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The Atlanta Hawks managed — somehow — to escape the United Center with a comeback victory against the Chicago Bulls, 119-114. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 40 points while Dwyane Wade scored 33 points. Only one other Bull scored in double digits outside of Wade and Butler: Doug McDermot with 10 points.

The comeback/collapse

A basic summary of this game prior to this comeback: The Bulls led this game the whole way and the Hawks had done a decent job sticking within a run of the Bulls, but couldn’t mount that run to pull ahead/away from the Bulls because they had trouble slowing down Butler and Wade/getting stops. Summary over.

Dwyane Wade sunk a jump shot that put the Bulls up 110-100 with 3:02 remaining in the fourth quarter, leaving the Hawks staring down the barrel of a second consecutive defeat. Coach Bud called for a timeout at this juncture.

In what was an astonishing minute and 19 seconds the Hawks clawed their way back within a point of the Bulls, 110-109. The Hawks eventually won the game 119-114 behind a 19-4 run over the final three minutes having trailed by 10 points with just three minutes left.

The Bulls should’ve closed out this game. Why didn’t they? How did this happen? Let’s break it down.

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The Atlanta Hawks just about escaped Philips Arena with a victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, 103-93. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, one of five Bulls who scored in double digits.

A great start and a real messy ending

What a game this was.

The Hawks blew the Bulls out of the water in the first quarter, outscoring the Bulls 35-13 in a quarter that was capped by a buzzer-beating three by Tim Hardaway Jr. followed by a shimmy.

“I like the ball in my hand in that situation. I kind of like to shoot far, half-court shots, when the clock is running down. I have confidence in myself that every shot I shoot is going in. Thankfully it went in.” — Tim Hardaway Jr.

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