DeMar DeRozan did everything he could to keep the Bulls in the game. The All-Star starter scored 45 points on 18-30 (60%) shooting. Those 45 points are the most DeRozan has scored in a Bulls uniform.
Despite DeMar's performance, the Sixers proved too much against a shorthanded Bulls team. Joel Embiid led the way for Philadelphia, scoring 40 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Tobias Harris added 23 points for the visitors.
Nikola Vucevic added 23 points and seven rebounds for Chicago. Javonte Green continued his great season, scoring 17 points.
Three-point shooting hurt the Bulls tonight as they shot just 7-26 (27%) from beyond the arc.
Shorthanded Bulls Continue to Battle
Zach LaVine and Coby White each missed their second straight game as they battled back spasms and an adductor injury, respectively. Long-term injuries also continue to hamper the Bulls as Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso, and Derrick Jones Jr. all remained out for this one.
There were many times the Bulls could have given up, but the team continued to battle all afternoon. The Sixers took the lead in the second quarter and continued to hold onto it throughout the game.
The Sixers went on a 13-0 run, extending their lead to as many as 17 points early in the fourth quarter. But right on cue, the Bulls battled back.
DeRozan continued to lead his team, adding nine rebounds and seven assists to his 45 points, as the Bulls got back to within four points multiple times throughout the fourth. But that was the closest the Chicago got as the Sixers pulled away at the end and won by 11 points.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Bulls (33-20) host the best team in the NBA Monday night as the Phoenix Suns (42-10) come to town. Tip-off is at 7:00 PM CST and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.
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