Hawks 96, Bulls 89
Jan. 26, 2000
ATLANTA (AP) _ Isaiah Rider scored 28 points and Dikembe Mutombo had 14 points and 23 rebounds to lead the Atlanta Hawks past the Chicago Bulls 96-89 Tuesday night.
In a game between the two worst teams in the Central Division, the Hawks put together their first two-game winning streak since Dec. 8.
Mutombo's rebound total, his best since pulling down 29 against Minnesota on Dec. 14, helped Atlanta to a 52-42 advantage on the boards.
Elton Brand, who fouled out with 1:01 remaining, led the Bulls with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Ron Artest had 17 points and four steals.
In going 4-for-20 for 14 points, Chicago's Toni Kukoc had his worst shooting night since going 1-for-14 in the season opener.
Despite the second-worst record in the NBA, the Bulls had won three of four and six of 10.
But Chicago, which led by 11 on Randy Brown's basket with 11:32 left in the third quarter, allowed the Hawks their first lead since 2-0 when Rider put them up 53-52 with a 3-pointer six minutes later.
After a pair of free throws by Mutombo gave the Hawks a 10-point lead with 2:03 remaining in the third, Chris Carr hit a 3-pointer with 1:27 to play to bring the Bulls within five.
The Hawks hit 11 of 12 free throws in the final 3:41 to secure the win.
Notes: Brand has scored 20 or more points in five straight games. ... After being whistled for his third foul, Alan Henderson was assessed a technical foul at the 5:13 mark of the first quarter. Henderson angrily charged at referee Marc Davis and slammed his protective eyewear against the floor. Henderson returned after halftime with a new pair of glasses and finished with eight points and five rebounds. ... Lenny Wilkens, now 297-203 in his seventh year with Atlanta, coached his 500th game with the Hawks. ... Chris Crawford did not dress for the game because of a sore back.