Some dude named Furkan Korkmaz scored a career-high 24 points and sank six 3-point field goals as the Joel Embiid-less Philadelphia 76ers beat the battered Chicago Bulls 100-89 in the City of Brotherly Love.
The Sixers stars, Ben Simmons and Al Horford, collected 20 points apiece on extremely efficient scoring. Simmons added 11 rebounds and seven assists to his stat line.
There were two players on the Bulls with a positive +/-, one was Luke Kornet (+3) the other was Ryan Arcidiacono (+7) who had a nice showing in his return to the area/state that he won a National Championship in college.
Lauri Markkanen played a single minute more than Kornet, and took one fewer shot. Lauri didn’t score in the second half and it took a long time before he even attempted a shot. Meanwhile, Kornet and Cristiano Felicio played 42 of the 48 available minutes at center.
The only more bizarre rotation choice was when the Sixers were also playing six on five for a short stretch; clearly the reason they won.
Some trends continued in this game. The Bulls had a horrible third quarter per normal, as the Sixers outscored them 35-24 to build up their lead. Zach LaVine was good as normal, as he continues to build up his All-Star resume. He scored a team-high 23 points on 9-for-20 from the field. Jim Boylen was proud and cited the other team making difficult shots, as normal.
The Bulls fall to 15-28 on the season and are still No. 7 on the tankathon.com lottery standings. There are five teams in the NBA with 15 wins at the time this recap was published.
Anyway, tomorrow’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers is going to be interesting.
Bulls are stuck in Philadelphia tonight due to inclement weather in Chicago.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) January 18, 2020
Cavs are stuck in Memphis tonight due to inclement weather in Chicago.
The Bulls and Cavs are scheduled to play tomorrow night in Chicago. As of now, both teams planning on flying tomorrow.