NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 3rd (All times eastern)
Chicago Bulls (23-23) at Philadelphia 76ers (16-31), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls vie to keep up their recent outstanding play on the road when the resurgent club makes a stop at the Wachovia Center tonight to battle the Philadelphia 76ers.
Chicago has won its last five outings in enemy buildings, all of which have come against teams sporting winning records. The Bulls became the first team in NBA history to achieve such a feat following last Friday's 108-106 overtime triumph at New Orleans.
The Bulls couldn't garner the same success, however, when the 20-27 Los Angeles Clippers entered the United Center last night. The Clips put a stop to Chicago's five-game tear with a 90-82 victory, only the Bulls' third loss in their last 12 overall contests.
Chicago shot just 38 percent from the floor and committed 19 turnovers in its lowest scoring total since an 88-81 defeat at New York on December 22. All- Star Derrick Rose, the Bulls' leading scorer for the season, finished with 16 points but made only 7-of-20 field goal attempts.
"In the second half we got some stops, but we just couldn't shoot the basketball," Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro said.
Luol Deng led Chicago, which will be attempting to win six straight away games for the first time since March 26-April 17, 2006, with 18 points.
The Bulls hope they won't stumble against another sub-.500 foe tonight. The 76ers' 16-31 mark is tied for 12th in the Eastern Conference, and they've dropped three of their last four tests at the Wachovia Center. Philadelphia is a subpar 7-16 on its home floor so far this season.
The Sixers were able to pick up a win on the road their last time out, handling the dismal New Jersey Nets by an 83-79 count on Sunday. Andre Iguodala paced Philadelphia with 14 points to go along with nine rebounds, and hit some clutch shots down the stretch to prevent his team from suffering a fourth straight loss.
After the Nets moved within 76-74 on Jarvis Hayes' three-pointer with 2:44 remaining, Iguodala drained an 18-foot jumper just over a minute later to make it a four-point game. The Sixers then sank 5-of-6 free throws in the final seconds to keep New Jersey at bay.
Philadelphia prevailed despite connecting on a mere 3-of-19 shots from the field in the fourth quarter.
"All I care about is winning," said the 76ers' Allen Iverson. "If we only won by one point I'll take it. At this point we'll take anything."
Samuel Dalembert compiled 12 points and 11 rebounds for Philadelphia, with both Iverson and Lou Williams ending with 11 points. Iverson is expected to miss tonight's game versus the Bulls to tend to his sick son.
The Sixers will be out to avenge a 94-88 loss to the Bulls in Chicago on November 14. Philadelphia has won two of the last three meetings between the teams held at the Wachovia Center.
02/03 10:48:20 ET