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Bulls Vs. Hawks Score Update: Chicago Catches Fire, Takes 54-42 Lead Into Halftime

After merely keeping up in the first quarter, the Chicago Bulls blew things open in the second quarter to take a 54-42 lead into halftime against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. Chicago is shooting a ridiculous 7-of-8 from three-point range thus far while playing its trademark high-quality defense.

Even without Derrick Rose, the Bulls have had little trouble scoring thanks to some seriously hot hands. The Bulls are collectively shooting 56 percent from the field so far in addition to being nearly perfect from long range, plus they're 7-of-8 from the charity stripe, too. Meanwhile, the Hawks are shooting just 41 percent from the field and 2-of-9 on threes.

Luol Deng leads Chicago so far with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, knocking down all three of his attempts from beyond the arc. Coming off the bench, John Lucas III has added a charge to the Bulls as well with 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting, including a pair of shots from three-point range. Josh Smith leads the Hawks with 13 points, but he's shooting just 5-of-14 from the field so far.

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