Coming off a 108-91 loss to the Denver Nuggets at the United Center, the Bulls' 98-77 rout of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Wednesday night kept alive their franchise-record streak of consecutive games without back-to-back losses.
The Bulls have now played 84 games without losing two in a row, a streak that dates to Feb. 9, 2011 -- after they lost at Golden State (101-90) and at Portland (109-103) on Feb. 5-7, 2011. The streak is tied for the third-longest in NBA history according to STATS LLC with the Indiana Pacers (Dec. 12, 1997-March 16, 1999).
The Bulls trail only the Boston Celtics (85 games) and the Utah Jazz (95) games. The streaks by the Jazz, Pacers and Bulls all encompassed lockout-shortened seasons.
''It speaks to our character ... how well we came back tonight,'' said Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, who scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting against the Hawks. ''We hate losing, period, but especially the way we lost [against the Nuggets], in our building. We felt like we all played horrible and we could give so much more to the team and you saw our effort tonight. [From] 1-to-13 everybody brought their 'A' game. Great intensity and great focus against a very good team.''