LaVine goes nuclear, Sixers lose 126-112 at The Well
Zach LaVine went nuclear last night at The Well to lead the Chicago Bulls past the Philadelphia 76ers 126-112.
Note: I already told everyone I’m pushing The Well as the official nickname for the Wells Fargo Center. Not explaining it again.
LaVine made 11-of-13 shots from beyond the arc, and at one point in the third quarter hit three 3-points in less than a minute and a half to give Chicago an 88-74 lead with 3:33 left in the third quarter.
Before that happened, the Sixers coughed up a 13-point lead thanks to a 28-11 run by the Bulls to end the first half.
Take LaVine scoring whenever he wanted and a poor offensive showing from James Harden and that was basically the win for the Chicago Bulls. Outside of two late fourth quarter threes Harden struggled throughout, connecting on just 4-of-17 shots from the floor. While Harden struggled, I did appreciate the fourth quarter since he locked up a light +983 SGP.
Tyrese Maxey returned to form last night, dropping 26 points and six assists for the 76ers. In his previous three games since returning from injury that led to Joel Embiid calling him trash, Maxey averaged just 12.7 points and shot 37.5% from the field. Last night that clearly changed with Maxey hitting 5-of-7 shots from three point range.
Tobias Harris added 22 points for the 76ers and Montrezl Harrell had another strong game serving as the main backup for Embiid, scoring 17 points.
Here’s a few things that I was unhappy about last night
PJ Tucker at the 5. That lineup stinks and Tucker clearly can’t handle it. I know Harrell likes to come off the bench but maybe Paul Reed gets a start if Embiid is still out Sunday in Detroit.
Sixers defense was lousy against LaVine. The doubles and traps they threw at him were fine I guess, but the rest of the defense forgot to cover anyone, leaving Bulls players wide open.
Tyrese Maxey exiting the game early in the third quarter was a mind boggling move from Doc Rivers, but as I told my friends in a group text last night, Rivers does this constantly and I don’t have the energy to complain about it anymore.
The Philadelphia 76ers will head to the Motor City to face the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.