The 76ers led by 13 at the end of the first quarter, but the Bulls outscored them by 22 points over the final 36 minutes. Chicago had 50-plus rebounds for the 16th time this season, and their 17 offensive rebounds helped them to pull out a hard-fought homecourt victory on St. Patrick's Day.
With the win, Chicago improved its record to a league-best 37-10, and are now 10 games up on the Indiana Pacers in the Central Division. After an 18-7 start, Philadelphia is now 25-20 and is only one game up on the Boston Celtics for the top spot in the Atlantic.
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