The Chicago Bulls were hanging tough in this game through the first half, and even had a solid lead going into half-time, but a simply dominating performance by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 3rd quarter led to a lead that the Bulls simply didn’t have the firepower to overcome.
Joakim Noah has by the far the best game on the Bulls side of the ball; he recorded 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists on 10 of 11 from the field. No one else on the team scored more than 15 points, though, and the lack of production on offense ultimately led tot the loss.
The 76ers are one of the best teams in the league at limiting their turnovers and playing great team defense, and they showed both of those traits tonight. An alley-oop to Lou Williams in the 3rd quarter capped off a run where the Bulls had missed 11 straight shots, and simply couldn’t generate any consistent offense. Jrue Holiday had an excellent game scoring 26 points and adding in 6 assist and no turnovers. Holiday definitely benefited from the lack of defensive pressure at the point guard position that Derrick Rose would provide.
Rose came out before the game with a slight limp, and handed the ball to the referee before the game and was cheered loudly by the crowd. He was looking in decent spirits before the game, and here’s hoping that he was a full and speedy recovery.
It is back to the drawing board, though, for Tom Thibodeau, who will need to figure out where the scoring is going to come from, and how to get the 76ers to turn over the ball. Game 3 will be crucial for the Bulls, because they no longer have the home-court advantage that they worked all year for.