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."
Last night it was the free-throw line, where the Sixers were 9-for-19.
Thaddeus Young scored 24 points for the Sixers (15-53), the fourth game in a row he has scored at least 20. Michael Carter-Williams went for 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while Byron Mullens came off the bench to score 12 points, 10 in the second half.
Taj Gibson (19 points, 13 rebounds) and D.J. Augustin (20 points) provided a spark off the bench for the Bulls (38-30), while Joakim Noah had 14 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four blocks. Carlos Boozer added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Mike Dunleavy scored 15.