Dunleavy also had eight rebounds and four assists. He was covered in ice bags as he sat slumped at his locker after playing all but nine seconds in the game.
“I appreciate (coach Tom Thibodeau) giving me that nine-second breather at the end of the half,” Dunleavy said with a laugh. “That made a big difference.”
The Bulls won after trailing by 14 points in the first quarter.
“They put us in a hole; we fought out of it,” Dunleavy said. “We just had to battle the whole game.”
Since Jan. 1, Chicago is 12-1 when holding its opponent under 90 points. No other team in the league has kept as many opponents under 90 in that span.
The Bulls led most of the second half but never pushed the advantage to double figures.
DeMarre Carroll’s fast-break basket gave Atlanta a 100-99 lead, but Dunleavy answered with a layup. With 1:03 remaining, Carroll sank a 3-pointer to give Atlanta a 103-101 lead.
Noah’s steal from Teague got the ball back for the Bulls with 20 seconds remaining. Atlanta’s Kyle Korver stole the inbounds pass, giving the Hawks a chance to take the lead, but Teague stepped out of bounds behind the basket. Hinrich then made two free throws.