The Sixers fell to a 107-114 loss against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night to finish their road season at a lonely 6-35. The worst road record in the NBA.
They fell behind the Knicks who managed to rescue a win against Orlando on the same day.
Despite the loss, the game close and contested from start to finish, with the lead not rising past single figures in the fourth quarter. Taj Gibson’s dunk secured the win with just 28 seconds remaining, opening the lead to seven.
The Bulls have gone the three-game season series without defeat for the second consecutive year, with the Sixers losing 26 of their last 27 road games.
You have to feel like the Sixers had the presence of Nerlens Noel of Ish Smith then the game may have tilted in their favour. Despite going the game without two of their big name players, the Sixers had six players scoring double digit points. Led by Robert Covington’s 22 points, Jason Richardson and JaKarr Sampson amounted 19 and 18 respectively. As Richardson continues to find his groove, the Sixers are starting to feel a lot more confident with shots from the outside.
The Sixers were lucky in the first two meetings of the season in that they didn’t have to face star point guard Derrick Rose. However that luck was swatted today as the star Point Guard amounted 22 points in just 28 minutes, that in itself is hard to fight back against.
The turning point came late on when the Sixers had reduced the lead to just two points with four minutes left in regulation. But the Chicago point guard hit a lay up that pushed the lead back to four, and the Sixers never closed that gap by more than one point for the remainder of the game.
The team face the Milwaukee at home before hosting the heat to wrap up the season with two home games. After extending their second worst run of the season, they will look to break that at Wells Fargo next week,