D.J. Augustin had 20 points off the bench and three Chicago Bulls players had double-doubles as the Bulls scraped by the Philadelphia 76ers, 102-94, on Wednesday night, sending the 76ers to their 22nd straight loss.
This was anything but easy for Chicago.
The Bulls briefly led by 11 points in the second quarter, but Philadelphia trimmed the lead to seven by halftime, and Chicago never led by double digits in the second half.
The 76ers actually tied the game with 7:43 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Thaddeus Young--who scored a game-high 24 points--drained a three-pointer to knot the score up at 85.
After Young's shot, however, the Bulls hit back-to-back triples to go back up by six. They would lead for the rest of the way.
Taj Gibson had 19 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for Chicago, and Joakim Noah (14 and 10) and Carlos Boozer (12 and 11) also contributed double-doubles.
The Bulls outrebounded Philadelphia 52-38.
The Sixers really hurt themselves at the free-throw line, as they shot only 9-of-19 from the charity stripe. The three-ball kept them in the game, with Philly connecting on 11 of its 24 long-range attempts.
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