The Atlanta Hawks mounted a second-half charge after some dreadful play in the first two quarters, but they didn't have enough to overcome Chicago's 18-point halftime lead, and the Bulls prevailed, 90-79.
Derrick Rose scored a game-high 23 points on 8-18 shooting in his return to the Chicago Bulls lineup, and the team rebounded nicely from a surprising loss to the New Jersey Nets on Saturday. Carlos Boozer added 16 points and five rebounds. Overall, the Bulls shot 38.6% from the field, but they hit 8-20 three-point attempts.
The Hawks were led by guard Jannero Pargo, who scored 19 points. Josh Smith scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
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