ATLANTA (AP) — For the second night in a row, the Chicago Bulls took a big lead into the fourth quarter.
This time, they didn’t let up.
Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high 27 points and the Bulls won for just the third time in nine games with easily their most impressive performance of the young season, routing the Atlanta Hawks 113-93 on Wednesday.
“We were all frustrated by the way the last game went,” said Satoransky, who went 10 of 13 from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range.
The Bulls built a big lead against LeBron James and the Lakers the night before, only to get outscored 38-19 in the fourth quarter of a 118-112 loss.
Taking out their frustration on the Hawks, this one was total domination.
Satoransky had not scored more than nine points this season. He really went off on the Hawks, beating his previous career best of 25 while also dishing out eight assists.
Zach LaVine even got a chance to put on his version of Showtime, blocking De’Andre Hunter’s 3-pointer to set up a 360-degree dunk at the other end.
“We put it together tonight,” Coby White said. “Both halves.”
Atlanta made a season-low six of 30 attempts from 3-point range, turned it over 24 times and trailed by double digits over the final 41:29.
“Our guys were not ready,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said bluntly. “We just didn’t care.”
The Bulls took control with a 28-6 run in the opening quarter. Otto Porter Jr. led with way with 10 points, including a couple of 3-pointers. Satoransky chipped in with seven points, Kris Dunn added five and Lauri Markkanen knocked down a 3 to push Chicago to a 30-12 lead.
Porter went down before halftime with a bruised left foot and did not return.
He wasn’t needed.
The Bulls were up 56-41 at the break,…