Hawks-Bulls: Chicago Helps Atlanta Stay Perfect

Scott GlissonCorrespondent INovember 11, 2008

Chicago was hoping to play spoiler to Atlanta’s 5-0 start but came up short Tuesday night.

The Bulls fall to 3-5 while the Hawks go to 6-0. It's the best start they have had since the 1997-1998 season.

The Bulls were outscored 26-22 in the first quarter but took the lead early in the second quarter led by Ben Gordon and Derrick Rose.

Derrick Rose matched his career-high with 26 points, but Chicago still managed to fall behind again.  Even though Chicago outscored Atlanta in the second and fourth quarters, the difference wasn’t enough to overcome the lead gained by the Hawks.

Al Horford scored a career-high 27 points for the Hawks and pulled in 17 rebounds.  This great single performance mixed with the absence of Bulls starters Gooden, Hinrich, and Hughes all about sealed the loss for Chicago.

Again, they looked solid in the fourth quarter but had dug themselves too big of a hole to get out of.

Stay tuned on Thursday night when the Bulls (3-5) take on the Mavericks (2-5) at the United Center.