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3rd quarter wrap: Bulls 57, Sixers 48

5/8/2012

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers may have saved themselves from NBA playoff embarrassment with their third-quarter performance on Tuesday.

The two teams had scored a total of 61 points after one half Tuesday and appeared headed toward the NBA record for fewest total points scored in a playoff game. The Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics set the record of 130 points in 2002.

The Bulls and 76ers helped their chances of avoiding that by showing some offensive life in the third quarter. The two teams combined for 44 points in the quarter and have 105 points for the game. The Bulls led 57-48 heading into the fourth quarter.

The 76ers aren’t also likely to set the record for least points in a playoff game by a single team. The record is owned by the Utah Jazz which scored 54 points in a loss to the Bulls on June 7, 1998.

As if the Bulls needed more bad news, Taj Gibson left with an ankle injury in the third quarter. The Bulls are already playing without Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah due to injuries.

After struggling in the first half, Carlos Boozer scored 12 points in the third quarter and has a game-high 17 points. Luol Deng also continued to lead the way. He scored four more points in the quarter and has 15.

The 76ers’ offensive woes have been across the board. Jrue Holiday is shooting 3-of-13 through three quarters, and Andre Iguodala is 4-of-14 for a team-high nine points. The team was 20-of-58 from the field.