PHILADELPHIA — Thanks to the Bulls’ 102-94 victory, the 76ers have lost 17 straight home games, two off the NBA mark, and 22 straight overall, which is four shy of tying record futility.
Not surprisingly, Tom Thibodeau saw a dangerous team.
“If you watch their two games against Indiana, both games were very winnable,” Thibodeau said. “They played very, very well in both games, and they’ve had a number of games like that, where they played well enough to win. At the end they came up short, so you have to be ready to play.”
The 76ers backed up Thibodeau’s concern, giving the Bulls fits with relentless fast-breaking and hustle. They finished with 28 fast-break points and scored 18 points off 16 Bulls’ turnovers.
But Taj Gibson and D.J. Augustin came up big in the fourth quarter, finishing with 19 and 20 points respectively. Gibson added 13 rebounds as one of three Bulls along with Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer with double-doubles.
Thaddeus Young’s 24 points led the 76ers.
One of the 76ers’ 15 victories this season is a comeback from 20 points down to beat the Bulls last Nov. 2.
“We know Young because of obviously all the years he’s been here. Very talented,” Thibodeau said. “Carter-Williams has been terrific. (Tony) Wroten has played well. Hollis Thompson made four threes in the last game against Indiana. (Henry) Sims is a guy that’s very skilled.
“That’s the thing – you have to know who these guys are, what their strengths are, and you have to be ready to take them away. They have a lot of guys that are hungry and playing for something.’’