PHI
CHI

No Text

Bulls beat 76ers 117-115 for 6th straight win

CHICAGO (AP) Nikola Mirotic pounded his chest in celebration after a big play in the fourth quarter. Kris Dunn wagged his finger from side to side after one last stop closed it out.

The Chicago Bulls are having fun again and - surprise, surprise - winning, too.

Mirotic and Dunn each scored 22 points, and Chicago topped the Philadelphia 76ers 117-115 on Monday night for its sixth consecutive victory.

''These guys have made leaps and bounds from where we were as far as making plays down the stretch and going out and playing with confidence when it matters most,'' coach Fred Hoiberg said.

Mirotic and Dunn each hit huge shots as Chicago rallied past Philadelphia with a big finish in the fourth quarter. Mirotic also grabbed 13 rebounds, helping the Bulls remain unbeaten since he returned Dec. 8 after missing the start of the season with facial fractures due to a fight with teammate Bobby Portis during practice.

Seven players scored in double figures for Chicago (9-20), which dropped 10 in a row before its win streak. Justin Holiday scored all 20 of his points in the first half, and Portis finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

''We're just trying to compete each and every game,'' Dunn said. ''We know that eventually a loss will come, but right now we're just trying to ride on the streak.''

Ben Simmons had 19 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Sixers, who lost for the sixth time in seven games. Dario Saric scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half.

''We've had too many times where we've gotten leads late in the game and we've given them up, so we've just got to learn how to finish,'' said Robert Covington, who had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Philadelphia played without Joel Embiid, who rested on the first night of back-to-back games for the Sixers. The 7-foot center, who scored 34 points in Friday night's triple-overtime loss to Oklahoma City, did not make the trip to Chicago.

Simmons and Saric helped Philadelphia get in position to stop Chicago's win streak in the fourth quarter, up 107-99 with 3:49 left. That's when the Bulls responded with one of the best stretches of their suddenly interesting season.

Lauri Markkanen made a 3-pointer, Mirotic blocked Saric's shot on the other end and Dunn made a tying 3-pointer with 2:46 left - part of a 15-2 spurt for Chicago. Dunn's jumper made it 114-109 with 1:05 remaining.

''We went through a scoring drought,'' Dunn said. ''We just needed to see the ball go in. Lauri, he's a good shooter. We just needed to see one go in, and it ignited that fire.''

Simmons had a chance to tie it in the final seconds, but missed wildly and Mirotic grabbed the rebound.

''I knew I was going to take the shot,'' Simmons said. ''Tried to get to the rim, draw a foul, but trying to get a foul in the final quarter of a game like that, you know it's going to be hard. It was a chance to win but it didn't happen.''

Richaun Holmes had 14 points and seven rebounds for Philadelphia, which went 14 for 33 from 3-point range. J.J. Redick finished with 12 points.

OFF THE BENCH

David Nwaba put together another solid game for Chicago, scoring 10 points on 3-for-4 shooting. Nwaba, Mirotic and Portis helped the Bulls' reserves outscore their counterparts 49-43.

TIP-INS

76ers: T.J. McConnell had 11 points, six rebounds and five assists. ... Philadelphia outrebounded Chicago 47-39.

Bulls: Markkanen returned to the starting lineup after missing three straight games due to back spasms. The rookie missed his first five shots and finished with 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting. ... Mirotic spun Saric around late in the first quarter and then drained a 3-pointer right over him. Mirotic grinned as he ran up the court and the Bulls' bench celebrated.

UP NEXT

Sixers: Host Sacramento on Tuesday night. The Kings have dropped three of four.

Bulls: Host Orlando on Wednesday night. The Bulls beat the Magic 105-83 in Orlando in their first matchup of the season on Nov. 3.

---

Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap

---

For more NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

Copyright 2017 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

Key Players
B. Simmons
25 PG
N. Mirotic
44 PF
26.2 Min. Per Game 26.2
20.0 Pts. Per Game 20.0
0.4 Ast. Per Game 0.4
6.2 Reb. Per Game 6.2
50.6 Field Goal % 51.9
50.5 Three Point % 53.5
54.6 Free Throw % 69.0
  Team rebound 0:00
  Ben Simmons missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons 0:00
  Nikola Mirotic missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:00
  Nikola Mirotic missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:00
  Team rebound 0:00
  Personal foul on Dario Saric 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic 0:00
  Ben Simmons missed jump shot 0:02
  Defensive rebound by Robert Covington 0:12
  Nikola Mirotic missed jump shot 0:15
Team Stats
Points 115 117
Field Goals 44-91 (48.4%) 44-92 (47.8%)
3-Pointers 14-33 (42.4%) 13-28 (46.4%)
Free Throws 13-18 (72.2%) 16-19 (84.2%)
Total Rebounds 54 49
Offensive 9 5
Defensive 38 34
Team 7 10
Assists 30 27
Steals 9 9
Blocks 8 7
Turnovers 20 15
Fouls 23 16
Technicals 0 1
19 PTS, 11 REB, 9 AST
22 PTS, 13 REB, 2 AST
1234T
away team logo 76ers 14-15 25342828115
home team logo Bulls 9-20 30372228117
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 14-15 108.8 PPG 49.5 RPG 25.8 APG
home team logo Bulls 9-20 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Saric PF 14.6 PPG 6.7 RPG 2.6 APG 45.3 FG%
N. Mirotic PF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Saric PF 27 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
N. Mirotic PF 22 PTS 13 REB 2 AST
48.4 FG% 47.8
42.4 3PT FG% 46.4
72.2 FT% 84.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Saric 31 27 8 1 2 0 2 5 10/19 3/6 4/4 4 4 37 +3
B. Simmons 34 19 11 9 0 4 3 2 9/18 0/1 1/5 4 7 49 +1
J. Redick 35 12 2 5 0 0 5 1 4/11 2/4 2/2 0 2 19 -18
R. Covington 30 10 7 1 4 1 3 3 3/5 2/4 2/2 0 7 21 -10
A. Johnson 14 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 1/3 1/1 1/2 0 2 9 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Saric 31 27 8 1 2 0 2 5 10/19 3/6 4/4 4 4 37 +3
B. Simmons 34 19 11 9 0 4 3 2 9/18 0/1 1/5 4 7 49 +1
J. Redick 35 12 2 5 0 0 5 1 4/11 2/4 2/2 0 2 19 -18
R. Covington 30 10 7 1 4 1 3 3 3/5 2/4 2/2 0 7 21 -10
A. Johnson 14 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 1/3 1/1 1/2 0 2 9 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Holmes 22 14 7 3 1 0 2 4 7/12 0/1 0/0 1 6 26 -3
T. McConnell 31 11 6 5 0 1 2 3 5/9 1/2 0/0 0 6 26 +6
J. Bayless 20 10 3 1 1 1 1 2 3/9 3/9 1/1 0 3 16 +6
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 18 8 1 3 1 1 1 2 2/5 2/5 2/2 0 1 16 +9
J. Pullen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Booker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Embiid - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 115 47 30 9 8 20 23 44/91 14/33 13/18 9 38 219 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Dunn 34 22 4 6 2 0 5 2 9/14 2/2 2/2 0 4 35 +7
J. Holiday 37 20 2 3 1 2 1 0 7/14 5/7 1/1 0 2 30 +12
D. Valentine 21 10 0 3 0 0 0 3 5/6 0/1 0/0 0 0 16 -4
L. Markkanen 25 10 6 4 1 0 1 0 4/11 2/6 0/0 0 6 24 +4
R. Lopez 21 6 1 1 1 2 2 1 3/7 0/0 0/0 0 1 10 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Dunn 34 22 4 6 2 0 5 2 9/14 2/2 2/2 0 4 35 +7
J. Holiday 37 20 2 3 1 2 1 0 7/14 5/7 1/1 0 2 30 +12
D. Valentine 21 10 0 3 0 0 0 3 5/6 0/1 0/0 0 0 16 -4
L. Markkanen 25 10 6 4 1 0 1 0 4/11 2/6 0/0 0 6 24 +4
R. Lopez 21 6 1 1 1 2 2 1 3/7 0/0 0/0 0 1 10 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Mirotic 26 22 13 2 1 1 2 2 7/16 3/6 5/7 1 12 39 +8
B. Portis 22 12 10 2 1 1 2 2 4/10 1/3 3/3 3 7 26 -13
D. Nwaba 26 10 1 2 0 0 0 4 3/4 0/0 4/4 0 1 15 +6
J. Grant 13 5 0 4 2 1 1 0 2/8 0/2 1/2 0 0 15 -5
P. Zipser 10 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 1 1 -10
Q. Pondexter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felicio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 117 39 27 9 7 15 16 44/92 13/28 16/19 5 34 211 +10