Luol Deng (25 PTS, 7 REBS, 7 AST) led the way for the Chicago Bulls as they hosted the Philadelphia 76ers, winning 93-88. Joakim Noah posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Richard Hamilton was the Bulls' second-leading scorer with 15 points.
The Bulls defense held the Sixers to just 44 percent shooting from the field and forced 11 turnovers. They also continued their strength on the boards, out-rebounding Philadelphia 50-37.
Some positives for Chicago: Their defense and rebounding remained strong in Saturday night's contest. They came up with the plays they needed when they had to and ran their offense in a very efficient way in some stretches of the game. Deng had one of his better games of the season, shooting over 50 percent from the floor.
The bench also outscored Philadelphia's bench, 23-13.
Kirk Hinrich and Carlos Boozer both struggled Saturday night. Even though Boozer posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 boards, he only shot 35 percent from the floor. Hinrich struggled to get his game going and also had some troubles getting the offense into its sets, having to put up rushed or contested shots on several possessions as the shot clock was winding down.
A solid win for the Bulls, but a lot of work remains to be done, especially on the offensive side. They've been fairly inconsistent throughout the season, but fortunately for them, have found ways to stay in games and come out on top.
The Bulls' record improves to 8-7 as they get ready to host division rival Indiana Tuesday night.
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