By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were riding high after beating the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night. They faced a tough Chicago Bulls team in the last game of their home stand. They used a late-game offensive barrage to beat the Bulls 103-98.
It started out well for Philly, they jumped on Chicago early. They were able to hit some early shots and got out to a 16-point lead. They were powered by Seth Curry who picked up right where he left off on Monday night. He scored 22-points and hit two three-pointers. It did not matter what the Bulls did to try to stop him. He was hitting shots from beyond the arc, the perimeter, and the paint. He was the leader in tonight’s game and picked his team up when they were struggling. The development of Curry on both sides of the ball has been important for Philly. He has clearly improved on the defensive side. He snuffed out a late scoring try by Zach Lavine to keep Philly ahead and this has not been the only time this season where he has kept the defense sturdy after a miscue. He also hit the late-game winner to keep the Sixers in front.
Despite a good scoring night from Curry, Chicago continued to fight. Every time the Sixers would go on a run, the Bulls had an answer. Philly had no answer for DeMar DeRozan who has rediscovered himself in Chicago. He scored 37-points and it did not matter who Philly put in front of him. He did not play scared and attacked the defender. If they dared sag off him, he pulled up from the perimeter. Philly needed everybody to keep him in check late in the game to hold on to the lead and win the game.
On winning the game and the homestand “4-0? Huge. Talked about it after NY game. 4 game home stand gotta win em all. Didn’t know we were going to have these guys out. But we won em all even with all guys out,” said Sixers Head Coach Doc Rivers.
This was an early season highlight for the Sixers who were able to holdoff the Bulls despite a clearly hobbled Joel Embiid and missing Tobias Harris (Positive Covid test) and Ben Simmons (Mental health). Philly now will travel to Detroit to play the Pistons tomorrow night. They will need another impressive performance on both sides of the ball to get their seventh victory of the season.