Chicago (5-12) at Philadelphia (9-10)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Thu Dec 4, 2003
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Jerome Williams and Antonio Davis made the most of their Chicago debut to give new Bulls coach Scott Skiles a victory in his first game.

After finally getting a chance to practice as a full squad, the new-look Bulls try to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when they face the Philadelphia 76ers.

Williams and Davis came up big in a 97-87 win over Milwaukee on Monday after Chicago acquired them—along with Chris Jefferies—in a trade with Toronto that sent Jalen Rose, Donyell Marshall and Lonny Baxter to the Raptors.

The two forwards were unable to practice with the team prior to the game and had just enough time to suit up after passing their physicals earlier in the day.

Williams finished with 13 points, a team-high 10 rebounds and four steals and Davis had 11 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots to help snap a seven-game losing streak and win over Chicago’s fans immediately.

”(We said), `Look, let’s show that we are at least going to go out here and play hard for 48 minutes and try to play as smart as possible,”’ Davis said. “Everything else went fine. We are happy we won the game, but I think even if we lost we’d have to be satisfied with coming out and giving a better effort.”

Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 30 points and Eddy Curry added 22 in Skiles’ new up-tempo offense and Chicago held an opponent below 90 points for the first time in seven games.

“Once we get together tomorrow and the next day and we learn a few more plays, I think we’re going to be even better,” Davis said.

Skiles earned his first victory since quitting as Phoenix coach in February 2002. He led the Suns to a 116-79 record from 1999-02.

The 76ers fell to 1-1 on a three-game homestand with a 95-88 loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.

Allen Iverson scored 35 points but was just 8-for-32 from the field while Toronto got the most out of its’ new acquisitions. Marshall scored a season-high 27 points and Rose had eight assists for the Raptors.

“I give (Toronto) all the credit,” Sixers coach Randy Ayers said. “They came in and hit shots and really did a good job of simplifying their offensive package to allow the new guys to play.”

Iverson has 85 points in two games since scoring a season-low 12 in 90-77 loss at Indiana on Friday. He scored a season-high 50 in Saturday’s 98-86 win over Atlanta.

Sixers forward Marc Jackson fractured his left ring finger during the second quarter Tuesday and did not return. He will see a hand specialist Wednesday, and Iverson predicted he may be sidelined for six weeks.

Jackson’s loss further depletes an injury-riddled frontcourt. The Sixers are already without forwards Glenn Robinson (ankle) and Derrick Coleman (knee).

STANDINGS (through Dec. 2): Bulls - 6th place (tied), 9 1/2 GB, Central Division. 76ers - 1st place (tied), Atlantic Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Bulls - F Eddie Robinson, F Corie Blount, C Curry, G Crawford, G Kendall Gill. 76ers - F Aaron McKie, F Kenny Thomas, C Amal McCaskill, G Eric Snow, G Iverson.

TEAM LEADERS: Bulls - Crawford, 15.5 ppg and 5.3 apg; Chandler, 10.3 rpg. 76ers - Iverson, 28.8 ppg; Thomas, 9.3 rpg; Snow, 6.7 apg.

SEASON SERIES: 76ers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 7; 76ers, 106-85. At Chicago, Iverson had 33 points, 11 assists and eight steals to lead the Sixers improve to 13-3 in their last 16 games against the Bulls.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bulls - 3-6 on the road; 76ers - 5-4 at home.

INJURIES: Bulls - G Roger Mason (groin); F Marcus Fizer (knee); G Jay Williams (knee); F Tyson Chandler (back); F Linton Johnson (ankle). 76ers - F Monty Williams (knee); C Todd MacCulloch (illness); F Robinson (ankle); F Coleman (knee).

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