Bulls Outlast Hawks 103-94, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Gooden scores season-high 31 won in victory
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2008 12:12 AM CDT
Atlanta Hawks guard Josh Smith, left, fouls Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Tuesday, March 25, 2008. The Bulls won 103-94.    (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
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(Newser) – The Chicago Bulls overcame a listless fourth-quarter to survive the Atlanta Hawks’ comeback attempt and earn a 103-94 victory. Ben Gordon’s three-pointer with 90 seconds remaining sealed the game for Chicago, which is in 11th place in the East and trails Atlanta by two games for the eighth and final playoff spot, according to the Associated Press.

Gordon was coolly efficient for Chicago, scoring 16 points on just eight shots. Drew Gooden led the team with a season-high 31 points and 16 rebounds. Josh Childress scored 22 points off the bench for the Hawks, who hold a tenuous grip on the final playoff spot; in addition to Chicago they lead New Jersey by only 1/2 game and Indiana by 1 1/2 in the standings.