CHICAGO — The Atlanta Hawks hung around just long enough to surge past the Chicago Bulls 119-114 on Wednesday night at the United Center.
Despite trailing for three-plus quarters, the Hawks got hot late in the fourth for their third win against the Bulls in as many games this season and seventh straight victory against Chicago overall.
Dennis Schroder had 24 points, Paul Millsap had 21 and Thabo Sefolosha had 18 to lead Atlanta, which had six players finish in double-figure scoring.
Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 40 points, and Dwyane Wade had 33 for Chicago, which was looking for a third straight win.
The Bulls (23-24) appeared to take control midway through the fourth, when Wade and Butler combined for 15 points in a 3:20 stretch for a 110-100 lead. The Hawks responded by scoring on their next four possessions to take their first lead, 112-110, on two free throws by Dwight Howard with 58.6 seconds left.
The 11-0 run was powered by three unanswered 3-pointers from Millsap, Schroder and Tim Hardaway Jr., who finished with 17 points.
Butler tied it 112-112 with 44.3 seconds remaining, on his 39th and 40th points, but the Hawks finished the game with a 7-2 run to seal it.
Atlanta (27-19) trailed by eight points to start the second half but chipped away to force a 74-74 tie on Millsap’s turnaround jumper with 2:56 left in the quarter.
Chicago responded with a 9-4 run to close out the third. Butler scored seven of his 13 points in the frame to put Chicago up 83-78 starting the fourth — including a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Butler had 30 points after three quarters, going 9 of 9 from the free-throw line. He finished 13 of 22 from the field, 4 of 8 from 3-point range and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line.
Howard added 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Hawks. Kent Bazemore finished with 16 points and seven assists.
Doug McDermott had 10 points, making him the only Bulls player other than Butler and Wade to reach double-figure scoring.
Chicago led 59-51 at the half, led by Wade’s 20 points and Butler’s 17.
The Bulls were on top by as much as 21-11 in the first quarter and held 11-point leads twice late in the second.
NOTES: Hawks F/C Mike Muscala tested out his left ankle during pregame, but missed his sixth straight game because of the sprain. … Hawks G Malcolm Delaney was not selected for the Rising Stars Challenge as part of the NBA’s upcoming All-Star weekend. … Bulls PG Jerian Grant started for the second night in a row, making his seventh start of the season. He scored five points. “He’s got some size,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He gives you a guy who can handle it, and has played a lot of point guard over the course of his life and has some size to guard wings, and we can put Jimmy (Butler) on the ball, which we’ve done the past couple games.”