Dominique Wilkins scored 34 points and Dan Roundfield had 11 assists, both career highs, to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 138-101 NBA victory over the Chicago Bulls tonight.
Atlanta reached a season high with its 138 points, surpassing the 132 scored against the Bulls on Nov. 23. The 37-point victory margin also was a season high for the Hawks.
The loss was the fourth straight for Chicago.
Wilkins had six points in the opening period and 12 in the second before amassing 16 in the third. He did not play in the fourth. Johnny Davis had 21 points and Mike Glenn 17 for the Hawks. Roundfield had 11 points and 10 rebounds to go with his 11 assists.
Davis scored 11 first-quarter points for the Hawks, who had 17 of the period's last 19 points for a 35-18 lead.
The Hawks, battling New York and Washington for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, visit the Bullets Saturday night in a game Roundfield predicted will be "a war."
"You want to have everyone rested before you go to war," said the Hawks' captain, noting the Atlanta starters sat out the fourth quarter against the Bulls. "The Washington game is going to be an all-out, playoff-type game."
The only minus note was an ankle injury to reserve playmaking guard Wes Matthews, who was taken to the hospital for X-rays. With Matthews out, Davis would be Atlanta's only point guard.