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Teague, Horford help push Hawks past depleted Bulls 103-88

ATLANTA (AP) Kyle Korver hardly cared that Atlanta beat a Chicago Bulls team missing Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose.

Korver just wanted the Hawks to finally get a win.

“We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well,” he said. “We weren’t super crisp, but I thought our focus, especially on defense, was really great.”

Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Al Horford added 18 and Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak with a 103-88 victory over the short-handed Bulls on Friday night.

Paul Millsap had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who ended a four-game home skid - their longest since April 2007.

Chicago, which had won three straight, struggled with Butler, Rose and Nikola Mirotic sidelined by injuries. A sore right hamstring kept Rose out for the second straight game.

Doug McDermott finished with 20 points and Paul Gasol had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Bulls.

Gasol’s jumper cut the deficit to eight in the last minute of the third quarter, but the Bulls couldn’t get any closer.

“We’ve got to hold down the fort ‘til everybody comes back,” forward Taj Gibson said. “But we’ve got a shot.”

Horford dunked on Teague’s alley-oop pass and followed with a 3-pointer to make it 95-80 with 3:20 remaining.

The Hawks are 1-3 on a five-game homestand. Miami beat Atlanta without stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and Milwaukee ended a six-game road losing streak by knocking off the Hawks in double overtime.

Atlanta also was outmatched by NBA champion Golden State on Monday despite taking a brief lead early in the fourth quarter.

“It hasn’t gone the way we wanted,” Horford said. “Being able to come out here tonight and get a win is big for us.”

Butler, an All-Star, has been out since Feb. 5 with a sprained left knee. Mirotic is recovering from appendicitis, and Joakim Noah, Chicago’s second-leading rebounder, is sidelined with a sore shoulder.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was upset with his team allowing 27 points off 21 turnovers.

“That’s all we’ve talked about for the last two days is taking care of the basketball,” Hoiberg said. “You don’t give yourself a chance to win when you have careless turnovers like that.”

The Hawks hit just one of their first 18 attempts from beyond the arc before Tim Hardaway Jr. made it 51-42 in the last minute of the second. They finished 7 for 34 as Kent Bazemore and Korver combined to go 2 for 14.

Bazemore scored 17 points.


Hoiberg met with Rose before Wednesday’s win over Washington to discuss his injury.

“He talked about the pain that he had,” Hoiberg said. “He talked about not being able to play his game, being cautious out there.”

The Bulls don’t want Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, pushing himself after operations on both knees. Hoiberg didn’t have an immediate timetable for Rose’s return.


Bulls: Chicago has lost five straight on the road. ... In the 109-105 win over Washington, the Bulls had seven players score in double figures. Only three finished in double figures Friday. Gibson had 11 points. ... Hoiberg said Mirotic is still “a couple of weeks away” from returning.

Hawks: Atlanta, which led the Eastern Conference with 60 regular-season wins last season, moved into fifth place, a half-game ahead of Indiana. ... The Hawks avoided their first five-game home losing streak since December 2006. ... Atlanta has won five of six against Chicago. ... G Kirk Hinrich, acquired last week from Chicago in a three-team trade, entered with the Hawks up 17 late in the fourth. He missed his only shot, airballing a 3 from in front of the Bulls’ bench. ... Atlanta led by six at halftime.


Bulls: Host Portland on Saturday.

Hawks: Host Charlotte on Sunday.