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Noah, Bulls Take Down Sixers: Recap and Analysis

The struggling Philadelphia 76ers (22-34) faced off against the defensively-minded Chicago Bulls (33-35) at the United Center Thursday night. The Sixers have been free-falling out of playoff contention, losing 6 games in a row prior to this game. The Bulls have also been struggling as of late falling from the 3 seed to the 6 seed in the Eastern Conference standings going 4-8 in February. Both teams’ stars, Andrew Bynum and Derrick Rose, have been injured all year, and both teams’ losing records reflect their absence. The Bulls proved to be a much superior defensive team and their frontcourt dominated the Sixers frontcourt with the Bulls winning 93-82.

Allen couldn’t stop Boozer (via BinaryApi).

The first half was a tough, scrappy, defensive battle ending with the Bulls leading 45-39. The Bulls had the edge in the first half due to their offensive rebounding. The Sixers players failed to box out leading to the Bulls pulling down 9 offensive boards and adding 13 second chance points. Noah also had a monster defensive half, blocking 5 Sixers shots. For the Sixers it was the Jrue Holliday and Evan Turner show who combined for 23 points.

The Sixers started out in the 3rd quarter sluggish like usual and found themselves in a 16-point hole. The Sixers fought back late in the quarter to cut the lead down to only 6 points. In the 4th, however, Joakim Noah and the Bulls pulled down key offensive boards and forced the Sixers to shoot long two-point shots. 39 percent field goal shooting and horrific 57 percent free throw shooting also were major factors contributing to the Sixers loss.

Lavoy Allen looked very sluggish throughout the game, playing horrible defense on Carlos Boozer and committing 4 fouls while scoring only 2 points in 14 minutes of play. Allen allowed Boozer to rack up 21 points and 12 rebounds on the night.

I am starting to wonder when will Doug Collins give rookie Arnett Moultrie more minutes. Moultrie played well when Thad Young was injured and in 7 minutes in tonight’s game Moultrie had 4 points. Since the playoffs are out of reach for the ailing Sixers, this time should be spent developing the young players on the team.

Play of the Game

The play of the game came in the 4th quarter with 6 minutes to go. Jeremy Pargo drove into the lane and was rejected by Noah. Noah then outletted the ball to former dunk contest champion Nate Robinson who ran down the floor and drained a 3-pointer. This play gave the Bulls a 9-point lead. After that play the Sixers could not create a comeback to reduce the deficit.

Player of the Game: Joakim Noah (CHI)

The player of the game was Joakim Noah who single-handedly took down the Sixers. He was a beast on both ends of the floor, recording his 3rd triple double of his career. His effort and defensive presence was superb. Jokim Noah finished with 23 points, 21 rebounds, and 13 block shots and powered his Chicago Bulls to a much-needed win.

Spencer Hawes (20 points, 15 rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (22 points) led the Sixers in the loss.

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