On Saturday night, the Chicago Bulls took a visit to the Well Fargo Arena to take on the Philadelphia 76ers. Despite a strong first half, the tides turned on the Bulls, as they left Philadelphia with a 104-107 loss.
Early on, the Bulls and Sixers were matched pretty evenly. The score was close. However, Chicago made its presence known in the paint. Settling for jumpers wasn’t an option, but when the Bulls decided to go for mid-range jumpers, they were going in. The combination of the Bulls’ offensive success and rebounding advantage allowed for the game to be in Chicago’s favor in the first half.
At the conclusion of the first quarter, Chicago held a 12-point lead over Philadelphia, As the second quarter progressed, that lead would become as large as 20. Philadelphia was able to cut down the lead going into halftime with the help of Michael Carter-Williams and Tony Wroten, as the Bulls had a 64-49 lead.
The third quarter was easily the worst quarter for Chicago, although it didn’t seem that way until about halfway through the period. The Bulls were able to maintain their lead by scoring in the paint, but once they started relying too much on jumpers, it went downhill. Their jumpers weren’t falling, but they kept trying.
It didn’t help either that Philadelphia was controlling the tempo of the game, and it was a very quick tempo. Because of this, Chicago was at even more of a disadvantage. The Bulls couldn’t handle the speed of it.
In the fourth quarter, the Bulls started off strong. Mike Dunleavy made a left-wing jumper. Kirk Hinrich hit a pair of free throws and got a steal afterwards. The steal then led to a two-handed slam by Taj Gibson. That resulted in a five-point lead, and they were able to extend it to as many as seven points, but soon enough, an offensive drought would fall upon them. At the same time, Carter-Williams led his team to attain the lead. More turnovers and missed jump shots by Chicago followed while Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes were solidifying a win for Philadelphia.
There was a possibility of overtime though. All the Bulls needed was to win the jump ball and make a three. Jimmy Butler took on James Anderson for the jump ball, and Butler won the tip. The ball went right to Mike Dunleavy, except he fumbled the ball and couldn’t hold onto it.
Carlos Boozer had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Luol Deng added 20 points, four rebounds and two assists. Derrick Rose really struggled this game going 4-14 from the field. He managed to post 13 points, six assists and four rebounds, but that was along with eight turnovers.
Chicago is now 1-2 while Philadelphia improved to a perfect 3-0. The Bulls have three days off until they compete again. They will be visiting their Central Division-foe, the Indiana Pacers, on Wednesday, Nov. 6th at 6 p.m. central.