Chicago Bulls lean on all-around effort to withstand Sixers in double OT
Chicago Bulls Snap Philadelphia 76ers
Zach LaVine scored 26 points and DeMar DeRozan added 25 as the Chicago Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 109-105 in double overtime on Monday (Tuesday, March 21 Manila time).
Nikola Vucevic added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Chicago Bulls, who won their third straight victory. Coby White had 11 points and Derrick Jones Jr. had 10 as the Bulls went on an 8-0 run with 2:37 left.
DeRozan made back-to-back free throws to tie the game, but LaVine and White each made two free throws in the final 51.4 seconds of the second overtime to seal the win. Joel Embiid scored 37 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked 3 shots for the 76ers.
Embiid was ejected for trying to block LaVine’s shot with 3:54 left in the second overtime. Tyrese Maxey had 22 points and DeAnthony Melton had 19 points and four steals for the 76ers, who snapped an eight-game winning streak.
Tobias Harris scored 14 points and James Harden added 12 assists while shooting 2-of-14 for just five points. Harris gave the Sixers a 105-101 lead on a corner jumper with 2:37 left.
Embiid’s layup gave the Sixers a 99-97 lead with 47.6 seconds left in the first overtime, but DeRozan tied it at 99 with 37.0 seconds left.
The Chicago Bulls had one last chance to win the game on a Harden layup, but DeRozan’s missed 3-pointer forced a second overtime.
With 4 minutes, 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the 76ers led 87-84 and Harden made a layup. On Chicago’s next two drives, Vucevic hit a 3-pointer and a short jumper for an 89-87 lead.
Maxey tied the game at 91 with 33.3 seconds left, then made a potential game-winning 3-pointer with less than two seconds left to send the game into overtime.
With 2:08 left in the second quarter, DeRozan hit a jumper from inside the corner from the 3-point line to give the Bulls a 40-35 lead.
Harris made a layup with 1.8 seconds left and the 76ers trailed 44-40 when they went into the locker room.
The red-hot Philadelphia 76ers return to action for the third time this season on Monday night when they host the Chicago Bulls. Having been one of the hottest teams in the NBA and riding an eight-game winning streak, the 76ers will be in the spotlight when they beat the Bulls on Monday.
The 76ers led 22-17 after the opening possession. Although their shooting was much better than the Chicago Bulls, scoring the ball was a struggle for the Sixers as they had six turnovers in the first quarter. Chicago Bulls was much better in the second quarter as Philadelphia struggled to control the ball and develop an offensive rhythm, helping them build a small lead before halftime.
Chicago Bulls standouts Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan combined for 21 of Chicago’s 44 points in the first half. Meanwhile, Sixers star Joel Embiid was quieter offensively, scoring just 11 points on 3-7 shooting in 18 minutes.
The 76ers have proven several times during the season that they can turn things around in the second half to win convincingly. However, Monday is not that kind of night.
In the third quarter, the 76ers slightly led the Bulls, 28-25. However, they still trailed by a point entering the fourth quarter.
Embiid’s 18-point halftime streak was a good sign that the big man felt he could lead the team to victory, but a pair of mistakes during his shift in the fourth quarter put him on the brink of suspension. Danger of being deported.
Embiid went through regulation without being called for his sixth foul. The 76ers and Bulls were tied at 91 and headed into overtime with neither team able to score for four quarters. Consequently, another five minutes was not enough time to decide the result, as each team had eight points.
About a minute into double overtime, Embiid was called for his sixth foul, ending his night. At the time, the 76ers lost their leading scorer and will rely on Tyrese Maxey to take matters into his own hands as another great 76ers guard, James Harden, is having an off night.
Unfortunately for Philadelphia, they couldn’t get the job done. The Bulls lost 109-105, finally ending the streak of the 76ers. At 48-23 on the season, the Sixers have one more day to clinch a playoff spot. They will travel to Chicago on Wednesday, where the Sixers will try to even the regular season at 2-2.