November 5, 2013 |
IF YOU WERE one of the many fans who sat in the stands at the Wells Fargo Center for two of the Sixers' three games this season, you left with a big smile, eyebrows raised and either a shrug of the shoulders or a shake of the head. Who could have envisioned wins over the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls - two of the Eastern Conference favorites? And both comeback wins, at that. In both home games, the Sixers were down by nine points in the fourth quarter, with the opposition sporting superstars LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Derrick Rose.
November 4, 2013 |
Maybe the 76ers are better than expected. How else can you explain the excitement they are providing under rookie head coach Brett Brown? The youthful and inexperienced group of fringe players has done the unthinkable: start the season with three straight wins. Their latest victory was a 107-104 decision over the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. The Sixers have opened the season with three consecutive victories for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
May 16, 2013 |
KNOWING HIS team needed him at his best, Dwyane Wade retreated to the Miami Heat locker room after the third quarter for some quick treatment on his aching right knee. When he came back, he was good as new. And now he can rest until the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James scored 23 points, Wade added 18 and had a brilliant 45-second sequence that proved crucial, and the Heat clawed back from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls, 94-91, last night and close out their second-round series in five games.
May 9, 2013 |
SO MUCH FOR that notion of the Miami Heat being in trouble. Sure, they've lost homecourt advantage in these Eastern Conference semifinals. But an absolute domination of the visiting Chicago Bulls last night made the reigning NBA champions look like the clear-cut team to beat in this title race once again. "We're still in the hole," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose team will need to win at least one game in Chicago if it's going to prevail in this series. But given how one-sided last night's game was, that wouldn't seem like too tall a challenge.
May 7, 2013
Nate Robinson scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 14 rebounds while playing every second for the third consecutive game, and the Chicago Bulls stunned the host Miami Heat, 93-86, on Monday night to take Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Trailing by 86-83 with two minutes to go, the Bulls scored the final 10 points of the game to beat the Heat. Joakim Noah added 13 points and Taj Gibson had 12 for Chicago, which snapped a 27-game Miami winning streak during the regular season and handed the Heat their first loss in their last 13 games in this one. Marco Bellinelli scored 10 points for the Bulls after being fined $15,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's win at Brooklyn.
May 3, 2013 |
DERON WILLIAMS, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson each scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets again avoided elimination, beating the short-handed Chicago Bulls, 95-92, last night to tie their first-round series at three. The series goes back to Brooklyn for Game 7 tomorrow, with the winner getting defending champion Miami in the second round. "We just believed," Johnson said. "We believed in one another. In practice [Wednesday], we went over a lot. More so than anything, it was about who wanted it badder.
April 24, 2013 |
CARLOS BOOZER had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Joakim Noah gutted his way through a foot injury to make three fourth-quarter baskets, and the visiting Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets, 90-82, on Monday night to even their first-round series at one game apiece. Luol Deng bounced back from a poor opener with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who became the first team to win a road game this postseason. Chicago held the Nets to two baskets in the third quarter to build a big enough lead to hold off a charge in the fourth.
April 23, 2013
Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Joakim Noah gutted his way through a foot injury to make three fourth-quarter baskets, and the Chicago Bulls beat the host Brooklyn Nets, 90-82, Monday night to even their first-round series at one game apiece. Luol Deng bounced back from a poor opener with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who became the first team to win a road game this postseason. Chicago held the Nets to two baskets in the third quarter to build a big-enough lead to hold off a charge in the fourth.
April 13, 2013
Nate Robinson scored a season-high 35 points for the Chicago Bulls, who stopped another lengthy winning streak by rallying to beat visiting New York, 118-111, in overtime Thursday and end the Knicks' 13-game run. Jimmy Butler added 22 points for the Bulls, who ended Miami's 27-game streak - the second-longest in NBA history - on March 27. Robinson scored eight points in overtime. Wade back Friday Dwyane Wade plans to return to the Miami Heat lineup Friday, after missing six consecutive games because of right knee soreness.
April 12, 2013 |
NATE ROBINSON scored a season-high 35 points and the Chicago Bulls stopped another lengthy winning streak, rallying to beat New York, 118-111, in overtime Thursday and end the Knicks' 13-game run. Robinson came up big down the stretch, scoring eight points in the extra period. Jimmy Butler added 22 points, Luol Deng scored 16, and the Bulls busted a long streak for the second time in about a 2-week span, ending the Miami Heat's 27-game run - the second-longest in NBA history - on March 27. Carmelo Anthony made two free throws with 14 seconds left to tie the game and force overtime, but things unraveled for the Knicks in the extra session, when they were outscored, 13-6.