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Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Joakim Noah recorded his first triple-double 
of  the season and fourth of his career, and all five Bulls starters scored in 
double figures as Chicago downed the Atlanta Hawks 100-85 on Tuesday. 

Noah filled the stat sheet with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, and Taj 
Gibson  continued his improved play with 24 points, 12 boards and five assists 
for Chicago, which was coming off a moderately successful 3-3 road trip. 

The Bulls held  a sizeable 54-23 rebounding advantage and scored at least 100 
points for just the second time in the last 11 games. 

Paul  Millsap led Atlanta  with 15 points, Lou Williams chipped in with 13 and 
Jeff Teague had 12 in the club's season-high fourth consecutive setback. 

The  Hawks' sixth  straight loss in Chicago  can be attributed to a slow start 
that put them in a 25-point hole late in the first half. 

"Tonight we were battling uphill. It has just been one of those weeks for us," 
Atlanta's Lou Williams said. 

They  cut  the deficit down  to 10, 80-70, heading  into the fourth quarter by 
scoring  14  of the final  18 points in the  third, and Mike Scott's 3-pointer 
pulled them within 87-79 before a cold stretch sealed the outcome. 

Atlanta  missed its next  seven shots, and two buckets by Gibson around a Mike 
Dunleavy jumper pushed Chicago's lead back to 14 points at the midway point. 

The closest the Hawks got from there was 11. 

Atlanta  limped out with a mere 17 points in the first quarter, while Dunleavy 
and Gibson combined for 17 themselves. Noah added six points, six rebounds and 
six assists as Chicago raced out to a healthy 33-17 cushion. 

"Joakim  was  unbelievable. You get  the ball and he  can make plays. He makes 
great decisions," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. 

D.J.  Augustin  scored nine of  his 13 points in  the second quarter, with his 
third 3-pointer in the frame giving the Bulls their largest lead at 55-30 with 
three minutes to go in the half. 

Atlanta cut the deficit to 58-39 at the break. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Bulls have won 11 straight when scoring 96-or-more points ... Gibson came 
in  averaging 15.8  points and  6.5 rebounds  over his  previous 11  games ... 
Dunleavy (15 points), Jimmy Butler (12) and Kirk Hinrich (10) helped the Bull
improve  to 7-1 when their starters score in double digits ... Millsap had his 
streak  of  21 straight games with  a steal come  to an end ... Atlanta's Kyle 
Korver extended his NBA record of making at least one deep ball to 119 games. 

 
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