76ers Win Again, Beat Bulls
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rookie Michael Carter-Williams had 26 points and 10
assists and Spencer Hawes added 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Philadelphia
76ers continued their stunning start to the season, beating the Chicago Bulls
107-104 on Saturday night.
Pegged to be one of the league's worst teams, the Sixers (3-0) have opened
the season with wins over Chicago, Washington and two-time defending champion
Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Luol Deng had
Still dealing with neck soreness, Derrick Rose finished with 13 points and
six assists for Chicago.
After trailing by as many as 18 points in the second half, the Sixers took a
100-99 lead with 3:29 left when Carter-Williams picked up a loose ball and
calmly laid it in. It was the Sixers' first lead since 11-10.
Rose hit a 3-pointer with 2:12 left to put the Bulls in front 104-102, but
the 2011 MVP committed turnovers on Chicago's next two possessions, allowing the
Sixers to tie the game on a layup by Evan Turner and then take a 105-104 lead
when Turner made one of two free throws.
With 5.9 seconds left, Hawes made a jumper to put the Sixers ahead 107-104.
Deng missed a potentially game-tying 3-pointer at the other end to send the home
crowd into a frenzy.
The Bulls mostly controlled the game in the first half, closing the first
quarter on a 24-11 run before increasing their lead to 20 points late in the
But a 3-pointer from Hawes followed by a driving layup through traffic from
Carter-Williams cut the Bulls lead to 79-74 with just under 5 minutes remaining
in the third quarter, getting the crowd back into the game after a lifeless
The Sixers had a chance to take the lead after three quarters but a pull-up
jumper by Darius Morris rolled around the rim and out at the buzzer.
The Bulls shot 57.4 percent from the field in the first half but finished the
game shooting 45.2 percent.
The Sixers shot 48.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point
Turner finished with 20 points, Thaddeus Young scored 13 and reserve Tony
Wroten contributed 11.
NOTES: Before Saturday's loss, the Bulls had won five straight over the
Sixers, dating to the 2011-12 season. . Saturday's game marked the first of four
straight at home for the Sixers. . Sixers coach Brett Brown used all 11
available players on his roster for the first time this season. Rookie Brandon
Davies made his NBA debut and banked in his first shot.
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