Schroder’s 25 Leads Hawks Past Bulls, 102-93

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks bounced back from a lopsided loss at Detroit two nights earlier by extending their dominance against the Chicago Bulls.

The Hawks, who got off to a blistering shooting start, led by 29 points at halftime en route to extending their winning streak against the Bulls to six games with a 102-93 victory Friday night.

Dennis Schroder had 25 points and six assists as the Hawks (25-18) won for the 10th time in their past 12 games.

The Bulls’ six straight losses to the Hawks is their longest active regular-season streak against any opponent. Their last victory against Atlanta came in April of 2015.

Paul Millsap had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, while Dwight Howard had 11 points and six rebounds.

All 13 Hawks had played by the start of the fourth quarter, when the Bulls bench cut a lead that had been 34 points in the third down to as few as five points with a minute to play.

Jimmy Butler had 17 of his 19 points in the first half for the Bulls (21-22), but the other starters struggled. Dwyane Wade had just four points, making only 2 of 10 shots.

The Hawks, who trailed 42-18 after the first quarter in the 118-95 loss at Detroit on Wednesday, enjoyed a complete turnaround against the Bulls.

Schroder, pushing the action from the start, scored 10 early points and the Hawks led 35-13 when Tim Hardaway Jr. banked in a long 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer.

The Hawks made 15 of 19 shots in the opening quarter, even outdoing the Pistons’ hot shooting start in the previous game, and forced eight Chicago turnovers.

The Atlanta lead was 65-36 at halftime and the Hawks had shot 67.6 percent, including 8 of 12 3-point attempts. The Bulls in contrast, missed their first 11 3-pointers and were 3 of 17 from behind the arc at intermission.

The Hawks led 87-57 after three quarters and reserves played the rest of the way, with the Chicago bench making the final score respectable.

Three players reached double figures off the bench for the Bulls, with Jerian Grant scoring 12 points.

NOTES: Bulls G/F Jimmy Butler was voted an Eastern Conference starter and will make his third straight All-Star Game appearance on Feb. 19 at New Orleans. … F Taj Gibson returned to the Bulls’ lineup after sitting out a game with a sore left ankle. … Hawks C/F Mike Muscala missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle and is unlikely to play against Philadelphia on Saturday in Atlanta. He was hurt shortly after entering the game last Sunday against Milwaukee when he stepped on the foot of G Dennis Schroder. … The Bulls return to Chicago to play Sacramento on Saturday. … The Hawks have three home games in four days, with the Los Angeles Clippers playing Monday in Atlanta. … The Bulls and Hawks play in Chicago next Wednesday.

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