Lauri Markkanen made a key 3-pointer with 48.5 seconds left in his fourth NBA game, helping the Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 91-86 on Thursday night for their first win of the season.
The 7-foot forward finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, leading a dominant rebounding effort for Chicago. Robin Lopez had 16 points and eight rebounds, and reserve David Nwaba finished with 15 points and 11 boards, helping the Bulls to a whopping 62-40 advantage on the glass.
Marco Belinelli made five 3-pointers on his way to 23 points for Atlanta, which went 1-4 on the franchise's longest road trip to begin a season. Kent Bazemore scored 16 points and Mike Muscala finished with 14 points and 10 boards.
Belinelli made a 3 to give Atlanta an 86-85 lead with 1:48 left, but the Hawks never scored again. Lopez passed to Justin Holiday for a reverse layup and Jerian Grant found Markkanen for his big 3 in the final minute, making it 90-86.
Grant added a free throw in the final seconds, helping Chicago close it out. Holiday had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Grant finished with 11 points and seven assists.
Rookie John Collins had 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting for the Hawks, who won three of four against the Bulls last season.
The Bulls host Oklahoma City on Saturday night.