Philadelphia at Chicago

Bulls 94, 76ers 88

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- The way the shots were banging off the rim and backboard early on, this was looking like another rough night for the Chicago Bulls. Instead, they hung in and came away with the win.

Luol Deng and the slumping Kirk Hinrich each scored 19 points, and the balanced Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 94-88 on Saturday night.

Deng scored six during a 14-4 run to start the fourth quarter that turned a four-point lead into a 77-63 advantage, and the Bulls hung on after dropping two straight.

"We needed it," Deng said. "This is a big win before our West Coast trip."

The Bulls' next six games are on the road and they don't play another home game this month. As sendoffs go, this wasn't bad.

Derrick Rose, John Salmons, Brad Miller and Joakim Noah each added 14 points, and Chicago held on after Philadelphia pulled within five late in the game. Noah also grabbed 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double, while Deng chipped in with nine.

Andre Iguodala led Philadelphia with 24 points and Lou Williams scored 20, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Sixers' fifth loss in seven games.

"I thought we were aggressive," Iguodala said. "We got to the foul line, we missed some foul shots, I missed a few. Guys were aggressive. I think we found Sam in some spots and he normally makes those shots. If we make those shots that we consistently hit, we get the win. I think we got some things accomplished, we just didn't knock down some shots."

With a 63-59 lead going into the fourth quarter, the Bulls quickly took control.

Rose's driving layup started the decisive run. Hinrich, coming off three straight 3-for-10 performances, followed with a floater and then buried a runner after a basket by Philadelphia's Marreese Speights. Miller added a layup, then Deng got going.

He hit two free throws and, after a dunk by Samuel Dalembert, added back-to-back jumpers to make it 77-63 with 7:39 left in the game.

The Sixers got within 90-85 when Rodney Carney buried a 3-pointer with 57 seconds left, but the Bulls made just enough shots to come away with the win despite committing 21 turnovers. They didn't exactly light it up from the floor at 45 percent, but considering they ranked 28th entering the game and got off to a poor start, they'll take this.

"We had way too many turnovers, and when you turn the ball over against Philly, they are going to make you pay in the open court," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "They had a lot of fastbreak points [19 to the Bulls' eight] and we helped them in that department by not protecting the ball."

The Sixers didn't do a great job, either. They committed 18 turnovers and shot 42 percent while coming up short in the end.

"We had a lot of energy tonight, we had great effort -- night and day from [Friday] night," coach Eddie Jordan said, referring to a 112-90 loss to Utah. If we'd of had some shots go down, I think it's a different ball game."

The Bulls, meanwhile, hit just enough after a brutal finish Wednesday in which they got outscored 14-1 over the final 6½ minutes of a 99-89 loss at Toronto and an ugly start to this game. They missed nine of their first 12 shots and watched as Philadelphia hit its first seven while building a 20-6 lead.

Chicago then woke up, answering with a 16-0 run that saw a driving Noah deliver a right-handed slam on Iguodala and Deng fake him on a transition dunk. Iguodala, however, buried a 33-footer at the buzzer to give the Sixers a 23-22 lead after Hinrich capped the spurt with a fadeaway jumper, and they were ahead 41-40 at the half.

Notes

  • The Bulls open a six-game road trip Tuesday at Sacramento. They also visit the Lakers, Denver, Portland, Utah and Milwaukee before hosting Detroit on Dec. 2.
  • Speights sprained his left knee and will be evaluated on Sunday.
  • Tied for 24th in rebounding entering the game, the Sixers weren't having much success on the offensive or defensive glass. "We're taking a back seat in the rebounding department at both ends and we've got to get better at it," coach Eddie Jordan said. "I don't know how. Let's see as the game goes along if we can be relentless enough, if not physical enough to rebound the ball."
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Scoreboard
Philadelphia (4-6) 2318182988
Chicago (5-4) «2218233194
PHI:A. Iguodala 24 Pts
PHI:S. Dalembert 12 Reb
PHI:A. Iguodala 6 Ast
CHI:K. Hinrich 19 Pts
CHI:J. Noah 12 Reb
CHI:K. Hinrich 7 Ast
Players of the Game
ChicagoPhiladelphia

L. Deng

A. Iguodala
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
19922456
Philadelphia
A. Iguodala, SF459-163-756224
T. Young, SF445-155-653116
L. Williams, SG357-154-645620
S. Dalembert, C344-90-012258
E. Brand, PF315-111-262311
M. Speights, PF163-50-02006
W. Green, SG100-40-02010
J. Kapono, SF100-30-02030
R. Carney, SF101-20-01133
J. Holiday, PG60-10-01000
R. Ivey, PGDid Not Play
J. Smith, PFDid Not Play
P. Brezec, CDid Not Play
Totals 34-8113-2140192488
 42.0%61.9% 
Chicago
L. Deng, SF447-165-692219
J. Salmons, SF415-123-632414
J. Noah, PF385-114-4121214
D. Rose, PG377-120-033014
T. Gibson, PF170-50-06020
K. Hinrich, PG306-105-847519
B. Miller, C295-94-473114
J. Johnson, PF40-30-01020
J. Pargo, PGDid Not Play
T. Thomas, PFDid Not Play
L. Hunter, SGDid Not Play
A. Gray, CDid Not Play
J. James, PFDid Not Play
Totals 35-7821-2845181894
 44.9%75.0% 
Other Games
NO 98 Final
Atl 121
Bos 104 Final
Ind 113
Det 106 Final
Wash 103
Port 80 Final
Char 74
Utah 103 Final
Cle 107
NJ 80 Final
Mia 81
Min 87 Final
Mem 97
GS 125 Final
Mil 129
OKC 101 Final
SA 98