Bulls, Sixers Keep Streaks Alive

Jonathan Grant | January 8th, 2022

If you haven’t been paying attention to the Chicago Bulls this season, now is the time to start doing so. Following Friday night’s 130-122 win over the Washington Wizards, they have now won nine games, the franchise’s longest winning run in a decade, in a row and find themselves on top of the Eastern Conference by 2.5 games. This particular win came as a result of a great all-around performance DeMar DeRozan was a little off, though he did score 15 points, they were picked up by Zach LaVine’s 27, Nikola Vucevic’s double-double which included 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Coby White’s nearly flawless shooting off the bench that gave them an additional 21.

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All of those contributions were enough to overcome a Washington starting-five that each scored in the double-digits and were led by 26 from Bradley Beal. Unfortunately for them, they just didn’t get as much off the bench, and that made the difference in the end. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers also kept their winning run going on Friday evening, winning for the sixth consecutive outing by downing the San Antonio Spurs 130-100. Joel Embiid played just 32 minutes, but he still had time to register 31 points and pull down 12 rebounds to help extend the run out even more and improve the team’s record to 22-16. It’s crazy to think that they are only five games back of the top spot in the East given how slowly their season got going, but that is now the case for them. Tobias Harris and Seth Curry also kicked in with big-time showings in this affair posting 23 points apiece for the Sixers. The Spurs, who fell to 15-23, got 27 points from Dejounte Murray in the reverse as they continue a rebuild.

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