The 38-40 Chicago Bulls are still without their shooting guard, Dwyane Wade, as they struggle to stay above the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoff race. Tonight, they would go to Pennsylvania to take on the 28-50 Philadelphia 76ers. These two teams have already met up three times this season with Chicago taking two of those three games. The first game, which was played on November 25 in Philadelphia, the Bulls would win 105-89. In that game, both Jimmy Butler and Wade would go for twenty-six points, while Ersan Ilyasova went for fourteen points. In the second game, which was played on January 29 in the Windy City of Chicago, the home team would win as well, 121 to 108. Butler would end that game with twenty-eight points and Ilyasova would end up with thirty-one points. The last game they played was in Illinois on March 24, as the visitors would pull away this time with a 117-107 win. In that game, Dario Saric would go off for thirty-two points while Butler would go for thirty-six points. This game tonight would mark the fourth and final meeting between these two groups.
In the first quarter, Jimmy Butler would start off well as he knocks down three buckets, earning himself eight points and grabbing five rebounds while 76ers’ Justin Anderson would collect seven points but it was the visiting team that ended the period with a 27 to 17 lead. The home team would get hot in the second quarter as Anderson collects seven more points, including one 3-pointer. On the other end, Joffery Lauvergne would come off the bench to score seven points, along with Bobby Portis, who scored six points. But it was the Chicago Bulls who would go into halftime with a 53-47 lead. The third quarter would not get any better for Philadephia as former Knicks player, Jerian Grant, would put up eight points with the help of Jimmy Butler scoring six points. The Bulls would enter the last period with a huge 80 to 67 lead. The 76ers would try to come back though as Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scores eleven points, shooting 75 percent from the field, but it was the Bulls who would pull away with a 102 to 90 win. Nikola Mirotic would finish the game with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and two assists, while Jimmy Butler would earn his second triple-double of the season (19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists). The Chicago Bulls would improve to 39-40, staying in 7th place, right above the Indiana Pacers.