In what was a thrilling game from beginning to end, the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Chicago Bulls 107-104. As soon as the first quarter started, you could tell that the Bulls came out with more energy and drive. They were much sharper on offense in the first two quarters and rebounded the ball fairly well for most of the night. The 76ers however, came in their building undefeated, trotting from behind to take the victory in the final minutes. The first year rookie Michael Carter-Williams was the star of the game, putting up 26 points and 10 assists, in an impressive comeback win.
The Bulls’ lead the game by 20 points in the first half, but couldn’t hold on to the lead, as turnovers were the story for Chicago for the second half. Derrick Rose finished with 13 pts, six assists and eight turnovers. Five of his turnovers were committed in the fourth quarter and Philadelphia made sure that they took full advantage. There was obvious signs of struggle from Rose most of the night. He shot the ball poorly, and didn’t take care of the ball, causing there to be a domino effect with the rest of his Bulls’ team as they started getting out of control with the ball and playing sloppy down the stretch.
This game the Bulls played with much more energy overall, and despite the loss, seem to be moving in the right direction. The overall feeling of the game they played with a more defensive presence and ended up pounding the 76ers on the boards out-rebounding them, 51-39. Carlos Boozer once again played a solid game for the Bulls, recording 22 points and 10 rebounds. Loul Deng pitched in with 20 points. and 7 rebounds, but there solid performances couldn’t win in for the Bulls as their team’s costly turnovers hurt them down the stretch.
This is going to be a long season for every NBA team. Some are starting strong and some have their struggles. In the end it’s the teams who can steadily run their races and still have enough in the tank to cross that finish line… and be called an NBA champion.