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Atlanta,  GA (SportsNetwork.com)  - D.J.  Augustin  scored 23  points and  the 
Chicago Bulls defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 105-92, on Wednesday night. 

Jimmy  Butler and  Kirk Hinrich  netted 17  points apiece,  while Joakim  Noah 
added 10 points,  10 rebounds and six assists for the Bulls, who have won five 
of their last six games. 

"I  thought the ball  movement overall for the team was very good," Bulls head 
coach Tom Thibodeau said. 

Paul  Millsap had 22 points and 11 boards for Atlanta, which has dropped seven 
of  its last eight  games and is in a virtual tie with the New York Knicks for 
the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. 

"We  still feel like we have a chance. Still got a lot more games left, try to 
tough it out and see what happens," Millsap said. 

After  Mike  Muscala's jumper  pulled Atlanta  within 73-70  late in the third 
quarter,  Chicago  used a 14-3  run that bridged into  the final frame to pull 
away for good. 

Augustin had a three-point play to begin the burst and added a 3-pointer early 
in  the  fourth before Noah  capped it with  back-to-back buckets for an 87-73 
margin with 8:26 left. 

The Hawks never got within less than six the rest of the way. 

Earlier,  the  game was tied  31-31 after the  first quarter and Mike Dunleavy 
nailed  a triple to finish off a 10-0 Bulls flurry during the middle stages of 
the second to stake them to a 48-42 advantage. 

Augustin's  trey  right before the half  gave the Bulls a 57-49 spread heading 
into the break. 

                                   Game Notes 

Chicago  tallied  21 points  off 16  Atlanta turnovers ...  Jeff Teague had 21 
points  for the  Hawks ... Chicago shot 51.3 percent (40-of-78) from the floor 
and 48 percent (12-of-25) from beyond the arc. 

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