“We’re a new team,” Carroll said, referring to Atlanta’s massive turnover the last two summers. “This year is not going to make or break us. Just to be talking about making the playoffs is amazing.”
The Hawks were up 42-38 with 9 minutes left in the second quarter after Mike Muscala knocked down a couple of free throws.
Chicago took control from there, clamping down defensively and scoring 16 of the next 19 points. The Hawks missed 12 of 13 shots, forced to settle mostly for outside jumpers and botching a couple of easy ones when they did get inside. Augustin capped the spurt with a brilliant hesitation move, freezing the Atlanta defenders before bursting through a gap for an easy layup.
The Bulls led 57-49 at the half and never surrendered the advantage.