NBA regular season

Joel Embiid outduels DeMar DeRozan as 76ers beat Bulls

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Joel Embiid outduels DeMar DeRozan as 76ers beat Bulls

MASTERY. Joel Embiid and the 76ers have won all three meetings against the Bulls so far this season.

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Joel Embiid scores at least 40 points for the seventh time this season as the Sixers snap a two-game skid

Joel Embiid had 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots to lift the Philadelphia 76ers past the host Chicago Bulls, 119-108, on Sunday, February 6 (Monday, February 7, Manila time).

It was the seventh game that Embiid scored at least 40 points this season.

Tobias Harris scored 23 points, Tyrese Maxey added 16, and Seth Curry contributed 12 for the Sixers, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 45 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Nikola Vucevic added 23 points and Javonte Green had 17.

The Bulls played without several key injured players – Zach LaVine, Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso and Coby White.

The Sixers have won all three meetings against the Bulls thus far this season.

The Sixers bolted to a 51-36 lead after Embiid dropped in 2 free throws with 5:19 left in the second quarter.

DeRozan completed a three-point play with 1:49 remaining as the Bulls closed within 53-46.

Embiid hit a late three-pointer, finishing the half with 22 points, and the Sixers led 61-52 at halftime. DeRozan kept the Bulls close with 26 on 10-of-15 shooting.

After the Bulls closed within 5 early in the third, Curry and Maxey each connected on a trey and the Sixers went ahead 67-56.

The Bulls cut the deficit to 81-75 with 4:23 to go in the third after a three-pointer by Vucevic. Philadelphia led 89-81 at the end of the third.

Furkan Korkmaz hit a jumper, Danny Green followed with a trey, and Harris scored on back-to-back trips to open the fourth as the Sixers took a 98-81 lead.

Matt Thomas came back with a 20-foot jumper for the Bulls to end a 9-0 run. The Bulls eventually countered with a 13-0 stretch of their own to get within 98-94 with 8:06 remaining after another jumper by DeRozan.

Embiid threw down a dunk with 6:03 left and Philadelphia held a 109-100 advantage.

Harris essentially sealed the win when he drove to the basket and scored for a 116-106 lead with 2:01 to go. – Rappler.com