Hawks take 11-game winning streak into Chicago

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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Hawks have won 11 straight and they'll look to end a perfect road trip Saturday night at the United Center against the Chicago Bulls.

The Hawks haven't lost since Dec. 26 at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. Atlanta has won 25 of its last 27 and owns a five-game cushion for Eastern Conference supremacy.

Atlanta has not won 11 straight overall since it did so in 1997-98. The franchise record for consecutive wins is 14 from Nov. 16-Dec. 14, 1993.

The Hawks are in the midst of an 11-game road winning streak, which is a franchise best.

On Friday, the Hawks faced a stiff challenge from one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors.

The Hawks didn't make it look that way.

Al Horford scored 22 points and helped Atlanta to a 110-89 drubbing of the Raptors. Horford, who made all eight of his field goal attempts, added five rebounds and five assists for the Hawks.

Paul Millsap added 16 points with eight rebounds, while Jeff Teague registered 13 points and nine assists in the win. DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver scored 13 and 11 points, respectively, for Atlanta.

"Our defensive activity put us into position to get some baskets," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "They are a very, very good team. And a tough team to beat here in Toronto. Just a good team win."

The Hawks shot 60.9 percent from the floor and limited Toronto to 42.7 percent shooting. Atlanta had 30 assists in the win and, following Saturday's tilt with the Bulls, will play its next seven at home.

The Bulls halted a two-game slide last time out in a 119-103 road win over the Boston Celtics on Friday.

Derrick Rose had 29 points and 10 assists and Pau Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the short-handed Bulls, who played without Joakim Noah and Mike Dunleavy.

Noah, who suffered a right ankle injury in the second quarter of Wednesday's loss to Washington, will reportedly undergo an MRI on Saturday. Dunleavy is out with an ankle injury.

Still, the Bulls led for the final 18-plus minutes, pulling away with a big run in the fourth quarter to avoid what would have been a season-high third loss in a row.

Jimmy Butler had 22 points in the win, which was just Chicago's second in six games since a 10-1 stretch.

"We started helping each other," Butler said about the fourth quarter. "We rebounded the ball, we didn't give up too many second-chance points. That's a key."

The Bulls have lost two straight in the Windy City, but own a seven-game home winning streak over the Hawks, including the postseason. The teams have split two games this season, both contested in Atlanta.