Rapid Reaction: Sixers 89, Bulls 82
PHILADELPHIA -- Let's take a quick look at how the Philadelphia 76ers pulled out an 89-82 win over the Chicago Bulls in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers lead the series 3-1.
How it happened: The Bulls scratched and clawed their way through this game, but they simply didn't have enough to win it in the end without Derrick Rose (torn ACL) and Joakim Noah (ankle). Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 11 rebounds while Taj Gibson chipped in with 14 points and 12 rebounds, but they were the only two Bulls players who played with much offensive consistency. C.J. Watson added 17 points, and hit several clutch shots in the final minutes, but he was just 5-for-18 from the field. Luol Deng and Rip Hamilton combined for just 18 points and did not come through down the stretch the way the veteran leaders needed to without Rose and Noah. Spencer Hawes led the Sixers with 22 points. Jrue Holiday added 20.
What it means: Tom Thibodeau loves to say that his team has more than enough to win with, but the truth is that the Bulls don't have enough talent right now. The Bulls did everything they could to stay in the game on Sunday, but they had nowhere to turn down the stretch and the players looked unsure of where to go on the floor at times because of the new rotations. The effort was there, but the big plays teams need in order to win close games in the playoffs just weren't. The Bulls haven't rolled over, but the injuries look to have overwhelmed them.
Stat of the night: The Sixers went to the line 31 times, the Bulls went to the line just 14 times.
Holiday's big day: With 3:34 left in the fourth quarter, Holiday knocked down his second 3-pointer in a row, giving his team a seven-point lead it wouldn't relinquish.
What's next: Game 5 is Tuesday night at the United Center.