Guard/forward Jimmy Butler hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 6:49
left and reserves D.J. Augustin and Taj Gibson combined for 12
points thereafter, as the Bulls pulled out a 102-94 victory over the
Sixers (15-53), Philadelphia's 22nd straight defeat.
Forward Thaddeus Young had 24 points to front the Sixers, who are
four defeats away from equaling the NBA record of 26 in a row,
established by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers. Guard Tony Wroten
added 17, and guard Michael Carter-Williams finished with 16 points,
nine rebounds and seven assists.
Philadelphia, which last won on Jan. 29, also dropped its 17th
straight at home, two short of the league record held by the 1993-94
"We knew it would be this type of game," said Augustin, a guard who
led Chicago with 20 points. "The last couple teams they played, it
was close games. We just tried to fight them to the end — and it
was a fight. It was a real fight."
Gibson, a forward, had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Butler finished
with 16 points, guard/forward Mike Dunleavy had 15 and center Joakim
Noah contributed 14 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four
blocks. Forward Carlos Boozer chipped in 12 points and 11 boards.
Philadelphia, trailing 77-69 early in the fourth quarter, mounted a
16-8 run that including two 3-pointers by backup forward Byron
Mullens, and one each by Wroten and Young. Young's bomb from the
left corner with 7:43 remaining knotted the score at 85-85.
Butler then connected from the arc, and Augustin did likewise with
The Sixers were within four after a dunk by Mullens with 1:19 left,
at 98-94, but Butler made two free throws with 24.2 seconds left, as
did Augustin with 6.5 seconds remaining.
"We needed everyone," Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We had a
lot of guys step up."
Especially Augustin, who scored 10 of his points in the fourth
quarter. Gibson also had 10 in the period, and Butler had Chicago's
"(Thibodeau) wants me to have the ball," Augustin said, "so I've got
to do what I do when I'm out there."
Philadelphia shot 5-for-11 from 3-point range in the final period,
11-for-24 overall, but was out-rebounded 52-38. The Sixers also
missed 10 of 19 free throws.
"It's frustrating being close in a lot of games and finishing them
out," Wroten said, "but we're going to get one soon."
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There were six ties and five lead changes in the game's first 13
minutes, but the Bulls held the Sixers without a single field goal
while going on a 13-2 run early in the second quarter, enabling
Chicago to take a 41-30 lead with 5:50 left in the half.
Five different Bulls score in the run, with Augustin and fellow
reserve guard Tony Snell contributing three points apiece and Butler
doing the same.
The Sixers, sparked by Carter-Williams' five points and some strong
play by their bench, cut the gap to 52-45 by halftime.
Carter-Williams and Young each scored 11 points in the first half,
while Dunleavy topped Chicago with 13 and Augustin contributed 10.
Young then packed eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, into
the first 6:50 of the third quarter, as the Sixers crept within one,
Noah answered with a pair of baskets, and Boozer added a three-point
play and a layup in the quarter's closing minutes, giving the Bulls
a 75-69 lead.
NOTES: Sixers coach Brett Brown said before the game that Bulls C
Joakim Noah is his example for Philadelphia rookie C Nerlens Noel,
who has yet to play as a pro after injuring a knee during his lone
season at the University of Kentucky. Brown mentioned in particular
how much respect he has for Noah as a competitor. "What a fantastic
comparison to show Nerlens," he said. ... Chicago coach Tom
Thibodeau broke into the NBA as an assistant with the Minnesota
Timberwolves in 1989-90, when they were a first-year expansion team,
and he sees parallels between their situation and the one facing the
Sixers. "You're just looking to make progress," he said. "Sometimes
you're measuring that: Are we playing up to our potential?" ...
Sixers G/F James Anderson missed his second consecutive game with a
bruised right quadriceps. ... Brown was assessed a technical foul
with 5:50 left in the second quarter.
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