Two days, two wins for Hawks after victory over Bulls

The Hawks completed a triple-double.

Two wins in two days against two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks put the finishing touches on the back-to-back victories with a 115-107 win over the Bulls on Wednesday at Philips Arena. It followed a victory at the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

The Hawks (6-2) placed eight players in double-figure scorer in recording their third straight victory overall and fifth straight over the Bulls.

Thabo Sefolosha led the Hawks with 20 points, including 18 in the first half. It was the first 20-point game as a Hawk and seventh of Sefolosha’s career. Dwight Howard added his NBA-leading sixth double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Paul Millsap had 16 points, Dennis Schroder had 13, Kyle Korver, Mike Muscala and Tim Hardaway Jr. all had 11 and Malcolm Delaney had 10. Millsap, who has scored in double-figures in all eight games, also had 11 rebounds.

The Bulls (4-4) have lost four of the past five games. They were led by Jimmy Butler with a game-high 39 points and Dwyane Wade with 25 points.

The Hawks led by as many as 17 points in the first half before the Bulls pulled to within seven points, 68-61, at intermission. Butler and Wade combined to score 41 of the Bulls’ 61 first-half points.

The Bulls continued their rally and a 9-0 run gave them back the lead, 74-73, with 8:47 left in the third quarter.

The Hawks went on an 18-5 run between the third and fourth quarters to re-gain a double-digit lead.