12/3/12 – On Saturday night the Sixers returned to action in the second game of a back-to-back against the Chicago Bulls. They were coming off a good win over the Charlotte Bobcats where Evan Turner and Thad Young dominated. At the United Center in Chicago they were set to take on a good Bulls team that is biding their time until the return of All Star PG Derrick Rose. Even without Rose, Chicago possesses a veteran lineup full of capable players such as Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, and Richard Hamilton. It was crucial for the Sixers to do a good job of gang rebounding against the likes of Boozer and Noah, or else they would have a tough go. Chicago's veteran group doesn't make a ton of mistakes and plays great defense so it was important for Philly to be efficient offensively. Even more so on Saturday with Nick Swag P Young out of the lineup with a toe injury.
The contest would prove to be very tightly matched with many lead changes. The game went back and forth, but the Bulls had the edge in the end for a couple of reasons. First, they dominated on the boards. Noah and Boozer each had double-doubles, leading Chicago to 50 rebounds over Philly's 37. Second, swingman Luol Deng was unconscious late in the game and constantly came up with big shot after big shot. He finished with a game high 25 points, to go along with 7 boards and 7 assists. And Thirdly, the Sixers didn't get the contribution they could've used from Evan Turner and Jason Richardson who finished a combined 9-29 from the field. Despite these stats, the game was still very close up until the closing seconds in this gritty matchup. Jrue Holiday had a nice game and so did Thad Young. However the Bulls were able to close it out 93-88.
1. Jrue – 38:34 mins, 23 pts., 3 rebs., 7 asts., 2 stls., 1 TO
2. Thad Young – 40:19 mins., 22 pts., 7 rebs., 1 ast., 4 stls., 4 blks., 1 TO
3. Turner – 42:51 mins., 12 pts., 4 rebs., 7 asts., 3 stls., 1 TO
4. J-Rich – 34:02 mins., 8 pts., 6 rebs., 2 asts., 1 stl., 1 TO
5. Hawes – 22:09 mins., 6 pts., 6 rebs., 3 TOs
6. D Wright – 19:29 mins., 5 pts., 3 rebs., 3 TOs
7. Maalik – 9:26 mins., 2 pts., 1 TO
Luol Deng – 25 pts., 7 rebs., 7 asts., 2 stls., 5 TOs
Richard Hamilton – 15 pts., 3 rebs., 1 ast., 1 TO
Joakim Noah – 12 pts., 13 rebs., 7 asts., 1 stl., 1 blk., 3 TOs
Carlos Boozer – 12 pts., 12 rebs., 3 asts., 1 blk., 2 TOs
Taj Gibson – 11 pts., 8 rebs., 1 blk., 1 TO
The Sixers lost a tough one because they once again were owned on the glass and dominated inside. Spencer Hawes continues to frustrate fans for the 3rd straight season as other NBA big men lick their chops to go up against a so-called 7 footer as soft as him. Kwame Brown should've seen gotten some playing time this game because as Hawes proved once again, he sucks. Next game Tuesday 7 p.m. vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves @ Wells Fargo. CSN. More to come….Tags: Basketball, NBA, Philadelphia, Philadelphia 76ers