Again, the Chicago Bulls scratched and the Chicago Bulls clawed after falling behind in a game.
Lonzo Ball and Zach LaVine did this, the Bulls defense tightened up late to help them get back into the this one, and DeMar Derozan had another solid scoring night notching 25 points. But in the end, it didn’t matter. The Bulls fell 114-105 to the Philadelphia 76ers to drop two games in a row for the first time this season.
The 76ers were shorthanded on both nights they played the Bulls, so losing back-to-back games against these guys was a bummer after that hot 6-1 start to the season.
Back to back extremely disappointing losses. Completely winnable games thrown away. Games you can't afford to lose if you want to have a successful season.— Will Gottlieb (@wontgottlieb) November 7, 2021
Unsurprisingly, Joel Embiid killed the Bulls with 30 points and 15 rebounds. Per K.C. Johnson, Embiid has never lost to the Bulls in nine-career showdowns against Chicago. Embiid also (probably) accidentally punched Lonzo Ball in the face in this game.
If this were LaMelo it'd be a 10-game suspension pic.twitter.com/Brc4vDz0VX— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) November 7, 2021
Maybe Furkan Korkmaz having a good game against the Bulls shouldn’t be a surprise at this point either, but the Turkish sharpshooter had 25 points, hitting seven 3-point field goals.
Meanwhile, the Bulls as a team shot only 24.1 percent from 3-point land with Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic combining for 4-for-17 from that range. Vucevic continues to have a tough season, shooting 5-for-16 from the field overall.
Vucevic was 5-of-16 tonight. He's now shooting 38% from the field and 25.6 percent from 3 on the year. Obviously have to get way more out of him.— Steph Noh (@StephNoh) November 7, 2021
The Bulls knotted it up at 99 apiece with just over four minutes to play after playing from behind for much of the game. But shortly after, Alex Caruso unsuccessfully went for a steal opening up Georges Niang for an open 3-point shot that put the Sixers up by five with 100 seconds to play. On the next possession, Nikola Vucevic missed a long 3-point attempt and then Joel Embiid sunk a 3-pointer over a double team putting his team up eight and effectively vanquishing any possibility of the Chicago Bulls mounting another heroic comeback.
6-1 was nice...they are now 6-3 and it was a bit of a reality check losing back-to-back against a top contender in the Eastern Conference like the 76ers. The schedule stays tough so the Bulls need to refocus and get back into the win column.