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Rose, Bulls Charge Past 76ers

Rose was nearly unstoppable, leading the Bulls to a tough road victory.

Bulls guard Derrick Rose did what MVP candidates do when their team is faced with a challenge: He scored 20 of his game-high 35 points in the second half to lead the Chicago Bulls (31-8) to a 96-91 comeback win against the Sixers (22-16) on Sunday night in Philadelphia.

The Sixers, trailing by three points, had a chance to win or at least tie the game in the final eight seconds after Chicago’s Taj Gibson missed a pair of free throws, but Andre Iguodala missed a three in the Sixers final possession.

Thaddeus Young paced the Sixers with 17 points, while Iguodala and Elton Brand added 14 of their own. Jrue Holiday also had 16 points. Brand led the team with 13 rebounds, and Lou dished out a team-high 7 assists.

For the Bulls, Joakim Noah had 18 rebounds and 11 points and Carlos Boozer had 13 points of his own.

Down by as many as eight points in the second quarter, the Bulls went on a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter to give them a 81-68 lead with about 8 minutes to play. However, the Sixers needed less than three minutes to get back into it, using a 10-1 run to pull within four, 82-78, on Holiday’s slam dunk.

After two Chicago buckets pushed the Bulls’ lead back up to 87-78, the Sixers scored seven straight to make it 87-85 and forced the Bulls to call a timeout.

Following an Iguodala air ball and a missed shot by Young, Rose took things into his own hands at the other end, hitting a running jumper that gave the Bulls a 93-89 advantage and forced the Sixers to call a timeout of their own with 20 seconds left to play. When play resumed, Brand was called for a moving screen, denying the Sixers a chance for a shot and giving the Bulls the win with 19 seconds to play.

Despite having a strong game, Andre Iguodala wasn't able to lead the Sixers to a victory against Chicago.

The last time these two contenders met, the Sixers demolished the Bulls, 98-82, in Philly but Chicago was playing with ex-Sixer Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer in their starting lineup instead of veterans Richard Hamilton and Luol Deng. In both contests, the Sixers were without Spencer Hawes, who is expected to resume basketball activities Monday before returning later this month.

What keyed that Sixers victory on February 1st was how they forced Chicago to commit 29 turnovers which resulted in 29 Sixers’ points. If a team wants to have any success against the Bulls now, their goal has to be to slow down Derrick Rose. Rose scored 13 in the first quarter on 5-8 shooting to give the Bulls a 26-24 lead entering the second quarter. However, the Sixers limited Rose to one more jumper in the half, which came on a buzzer-beater to end the half. Unfortunately, Rose poured in 20 in the second half, leading the Bulls to a close win.

Next up for the Sixers: a battle with the Milwaukee Bucks on the road.

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Author:Curran Aiyer

I like sports and gaming - obviously sports games like 2K and Madden. I'm not a big NASCAR or Poker fan because they require very little athletic skill but I am a HUGE NFL, NBA, and MLB fan. Check out Khandyman.com for my writings.

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