The Philadelphia 76ers needed an extra five minutes but eventually pulled out a tough hard fought 106-103 victory against the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center.
Bulls guard Derrick Rose put on a show finishing with 30 including 13 in the final quarter to push the game to overtime but it wasn't enough as the Bulls (23-24) were outscored by Philly 12-9 in overtime. The Bulls came into the game on a five game road winning streak.
For the Sixers its was a nice showcase by the forwards. Elton Brand finished with a team high 26 points on 12-22 shooting and despite a cold first half Andre Iguodala finished with 25 points, 11-19 from the field. Both players were tough on the defensive end accounting for 17 of the teams 43 rebounds.
Center Samuel Dalembert had the games only double-double ending with 10 points and 13 boards.
The game stayed tight in overtime with Rose tying the game at 98 with 1:41 to go on clutch free throws. On the insuring possession Andre Iguodala hit his first three-pointer of the game to give Philly the lead for good at 101-98.
This is the second win in a row for the Sixers (17-31).
The Sixers had a strong outing from Willie Green who started in the place of veteran Allen Iverson. Iverson missed the game due to an illness to one of his children. Green ended the game with 16 points on 6-9 shooting.
The Sixers will now head on the road for a two game trip to New Orleans and Houston. Philly will hope to get their first three game winning streak of the season on the trip. The Sixers beat the Hornets 96-92 on January 11th and fell to the Rockets a month early 91-96. Both came at the Wachovia Center.