Once again, the 76ers teased. Like Monday, when they hung with the Indiana Pacers for most of the game, the Sixers put a scare into the visiting Chicago Bulls last night. But once again - for the 22nd straight time - they lost, this one by 102-94.
With the game tied midway through the fourth quarter at 85, Chicago's Jimmy Butler (16 points) drained a three-pointer from the top of the key and then, after a Sixers miss, D.J. Augustin nailed a triple from the left corner to give the Bulls a 91-85 lead, and they held it until the end.
The discouraging numbers continue to mount for the Sixers - it was their 17th consecutive home loss and 29th defeat in the past 32 games.
"It's tough, especially when you're right there," said Tony Wroten, who collected 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds. "We were right there and we're going to keep fighting, keep pushing. It's different every game. Some games it's getting stops and rebounds."