Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 2/12

Game 1: Wednesday, February 12th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 19th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 2nd
Game 4: Tuesday, April 15th

76ers 110

(29-24, 12-13 away)

Bulls 82

(19-36, 16-9 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    8:30 PM ET, February 19, 2003

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 28 19 36 27110
    CHI 28 25 8 2182

    Top Performers

    Philadelphia: A. Iverson 28 Pts, 8 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    Chicago: T. Chandler 16 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Bulls' collapse makes it easy for Sixers

    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 second half.''

    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 their reserves.

    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 66-59 lead.

    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 third.

    "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.

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 110 82
    FGM-FGA 45-89 (.506) 32-85 (.376)
    3PM-3PA 4-10 (.400) 0-11 (.000)
    FTM-FTA 16-28 (.571) 18-25 (.720)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-48 19-50
    Assists 31 23
    Turnovers 16 24
    Steals 14 4
    Blocks 2 5
    Fast Break Points 9 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 27 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 28
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Tyson Chandler Chandler
    Points: 16
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0