Sixers-Bulls: Game 2 recap

Posted: May 03, 2012

Score: Sixers 109, Bulls 92

What happened: The Sixers went on an incredible run after halftime, outscoring the Bulls by 36-14 in the third quarter and extending the run to 55-23 at one point to win Game 2 and even the series at one game apiece.

What's next: Game 3 is Friday at the Wells Fargo Center. The teams split two games in Philly during the regular season.

Lineup changes: As expected, the Sixers made some changes in the starting lineup - Evan Turner started in place of Jodie Meeks and Spencer Hawes started in place of Lavoy Allen. For the Bulls, C.J. Watson started in place of the injured Derrick Rose. Watson started 25 times this season when Rose missed time with a variety of injuries. Watson and John Lucas III combined for 27 points in Rose's absence.

On the boards: Much of what we have heard since Game 1 is about how the Sixers really needed to rebound. Doug Collins was hoping that starting Hawes would get the Chicago big guys away from the basket. On a night when they needed him, Hawes picked up three fouls and was on the bench with no points and two rebounds after 10 minutes of game action in the first half. However, by game's end, the Sixers had won the rebounding battle, 38-32.

Starting strong: The Bulls were 33-9 this season when leading after the first quarter. They led, 28-25, Tuesday night, despite allowing the Sixers to shoot 58.8 percent. But that was the highlight of what turned out to be a blowout.

At home: The Bulls are 30-2 in playoff series when they have the homecourt advantage.

What about Lou?: Lou Williams entered the game averaging 9.5 points and shooting 23.5 percent in four games against Chicago. That included 0-for-10 from the three-point line. He scored 20 in Game 2, including 13 in the fourth quarter, on 8-for-13 shooting.

Lavoy love: With Hawes in foul trouble, rookie Lavoy Allen had 11 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes.

Sizzling: The Sixers shot 59 percent for the game, their best shooting percentage in a playoff game since 2001.

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