Bulls finish off the Hawks, face Miami next

May 13, 2011

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The Bulls' Carlos Boozer dunks during Game 6 against the Atlanta Hawks Thursday night in Chicago.

The Chicago Bulls are heading to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1998. They finished off the Atlanta Hawks Thursday night, 93-73.

Carlos Boozer led the Bulls in scoring with 23 points. Defensively, it was the second time in the series the Bulls kept the Hawks from scoring more than 75 points.

The hardest challenge could still be to come, though. The Bulls will play against NBA superstars Dwyane Wade and LeBron James on the Miami Heat.

During the regular season, the Bulls beat the Heat all three times they met. The Heat's coach even told reporters some of his players were crying in the locker room after they suffered a loss to the Bulls. He later backtracked on those comments.

Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals takes place Sunday night at the United Center.