- Scott Powers, Reporter
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls provided the Philadelphia 76ers’ hope in the second quarter Saturday, and then they dashed it.
The 76ers opened the second quarter on a 4-0 run and tied the game at 28-28 when Evan Turner knocked down a 15-foot jumper. The Bulls responded by going on a 9-0 run. The Bulls went into the locker room at halftime with a 53-42 lead.
Fans gave the Bulls a standing ovation in the quarter’s final minute.
After Richard Hamilton led the way in the first quarter with 11 points, the Bulls’ effort in the second quarter was more a team contribution. Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and C.J. Watson all had multiple baskets in the second quarter.
Rose did become the team’s aggressor as the quarter moved along. He scored on three consecutive possessions late in the quarter to give the Bulls a 51-40 lead. He had 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block at halftime.
Hamilton did add one bucket in the second quarter and had 13 points in the first half.
Elton Brand continued to be the story for the 76ers in the second quarter. Following an eight-point first quarter, Brand scored seven more points in the second and had a game-high 15 points at halftime. He averaged 11 points in the regular season.
Andre Iguodala especially struggled for the 76ers in the first half. He shot 1-of-7 from the field and had two fouls.
The Bulls shot 23-of-44 from the field and the 76ers shot 18-of-44. The Bulls out-rebounded the 76ers 28-19.
The Bulls opened a 53-42 lead to end the first half.