The Philadelphia 76ers will try to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games when they travel to Chicago to face the Bulls on Saturday. Philadelphia made it three straight by holding on for a 104-98 road win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday, as the Sixers continued their strong play on the road. They are 4-2 away from home.
The Bulls have struggled to find consistency while waiting for star point guard Derrick Rose to return from left knee surgery. After winning its first two games, Chicago hasn't won two straight since, but the Bulls are coming off an impressive 101-78 home win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Chicago has won seven of the past 11 meetings, including two of three last season.
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ABOUT THE 76ERS (10-6): Point guard Jrue Holiday, who racked up a season-high 15 assists Friday, leads the team with 18.2 points and 9.4 assists per game, and Evan Turner (14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds) has turned it on recently. Thaddeus Young (14.1 points, 7.8 rebounds) and Jason Richardson (13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds) also average double digits, and reserve Nick Young (9.6 points) is on the cusp. Richardson scored 22 points Friday, including four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The Sixers' strength has been their defense, but they've topped 100 points in four straight games.
ABOUT THE BULLS (7-7): Chicago has four starters and a reserve averaging double-digit scoring with Luol Deng (17.6 points, 7.4 rebounds) leading the way. Veterans Richard Hamilton (13.8 points) and Carlos Boozer (13.8 points, 9.6 rebounds) are putting up solid numbers, and Joakim Noah (13.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.3 steals) is developing into an all-around star. Nate Robinson (11.5 points) leads a deep bench that combined for a season-high 50 points against Dallas.
1. Turner has averaged 23.8 points in his past four games and has a career-best streak of eight games scoring in double figures.
2. Since the start of last season, the Bulls are 36-3 when holding opponents under 90 points, including a 5-1 mark this season.
3. Philadelphia is 9-0 when leading after three quarters.