The last time that Derrick Rose played the 76ers, things ended disastrously as he tore his ACL with under five minutes left in the game. Tonight, things ended pretty disastrously for Rose and the Bulls as well, as they blew a 20 point lead in the third-quarter to fall to Michael Carter-Williams and the upstart, Eastern Conference leading, Philadelphia 76ers.
Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng paced the Bulls in the first half, as talent clearly won out. The Sixers played with energy, but it was evident early on that the Bulls had better personnel. The Bulls took a 64-49 lead into half, and appeared to have brought the Sixers back to earth.
At halftime Brett Brown and the Sixers clearly made the necessary defensive adjustments because the Bulls were scoring at a ridiculous clip in the first half, without much from Derrick Rose. The Sixers could take away that they too, were scoring at a solid clip, and Michael Carter-Williams was having a slower game, so getting him going and buckling down on defense was crucial to the Sixers second half turnaround. And that is exactly what they happened.
The Sixers held Derrick Rose and the Bulls to just 40 points in the second half, and blew past a 20 point deficit by outscoring the Bulls 33-19 in the third quarter.
Despite a huge third quarter, the Sixers overcame being down 96-85 and 104-102 late after a corner-three from Derrick Rose due to Evan Turner getting to the line and a ridiculously sweet behind the back pass from Michael Carter-Williams to Spencer Hawes who ended up hitting a deep jumper that went on to be the dagger.
3-0, I don’t know how long it is going to last, but this is fun. Winless for Wiggins may still become a reality at some point this year but for the time being I can’t root against Michael Carter-Williams and one of the most fun Sixers teams I have seen in a long time.