Game 26 Recap: Bulls 121, Sixers 76

I know you’re going to find this hard to believe…

…but the Philadelphia 76ers have been on fire lately.

The Sixers opened the season at Los Angeles Clippers-like 3-13 and then ripped off eight wins in their last 11 games heading into tonight’s matchup with the Bulls. They had held 12 of their last 13 opponents below 100 points. And in their nine games this month, their foes had been averaging only 89.2 PPG.

For perspective, the Miami Heat lead the league in Opponents PPG at 91.5.

Enter the Bulls, minus Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, and fresh off a home court loss to the Clippers.

So, naturally, Chicago annihilated Philly. And that annihilation couldn’t have been more complete unless the earth opened up, swallowed the Sixers and spit up a pile of pulpy meat and broken bones.

It’s hard to put this beating into words, so allow me to put it into numbers: The Bulls shot a season-best 64.5 percent while holding the Sixers to a season-low 35.0 percent. Chicago outscored Philly 28-9 on the fast break and 52-26 in the paint. The Bulls blocked nine shots and forced 18 turnovers. They outscored the Sixers 31-11 in the third quarter and led by as many as 51 points before settling for a 45-point win.

Said former Bull Elton Brand: “It was a good, old-fashioned butt kicking. They did whatever they wanted. They scored on eight of their first 11 plays and we couldn’t come back. They scored at will.”

Did they ever.

Derrick Rose — of course — led the charge with a game-best 12 assists and a co-game-high 22 points. By comparison, Philly had 13 assists as a team. Rose went 7-for-13 from the field, 2-for-4 from downtown and a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. And I’d be willing to bet he was thinking about that miss at the end of the Clippers game every time he sunk a foul shot.

Carlos Boozer went 7-for-12 and finished with a double-double of 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Then there was Luol Deng, who simply continues to thrive as the team’s third offensive option, matching Rose’s 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting.

And how ’bout Kurt Thomas? He must have gargled with some water from the Fountain of Youth, because Thomas turned back the clock big time, finishing with a Noah-esque 12 points (6-for-10), 8 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. During Kurt’s 28 minutes of playing time, the Bulls outscored the Sixers by 41 points.

Finally, there were significant contributions from bench players like C.J. Watson (14 points, 5-for-6), Kyle Korver (10 points, 4-for-4), Ronnie Brewer (9 points, 4-for-5) and Omer Asik (8 points, 3-for-3, 6 rebounds).

Said Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau: “There was not much not to like. We came out from the start with great energy. The shots went down for us early. Defensively we did a good job with body position and getting back challenging shots.”

Added Boozington: “We did a great job getting ready to play. We were disappointed at how we started the last game (and) it’s been a point of emphasis in the last couple days of practice. We did a great job of being ready offensively and being ready defensively.”

The blowout was especially sweet because the starters didn’t have to log many minutes. Deng was in the game 34 minutes, Boozer 30 and Rose only 29. That should help keep them fresh for tomorrow night’s game in Washington against a Wizards team that is without John Wall (out indefinitely with a bone bruise below his right knee) and has lost 11 of its last 13 games.

There are various things good teams do. One of those things is respond well to bad losses. That’s exactly what the Bulls did. They pushed the tempo. They played intense defense. They established their dominance and made an improving team look pathetic.

Not too shabby.

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10 Responses to Game 26 Recap: Bulls 121, Sixers 76

    Bob L December 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    Total domination. Nice to see the bench have a good game.

    Funny that our starting shooting guard finished with zero points in a blowout of such massive proportions…okay, actually that is not funny at all.

    Enigmatik December 22, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Great, great, great, great win. You can’t ask for more in a game like that. Solid contributions from top to bottom. This is a shining example of what the Bulls can do when they come out with energy and focus. I guess they drank those Red Bulls after all…

    The game tonight is the next test. The Wizards have played well in their last two games (1 point loss to everyone’s favorite team in South Beach and 33 point win over the Bobcats). Let’s all hope that we see a repeat tonight’s performance by the Bulls.

    Paul December 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    Is anything more satisfying than a “Scal-a-bri-ne” chant very early in the fourth quarter? A bucket from the human victory cigar even got a louder cheer than getting the free Big Mac (probably because hitting 100 with 10 minutes to go caught everyone off guard).

    Serious beat down… Good to see Kurt Thomas provide some quality minutes. He and D-Rose looked great on the pick and pop play.

    C-Lo-The-Great December 22, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    I think the reason bogans starts is because Thibs likes Brewer’s energy of the bench. As long as Brewer isn’t complaining about starting I think we should keep him there because with our starting unit Bogans doesn’t need to score. The only thing he has to do is play good D and hit those freaking wide open looks he gets. He should just shoot threes in practice and nothing else.

    J December 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    ^Agree wtih above poster, should really start practicing those 3’s..

  6. Anonymous December 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    @ C-Lo I agree but bogans by now should b able to hit wide open looks and that is gonna be a real problem for the bulls if he does not hit them consistantly I only hope that he is able to pull it together i am not a big fan of his cause he misses so many wide open looks but as long as we are winning i will settle , just hope that his shot improves, also great game young bulls way to stick it to them this is they way you should win most of your games D Rose you are the the D Hester of basketball AKA UNSTOPABULL wtg……GO BULLS…. Peace

    Chuck December 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    As long as this team is healthy heading into the playoffs I will be happy. I think they can make a deep run in the playoffs. This is a team nobody wants to see in Round 2 if it is remotely healthy.

    BFD December 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm #

    If only Bogans would actually hit those wide open 3’s during a game…

  9. steverba December 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    We should try to make a move for Reddick now that the Magic have a plethora of better guards and an enormous luxury tax bill. Maybe even Roger Mason Jr would be worth looking at once he’s waived by the Knicks…


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