Multiple Sixers explain how they kept losing Bulls star Zach LaVine

PHILADELPHIA–The Philadelphia 76ers were looking to end their three-game homestand on a high note. After winning the first two games, the Sixers were looking to sweep all three games as the Chicago Bulls invaded the Well Fargo Center on Friday night.

Despite missing Joel Embiid, the Sixers were feeling good about their chances as they had just won a game without the big fella on Wednesday.

However, Bulls star Zach LaVine spoiled everything as he was drilling 3-pointers like they were layups. LaVine had 41 points on 14-for-19 shooting overall, but he was 11-for-13 from deep. Just two shy of his career-high of 13 made 3-pointers.

After the 126-112 loss to the Bulls, the Sixers did their best to explain just what went wrong and how they kept losing LaVine.

Coach Doc Rivers

“Lost him a lot early on. Allowed him to go left a lot early. I loved how we started out the game. 30 points. I thought the second quarter changed the entire tempo of the game. We had great pace and then the pace went away. Fouls, 3-point plays, then all of a sudden, we walk the ball up the floor, and the whole pace of the game changed.”

James Harden

“Make or miss league. He made some shots. Simple as that. He got hot. We couldn’t find him, we started trapping, everybody else got easy opportunities because he was making shots. So it’s one of those games.”

De'Anthony Melton

“We just kept losing him in transition. I feel like our transition defense gotta get better. Especially, superstars getting open looks, some free looks, you know they get comfortable, especially early. We just got limited that, understand, and find our man in transition. We’re straight.”

Matisse Thybulle

“He didn’t miss. Most guys are gonna miss a couple of them, but he really did not want to miss, and us losing track of him and him being able to get off like good looks probably didn’t help.”

Montrezl Harrell

“We lost him. We lost him in transition. He made us pay for it every time. In our zone, he was finding open spots, and every time he pulled up for 3, it was almost good as you can see. He missed two 3s, brother. That’s a hell of a shooting night for any shooter. Especially, when you’re shooting 3s so we lost him in transition, we lost him in our zone, and he made us pay for it simple as that. I don’t really think is nothing more than that, really.”

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire