Joe Johnson Leads Hawks To 129-117 Win

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Saturday, December 27, 20078. (AP) -- Joe Johnson scored a season-high 41 points, Josh Smith also set a season high with 24, and the Atlanta Hawks withstood Ben Gordon's 3-point barrage to beat the Chicago Bulls 129-117 on Saturday night.

Johnson finished one point shy of his career high. The Hawks, who normally prefer a lower-scoring pace, topped their previous season best by 10 points.

Gordon scored 33 points and was 6-of-8 behind the arc to pass Scottie Pippen and become the Bulls' career leader in 3-pointers. Rookie Derrick Rose added a career-high 27 points.

The Bulls matched their season high for points and shot 54 percent from the field but still were not close at the end.

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