Hawks no match for depleted Bulls

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Chicago's Luol Deng puts up a shot over Atlanta's Al Horford. Deng scored 25 points with 14 rebounds.  JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Chicago's Luol Deng puts up a shot over Atlanta's Al Horford. Deng scored 25 points with 14 rebounds.


ATLANTA — Luol Deng had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and the short-handed Chicago Bulls used their stifling defense to shut down the Atlanta Hawks in a 93-76 victory on Saturday night.

Playing without injured starters Kirk Hinrich, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, Chicago dominated near the basket and got a lift from the frenetic play of Nate Robinson. The Bulls used only eight players for the second consecutive night, but it was more than enough for an impressive road win.

Robinson went 4 for 6 from 3-point range and finished with 20 points. Taj Gibson had 19 points and matched his career high with 18 rebounds. Jimmy Butler added another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Josh Smith led Atlanta with 19 points and 13 rebounds. He scored only three points in the second half.

KNICKS 120, KINGS 81

In New York, Amare Stoudemire was 10 for 10 from the field and scored 21 points, and the Knicks unleashed a 38-4 run on Sacramento in the first half and clobbered the Kings.

The Knicks didn’t even need much from leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, who had just nine points.

CAVALIERS 115, THUNDER 110

In Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 35 points, including 13 in the final 2:52, as the Cavaliers stunned Oklahoma City.

Kevin Durant scored 32 points for the Thunder. He left briefly in the third quarter with an apparent back injury.

ROCKETS 109, BOBCATS 95

In Houston, James Harden had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double in the Rockets’ win over Charlotte.

Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken off the court on a stretcher in the fourth quarter after teammate Jeff Taylor collided with him going for a rebound. Kidd-Gilchrist was fitted with a neck brace and taken to the hospital.

Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap said after the game that Kidd-Gilchrist was moving his extremities as he was wheeled off the floor.

TIMBERWOLVES 115,

HORNETS 86

In Minneapolis, Dante Cunningham scored a season-high 18 points, and the Timberwolves beat New Orleans to stop their six-game losing streak.

SPURS 96, WIZARDS 86

In San Antonio, Tim Duncan sprained his left knee and right ankle in the first half of the Spurs’ victory over Washington.

The severity of the injuries is not known, but Duncan did not return to the bench after being helped off the court.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 19 points.

BUCKS 107, MAGIC 98

In Milwaukee, Monta Ellis scored 21 points and Brandon Jennings had 20 as the Bucks handed Orlando its ninth loss in a row.

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