By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were riding high after beating the San Antonio Spurs in over-time last night. They were looking to put on a better effort on both sides of the ball. As they faced a hungry Chicago Bulls team who were looking to take advantage of Philly. Unfortunately for the Bulls, Philly opened the offensive flood gates and destroyed them 106-94.
It looked good early on for Philly they were able to get out to an early 14-point lead early in the first quarter. They jumped on Chicago from the opening tipoff and did not look like a team that played last night. Guard Seth Curry (20-points, made three three-pointers) and guard/forward Danny Green (14-points made four three-pointers) put on a show from three. They made seven three-pointers and combined for 34-points. Both of them picked a good night to show-up as center Joel Embiid did not have it tonight. He only hit four/12 shots and scored 13-points.
On his teammates picking up the scoring load, “I can’t win alone. I need my teammates, and I need them to have the most confidence they’ve ever had,” said Embiid.
Despite the combined efforts of Green and Curry, the Bulls battle back and cut the lead to one-point after an offensive surge early in the fourth quarter. They were led by guard Coby White he scored 21-points and hit some timely threes in the quarter. His scoring kept the Bulls in the game. Philly had no answer for him. If he was not hitting three-pointer he attacked the paint. Philly had to put Ben Simmons on him to slow him down.
On Simmons’ defense, “There is not a better defender in this league,” said Sixers Head Coach Doc Rivers.
Philly had to put their starting-five back in the game to quell a fourth quarter scoring surge by the Bulls. They were led by forward Tobias Harris who hit some clutch shots late in the game, to help Philly pull-away. He scored 21-points and the Bulls had no answer for him especially late in the quarter. He got whatever he wanted from the floor. Philly was also able to tighten up defensively and close the doors on Chicago. Now they will get a day off as they prepare for the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Philly will need another strong night on both sides of the ball if they want to beat the Rockets and continue to hold on to first place in the Eastern Conference.