The Sixers fell to the Bulls 93-88 on Saturday night in Chicago.
Luol Deng led all scorers with 25 points, and Jrue Holiday led the 76ers with 23. The game was very close as there were 8 lead changes and 10 ties throughout the game.
As I suspected, the Sixers got out-rebounded and beaten up inside. The Bulls out-rebounded the Sixers 50-37, and Chicago’s bigs had no problem against the Sixer’s defense. Lavoy Allen found himself in foul trouble yet against, and Spencer Hawes played an absolutely horrible game airballing shots and looking lost in every aspect of the game.
Evan Turner finished with 12 points, but had a forgettable shooting night, going 6-17. Thad Young finished with 22 points and did a great job of crashing the boards and following shots, and even had 4 blocks.
The Sixers have improved offensively over the past few games, but the Sixers struggled to score tonight partly because of their lack of three point scoring. They shot just 20% from downtown, and Jason Richardson who usually supplies the Sixers with three point shooting, went just 1-6.
Philly kept within distance late, making shots down the stretch, but Chicago was able to hit their free throws to put the game away. Rip Hamilton missed his 2nd free throw with under 15 seconds left to keep it a one possession game, but the ball bounced around and ended up right back in his arms. Rip was fouled again, made his free throws, and the game was over.
The Sixers will head home and wait to play Minnesota on Tuesday.