canceled after Bobby Phills was killed _ and both teams looked sluggish in the first half. There were bad passes, turnovers and baskets that looked like something out of a Globetrotters game.
It didn’t help that the Hawks played most of the half without Jackson, who picked up his third foul with 3:54 left in the first quarter.
Notes: Dikembe Mutumbo had 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. ... A fan propped up a sign behind the Bulls’ bench reading, ``Don’t Go Toni.″ Kukoc has been the subject of trade rumors since his return from the injured list. ... Brand had 14 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season. ... The Bulls had 22 turnovers, and Atlanta had 17.