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NBA: Chicago 98, Atlanta 77

March 28, 2012 at 10:52 PM   |   Comments

ATLANTA, March 28 (UPI) -- Luol Deng hit five of Chicago's nine 3-pointers and scored 22 points Wednesday, lifting the Bulls to a 98-77 win over Atlanta.

Chicago dominated the second half and won for the fifth time in the six games that Derrick Rose has missed with a groin injury.

The Bulls were coming off a loss to Denver, but have not suffered back-to-back setbacks this season.

Taj Gibson had a season-best 19 points for Chicago and both John Lucas and Joakim Noah had 10.

Josh Smith scored 19 for Atlanta, which has lost two in a row.

The Hawks cut a 12-point halftime deficit to four early in the third period but Deng then paced a 12-0 Chicago run that decided he contest.

Chicago won three of the four meetings with the Hawks this season.

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