PHILADELPHIA — Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade had 26 points apiece to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 105-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
Taj Gibson added 12 points for the Bulls, who finished a six-game road trip with a 4-2 record. Butler rested for the entire fourth quarter of the blowout.
Chicago led from start to finish against the short-handed 76ers, who played without center Joel Embiid.
A leading candidate for Rookie of the Year, Embiid missed his fifth game as part of his rehab plan for a foot injury that cost him the last two seasons. Embiid is averaging 17.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in just 22.6 minutes as he is on a minutes restriction.
That restriction caused him to sit out the second overtime of Philadelphia’s 104-99 loss to Memphis on Wednesday night. Embiid could return for Sunday’s home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers though coach Brett Brown was noncommittal prior to the game.