The Sixers came into Wednesday nights game with one thing on its mind and that was to keep it defensive intensity at the current level it has played all season long thus far. The Sixers also knew they were going to find out where they really stood in the Eastern Conference as they took on the top dog, the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. In front of a very loud and noisy crowd, the Sixers built a nice lead and beat the Bulls, 98-82. Their record is now 16-6 and their home record is now 12-2.
The Sixers came out after halftime and took it to the Bulls. The Sixers led the Bulls by five points at halftime. The Sixers came out very strong in the third quarter and built their lead to 20-points. The Sixers defense, which has been this seasons trade mark, well again was the big difference in the game. The defense held the Bulls to 3-for-16 shooting. The Bulls turned the ball over six times, and were held to 11 points in the third quarter. The Bulls did get as close as 12 points in the fourth quarter but could not get any closer to the Sixers.
The Bulls Derrick Rose scored 18 points and had six assists on the night. The Chicago Bulls record fell to 18-6 on the season and still on top of the Eastern Conference by one game.
The Sixers rookie center Lavoy Allen, who is getting better and better each time he plays and as the season progresses. He is showing more and more confidence each game he plays in. He had a career high 15 points with six rebounds. Andre Iguodala had 19 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.
The Sixers played a very good defensive game against a team that is very good in the Chicago Bulls. The Sixers were able to create turnovers and get out on the fast break. The Sixers forced the Bulls to commit 17 turnovers. The Bulls did bring the defensive style and intensity right to the Sixers. The Sixers did not back they brough it right back at the Bulls at a higher level. The Sixers totally opened the Bulls eyes and showed the Bulls that they do belong right with the Bulls on the top tier of the Eastern Conference standings.
The Sixers Thaddeus Young scored 19 points and Jrue Holiday had 17 points and five assists.
The Sixers fans left the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night believing that this Sixers team looks and is playing like they are going to be real and a factor in the conference. The crowd at the Center was very loud and no doubt got the Sixers going. It was a total playoff atmosphere. The Sixers not only opened up the eyes of the Chicago Bulls but the rest of the NBA, and Philadelphia. Coming into the Wells Fargo Center next will be the Miami Heat on Friday night. Miami Heat are you ready? Come and get some because the Sixers are waiting and will be ready.