ATLANTA – Kirk Hinrich made all the right moves for Chicago in the final minute of the game.
Not so much for Jeff Teague and Atlanta.
Hinrich buried six big free throws down the stretch and Teague had a couple of costly turnovers as the Bulls held on for a 107-103 victory at Atlanta on Tuesday night.
Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points for the Bulls, who have won six of seven. Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Carlos Boozer finished with 17 points and 11 boards.
Dunleavy also had eight rebounds and four assists. He was covered in ice bags as he sat slumped at his locker after playing all but nine seconds in the game.
I appreciate (coach Tom Thibodeau) giving me that nine-second breather at the end of the half, Dunleavy said with a laugh. That made a big difference.
The Bulls won after trailing by 14 points in the first quarter.
They put us in a hole; we fought out of it, Dunleavy said. We just had to battle the whole game.
Since Jan. 1, Chicago is 12-1 when holding its opponent under 90 points. No other team in the league has kept as many opponents under 90 in that span.
Teague had 26 points for the short-handed Hawks, who have lost nine of 10.
Shelvin Mack added 17 for Atlanta.
The Bulls led most of the second half but never pushed the advantage to double figures.
I think they really wanted that game today, Noah said of the Hawks. We really wanted that game, too. It wasn’t pretty at times. I’m just happy we were able to come out with the win.
DeMarre Carroll’s fast-break basket gave Atlanta a 100-99 lead, but Dunleavy answered with a layup.
WIZARDS 115, MAGIC 106: In Washington, John Wall scored 27 points, and the must-make-playoffs Wizards survived their first game after Nene’s latest injury.
Victor Oladipo scored 26 points for the Magic, who tied a single-season franchise record by losing their 16th consecutive road game.
RAPTORS 99, CAVALIERS 93: In Cleveland, DeMar DeRozan scored 16 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, and Toronto won for the sixth time in seven games.
Kyrie Irving, who played 45 minutes and the entire second half because of Cleveland’s depleted roster, scored 25 points and had nine assists.
TIMBERWOLVES 110, SUNS 101: In Phoenix, Kevin Love fell one assist shy of his second triple-double in three games, and Minnesota used a late outburst to win.
Markieff Morris scored 24 and Gerald Green 19 for Phoenix.
TRAILBLAZERS 100, NUGGETS 95: In Denver, Damian Lillard made up for the absence of fellow All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge by scoring 31 points in Portland’s win.
Randy Foye led Denver with 17 points.