Bulls End 76ers’ Six-Game Streak with Victory in NBA Clash
PHILADELPHIA — Coby White scored 24 points and the Chicago Bulls held on to snap the Philadelphia 76ers’ six-game winning streak with a 108-104 victory in the NBA Monday night.
Former Sixer Nikola Vucevic chipped in 23 points. DeMar DeRozan added 15 for the Bulls.
“All of us are supporting each other and it’s contagious,” said Vucevic. “…We won some games, so that helps, too. We’re only 11-17, but hopefully we’re on a good path and we can continue that way.”
The Bulls have won six of their last nine even though they are playing without All-Star Zach LaVine, who has been sidelined with left foot inflammation…“The most important thing has been the sharing of the basketball, the moving of it and the covering for each other,” said Bulls coach Billy Donovan.
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Joel Embiid had 40 points and 13 rebounds, his 11th straight game with 30 or more points and 10 or more boards. Tyrese Maxey added 29 points in the 76ers’ first loss to a team without a winning record this season….the Sixers’ previous five wins, against Atlanta, Washington, Detroit twice and Charlotte, came by an average of 31.8 points.
Chicago overcame an early 12-point deficit thanks to White’s hot shooting in the first half. “He’s a great guy who is always working hard in the gym and getting better,” Vucevic said. “That margin would swell to 12 after three quarters before the Sixers bench climbed their way back into the game and gave Philadelphia a brief 89-87 lead on Maxey’s 3-pointer.”
DeRozan hit three of four free throws in the game’s waning seconds. Philadelphia’s last attempt to tie or take the lead fell short when Embiid couldn’t finish with Vucevic and White collapsing down on him in the lane.
“The most important thing right now for us is five guys connected,” Donovan said. “…you have zero chance to win.”
Bulls: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night
76ers: At home against Minnesota on Wednesday.