The Philadelphia 76ers split their road back-to-back this weekend, going on a run late to beat the Charlotte Bobcats but proving unable to beat the Chicago Bulls in a rematch of a playoff series from last year.
Charlotte and Philadelphia were tied late at 81, but Jason Richardson caught fire, drilling four three-pointers in the game's final period to give his team the win. There were lots of stars statistically -- Evan Turner had 25 points as well as 10 rebounds, Jrue Holiday had a career-high 15 assists, Lavoy Allen chipped in a double-double from the Sixers' much maligned center position -- but it was Richardson's clutch shooting late that sealed the win. The veteran shooting guard finished with 22 points.
That win left the Sixers riding a three-game win streak heading into Saturday night's game against the Bulls. Once again, it was a tight game most of the way, with the teams tied at the half and Chicago leading by three heading into the final quarter. But the Bulls gradually pulled away, with Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah giving Chicago a major advantage on the defensive glass, with Philadelphia getting outrebounded 50-37 in what was eventually a five-point loss.
That leaves the Sixers at 10-7, third in the Atlantic Division. Here's Philadelphia's scores from the weekend:
Friday, November 30
Philadelphia 76ers, 104, Charlotte Bobcats, 98
Saturday, December 1
Chicago Bulls, 93, Philadelphia 88