Game 22: Chicago Bulls (14-8) result Philadelphia 76ers (1-25), 115-96
December 14, 2015
United Center – Chicago
Nothing was new with the Bulls to start Monday night’s game against the 76ers, as both teams got off to slow starts. Eventually, both teams got going, but neither team really took control of the game until the second quarter.
The Bulls opened the second quarter with back-to-back threes from Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic, giving them the nine-point lead and forcing the Sixers to call a timeout. Coming right out of that timeout, however, the Sixers went on an 11-0 run, and, suddenly, it was a close game all over again.
The Sixers took the 56-51 lead going into halftime, but the Bulls, led by Tony Snell, got going in the third quarter and would go on to take control of the game.
Snell scored 13 of the Bulls’ total 34 third-quarter points to fend off the Sixers — who, as a team, only scored 12 points in the entire quarter. And, once the Bulls’ bench entered the game, they were able to really take control of the game, ending the quarter with a 85-68 lead that only grew from there.
Player of the Game
Snell scored 16 total points in Monday’s night’s game against Philadelphia. 13 of those 16 points came in the third quarter and led the Bulls in their comeback.
Snell played an aggressive game and ended the night with a stat line of 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting, 11 rebounds, one assist and two steal in 37 minutes. His 16 points are also a season-high.
Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-14 from the field. This was his first game of 20-plus points since he scored his season-high 36 points against the Boston Celtics on Dec. 9.
The Bulls got to the free throw line twice as many times as the Sixers did, giving the Bulls more opportunities to score.
The Bulls had better ball movement with their second unit than they did with their starters, but, as a whole, the team outperformed the Sixers in terms of assists. Philadelphia stopped sharing the ball as much when Chicago were making their second half run with their bench.
The Sixers may have young big men like Jerami Grant and Jahlil Okafor, but they didn’t make much of an impact on the boards in comparison to the Bulls, who decisively won the rebounding battle.
The Bulls will face Pau Gasol‘s brother Marc and the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. matchup at the United Center.
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