Chicago Bulls 82 FinalRecap | Box Score 98 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +12

Brand did not have a strong shooting night.  The disturbing part is that he is missing his bread and butter 12-15 footers. For example, the baseline miss at the 2nd Q horn was simply brutal.  However he did a nice job on the boards and on the defensive end. Most importantly he only played 28 minutes.  We still wonder if EB will ever find his 2010-11 form.

Andre Iguodala, SF 40 MIN | 8-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 19 PTS | +13

AI9 got a quick start hitting 4 of his first 5, but it was his blazing hot 3rd Q that everyone will be talking about.  That stop and go fast break for a thunderous dunk was amazing.  Then he topped it by posterizing the vertically challenged Korver. On the next trip he hit a 3ball.  He followed that with a steal, around the back dribble and dropped a dime to Jrue.  It may be as coach Collins said, time to ”embrace him” Philadelphia.  If he could give us one quarter like that a night this town would roll out the red carpet for ‘Dre.

Tony Battie, C 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +3

Can we just start “Big Nik” and then go to Lavoy Allen?

Jodie Meeks, G 14 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | +3

The hot and cold Meeks showed us again tonight why he has been labeled “streaky”.

Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 17 PTS | +7

Holiday struggled again out of the gates — 2-7 in the 1st half (4 points) and 3 dimes.  However he came out in the 2nd half and played stellar basketball.  It all began on the defensive end where his intense lockdown sucked every last bit of life out of D-Rose.  That fed his offensive game as he heated up in 2nd half and scored 13 points.  For us the most important thing was that Jrue played under control in a match-up with one of the NBA’s elite PGs.  Something that he has NOT always done.

Lou Williams, PG 29 MIN | 4-12 FG | 6-8 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 14 PTS | +11

Louis took some questionable shots again tonight.  But he scored and got to the FT line which is what this team needs him to do on a nightly basis. He also managed to hand out 6 dimes and we believe he actually played some D during that big 3rd quarter run.

Thaddeus Young, F 27 MIN | 7-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +1

Thad had another great night, but for us it was his 1st half play that really impressed.  Thad had a stellar first half (11 & 4) and his reb-put back of an AI9 air ball in the late 2nd Q was a huge Bulls momentum stopper for the Sixers.  He presents a significant match up problem for opponents, hits open J’s, rebounds at both ends and gets to the FT line.  What else can you ask for from the 6th man?

Lavoy Allen, PF 26 MIN | 7-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +16

Allen had a large 1st half – 8 points, 4 rebs and a steal.  And along with Turner was the key to the Sixers big push to grab the lead in the 2nd Q.  We actually wanted Collins to leave him the game in the late 2nd Q instead of bringing EB back in the game.  He continued his stellar play in the second half and had a nice part in the huge 3rd Q.  Think Fran Dunphy is pissed that this Lavoy Allen was nowhere to be found last year at TU?

Evan Turner, SG 27 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 PTS | +14

His rebounding and defense were a huge part of the Sixers run in the first half that gave them the lead at the halftime. More of the same from ET helped the Sixers put this one away in the huge 3rd Q.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight

1.  Obviously this game was decided in the 3rd Q.  Leading by 5 points at the start of the 2nd half, the Sixers turned the screws up on defense and AI9 simply went off – the Sixers never looked back.  The Bulls were 0-for-their-first-6 in the 3rd and scored only 11 points total.  The Sixers took advantage of the Bulls poor start by getting out on the break for easy baskets, making the extra pass in the half court for quality looks and pushed the lead out to 20.

2.  However there was also a big stretch from the end of the 1st Q into the mid-2nd Q.  Turner and Lavoy led the “Night Shift” against the Bulls “2nd unit” and completely dominated the game.  During that stanza, the “Night Shift” behind Lavoy’s 6 points and Turner’s defense on Kyle Korver went on 19-6 run, which took a 4 point deficit and turned it into a 9 point lead.  The Sixers never trailed again in this game.

3.  At the half, both teams were shooting 48% on FGA; 50% of 3PA. Both teams had 14 dimes and also 3 steals. The Sixers had 21 rebs, while the Bulls had 20 – that’s creepy.

4.  Led by Allen and Turner, the “Night Shift” and helped by the fact that D-Rose was out of the game the Sixers built a 9 point lead.  Then at roughly the 4 min mark with Rose now back in the game, the Sixers had 0-3 shooting stretch, a blocked alley-oop attempt, AI9 got called for a charge (horrible call) and Collins got T’d up.  Luckily the Sixers were able to survive that stretch and the Bulls never got closer then 5.

5.  The one scary element from the this win was that for the second straight game, the Sixers entered the 4th Q with a big lead and stumbled in the final stanza.  Tonight they began the 4th with a 20 point lead, then proceeded to shoot 0-4 and commit 3 TOs.  That allowed the Bulls, without D-Rose no less, to cut the lead to 12 at one-point.  As the old saying goes, “When you have your foot on a team’s throat…”

6.  Loose Balls: The Sixers…are now 12-2 at home…outscored the Bulls 21-4 on the fast break, 46-28 in the paint and won the TO battle 10-17.  How quickly was tonight’s game over – literally.  The first quarter only took 17 actual minutes to play and the entire game was 2 hours and 1 min long.  Yeah the Bulls were missing two starters and D-Rose was allegedly “ill” but this one has to go down as a quality W…Right?

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