CHICAGO (AP) -- It took the Philadelphia 76ers just seven minutes
to turn a tight game into a laugher.
The 76ers outscored the Chicago Bulls 36-8 in the third quarter
Wednesday night, then cruised to a 110-82 victory that sent Bulls
fans scurrying for an early exit. The few who did stay showered the
Bulls with boos as time ran out.
"I hope we take two steps forward,'' Chicago coach Bill
Cartwright said, "because we took a step backward tonight.''
More like a giant leap backward with their worst loss of the
season. The Bulls made just three field goals in the third quarter
and went scoreless for the last 5:17 of the period.
They threatened the franchise low for points in a quarter,
missing it by two.
The 76ers outrebounded the Bulls 18-5 in the period, and had a
14-0 edge on second-chance points. The only statistic Chicago
"won'' was turnovers; the Bulls had eight to Philadelphia's three
in the third.
"In the first half, we let guys beat us to the ball. They got
the boards and got out on breaks,'' said Allen Iverson, who just
missed a triple-double with 28 points, nine assists and eight
rebounds. "In the second half, we took easy shots and got their
guys to commit turnovers that allowed us to get out and score.
"We just played better offensively and defensively in the
Kenny Thomas had his seventh double-double with 20 points and 14
rebounds, and Keith Van Horn added 22 points for the 76ers, who won
their fourth straight.
"The difference in the second half was our defense,''
Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said. "We didn't give them second
shots and got out in transition. When we score, we're much better
at setting up our defense.''
The Bulls had five players in double figures, but shot only 37
percent and were 0-11 from 3-point range. Jalen Rose had 20, but
was 7-of-20 from the field.
Tyson Chandler had his fifth straight solid outing, finishing
with 16 points and 13 rebounds, but he did most of his damage in
the first half.
"It's definitely embarrassing,'' Chandler said. "We can't
continue to let people have big nights against us. We've got to
step up to the challenge.''
And at first, it seemed as if the Bulls would. The 76ers looked
lackluster in the first half, shooting less than 47 percent as the
Bulls took a 53-47 lead.
Iverson and Van Horn combined for 26 points, but the 76ers bench
contributed only six points. The Bulls, meanwhile, got 21 from
But Thomas opened the second half with back-to-back baskets,
Iverson hit a jumper and a pair of free throws and, just like that,
Chicago's lead was wiped out.
The Bulls took the lead one last time on a two-hand slam by
Chandler, but it was all 76ers after that. Van Horn scored on a
rebound layup, Thomas dunked, Derrick Coleman got a rebound goal,
and Eric Snow converted a three-point play to give the 76ers a
Rose made a highlight reel shot with an off-balance jumper,
drilling it as the shot clock ran out and Van Horn was running into
him. But that was the last bright spot for Chicago, as the 76ers
went right back to work.
Iverson hit a 15-footer and Van Horn made a 3-pointer to spark a
17-0 run that gave Philadelphia an 83-61 lead at the end of the
"When we did something wrong, they capitalized,'' Rose said.
"It seemed like every time we made a mistake, they got a basket.
You don't see many third quarters like that.
76ers F Monty Williams, activated earlier in the day,
finished with nine points on 4-of-4 shooting. ... Philadelphia has
won five straight on the road. ... The 76ers have won 14 of their
last 18 against Chicago, including seven straight at the United
Center. ... Chicago's 24 turnovers were a season high.