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DeRozan scores 26 in 1,000th game, Bulls beat Hawks 111-100

DeRozan scores 26 in 1,000th game, Bulls beat Hawks 111-100

CHICAGO (AP) โ€” DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points in his 1,000th career game, Nikola Vucevic added 14 points and 17 rebounds and the Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-100 on Monday night.

The Bulls (22-24) returned to Chicago after a 126-108 win over the Pistons in Paris on Thursday and matched their season high with a third straight victory.

โ€œThe second half of the season, you canโ€™t give games back. Everything matters from here in and out,โ€ DeRozan said. โ€œYou got to be the desperate ones. You got to go out there and compete.โ€

Trae Young had 21 points and 13 assists, while Dejounte Murray added 20 points for the Hawks, who have lost two straight after winning five in a row.

The Bulls started to pull away in the fourth quarter after Young found John Collins for an alley-oop dunk to cut the lead to 91-88. Zach LaVine answered with a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws before DeRozan made a 3 to extend the lead to 99-88 with 5:29 left.

LaVine finished with 20 points.

In the previous two meetings in Atlanta, both games ended with a buzzer-beater. AJ Griffin beat the Bulls at the horn on Dec. 11 and 10 days later, Ayo Dosunmu returned the favor with a follow shot as time expired.

The Bulls controlled most of the second half.

Patrick Williams sealed the game with a 3 to put Chicago up 108-95 with 1:53 left. Williams finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.

โ€œI thought Patrick was really good tonight on the glass. He had some really important timely rebounds both defensively and offensively. That was important for us in crucial situations,โ€ said Bulls coach Billy Donovan. โ€œHe is a guy that has to try to get double-figure rebounds for us.โ€

The Hawks lost their key defender Deโ€™Andre Hunter before the game to asthma symptoms.

โ€œThey got two really good weapons (DeRozan and LaVine) over there and it is hard to guard a lot of guys in this league 1-on-1. So you have to use multiple guys and when youโ€™re missing probably your best defender, itโ€™s hard,โ€ Young said.

โ€œYou are going to have to send doubles, youโ€™re going to have to do different types of schemes you (wouldnโ€™t) have if you had him out there. Itโ€™s obviously not an excuse why we lost, but I definitely think thatโ€™s tough when you have two high horses over there.โ€

Clint Capela had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta.

The Bulls led 57-48 at the half. LaVine scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Murray led the Hawks with 15 points. Young was held to four points on 1-of-6…

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