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Chicago Bulls Winning Streak Ends

Atlanta Hawks 109, Chicago Bulls 94

By George Henry
|  Saturday, Jan 7, 2012  |  Updated 11:22 PM CDT
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Chicago Bulls Winning Streak Ends

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Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith, left, defends Chicago Bulls forward Boozer (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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Josh Smith scored 25 points, Joe Johnson and Vladimir Radmanovic each added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks beat Chicago 109-94 Saturday night to snap the Bulls' six-game winning streak.

John Lucas III had 14 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago, which never led. The Bulls, who dropped to 7-2, had been off to their best start since going 12-0 in 1996-97.

Derrick Rose, last season's league MVP, scored eight points for Chicago — his lowest total since the Bulls took a 17-point victory at Toronto on Dec. 15, 2010. He did not return to the game after leaving with 2:29 left in the third quarter.

Both teams used mostly reserves in the fourth before Atlanta coach Larry Drew had starters Smith, Johnson and Al Horford enter the game for a few minutes late in the final period.

Kyle Korver finished with 13 points for the Bulls, and Carlos Boozer and Jimmy Butler each had 12. Omer Asik pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.

The outcome was in stark contrast to last Tuesday at Chicago, where the Hawks blew a 19-point lead in the third quarter and allowed the Bulls to outscore them 34-18 in the final period for a 76-74 loss.

This time, there was no such ugly streak for Atlanta.

The Hawks, who improved to 6-3, have won two straight. They were up 17 late in the first quarter before the Bulls came within two with 4:09 to go in the second on Carlos Boozer's layup.

But Atlanta went on an 18-2 run, ending on Johnson's 12-foot runner in the final seconds of the half, to lead by 18 at intermission.

Jeff Teague's dunk with 5:52 left in the third quarter gave the Hawks their biggest lead at 29.

Hawks forward Marvin Williams left the game midway through the first with a sore left ankle and did not return.

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