In The Post: Sixers Dominant In Win Over the Bulls; Cruise to 49th Win
The Philadelphia 76ers were in Chicago on Wednesday night to take on the Bulls in game two of their home and home matchup. They responded to the loss on Monday by jumping on their hosts from the start. A 17-0 run to begin the game by the 76ers set the tone for a wire-to-wire victory. Leading to win number 49 on the season. As a great regular season team, that’s how you’re supposed to respond to a loss earlier in the week and the start of a four-game road trip. Final score, 116-91.
Here’s what stood out:
- With James Harden out to rest his sore Achilles, Philadelphia would need all hands on deck to pick up the slack. That’s exactly what they got. Five players scored in double-figures with really nice balance overall. De’Anthony Melton led all scorers with 25 on 8 of 16 shooting, 4 for 9 from three-point range, 5 for 6 from the free throw line — adding four rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot in 33 minutes of action. Outstanding two-way play by one of the Sixers’ key figures.
- Melton is playing an excellent stretch of basketball. Mr. Do Everything is doing just that. Whether having his number called as a starter or playing in a reserve role, his impact on the game is noticeable in multiple ways.
- Quick double teams by Chicago toward Joel Embiid early and he handled them well showing off his playmaking skills. Embiid did not play in the second half due to a minor calf strain. The team said he was available to return if needed. But it seemed like a good time for him to get a little rest. The big fella is expected to be available on Friday at Golden State.
- Harris was a big initiator in this one right from the start. Pushing the pace, bringing the energy, helping on the glass, defending and making shots – a welcomed sight. The starting forward finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists – also playing solid defense on the Bulls’ smaller guards/wings.
Philadelphia picked up win number 49 on the campaign with 10 games remaining on the schedule. They remain the third seed in the East standings, trailing the idle Boston Celtics by half a game. Next up will be game two of the roadie against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco on Friday night.
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