Bulls host Iverson, Sixers
(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls attempt to extend their season-long
winning streak to six games, as they welcome the slumping Philadelphia 76ers
to the United Center.
Chicago plays the third of its season-long eight-game homestand. Andres
Nocioni finished with 20 points and seven rebounds to lead the Bulls over Paul
Pierce and the Boston Celtics, 100-82, on Monday at the United Center.
Luol Deng contributed 14 points and six boards in the win over the Sixers for
the Bulls, while Kirk Hinrich netted 11 for Chicago, which has won five
straight after a six-game losing streak. Ben Gordon and Thabo Sefolosha both
ended with 10 points in the victory.
The Bulls, who opened the homestand with a 112-94 win over the Washington
Wizards, are 5-1 at home this season. They will also host the Toronto Raptors,
Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers, Seattle SuperSonics and Milwaukee
Bucks on the current stand.
Philadelphia has not played well since opening the season with three straight
victories. On Sunday, Ricky Davis poured in 22 points and Kevin Garnett
registered 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves knocked
off the Sixers, 95-84, at the Wachovia Center.
All-Star Allen Iverson, who was just 6-of-19 from the field, ended with 26
points and seven assists for the struggling Sixers, who have dropped four in a
row and eight of their last nine games overall.
On the injury front for Philadelphia, forward Kyle Korver (sprained left
ankle) is questionable for tonight’s contest. Korver has missed two straight
games with the injury. The sharp-shooting forward is averaging 13.3 points per
The 76ers are a dismal 2-8 on the road this season. They return home on Friday
to host Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards.
This is the second time the Sixers and Bulls have met this season. On November
24th, Iverson posted a season-high 46 points and dished out 10 assists to lift
the 76ers over the Chicago Bulls, 123-108, at the Wachovia Center.
Philadelphia has won four of its last six at Chicago. The Sixers have won
three of the last four contests in this series.