Apr 25, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls small forwardLuol Deng
(9) with the ball during the first quarter of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The fifth game in the series was ugly for the Sixers as the Bulls avoided an early exit from the playoffs. Philly had a chance to close out the series, but couldn’t pull it off. At half time the Sixers only had 26 points and that won’t win you any games in the post season, let alone the regular season.
This game was all about the duo of Loul Deng and Carlos Boozer as they put the team and season on their backs, finishing with two great scoring out-puts. Boozer finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds, finding a true way to answer back after dropping three games to the 76ers. With their backs against the wall, Loul Deng was on fire. Deng was shooting lights out and did it in effective fashion, finishing with 24 points, while hitting 4-of-5 from downtown and 10-of-19 for the game.
Chicago would cancel an early exit on this night by a final score of 77-69.