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Bulls Roll Hawks Again

Zach LaVine scored 25 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks for the second time in three nights, 131-117 on Wednesday.


The Bulls extended their winning streak to a season-high five games. The Hawks, who are playing without 15 players due to the NBA's health and safety protocols and injuries, lost for the fifth time in six games.


The Bulls shot 61.9% and had a season-high with 38 assists. They beat the Hawks 130-118 on Monday night in Atlanta.


Trey Young scored 26 points for Atlanta, and Clint Capela added 18 in the opener of a six-game trip.


LaVine punctuated his performance with a. 360 dunk that extended the Bulls' lead to 119-96 with 6:44 left.


Nicola Vucevic had 16 points and a season-high 20 rebounds for Chicago. DeMar DeRozan scored 20 pointts, and guard Coby White had 17 points and 12 assists. Reserve guard Ayo Dosunmu converted 6 of 7 shots and finished with 14 points, as did Javonte Green.


The Bulls made 40 of 43 field goal attempts in the first half (69.8%), including 6 of 10 three-point attempts.


The Bulls had an 18-1 run to end the first half with a 74-53 lead. They were credited with 24 assists in the first half without point guard Lonzo Ball, who is in health and safety protocols.


Former Illini standout Malcolm Hill was signed to a 10-day contract by the Hawks due to so many players in COVID protocols. He played 29 minutes Wednesday, scoring 13 points. Hill and Dosunmu shared a hug after the game that drew the affection of Illinois sports fans on social media. 


The Bulls are at Indiana on Friday.

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