Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Surprising Sixers rally on Bulls

PHILADELPHIA — Rookie Michael Carter-Williams had 26 points and 10 assists and Spencer Hawes added 18 points and 11 rebounds as the 76ers continued their stunning start to the season, beating the Bulls 107-104 on Saturday night.

Pegged to be one of the league's worst teams, the Sixers have opened the season with wins over Chicago, Washington and two-time defending champion Miami.

Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Luol Deng had 20 points.

Still dealing with neck soreness, Derrick Rose finished with 13 points and six assists for Chicago.

After trailing by as many as 18 points in the second half, the Sixers took a 100-99 lead with 3:29 left when Carter-Williams picked up a loose ball and laid it in. It was the Sixers' first lead since 11-10.

Rose hit a 3-pointer with 2:12 left to put the Bulls in front 104-102, but the 2011 MVP committed turnovers on Chicago's next two possessions, allowing the Sixers to tie the score on a layup by Evan Turner then take a 105-104 lead when Turner made a free throw.

With 5.9 seconds left, Hawes made a jumper to put the Sixers ahead 107-104. Deng missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the other end to send the home crowd into a frenzy.

The Bulls mostly controlled the game in the first half, closing the first quarter on a 24-11 run before increasing their lead to 20 late in the second.

But a 3-pointer from Hawes followed by a driving layup through traffic from Carter-Williams cut the Bulls lead to 79-74 with just less than five minutes left in the third quarter, getting the crowd back into the game after a lifeless first half.

The Sixers had a chance to take the lead after three quarters, but a pull-up jumper by Darius Morris rolled around the rim and out at the buzzer.

The Bulls shot 57.4 percent from the field in the first half but finished the game shooting 45.2 percent.

The Sixers shot 48.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Paul George and Lance Stephenson combined for 43 points, and the host Pacers improved to 3-0 with an 89-74 victory over the Cavaliers. Stephenson scored 22, including 10 in a 14-4 run midway through the fourth quarter that gave Indiana a 79-61 lead with 7:46 left. George, who had 21 points and 13 rebounds, scored all the points in a key 7-2 third-quarter run. … Anthony Davis had 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the host Pelicans to their first victory, 105-84 over the Bobcats. New Orleans set a franchise record with 18 blocks, including a career-high six by Davis.

HALL OF FAMER DIES: Walt Bellamy, the Hall of Fame center who averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds in 14 seasons, died Saturday. He was 74.

The Hawks confirmed the death but didn't provide details. The team said Mr. Bellamy attended Friday's home opener.

The former Indiana University star won an Olympic gold medal in 1960 and was the first overall pick by the Chicago Packers in 1961. He was the rookie of the year with Chicago, averaging 31.6 points and 19 rebounds, and also played for the Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta and New Orleans Jazz. He played in four All-Star Games and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.

"Walt Bellamy was an enormously gifted Hall of Fame player who had a tremendous impact on our game," NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement released by the league. "Off the court, he was an even more extraordinary person. Walt is going to be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condolences and thoughts go out to Walt's family."

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Nets center-forward Andray Blatche was fined $15,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture during Friday night's game against the Heat. … Timberwolves center Ronny Turiaf is out indefinitely with a fractured right elbow.

76ers 107, Bulls 104

CHICAGO (104): Deng 8-21 4-5 20, Boozer 9-16 4-4 22, Noah 4-11 2-2 10, Rose 4-14 4-4 13, Butler 4-6 1-2 9, Gibson 6-9 0-0 12, Dunleavy 3-7 0-0 7, Hinrich 3-8 2-2 9, Mohammed 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 42-93 17-19 104.

PHILADELPHIA (107): Turner 7-16 6-7 20, Young 5-9 0-0 13, Hawes 8-11 0-0 18, Carter-Williams 10-22 4-5 26, Anderson 0-4 1-2 1, Allen 3-5 0-0 6, Wroten 4-11 0-2 11, Orton 2-2 0-0 4, Morris 2-4 1-2 6, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Davies 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 42-86 12-18 107.

Chicago 34 30 19 21— 104

Philadelphia 22 27 33 25— 107

3-Point GoalsChicago 3-14 (Dunleavy 1-3, Rose 1-3, Hinrich 1-4, Butler 0-1, Deng 0-3), Philadelphia 11-22 (Young 3-4, Wroten 3-6, Hawes 2-4, Carter-Williams 2-5, Morris 1-1, Anderson 0-1, Thompson 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 58 (Boozer 10), Philadelphia 45 (Hawes 11). AssistsChicago 28 (Hinrich, Rose 6), Philadelphia 24 (Carter-Williams 10). Total FoulsChicago 14, Philadelphia 18. A15,782 (20,328).

Pacers 89, Cavaliers 74

CLEVELAND (74): Thompson 1-5 0-0 2, Clark 0-4 2-2 2, Varejao 6-9 2-2 14, Irving 6-17 2-4 15, Waiters 7-21 1-1 17, Bennett 0-4 0-0 0, Jack 4-8 0-0 8, Miles 2-9 4-4 8, Zeller 2-3 2-2 6, Gee 1-2 0-0 2, Dellavedova 0-0 0-0 0, Karasev 0-0 0-0 0, Sims 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-83 13-15 74.

INDIANA (89): George 8-17 2-2 21, West 2-7 0-0 4, Hibbert 5-9 1-2 11, Watson 2-8 3-3 7, Stephenson 7-13 3-5 22, S.Hill 2-2 0-0 4, Scola 2-6 0-0 4, Sloan 1-3 2-2 4, Mahinmi 0-1 2-4 2, Johnson 2-7 2-2 7, Butler 1-2 0-0 3, Copeland 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 32-77 15-20 89.

Cleveland 16 21 18 19— 74

Indiana 21 22 19 27— 89

3-Point GoalsCleveland 3-15 (Waiters 2-3, Irving 1-3, Bennett 0-1, Clark 0-1, Jack 0-2, Miles 0-5), Indiana 10-28 (Stephenson 5-7, George 3-6, Butler 1-2, Johnson 1-5, Scola 0-1, Sloan 0-2, Copeland 0-2, Watson 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 47 (Clark 7), Indiana 59 (George 13). AssistsCleveland 11 (Irving 5), Indiana 24 (Watson 6). Total FoulsCleveland 25, Indiana 16. TechnicalsWaiters, Indiana defensive three second. A16,242 (18,165).

Pelicans 105, Bobcats 84

CHARLOTTE (84): Kidd-Gilchrist 1-4 1-2 3, McRoberts 3-4 2-2 9, Biyombo 0-0 0-2 0, Walker 7-19 0-0 14, Henderson 3-10 1-2 7, Taylor 1-9 3-7 5, Zeller 2-4 0-0 4, Sessions 5-11 12-16 22, Adrien 4-7 0-1 8, Tolliver 2-5 0-0 6, B.Gordon 1-3 2-4 4, Pargo 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 30-80 21-36 84.

NEW ORLEANS (105): Aminu 2-4 3-4 7, Davis 9-13 7-8 25, Smith 3-8 2-2 8, Holiday 5-13 2-2 14, E.Gordon 3-7 0-0 7, Evans 6-16 3-3 15, Stiemsma 2-2 0-0 4, Thomas 1-2 2-4 4, Morrow 3-6 0-0 8, Roberts 3-4 5-5 13, Withey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-75 24-28 105.

Charlotte 15 26 21 22— 84

New Orleans 33 23 21 28— 105

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 3-21 (Tolliver 2-5, McRoberts 1-1, B.Gordon 0-1, Henderson 0-1, Sessions 0-2, Pargo 0-3, Taylor 0-3, Walker 0-5), New Orleans 7-13 (Roberts 2-2, Holiday 2-3, Morrow 2-4, E.Gordon 1-3, Evans 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 54 (Adrien 13), New Orleans 53 (Davis 8). AssistsCharlotte 13 (Sessions 6), New Orleans 30 (Holiday 8). Total FoulsCharlotte 22, New Orleans 26. A15,232 (17,188).

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