Taj Gibson came off the bench and scored 16 points and recorded 10 rebounds, his 13th double-double of the season, to lead the Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, 91-81. Chicago (39-31) picked up the win after falling to Indiana Pacers on Friday.
Gibson shot 8-16 from the field. Other top contributors for Chicago included Joakim Noah with 20 points and 8 rebounds, Jimmy Butler with 17 points and 8 rebounds, and D.J. Augustin with 16 points and 6 assists. Thaddeus Young had another big game for Philadelphia despite the loss, scoring 28 points on 10-26 shooting. He also tallied 7 rebounds. Henry Sims added 18 points and 15 rebounds.
As expected, the 76ers offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Bulls defense that ranks second-best in the league at forcing misses (47.1% opponents' eFG%). After finishing with an eFG% of 35.1% in this game, they rank 29th in the NBA in that metric at 46.8% this season. The 76ers posted an eFG% of just 35.1%, including 5.0% from 3-point range. This year, they are 1-20 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Bulls are 16-4 when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
Philadelphia (15-55) has now dropped their last 24 consecutive games.
Coming up, the Bulls battle the Indiana Pacers, who are 51-19 on the season. The 76ers go up against the San Antonio Spurs, currently sitting at 52-16 this year. The Bulls have lost two of their last three meetings with Indiana. The 76ers have a 0-1 record against San Antonio this season.