Bulls-Sixers: Chicago Falls Flat in Overtime Loss to Philadelphia

Scott GlissonCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2008

The beginning of this game looked a lot like the game played in Philadelphia on Sunday night. 

Chicago was down by as much as 16 in the second quarter, but was able to come back before the half.

Like Sunday nights game, Chicago pulled to within three points at the half and went into the third quarter shooting well.  They came out fast and took the lead by five, but that lead did not last long.

The Bulls started turning the ball over at record pace and lost their lead in a hurry.  As the lead for Philadelphia grew, so did the frustration of the Bulls.

As the game went into the fourth quarter, the lead went back and forth between the two teams.  Tyrus Thomas was a rebounding machine tonight including several pivotal rebounds before the regulation buzzer.

As the clock wound down, the Bulls went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 90.

Unfortunately, that momentum did not carry into the overtime play. 

Andre Miller went off in the overtime for the Sixers pouring in nine of their 13 total points.  The Bulls as a team were only able to score five points in the extra period.

The Bulls looked warn out from their road trip and came out flat Tuesday night at home.

Derrick Rose contributed 24 points in the game but had to sit a lot of the fourth quarter and most of overtime after picking up his fourth and fifth fouls.

Overall, the Bulls fell into their old ways when they were playing selfish, from behind basketball. Just when it looked like Chicago was going to make a run and come back into the game, Ben Gordon would start throwing up prayers and taking no-look shots.

Tyrus Thomas could only do so much with several huge put-back dunks and high-flying rebounds. He had a double-double tonight with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Chicago had a season high 24 turnovers. Both teams went 2-11 from behind the arc.

In an amazing set of facts, Chicago shot 40 percent from the field compared to Philadelphia’s 39 percent.  Also, the Bulls shot 87 percent from the free-throw line, hitting 27 of 31. The Bulls missed their chance to make it back to .500 as both teams move to 8-10.

The Bulls look to rebound on Wednesday night in Milwaukee against ex-head coach Scott Skiles and the Bucks.