Mike Dunleavy scored all of his 21 points in the second half, Joakim Noah flirted with another triple-double and the ulls posted a 111-87, wire-to-wire victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night in Chicago.
Noah finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in 34 minutes. He was headed for his fourth triple-double of the season, but sat down with about three minutes left because of the lopsided score.
The Bulls improved to 2-2 on their six-game homestand.
The Rockets have dropped two in a row. Reserve guard Jeremy Lin led Houston with 21 points, while Dwight Howard had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. James Harden had eight points on two-for-seven shooting in 27 minutes.
Jeff Teague added 22 points, including eight in the final period when the struggling teams traded the lead several times. Atlanta went ahead for good, 90-89, when Korver made a three-pointer with 2:15 left.
Both teams entered the contest having lost 14 of their previous 16 games. The Hawks (28-35) have plummeted to the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference standings. They lead the surging Knicks (26-40), who have won five in a row, by 3 1/2 games for the final playoff spot.