76ers lose game to Bulls, Wroten to injury

Sixers coach Brett Brown tries rallying the troops. The Sixers missed 12 out of 13 three-point attempts in the first half.
Sixers coach Brett Brown tries rallying the troops. The Sixers missed 12 out of 13 three-point attempts in the first half. (       STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer)
Posted: January 20, 2014

CHICAGO - Talk about a double-whammy for the 76ers.

They were routed by the Chicago Bulls, 103-78, on Saturday night at the United Center. And in the process, sixth man Tony Wroten suffered what appeared to be a serious right-ankle sprain.

So in the end, the Sixers (13-27) lost their sixth game in seven contests and their best player off what had already been a thin bench.

Shooting guard James Anderson also left the game with 4 minutes, 20 seconds left after getting kneed in his lower back. Rookie forward Brandon Davies dislocated his right pinkie in the closing seconds of the game.

Coach Brett Brown said the official statement on all three was that they "are day-to-day."

However, Wroten's injury looked severe, one that could possibly sideline him for an extended time.

"It's unfair for me to guess [how long he will be out]," Brown said. "As I said . . . that's all we can give right now. It looked bad.

"But in relation to how long, we are just saying day-to-day at this stage."

The backup point guard suffered the injury early in the second quarter. He sprained his ankle by stepping on the foot of Bulls reserve center Nazr Mohammed underneath the Chicago basket. He lay in pain on the floor for several seconds, clutching his right ankle, before there was a stoppage in play. Lavoy Allen, who missed the last four games with injuries, even tripped over his fallen teammate while the action was live.

Once play stopped, Wroten was examined on the floor and had to be helped to the locker room by teammates.

He has already missed four games because of an injury and an illness. Wroten missed two games earlier this season with a lower-back strain. Then he missed games against the Minnesota Timberwolves (Jan. 6) and Cleveland Cavaliers (Jan. 7) with flu symptoms and a migraine headache.

Anderson suffered his injury while trying to box out Bulls forward Cartier Martin.

"He tried to jump over me, I guess, and he kneed me in my back," he said.

The 24-year-old expects to play in Monday's road game against the Washington Wizards.

"I'm good," he said.

Davies had X-rays on his hand, which was wrapped after the game. He suffered his injury while chasing a loose ball.

"If the bench gets depleted through these injuries, that hurts us," Brown said, "because they slowly were creating an identity for themselves."

While the Sixers were suffering injuries, Joakim Noah showed why he's one of the league's top centers. He finished with game highs of 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Bulls. It was his 16th double-double of the season.

Thaddeus Young was the Sixers' leading scorer with 12 points.

Chicago native Evan Turner was held to seven points in what was an unsuccessful homecoming.

For Turner, Saturday night's game marked the ninth time he has played against the Bulls at the United Center.

He had 52 tickets for the game. His supporters watched the Sixers suffer a humbling defeat. They trailed by as many as 36 points (78-42) in the third quarter.




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