Instant Replay: Bulls 115, Sixers 105


The Sixers began their season with a loss and concluded it with their 72nd.

After taking a 24-point lead over the Bulls, the Sixers were outhustled in the second half. They fell in their season finale, 115-105, and finished the season 10-72, the second-worst record in NBA history.

Turning point
The Sixers led the Bulls 60-51 at halftime. The Bulls opened the third with a 9-0 run to tie the game and outscored the Sixers 35-13 in the quarter. Justin Holiday, brother of former Sixer Jrue, scored 14 points in the third alone.

Inside the box score
Jimmy Butler recorded a triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Nikola Mirotic dominated with 32 points (including 7 for 11 from three), seven rebounds and four assists. Holiday finished with 29 points (9 for 15 from the field, 5 for 7 from three). Rookie Bobby Portis grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

Robert Covington led the Sixers with 27 points (6 for 13 from three) and six rebounds. Hollis Thompson scored 21 points (8 for 13 from the field) and Jerami Grant netted 20 points (7 for 14 from the floor) and six rebounds. T.J. McConnell neared a double-double with nine points and nine assists.

Elton Brand, Nik Stauskas and Christian Wood did not play (coach's decision) for the Sixers.

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Richaun Holmes (right Achilles strain) and Carl Landry (lower-back soreness) were sidelined for the Sixers. Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, Isaiah Canaan, Holmes and Landry watched the game from the bench.

Taj Gibson (rib contusion) and E'Twaun Moore (left hamstring) were out for the Bulls because of injuries. Mike Dunleavy, Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose sat for rest.

Legend in the house
Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen watched the game courtside near the Sixers' bench.

Up next
Well, after 82 games, there is no up next this season. The Sixers will begin their offseason Thursday as the team looks ahead to the draft and free agency.

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