PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in his return to the lineup, and Seth Curry scored 22 points and was late on Wednesday night to lead the Philadelphia 76ers on the Chicago Bulls 103-98 Hit an important jumper. .
Georges Niang added 18 points for a short-handed 76, which has won four in a row.
Apart from Ben Simmons (personal reasons), who missed all eight games, Philadelphia did not have the starts of Tobias Harris (Health and Safety Protocol) and Danny Green (hamstrings).
DeMar DeRozan equaled the season high for Chicago with 37 points and 10 rebounds. Zach LaVine scored 27 runs for the Bulls, which nearly came back from a double-digit deficit in the second half for the second consecutive game.
Chicago, who went 15 in the second half, erased their 12-point deficit to start the fourth quarter, when DeRozan tied with 6:40 to play it on a 16-foot 87, Because Philadelphia lost nine of 10 shots to start. last period.
But the Bulls cooled off from that point, going 0 for 5 with a pair of turnovers until Alex Caruso’s dunk with 2:54 left Philadelphia’s lead to 98-91.
Embiid helped the Sixers build up that advantage, scoring on a putback that made it 94-89 with five minutes to go. Although he missed a three-point game-changing opportunity, Embiid next made a pair of stripes down the court and the 76ers finished with a comfortable 98-89 on Tyrese Maxi’s lap with 4:11 left.
The Bulls, who came back with a second-half margin of 19 points in Monday’s 128-114 win in Boston, didn’t go far, though. There was a minute left in Lonzo Ball’s 3, and DeRozan’s baseline jumper pulled the Bulls to 100-98 with 29.9 seconds. After a timeout, Curry hit a hard elbow jumper, with 10.7 seconds left and put the 76ers 102-98 ahead.
It looked like the Bulls would have a chance to come close when Embiid appeared to foul DeRojan, but officials reversed the foul call after a replay.
Embiid returned to the lineup after taking a win over the Trail Blazers for the rest. It was the first missed game of the season for the four-time All-Star, who had played just 51 games last season due to injuries and was resting on his way to a runner-up finish in the MVP race.
Chicago went 18 in the first half when Embiid hit a 16-foot pull-up jumper with 1:48 before the break. DeRozan had a highlight of the first half with a one-handed dunk with 2:49 remaining.
Bulls: Coby White (left shoulder) has lost all eight games following off-season shoulder surgery. Patrick Williams (left wrist) sat out for a third straight game in a 4–6-month absence following an injury on October 26 against the Knicks.
76ers: Harris tested positive for COVID-19 and coach Doc Rivers told reporters before the game that Harris is dealing with symptoms. … Rivers also said that Greene is likely to miss at least a few more games. Green was injured in the third quarter of Monday’s 113-103 win over Portland, a game Harris also missed.
Bulls: Eight consecutive losses to Philadelphia. The Bulls last beat a 76-run stand on March 6, 2019. …It was DeRozan’s third consecutive 30-point game.
76ers: Ended 4-0 homestand. … Philadelphia wore a throwback jersey from the 1970s, and was stamped on the court with the Spectrum logo from their former home before their current home at Wells Fargo Center.
Bulls: Host the 76ers on Saturday night.
76ers: Thursday night at the Detroit Pistons.
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