ATLANTA – Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points, Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Chicago Bulls held off the Atlanta Hawks 107-103 on Tuesday night.
Carlos Boozer had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, and Kirk Hinrich scored 14 points, including six free throws in the final 44 seconds. The Bulls have won six of seven.
Jeff Teague had 26 points but made two costly turnovers late in the game for the Hawks, who have lost nine of 10. Shelvin Mack had 17 points.
The Bulls led most of the second half but never pushed the advantage to double figures.
DeMarre Carroll’s fast-break basket gave Atlanta a 100-99 lead, but Dunleavy answered with a layup. With 1:03 remaining, Carroll sank a 3-pointer to give Atlanta a 103-101 lead.
With 43.2 seconds remaining, officials reviewed and confirmed a questionable foul called on Carroll on Hinrich’s 3-point attempt. Hinrich made the three free throws to put Chicago in front again.
Noah’s steal from Teague got the ball back for the Bulls with 20 seconds remaining. Atlanta’s Kyle Korver stole the inbounds pass, giving the Hawks a chance to take the lead, but Teague stepped out of bounds behind the basket. Hinrich then made two free throws.
Noah stripped Mike Scott of the ball on Atlanta’s next possession, setting up another foul shot by Hinrich. Coach Mike Budenholzer and the Hawks argued that Noah fouled Scott.
Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap missed his second straight game with a right knee contusion and also will be held out on Thursday at Boston.
The Hawks also were without centers Pero Antic and Gustavo Ayon. Antic has missed 15 games due to a stress fracture in his right ankle and already has been ruled out for the Celtics game. Ayon missed his fourth straight game with a right shoulder injury.
Korver hit 3-pointers on Atlanta’s first two possessions, extending his NBA record to 125 straight games with a 3. Korver added a third trey a couple minutes later, and his strong start seemed to spark the Hawks, who jumped to a 26-12 lead.
Chicago closed the deficit with a 13-2 run in the final minutes of the opening period and start of the second quarter. The Bulls led 54-51 at halftime.
Mack sank a short jumper with about 2 seconds remaining in the third period. D.J. Augustin, who had 10 points, then banked in a half-court shot for Chicago, lifting the Bulls to an 80-75 lead heading to the final period.
Bulls guard Jimmy Butler missed his second straight game with bruised ribs. Rookie Tony Snell made the fill-in start.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said Butler felt better when he warmed up before the game but “is not quite there.” Butler also missed the Bulls’ 93-79 loss at Miami on Sunday.