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Ayo Dosunmu scores 29, Chicago Bulls post season-high in points to beat Atlanta Hawks 136-126

ATLANTA — Ayo Dosunmu scored a career-high 29 points and added seven assists to help the Chicago Bulls post a season-high score and beat the Atlanta Hawks 136-126 on Monday.

DeMar DeRozan also scored 29 points and Nikola Vučević finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Coby White added 20 points and seven assists.

Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Andre Hunter led the Hawks off the bench. Bogdanovic had 28 points and Hunter scored 23. Trae Young had 19 points but was 2 of 10 from 3-point range.

“We didn’t want to make it a shootout, but we wanted to play fast,” Dosunmu said. “Even when we score, they do it quickly. We wanted to give them blow for blow. We wanted to do our best and play our defense, but as the game went on, both teams were scoring and we then made some big, meaningful saves down the stretch.

This victory allowed Chicago to stay two games ahead of the Hawks for 9th place in the East. The Bulls have won both games against Atlanta this season.

Dosunmu was 12 of 18 from the field and 5 of 7 from 3. He continually wreaked havoc on Atlanta’s defense with drives to the basket that created opportunities for him and his teammates.

“We didn’t start the game well, but Ayo’s pace and tempo in that second quarter really got us back into the game. He was going downhill,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “Whether it was hitting 3s or getting to the rim, he did a lot of good things tonight.”

The Hawks had won six of their last eight, but they allowed the Bulls to shoot 55.4 percent from the floor and 46.4 percent from 3 to slow their momentum heading into the All-Star break. The Bulls averaged 111.5 points per game heading into the contest.

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