The Chicago Bulls didn't play particularly well on offense in the first quarter, but the bottom fell out in the second quarter of a game that they're now trailing 38-26 going into halftime. After scoring 15 points in the first quarter, the Bulls managed to make just two field goals in the second quarter on their way to just 11 points.
Chicago's offensive performance in the first half was flat out brutal, as the team made just 24 percent of its shots. The Bulls were 8-for-9 from the free throw line in the first half, but after shooting 2-for-21 from the field in the second quarter, they're likely going to have to make some major changes on that side of the court in the second half. Derrick Rose has 10 points so far to lead the team.
Luckily for the Bulls, their defense has come through to at least keep the game in reach. The Hawks also struggled from the field in the first half, but their 36 percent shooting from the field doesn't quite match Chicago's level of awfulness. Atlanta has also been winning the rebounding and turnover battles, which help to explain their double-digit lead. Josh Smith has been everywhere for the Hawks with 7 points and 11 rebounds, while Marvin Williams leads them in scoring with 9 points on 4-for-5 shooting.
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