Embiid, Korkmaz, lead the 76ers to a huge road win against the Chicago Bulls
We are just 10 games into the 2021 NBA season, but last night in Chicago was a big win and special for a lot of reasons. The Philadelphia beat the Chicago Bulls 114-105. They are now on an NBA best six game winning streak and sit atop of the Eastern Conference standings with an 8-2 record. It is the best start from a 76ers team in over 20 years, (2000-01 started 10-0) and was also a huge milestone for head coach Doc Rivers, who noted is 1,000th career win in the NBA, a feat only 10 total coaches in NBA history have reached.
Before we get into last night’s game, here’s who the Sixers did not have available:
The Sixers were forced to call up rookies Jaden Spring and Aaron Henry from the Blue Coats to come to Chicago, not that it mattered because Doc Rivers stuck with a beautiful eight man rotation for the second game in a row. The Sixers were four point underdogs heading into last night and honestly, I had them losing a tough game on the road. Instead, Joel Embiid and company handled business and will head home with a day off today, before playing back-to-back against the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks on Monday and Tuesday.
Embiid dominated last night and improved to a perfect 9-0 against the Chicago Bulls during his career. He finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds. Embiid was 11-19 from the floor and 4-5 from deep. His biggest shot was a dagger, step-back three pointer that put the game out of reach with roughly 16 seconds left in the game. At the time, the Sixers were only up five points after a late push from Chicago to make it a game.
Furkan Korkmaz, playing with a bandaged up hand, put on a show and hit seven three pointers (7-9 3FG) finishing the game with 25 points, six rebounds, and an assist.
Seven out of eight players were in double figures for the Sixers.
- Paul Reed: 10 PTS, 5 REB
- Maxey: 10 PTS, 3 REB, 8 AST
- Curry: 11 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL
- Milton: 13 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST, 2 STL
- Niang: 12 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL
After the game, the team celebrated as Doc Rivers entered the locker room and the 76ers posted a must-watch video on Twitter.
Check it out below.
This team is clicking right now. When you have four players on the court with Joel Embiid that are knocking down shots and players like Georges Niang and Furkan Korkmaz coming off the bench and scoring at a high level, the 76ers are dangerous even without their start players like Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons.
Sit back today and watch the Philadelphia Eagles. Enjoy the day off from 76ers basketball. The team is first in the Eastern Conference and playing some of the best, and most fun basketball in recent memory. The Sixers are back in action tomorrow night against the New York Knicks in South Philadelphia.
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