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Smith posts triple-double in Hawks' win
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ATLANTA — Josh Smith posted his second career triple-double and the Atlanta Hawks recovered in the fourth quarter to beat the Chicago Bulls 91-81 on Friday night.

Smith had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists and the Hawks recovered after trailing by six to open the final period. The Hawks took the lead with two 8-0 runs in the fourth.

Joe Johnson had 18 points and Jamal Crawford added 17 for Atlanta.

Smith set up a jumper by Mike Bibby with 2:13 remaining for his 10th assist, matching his career high.

Luol Deng had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Derrick Rose scored 19 points for the Bulls, who lost their third straight.
The Bulls led 70-64 entering the fourth before the Hawks opened the quarter with an 8-0 run, capped by Al Horford's jam.

Atlanta took the lead for good when a basket by Johnson with 7:46 broke a 72-all tie and started another 8-0 run for the Hawks.
The Hawks crushed the Bulls 118-83 on Dec. 9 in Atlanta in Chicago's most lopsided loss of the season, but the rematch was no runaway.

Atlanta ended the Bulls' recent trend of road wins against teams with winning records. Chicago closed a seven-game road trip from Jan. 18-29 with five consecutive victories over teams with winning records.

The Hawks improved to 21-5 at Philips Arena with their fifth straight home win.

Chicago's Kirk Hinrich had 13 points and a season-high nine rebounds.

Bulls center Joakim Noah was in Chicago receiving treatment for plantar fasciiitis, a painful irritation and swelling of the bottom of the heel. He is not expected to return to action until after the All-Star break. Brad Miller was the fill-in starter and had 10 points, all in the first half.

The Hawks scored the first eight points and led throughout the first half. Atlanta's biggest lead was 38-27 following a 3-pointer by Crawford.

The Bulls trailed only 50-46 at halftime and took their first lead at 56-55 on a Taj Gibson jam in the third quarter.
The Hawks' last triple-double was by Johnson against Oklahoma City on Dec. 23, 2008.

NOTES: The Hawks pushed back their planned flight for Saturday's game against the Wizards due to snow in Washington. The revised plan was for the team to fly Saturday morning. ... Atlanta's American Idol star "General" Larry Platt performed his original song "Pants on the Ground" during a timeout. ... Bulls F Chris Richard signed a 10-day contract and was in uniform but did not play.
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