The Atlanta Hawks will have to show some resiliency to recover from a difficult loss even though they haven't been very successful lately in winning the second half of back-to-back games.
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The Hawks have lost five straight contests in those circumstances heading into Saturday night's road matchup with the Chicago Bulls.
Atlanta (18-15) will look to bounce back from Friday's agonizing 101-100 home defeat to Golden State. The Warriors' Andre Iguodala inbounded the ball with 2.8 seconds left to Stephen Curry, who was double-teamed and fed Iguodala for the winning 3-pointer as time expired.
"We defended the initial action pretty well," said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, whose team gave up 37 points in the fourth quarter. "Steph Curry demands a lot of attention. We got the ball out of his hands, and then they made a tough shot. It's a credit to Iguodala, a credit to Curry for making the pass."
The Hawks won on their first two occasions playing the second contest of back-to-backs, but have lost five straight such games - including defeats to lowly Orlando and New York.
Chicago (13-18) fits that description as a lowly opponent, but Atlanta will return to the United Center for the first time since a 97-58 defeat last Jan. 14. That marked its second-lowest point total in the shot clock era and included a dreadful five-point second quarter.
The Hawks, who have dropped four straight regular-season games in Chicago, are a different team now with the departure of Josh Smith and the addition of Paul Millsap, who is averaging a career-high 17.7 points.