Chicago won 111–100 against the Atlanta Hawks.
26 points, 6 assists and 3 steals for the Illinois franchise player
DeMar led to victory for DeRozan 111-100 of Chicago Bulls against atlanta hawks, his team after third, was the night he played his 1,000th game in the NBA. In the Bulls’ return to the United Center after a game they won against the Detroit Pistons in Paris, DeRozan scored 26 points with 6 assists and 3 steals to extend the positive moment for Billy Donovan’s team. The Bulls’ No. 11 received a standing ovation from the crowd in the second quarter when a spokesperson for the franchise announced that tonight was his 1,000th game in the American League. The 33-year-old Californian, who won Olympic gold with the United States in Rio 2016, wore the jerseys of the Toronto Raptors (2009-2018) and San Antonio Spurs (2018-2021) before joining Chicago two seasons ago.
The Bulls are 10th in ‘play-in’ position in the Eastern Conference (22–24) and won against a direct opponent in their battle for a post-season spot. The eighth-ranked Hawks (24-24) suffered their second straight loss on Saturday against the Charlotte Hornets after leading by 19 points. He found it difficult to adjust to the Bulls’ rhythm and paid the price for his lack of energy after playing his third game in four days on Monday. DeRozan was supported by Zach LaVine with 20 points, and tremendous contributions in the paint from Nikolka Vucevic, with a double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds, along with 7 assists. Additionally, Patrick Williams had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists for Chicago. The Hawks faced the intensity of the Bulls and their best scorer was Trae Young with 21 points and 13 assists, but was 0 of 5 on three-pointers, while Dejounte Murray contributed 20.
It was a partial game at United Center, after a first quarter with low percentages by both franchises, the Bulls dominated the second and fourth, and the Hawks surged in the third. An 8–2 run in the final minute and half of the second period, including LaVine’s spectacular dunk, gave the Bulls a nine-point lead at halftime, but Atlanta’s response, guided by 12 points from Young, allowed the Hawks to get into position. leading 76–75 in the third period and reaching a tie at 78 in the final segment.
This was the moment the Bulls stormed the game with more energy and clarity, relying on the class of DeRozan, who scored 9 points and a spectacular three-pointer that went up 99-88 in the light. Five minutes to play… Young tried to pull the Hawks away, but DeRozan, from mid-range, his specialty (103-94) caught some of the Bulls, who were caught by Williams for 108-95 with 1.46 to play. Sentenced to conflict with triples.
The Bulls sealed their third straight win to begin the three-game series on the road confidently with visits from the Indian Pacers, Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic. This will be an opportunity for them to continue their good run, something they haven’t been able to do so far this season, alternating between stellar performances and lackluster nights. The Hawks will now travel to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder before returning to Atlanta to face the Los Angeles Clippers on January 28.