Chicago Bulls limit Atlanta Hawks to 58 points | NBA
Carlos Boozer scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls held Atlanta to a franchise-low 20 points in the first half of a 97-58 victory over the Hawks
CHICAGO — Coach Tom Thibodeau sent a strong wake-up message to his team at a heated shootaround Monday morning. He got the response he was seeking.
Carlos Boozer collected 20 points and 13 rebounds, Luol Deng scored 18 points and the Chicago Bulls held Atlanta to a franchise-low 20 points in the first half of a 97-58 victory over the Hawks on Monday night.
"Early this morning, Tibs was going crazy on us at shootaround. Just waking up early in the morning and having Tibs just screaming at you and screaming at you and screaming at you," center Joakim Noah said, "we didn't want that to happen to us again.
"We were ready for this one."
The Bulls set a franchise record for fewest points allowed, surpassing the previous mark of 59 by Orlando on March 19.
Jeff Teague had a layup with 7.9 seconds left to prevent the Hawks' lowest scoring total in franchise history.
Atlanta, which shot 29 percent, has lost five straight on the road and six of seven overall.
"This was very, very embarrassing," Hawks coach Larry Drew said. "From where we were as a team to where we're at right now, we have lost all sense of team on both ends of the floor."
The Bulls held the Hawks to five points in the second quarter and led 48-20 at the break. Ivan Johnson had a basket for the Hawks with 2:54 left in the first quarter, and Atlanta did not score again until Al Horford's tip with 5:15 left in the second. The Hawks missed 17 consecutive shots during the drought.
Atlanta's previous scoring lows were six points in a quarter (at Minnesota) in 1994, and 25 in a half — accomplished three times.
"The disturbing thing is the effort part," Drew said. "I shouldn't have to come out and coach effort every single night."
Kings end skid at 4
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a four-game losing streak with a 124-118 victory over Cleveland.
Jimmer Fredette and Cousins each scored eight points in the fourth quarter for the Kings, who had three losses by 20 points or more during their skid.
Reserve Dion Waiters scored a career-high 33 points for the Cavaliers, who have lost three straight and eight of 10.
• Jamal Crawford, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, and Matt Barnes each scored 16 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the host Memphis Grizzlies 99-73.
Clippers guard Chris Paul missed his first game this season because of a bruised right kneecap. While Paul watched from the bench, the Grizzlies were without their leading scorer: Rudy Gay was excused for his grandmother's funeral in Baltimore.
• Boston's Rajon Rondo had a triple-double (17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds) to lead the host Celtics to a 100-89 victory over Charlotte. Boston has won six in a row.
• Emeka Okafor contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds for host Washington in a 120-91 victory over Orlando.
• Ex-Sonic Kevin Durant scored 41 points and Russell Westbrook added 36 as Oklahoma City won 102-90 in Phoenix.
The Thunder leads the league with a 30-8 record.
• Al Jefferson scored 23 points and host Utah beat defending league champion Miami 104-97. LeBron James led the Heat with 32 points.
• San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili is expected to miss from 10 to 14 days with a left-hamstring strain. He was injured in the second quarter of Sunday night's 106-88 victory over Minnesota.
• Minnesota power forward Kevin Love, an All-Star, will have hand surgery Tuesday in New York. He broke two bones in a Jan. 3 game in Denver and is expected to return in March.