Hawks win 120-108, overcome 50-point game by Bulls' LaVine

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Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young, right, lays up a shot past Chicago Bulls' Thaddeus Young (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 9, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

ATLANTA – Trae Young scored 42 points, Clint Capela had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks overcame a sizzling performance by Zach LaVine to beat the Chicago Bulls 120-108 on Friday night.

LaVine scored 39 of his career-high 50 points in the first half, and Nikola Vucevic had 25 points and 10 rebounds but the Bulls' three-game winning streak was snapped. Chicago was trying to win four straight for the first time since December 2017.

LaVine, who set the NBA high for points in the first half this season, scored 25 straight in the second quarter, but the Hawks didn’t go easily, taking an 86-84 lead entering the fourth.

Atlanta has won five of six to stay competitive to move into fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

“I think it was very important for everybody for the confidence, especially winning these games in the fourth quarter," Danilo Gallinari said after scoring 20 points in a reserve role. “I think it gives everybody a lot of confidence. You win games like this and the next time you’re going to approach it the same when you’re in a tight fourth quarter when you know what you want to do and the shots you want to take and the plays you want to play.

"The chemistry is getting better."

It appeared the Bulls were in good shape when LaVine hit a layup to put Chicago up 88-86 with 11:07 remaining. But Gallinari drilled a straightaway 3 at the 5:48 mark, and Atlanta was on the move. Young fed Capela for an alley-oop dunk two possessions later to make it 104-101 in favor of the Hawks.

Another straightaway 3 by Gallinari and a bank shot by Young put Atlanta ahead 111-103 with 3:26 to play. LaVine came out of a timeout to commit a traveling turnover, and the Hawks took a comfortable 10-point lead on Capela’s dunk with 2:42 remaining.