Surprising Hawks still soaring after Game One upset of Bulls

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Atlanta Hawks continued their surprising playoff run by defeating the top-seeded Chicago Bulls 103-95 on Monday in the opener of the second round East playoff series.

The Hawks, who upset the Orlando Magic 4-2 in their best-of-seven first round series, carried the momentum into Chicago, sealing the win with a strong final quarter.

Atlanta's Joe Johnson top-scored with 34 points, making all five of his three-pointer attempts, and Jamal Crawford sustained his steady play off the bench with 22 points.

The Hawks began the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run that gave them an 80-71 lead and pushed the lead to 12 midway through the fourth to keep the Bulls at bay.

Chicago trailed 28-18 after the first quarter before rallying to briefly hold a six-point lead in the third.

MVP favorite Derrick Rose recorded 24 points and 10 assists for the Bulls, but made just 11 of 27 shots and limped off the court after turning his left ankle in the final seconds.

Luol Deng added 21 points for Chicago, who host Game Two on Wednesday.




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