Saturday, January 18, 2020
The Philadelphia 76ers are coming fresh off of a 117-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. Tonight, they will look to grab a second straight win as they host the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center. This will be the last game the 76ers play at home before going on a three-game road trip.
The Chicago Bulls are looking to grab a second consecutive victory, as well. They have just recently defeated the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of three times that these two teams will play each other this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls have played each other a grand total of 244 times in the past as the 76ers won 128 games while the Bulls were limited to just 116 victories.
-Wendall Carter (ankle; 11.7 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-Daniel Gafford (finger; 4.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 67.7 FG%)
-Otto Porter (foot; 11.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Max Strus (knee; 2.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Shaquille Harrison (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
-Denzel Valentine (coach’s decision; 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 42.6 FG%, 39.2 3P%)
-Adam Mokoka (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Joel Embiid (finger; 23.4 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 47.2 FG%, 32.2 3P%)
-Jonah Bolden (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Trey Burke (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 47.9 FG%, 44.4 3P%)
-Shake Milton (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 38.1 FG%, 22.7 3P%)
-Norvel Pelle (G-League; 2.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 60.0 FG%)
-Zhaire Smith (G-League)
-Marial Shayok (G-League)
The game would be held close in the first half as the Bulls shot forty-five percent from the field while the 76ers shot forty-two percent. Lauri Markkanen scored 12 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process. He also had one rebound, two steals, and one block while Zach LaVine helped out with 11 points.
Former New York Knicks’ forward Luke Kornet chalked up five points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the charity stripe. Tomas Satoransky only had two points while Kris Dunn was kept scoreless. Thaddeus Young played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points.
As for the home team, Ben Simmons chalked up 12 points on fifty-four percent shooting. He also had seven rebounds and one assist while Al Horford and Tobias Harris combined for 16 points. Matisse Thybulle had four points and two blocks while Josh Richardson was limited to two points. Furkan Korkmaz played nine minutes off the bench as he had six points while the Bulls went into halftime with a 47-46 lead.
The Philadelphia 76ers would take control of things in the second half as they went on a 54 to 42 run, shooting fifty-five percent from the field. During that run, Horford added 11 more points to his scoring total while hitting a three-pointer in the process. Simmons helped out with eight points as he grabbed four boards, dished out six assists, and committed one steal. Korkmaz played 17 minutes off the bench as he had 18 points.
On the other end of the court, LaVine put up 12 more points but it wasn’t enough as the 76ers came away with a 100-89 win. Furkan Korkmaz finished the game with a career-high 24 points, along with 4 rebounds and one block while Zach LaVine had 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
The Chicago Bulls will host Collin Sexton (18.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.4 FG%, 32.6 3P%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-29) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. This will mark the second of four times that they play each other this season. The last time they saw each other was on October 30 when the Bulls fell to the Cavaliers, 117-111. During that game, Tristan Thompson scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out two assists, and blocked 5 shots while Zach LaVine had 16 points, 2 assists, and one steal.
The Philadelphia 76ers will head to New York to battle Julius Randle (19.0 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 45.2 FG%, 29.4 3P%) and the New York Knicks (11-31) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This will be the third of four times that they fight each other this season. November 29 was the last time they played each other as the 76ers handed the Knicks a 101-95 loss. Joel Embiid finished that game with 27 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks while Julius Randle had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.