The Chicago Bulls lost their second-straight game on Saturday night as they fell to the Philadelphia 76ers down the stretch, 114-109.
76ers star Joel Embiid hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.1 seconds remaining to help clinch the victory for Philadelphia. Bulls’ Alex Caruso missed a game-tying attempt on the following possession to seal Chicago’s fate.
DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Bulls with 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
Nikola Vucevic was dominant on the glass, finishing with 23 points ad 19 rebounds in the loss.
Check out the Bulls’ player grades from Saturday’s loss against the 76ers.
DeMar DeRozan: B+
DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 9-of-10 from the free throw line, along with 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Philadelphia looked to double team DeRozan down the stretch, which helped take him out of the game in the final moments.
Zach LaVine: B-
Zach LaVine finished Saturday night’s loss with 20 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists on 8-of-19 shooting from the field. LaVine struggled from downtown, hitting just 2-of-9 as the All-Star is still trying to find a consistent groove between missing games due to injury management for his left knee.
Nikola Vucevic: A
Nikola Vucevic was dominant once again for the Bulls, finishing with 23 points and 19 rebounds on 8-of-14 shooting and 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Vooch was on fire from distance in this one, including a wide-open look down the stretch that LaVine missed him on.
Patrick Williams: C+
Patrick Williams finished with 9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block in 32 minutes against the 76ers. Williams has been trending upward over the last few games after a rather slow start to the season, which only means good things for Billy Donovan and team.
Alex Caruso: B+
Alex Caruso was a team-high +7 against Philadelphia, finishing with 9 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. Caruso got the start once again as Ayo Dosunmu was out due to a thoracic contusion.
Javonte Green: B
Javonte Green played well on Saturday, finishing with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal in 19 minutes off the bench. Green was super active on the defensive end, which keeps him as a mainstay in Donovan’s rotation.
Coby White: C
Coby White’s shooting cooled off on Saturday, scoring 7 points on just 3-of-9 from the floor. White scored a season-high 19 points in Friday’s loss to the Spurs.