Point guard Jrue Holiday made the most of his opportunity going up against Chicago's backup point guards in the absence of Derrick Rose (hamstring), but his 30 point effort proved futile as the 76ers dropped a road contest to the Bulls 89-80 on Saturday night.
Chicago played without both Rose and Rip Hamilton, and fell behind 11-0 early in the contest before crawling back. Philly's tight defense kept the Bulls in check for most of the evening, but a lopsided third quarter turned the game's momentum in Chicago's favor and it didn't relinquish it.
Holiday led all scorers with his 30, but was one of just two Sixers to score in double figures. Andre Iguadola, Elton Brand, and Evan Turner were held to just 15 points combined, and Philadelphia's offense was out of sync throughout much of the evening.
With the loss, Philly stands just a game above Boston for the lead in the Atlantic Division, pending the Celtics Saturday night result against Denver.
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