NBA Playoffs 2011: Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks Post-Game 2 Reaction

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks Post-Game 2 Reaction
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On a night where Derrick Rose officially received his Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, his Bulls also evened the series with the Atlanta Hawks.

The second game was the polar opposite of the first. It was a low scoring, grind-it-out game where made shots came at a premium. Atlanta, specifically Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford, could not carry their amazing offensive momentum into game two which led the Hawks to only muster 73 points compared to Chicago's 86.

It was a 30 point difference from Monday to Wednesday for the Hawks, mostly due to the Chicago defense. Johnson only had 16 points tonight while he had 34 in Game One and Crawford finished with only 11.

The shots that were dropping in their first game victory just couldn't find the bottom of the net. Chicago seemed more aware of loose balls and were able to grasp the victory by withholding a late fourth quarter run by Atlanta.

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