March 22, 2014 | United Center, Chicago, IL
Posted: March 22, 2014
With both the Sixers and Bulls coming off tough losses Friday night, neither team was able to get things going early on the offensive end Saturday.
Philadelphia and Chicago combined to shoot 26-of-81 (32.1 FG%) from the floor in the first half, but the Bulls broke out of their slump after halftime, shooting 19-of-33 (57.6 FG%) the rest of the way. The Sixers on the other hand, shot just 16-of-43 (37.2 FG%) in the second half, helping seal a 91-81 loss.
“It’s hard because I thought our defense was quite good,” said Sixers head coach Brett Brown after the game. “We were 1-for-20 from three-point range… It’s always going to be hard if you can’t make perimeter shots.”
Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 28 points to go along with seven rebounds. Henry Sims notched his third double-double of the season – and his second in two games, finishing with 18 points, 15 rebounds (9 offensive), two assists, and two blocks, and Michael Carter-Williams finished with seven points, 11 rebounds, and six assists.
“We just have to worry about playing better as a team, even with the losses,” said Sims. “We’re growing, learning to play better with each other… That’s our main focus. With the games remaining, we want to keep growing.”
Since being traded from Cleveland to Philadelphia just over a month ago, Sims has taken advantage of his opportunity with a young Sixers team. He has started each of the team’s last 12 games, averaging 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds. After the game, Brett Brown said that he’s been impressed with what the 6’10” center has shown.
“This year is all about trying to uncover people that have a chance to be keepers,” said Brown. “[Sims] really did a heck of a job tonight putting his hand up to possibly be one of those guys.”
The Sixers return to action Monday at 8:30pm (EST) against the Spurs in San Antonio.