Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sixers continue lengthy road trip in Windy City vs. Bulls

The improving Philadelphia 76ers will resume an eight-game road trip tonight against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

The 76ers opened the trek with Saturday's 97-89 win in Orlando, as Lou Williams scored 24 points off the bench and Andre Iguodala added 21 and seven assists for Philadelphia, which is 3-10 away from Wells Fargo Center this season and won for the eighth time in 11 tries.

"Our defense was so good tonight," said Sixers head coach Doug Collins. "Scrambling, trying to make Dwight Howard work hard for all of his baskets and our guys rotated. You're not going to look on the stat sheet and see much stats besides Thaddeus Young's name, but he was terrific."

Elton Brand had a double-double with 20 points and 13 boards. The Sixers, who have won two in a row on the road for the first time this season, will also visit the Celtics, Nuggets, Warriors, Suns, Lakers and Hornets on the trip. They are allowing an average of 84.0 points in the previous five contests.

The Bulls hope to get back on track after having their seven-game winning streak put on hold with Saturday's 100-99 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Windy City.

Clippers rookie Blake Griffin knocked down the deciding free throw with 42.5 seconds remaining and had 29 points and 12 rebounds. Bulls All-Star Derrick Rose had a game-high 34 points and Carlos Boozer provided 25 for Chicago, which had won five in a row as the host and fell to 10-3 at home.

Rose was disappointed with himself for making 1-of-2 foul shots down the stretch.

"I felt it," Rose said afterwards. "I felt it come a little bit short. I have to get past this as a player. I have to know if I am put in that situation I can knock them down."

The Bulls will continue to toil without top center Joakim Noah, who's out for some time after undergoing right thumb surgery.

Chicago took three of four matchups with Philadelphia a season ago and has won three in a row versus the 76ers at the United Center.

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