76ers try to avoid running of the Bulls
(Sports Network) – A pair of struggling teams meet tonight at the Wachovia
Center, as the Philadelphia 76ers welcome the Chicago Bulls to town.
Chicago has lost five straight games and will shoot for its first win on a
seven-game road trip (0-5). On Tuesday the Bulls suffered a 113-109 loss
against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
Kirk Hinrich led the Bulls with 28 points and eight rebounds. Luol Deng scored
22 points and Ben Gordon added 19 off of the bench, while Ben Wallace scored
11 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Andres Nocioni chipped in 15 points and
pulled down 11 boards.
The Bulls are 1-7 on the road this season and will close out the trip on
Saturday against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Meanwhile, the Sixers have dropped four straight and seven of eight, including
Wednesday’s 98-94 loss against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.
Andre Iguodala posted 18 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 10 assists for
his second-career triple-double for the Sixers, who played without stars Allen
Iverson and Chris Webber. Iverson has missed the last two games after having
tooth surgery and Webber has been out the last three with back problems.
Willie Green has filled in nicely for Iverson and netted a season-high 24
points against the Bucks. Kyle Korver scored 19 points off the bench and
rookie Rodney Carney added nine points.
Iverson is probable for tonight’s contest, while Webber is questionable.
Chicago and Philadelphia split four meetings last season, with the Sixers
winning two of the last three matchups.
Philly has won seven of the last 11 meetings in the series, while the Bulls
have won two of its last three trips to the City of Brotherly Love.