Bulls’ comeback bid falls short against 76ers

10 observations: Bulls’ resurgence fails versus 76ers initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

After routing by as numerous as 18 points in the 2nd quarter — and 12 getting in the 4th — the Chicago Bulls drew to within one ownership of the Philadelphia 76ers in the last minute of Wednesday night’s video game.

However the contest ended in a 103-98 76ers success, moving the Bulls to 6-2 on the young season, 3-1 on the roadway.

Here are 10 observations:

1. The Bulls left to a flat start in this one, routing 29-19 after the very first quarter. Because duration, Philadelphia shot 54.5 percent from the flooring and 5-for-10 from 3-point variety, while the Bulls were 1-for-7 from range and produced absolutely no free-throw efforts. Seth Curry blazed a trail with 9 points, and took pleasure in a handful of tidy appearances flying off of screens on which Zach LaVine got stonewalled.

2. A majority-reserve lineup buoyed by DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball cut that deficit to 35-32 at the 8:08 mark of the 2nd, led by some superb DeRozan shotmaking and the two-way effect of Ball, who buried a corner 3-pointer and swiped a take which triggered a fastbreak opportunity that ended in a help to Alex Caruso.

3. However the 76ers addressed that spurt with 15 unanswered points, getting in the halftime break ahead 58-44. While the Bulls’ reserves were the story in Monday’s resurgence win over the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia’s second-stringers swung the momentum of this one early. Led by 12 points from Georges Niang, the 76ers had a 21-4 bench scoring benefit through 2 quarters, a pointer of the Bulls’ stretched and irregular depth with Coby White and Patrick Williams sidelined.

4. All things thought about, the Bulls succeeded to restrict Embiid; the 76ers’ star center tallied simply 8 points on 3-for-9 shooting in the very first half — though he did distribute 5 helps — and ended the night with 18 points (6-for-18), 9 rebounds and 7 helps.

5. For the 6th time in 8 video games, DeRozan and LaVine both eclipsed the 20-point mark — and for the 3rd video game in a row, DeRozan cleared 30. With 27 from LaVine and 25 from DeRozan, the Bulls’ 2 star scorers had actually integrated for 52 of the group’s 72 points through 3 quarters. The remainder of the supporting cast didn’t use much offensively.

By night’s end, DeRozan (37 points, his 2nd straight video game with that amount to) and LaVine (27) integrated for 64 of the group’s 98 points on 24-for-46 shooting. The remainder of the Bulls offered 34 points on 14-for-36 shooting. Going 6-for-21 from 3-point variety, dedicating 7 fourth-quarter turnovers, and depending on DeRozan for 12 of the group’s 18 free-throw attempts, the offense was disjointed general.

6. The Bulls tracked by 12 points getting in the 4th quarter, and, comparable to when they tracked by 14 through 3 in Boston, turned the switch, especially defensively. They opened the very first 5 minutes (and modification) of the duration on a 15-3 go to connect a contest they tracked by as numerous as 18 points in the 2nd quarter 87-87 with 6 minutes, 40 seconds to play. As soon as once again, stops, takes and fastbreak possibilities — they scored 11 fastbreak points in the quarter — were the formula for success. Derrick Jones Jr., who completed 2 blocks and 2 takes in 17 minutes, had his most impactful stretch of the video game early in the 4th.

7. While the Bulls never ever leapt in front, a DeRozan jumper pulled them to within 100-98 with 29.9 seconds to play. However a tightly-contested Curry dagger, which provided him 22 points, put Philadelphia up 4 with 10.7 seconds left. Then, DeRozan drove and drew a nasty on Embiid at the rim that was later on — controversially — reversed. The 76ers won the ensuing jump ball, then sealed it with a free throw and missed LaVine jumper.

“I couldn’t see, where I was standing, the challenge there on Embiid,” Donovan said, adding that the nearest official told him it was “clearly” not a nasty. “You just kind of move on.”

8. Similar to the team’s victory at the Raptors in October, DeRozan, who scored 12 in the final frame and looked as poised as ever getting to his spots in the midrange, was just about the only steady hand in the fourth. LaVine, after scoring 14 points in a terrific third quarter, went scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting with 2 turnovers (he finished with 5 giveaways). Nikola Vučević took — and missed out on — just one shot. As a team, the Bulls committed seven turnovers. It’s the Bulls’ second loss in six “clutch” games this season, and marks a break from stellar crunch-time execution in other contests.

9. The bench scoring — which ended a whopping 30-13 in Philadelphia’s favor — is one thing, but bad nights from Ball and Vučević were difficult to overcome. Vučević not only shot poorly, but took only seven field-goal attempts, scoring 4 points on 2-for-7 shooting. His slow start to the season continues. Ball hit three of six 3-point attempts and scored 13 points, but shot 2-for-5 inside the arc and committed 5 turnovers.

10. That’s the second game in a row the Bulls fell behind big. Though their comeback bid came up short in the end, the fight to claw back in the game on a night a lot went wrong was admirable. Still, Billy Donvoan stated it best when referencing the toll playing from behind can take.

“These guys battle and fight, they don’t give up. I have great respect and admiration (for that),” the Bulls coach stated. “But I think it’s hard to live like that.”

Successive: House for the 76ers once again on Saturday. Tobias Harris (COVID-19 procedure) and Danny Green (left hamstring tightness) were out for this one, and appear most likely to miss out on Saturday’s contest too.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.