03/20 21:23 CDT LaVine, DeRozan lead Bulls past 76ers in double overtime
LaVine, DeRozan lead Bulls past 76ers in double overtime
By AARON BRACY
PHILADELPHIA (AP) --- Zach LaVine scored 26 points, DeMar DeRozan had 25 and
the Chicago Bulls defeated Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers 109-105 in
double overtime Monday night to snap their eight-game winning streak.
Nikola Vucevic added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won
three games in a row and five of six. Chicago is fighting for the final playoff
spot in the East.
Embiid had 37 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks before fouling out with 3:54
left in the second overtime. It was the 10th straight game in which he has
scored at least 30 points.
The teams meet again in the second game of a home-and-home on Wednesday night
Philadelphia could've clinched a playoff spot with a victory, but the 76ers
struggled once Embiid left the court after a foul on LaVine.
Tyrese Maxey hit an elbow jumper and Tobias Harris followed with a baseline
jumper to put the 76ers ahead 105-101 with 2:36 left in the second OT. But
those were the last points Philadelphia scored, with Embiid only able to watch
from the bench.
Maxey, who finished with 17 points, air-balled a pair of 3-point attempts and
misfired on a drive. The 76ers still were down by just two late, but Derrick
Jones Jr. blocked James Harden's jumper and Harris missed on a chance. Coby
White got the rebound and made two free throws with six seconds to play to
Harden had one of his worst performances since joining the 76ers at the trade
deadline last season, finishing with just five points while missing 12 of 14
shots, including all six 3-point attempts. He also had five turnovers.
The 76ers had a chance to win in regulation, but Maxey's 3 at the buzzer was
off the mark.
Chicago could've ended it after the first overtime, but DeRozan's 3 at the
buzzer went off the heel of the rim.
Embiid has been stating his case for his first NBA MVP award all season.
Denver's Nikola Jokic has won the last two MVP's, and Giannis Antetokounmpo
claimed the previous two. Boston's Jayson Tatum also is a strong candidate.
Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said the debate around the award is too vitriolic.
"Joel is the MVP," Rivers said. "I thought he was the MVP last year. But can we
stop trying to put people down? All of them are great. We don't need to put one
down to elevate the rest."
The 76ers honored their 1983 championship team during a halftime ceremony. The
team, led by Hall of Famer Julius "Dr. J" Erving met with the current team
during shootaround on Monday morning. Rivers said it was a beneficial
"It was really cool," Rivers said. "Great for me, great for our guys.
Connecting teams and history is really important."
Bulls point guard Lonzo Ball had surgery for a cartilage transplant in his left
"Everything went well," coach Billy Donovan said.
Ball is out indefinitely after a third surgery on the knee in a little more
than a year.
"He has a long road to recovery," Donovan said.
Ball hasn't played in more than a year and Chicago ruled him out for the season
last month. The 25-year-old former No. 2 overall draft pick averaged 13 points
and 5.4 rebounds in 35 games with the Bulls in 2021-22.
Bulls: Alex Caruso (left foot) did not play. Caruso left in the second quarter
of a 113-99 win over the Heat on Saturday night. ... Javonte Green (right knee
soreness) returned to the lineup after not playing against Miami. He was
scoreless in nine minutes. ... The Bulls improved to 14-21 on the road.
76ers: P.J. Tucker (left ankle) didn't play. ... Harden returned to the lineup
after being sidelined for Saturday's 141-121 win over the Pacers due to injury
recovery. ... Philadelphia fell to 26-11 at home.
Bulls: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
76ers: At Chicago on Wednesday night.
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