It wasn’t pretty, but somehow the Chicago Bulls were able to survive the Philadelphia 76ers 77-69 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The 76ers now own a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series.
In an elimination game at home, the Bulls defense ended up being the big difference in one of the uglier games in recent playoff memory. The Chicago crowd witnessed plenty of bricks as Philly shot 32 percent from the floor (25-78).
The 76ers scored a grand total of 10 points in the second quarter. It was a testament to the relentlessness of the Bulls defense, but also to the inability of the 76ers to get any sort of open looks. In the period they were 4-of-23 from the floor.
The bigs of Chicago had their way, pouring in 36 points in the paint compared to only 23 for the 76ers. The Bulls were clearly the more aggressive team.
Without MVP Derrick Rose and leading rebounder Joakim Noah, the Bulls were still able to find a way. Now the 76ers must win Game 6 to ensure they aren’t back at the United Center for a Game 7.
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