The 76ers are barely fielding a functional NBA roster at this point, so even the Bulls couldn’t blow this game in Philly. There were a few hiccups along the way and things were real ugly at times, but the Bulls secured an easy 102-90 victory to move to 39-40 on the season.
Jimmy Butler recorded his second triple-double of the season with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 37 minutes. Butler wasn’t totally on his game as he shot just 5-of-12 from the field and had an uncharacteristic six turnovers, but he didn’t need to be at his best against a horrible Sixers squad.
Nikola Mirotic had another strong game, scoring 22 points and hitting six more treys on only eight attempts. His sixth 3-pointer gave Butler his triple-double and sealed the game.
Jerian Grant also played well in place of the injured Rajon Rondo. Grant stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals while shooting an efficient 5-of-10. Grant has been out of the rotation since Rondo returned to the starting lineup, but maybe he’ll stay in once Rondo and Wade come back? I’m not holding my breath, although I’d play Grant over Michael Carter-Williams, who missed rim on at least three layups in this game. He’s awful.
The reserve big-man duo of Bobby Portis and Joffrey Lauvergne had nice efforts off the bench. They combined for 26 points on 12-of-18 shooting, getting a ton of easy shots around the rim against the undermanned and undersized Sixers.
Meanwhile, the Sixers were absolutely atrocious offensively. Philly shot 36.3 percent from the field and a completely inept 7-of-33 from long range. The Bulls were more than happy to let the Sixers keep bombing away from long range as the announcing crew derided them for taking those shots.
Elsewhere, the Pacers dominated the Bucks to also move to 39-40. Milwaukee is on a three-game losing streak and down to 40-39, although the Bulls don’t own the tiebreaker there. So Chicago remains in seventh, tied with Indiana in terms of record.