CHICAGO— The Atlanta Hawks scored a meager 20 first-half points, including five points in the second quarter, in a 97-58 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
The first-half and second-quarter point totals were the lowest in Hawks history.
The Hawks nearly set the record for fewest franchise points in game of 57 set in by the Milwaukee Hawks against Boston on Feb. 27, 1955. Only a Jeff Teague layup in the closing seconds prevented that record. The lowest point total in Atlanta history was 59 points, coming in a loss to New Orleans on Jan. 21, 2011.
Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls. Luol Deng added 18.
CELTICS 100, BOBCATS 89
In Boston, Rajon Rondo scored 17 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Celtics past Charlotte.
It was Rondo’s third triple-double of the season and the 26th of his career, including playoffs.
Paul Pierce scored 19 and Avery Bradley added 16 for Boston, which won for a season-high sixth consecutive game. Kevin Garnett, who needed 13 points to tie Patrick Ewing for 16th on the NBA’s career scoring list, was 2 for 11 from the field and scored just seven points to go with his 10 rebounds.
Hakim Warrick and Ramon Sessions had 16 points apiece for the Bobcats, who lost their third straight and their 23rd in the last 25 games since opening the season 7-5. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 10 with eight rebounds.
CLIPPERS 99, GRIZZLIES 73
In Memphis, Tenn., reserves Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes each scored 16 points, and Los Angeles easily routed Memphis with Chris Paul missing his first game this season because of a bruised right kneecap.
The matchup between two of the best teams in the West wasn’t close much of the way. While Paul watched from the bench, the Grizzlies were without their leading scorer as Rudy Gay was excused for his grandmother’s funeral in Baltimore.
This also was the Clippers’ first trip to Memphis since they won Game 7 of their opening-round playoff series last May, and they held the Grizzles to a season-low in points.
Eric Bledsoe, starting for Paul, had 14 points, and Blake Griffin scored 10.
Zach Randolph had 15 for Memphis. Wayne Ellington added 11, and Darrell Arthur had 10.
WIZARDS 120, MAGICS 91
In Washington, Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 11 rebounds, leading six players in double figures was Wizards earned their third consecutive win.
The Wizards were just 4-28 before their streak, but beat Oklahoma City, Atlanta and now Orlando – all at home – to nearly double their wins total.
John Wall had 12 points and six assists in 20 minutes in his second game of the season after missing the Wizards’ first 33 with a left knee injury.
Jameer Nelson had 19 points and 12 assists to lead Orlando, and Nikola Vucevic added 13 points and 13 rebounds. Arron Afflalo, who had 30 points against the Clippers, missed 10 of 11 from the field and finished with two points.