The Chicago Bulls hosted the Philadelphia 76ers and were able to propel themselves to their sixth straight win, 117-115. Kris Dunn, Justin Holiday and Nikola Mirotic combined for 64 of the Bulls 117 points and were ultimately the difference makers in the game for Chicago. Mirotic was especially impressive, scoring 22 points off the bench in only his sixth game of the year, due to having to recover from an injury resulting from an altercation with fellow teammate Bobby Portis earlier this season. He scored a dagger of a three-pointer with less than a minute left after the Bulls put together a run in the last five minutes of the game.
Unsurprisingly, the Sixers were without Joel Embiid, after that insane triple-overtime loss to OKC in Philadelphia. A game in which Joel played a career-high in minutes with 49, and was noticeably experiencing back troubles throughout the entire game. With him out of the lineup, Richaun Holmes picked up 23 minutes and amassed 14 points with four fouls. He led the bench with T.j. McConnell scoring 11 right behind him, and Jerryd Bayless scoring 10 with three 3-pointers.
As for the starters, Dario Saric led the way with 27 points, and Ben Simmons managed to score his average of 19 in the fifth triple-double of his career. Robert Covington and J.J. Reddick struggled as they have over the past few games. Robert scored 10 on three of five shooting and was a minus 10 on the floor, and Reddick went four of 11 and was a -18. Both of them were responsible for a combined eight of the Sixers 20 total turnovers.
Head Coach Brett Brown made a point recently about the Sixers turnover problems, pointing out that the best teams at taking care of the ball last year didn’t make it to the playoffs. And you will see that though the Sixers are leading the league in turnovers per game, the reigning champs are right with them with at 16 per game. Sometimes it seems to just be a side effect of playing fast in a style where you share the ball often. However, the Sixers turnovers seem to have been affecting the outcome of games, especially down the stretch and in third quarters where teams can capitalize off of them.
The Sixers will hope to bounce back Tuesday at home against the Kings.