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[PHILADELPHIA] — The Philadelphia 76ers played host to the Chicago Bulls last night but couldn't manage to leave much of an impact, failing to keep up with their visiting rivals and eventually succumbing in a 90-102 defeat. The loss bumps Philadelphia's record down to 28-51 on the season, while the victory gives Chicago a 39-40 total on the year. Disappointing from the opening tip, the 76ers did little to convince anyone that they deserved anything more than a big fat L in this one. Suffice it to say, they'll have plenty to talk about over the next few days.

On this night it was Jimmy Butler leading the show from a statistical perspective. His 19 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 0 blocks and 2 steals in 37 minutes topped all players in terms of general production. Most importantly, the Bulls managed to prevail where it mattered most and will happily add another victory to their season total. So long as Butler keeps producing at this rate and Chicago keeps winning ball games, everybody - from fantasy owners to the team coaching and executive staff - will be more than satisfied.

Though Philadelphia didn't end up getting it done when it mattered most, Jerian Grant did walk away with the small consolation of an attractive 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Whether another bright individual performance can help them get the result they want on the scoreboard next time, however, remains to be seen.

From a personal standpoint, Nikola Mirotic made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 6 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

At the end of the day, the homeside was beaten down in a performance that they stood little chance of winning. If there's one thing any coach will offer a team coming off of a loss like this one it's that success hinges on a better defensive output. Not only did the Bulls take advantage of Philadelphia, they managed to put forth an offensive outburst far in excess of their season average. Philadelphia knows this - as would any other NBA squad in their position, so don't be surprised if the 76ers end up running plenty of laps after this one.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bulls, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the Brooklyn Nets.

76ers Stats

Roster P R A B S M
R. Holmes101021231
T. McConnell9680333
T. Luwawu18330234
D. Saric91011122
N. Stauskas13340125
J. Anderson17400133
S. Long4800012
G. Henderson4211018
A. Poythress4300026
T. Splitter210005

Bulls Stats

Roster P R A B S M
J. Butler1910100237
J. Grant15850231
N. Mirotic22821025
R. Lopez9723132
B. Portis121100021
J. Lauvergne14210114
P. Zipser7300124
M. Carter-Williams2231010
A. Morrow2230021
D. Valentine0310019
C. Felicio000102
C. Payne010002
I. Canaan000002
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