Notebook: Bulls 96, 76ers 89



Posted Dec 12, 2012 11:19 PM

By Andy Jasner, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Joakim Noah scored 21 points, Luol Deng contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds and a depleted group of Chicago Bulls managed to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 96-89 Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Marco Belinelli scored 16 points and Nate Robinson had 14 for the Bulls, who improved to 12-9.

Jrue Holiday continued his strong play with 26 points for the Sixers. Evan Turner scored 16 points, Thaddeus Young had 13 while Nick Young and Spencer Hawes chipped in with 10 points each. The Sixers dropped to 12-10.

QUOTABLE: "There's still a lot of basketball left to be played, but I thought this was a good win for us."
-- Bulls' Joakim Noah

THE STAT: The Sixers were just 1-for-5 from the free-throw line through the third quarter. They wound up 5-for-11 while the Bulls were 24-for-26.

TURNING POINT: Trailing 80-79, the Bulls ripped off a 7-0 run for an 86-80 lead with 3:32 remaining. It was enough of a cushion to help them pull away at the end.

HOT: Noah was 7-for-10 from the field and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.

NOT: Jason Richardson missed seven of his nine shots and was just 2-for-6 from beyond the arc for the Sixers.

QUOTABLE II: "The thing for us is we want to continue to improve. The big challenge in the NBA is whatever's in front of you, you have to attack it. Sometimes, the schedule is in your favor. Sometimes, it's not."
-- Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau on posting a win one night after losing to the Clippers at home.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Deng had 19 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal for a stellar all-around performance.

INSIDE THE ARENA: There was a buzzing crowd of 15,738 for this rematch of last year's playoffs, won by the Sixers in six games. Actor Marlon Wayans attended the game.

QUOTABLE III: "It's disappointing to say the least. We have to keep growing."
-- Sixers coach Doug Collins

GOOD MOVE: Even though Deng and Noah have plenty heavy minutes all season, Thibodeau recognized that this duo had plenty of energy on a back-to-back. Deng played 37:27 and Noah played 44:21. But they were effective right up to the end and propelled the Bulls to a big win on the road.

BAD MOVE: Dorell Wright played only 2:21 for the Sixers. Before the game, Collins talked about fitting Wright more into the offense, especially with his penchant for long-range shooting. It's not easy to find much rhythm when the playing time is that scarce.

ROOKIE WATCH: Bulls guard Marquis Teague had six points, four assists and two rebounds. For the Sixers, forward Arnett Moultrie had two points and one rebound while guard Maalik Wayns was scoreless in a brief 57-second stint.

NOTABLE: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich was out with a left knee injury. He remains day-to-day. Robinson started in his place... Chicago forward Carlos Boozer picked up a technical foul late in the second quarter for arguing a non-call. ... Sixers guard Royal Ivey (strep throat) and swingman Damien Wilkins (right calf strain) each missed the game. ... Deng picked up his third double-double of the season. ... Noah reached the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season. He had never reached 20 points more than three times in any previous single season. ... The Sixers trailed by three points after the third and fell to 1-10 when tied or trailing after three quarters. ... Holiday has scored at least 25 points in consecutive games for the first time in his career. ... The Sixers are 3-8 when scoring less than 90 points after going 2-18 last season.

NEXT: For the Bulls, Saturday vs. Brooklyn, Monday @ Memphis, Tuesday vs. Boston. For the Sixers, Friday @ Indiana, Sunday vs. L.A. Lakers, Tuesday @ Dallas.