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Bulls Notes For Game 6 @ Philly

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stats inc.jpg* Chicago is coming off its 77-69 win over the 76ers in Game 5. The Bulls' 77 points marked their second lowest scoring output in a playoff win in franchise history (75 points in a win over Miami back on May 22, 1997). * The 76ers are 5-7 in Game 6 when leading a series 3-2, including a 0-2 record at home. * The Bulls have won just 3 of their last 14 road games in the playoffs, averaging just 93.0 points per game in the process. Chicago hasn't scored 100+ points in its last 10 road games in the postseason, tied for the third longest active streak in the NBA (Knicks 19, Bucks 17, and Orlando 10). * Philadelphia's bench is averaging 23.8 points per game this postseason on 40.0 percent from the floor; however the 76ers' bench has made just two of its 21 three-point attempts. * Jrue Holiday has scored just 16 points in each of the 76ers two losses this series connecting on 12 of his 35 attempts, this compared to his 21.0 points per game average on 47.9 percent from the floor in their three wins. * Luol Deng recorded a game-high 24 points in the Bulls' Game 5 win after scoring just 24 total points in Chicago's three losses this series.

Bulls Game Notes For Game 5 vs. Philly

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* When leading a best-of-7 playoff series 3-1, the 76ers have a 9-2 series record (with an active 4-series winning streak) and a 4-7 Game 5 record. When trailing a best-of-7 playoff series 3-1, the Bulls have a 0-6 series record and a 1-5 Game 5 record.

* The Bulls, who have not shot better than 40 percent from the field in either game in Philly this series, have held the Sixers to under 40 percent shooting from the field in three of the four games this series.

* The Sixers have turned the ball over exactly nine times in each of their three victories this series. During the regular season, Philly averaged just 11.2 turnovers per game - the fewest in the NBA since the 1977-78 season.

* So far this series, the Sixers have made more free throws (84) than the Bulls have attempted (79).

* Taj Gibson blocked four shots in Game 4 - tied for the most by a bench player in a double-double performance in the playoffs since the 2000 playoffs.

* Jrue Holliday is averaging 21.0 points and 6.0 assists on 47.9 percent shooting from the field over his last three games this series.

Bulls Game Notes For Game 4 @ Philly

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* The last time the Bulls and Sixers played a playoff game in Philadelphia (May 12, 1991), three different Bulls (Michael Jordan 25, Horace Grant 22 and Scottie Pippen 20) scored at least 20 points for the Bulls in a 101-85 win.

* When tied 1-1 in a best-of-7 NBA playoff series, the Chicago Bulls have a 11-6 series record and a 13-4 Game 3 record, while the Philadelphia 76ers have a 7-12 series record and a 10-9 Game 3 record.

* The Sixers finished the regular season with four consecutive losses at home, tying (also February 8-29) for their longest home losing streak of the season.

* Over the Bulls' last 18 road games, they have allowed 100 points in regulation just once (104 points vs. Bucks on March 7).

* The 25 fast break points scored by Philadelphia in Game 2 were the most allowed by the Bulls in the playoffs since the 2005 postseason.

* Jrue Holiday's 26 points in Game 2 were the second most (30 vs. Bulls on March 17) he has scored since the beginning of the regular season.

Bulls Notes For Game 2 vs. Philly

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* Philadelphia has gone down 0-2 in eight of its last nine best-of-7 postseason series. Chicago, meanwhile, is 2-2 in its last four Game 2s after winning Game 1.

* The 76ers have now lost six straight road playoff games, their last win coming back on April 19, 2009 (100-98 at Orlando).

* In their last six home playoff games, the Bulls have held opponents to 82.2 points, 24.3 percent shooting from three-point range and outrebounded them by 7.2 boards per contest.

* Elton Brand had 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting in the first half of Game 1, but was held to just four points on 1-for-5 from the field after halftime.

* Richard Hamilton had 19 points in Chicago's Game 1 win. Including this contest, the Bulls are 6-1 this season when he has at least 19 points.

* With Derrick Rose (knee) out, look for C.J. Watson to make his first career postseason start. The Bulls are 17-8 in Watson's starts so far in 2011-12.

Bulls Notes For Game 1 vs. Sixers

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* Chicago won two of the three games between these teams this season, although Philadelphia actually outscored the Bulls in the series, 269-267. The last time the 76ers and Bulls met in the postseason was in 1990-91 season, with Chicago taking the second-round matchup, 4 games to 1.

* The 76ers have lost five straight road playoff games, including all three in last year's first-round matchup versus the Heat.

* The Bulls held opponents to just 87.8 points per game at home this season, which was third lowest in the league behind Boston (84.4) and Philadelphia (85.8).

* The 76ers committed just 11.2 turnovers per game this season. That not only led the league, it was more than two turnovers per game less than the next-best team (Clippers - 13.3).

* Lou Williams led the 76ers with 956 total points this season. He is just the third player since 1981-82 to lead his team in total points despite not starting a single game in that season.

* Reigning league MVP Derrick Rose missed 27 games with a variety of injuries. That is the most games missed by the reigning NBA MVP since Michael Jordan missed all 50 games in 1998-99 after temporarily retiring to pursue a baseball career. Rose has averaged 25.2 points and 7.3 assists per game in his postseason career; he is one of just two players all-time (LeBron James) to average 25 ppg and 7 apg in his postseason career (minimum 25 games).


Bulls Game Notes For Thursday vs. Cavs

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* The Bulls have won seven consecutive games against the Cavaliers by an average of 14.1 points per contest (by double digits in each of last four contests).

* The Cavaliers have not outrebounded their opponents once over their last seven games away from home.

* No team in the last seven seasons has held its opponents to a lower scoring average than the Bulls have this year (88.4). The Bulls have actually held seven of their last eight opponents to less than 88 points.

* Chicago has claimed the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the second consecutive season. Over in the West, the Spurs have done the same. The last four times the same teams in each conference repeated as the number-one seeds, either the Bulls or Cavs have been best in the East.

* Antawn Jamison is averaging 24.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game over his last three road games against the Bulls.

* Since the beginning of last season, the Bulls have gone 16-1 when Kyle Korver scores at least 15 points (Korver scored 20 points last night in Indiana).

Bulls Game Notes For Wednesday @ Indiana

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* The Bulls and Pacers have split their two meetings this season, with both games having been played in Chicago. They have split the last four meetings in Indiana.

* Chicago is 33-2 this season when allowing 91 points or less, compared to just 15-14 when giving up 92 or more points.

* Indiana is 12-2 this month, tied with San Antonio for the best record in April. The last team to win the NBA title after having the best record in the final month of the regular season was the Lakers, in 2008-09.

* Kyle Korver is shooting 48.1 percent from behind the arc in road games this season, which is tied for third in the NBA.

* Paul George had 27 points and 10 rebounds in Monday's win over the Pistons. The last Pacers' starting guard to have at least 25 points and 10 boards in a game was Brandon Rush, who had 29 and 10 against the Wizards on March 29, 2009.

* Danny Granger has averaged 25.8 points in his last five home games against the Bulls.

Bulls Game Notes For Saturday vs. Dallas

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* The Bulls have beaten the Mavs twice in a row, but Dallas has owned this series, winning 20 of the 25 meetings dating back to the 1998-99 season.

* Chicago lost to Miami on Thursday, 83-72, and is now just 5-5 in the month of April. That was the Bulls' lowest point total since they lost, 83-67, at Minnesota on January 30, 2008.

* The Bulls are still a solid 17-9 without Derrick Rose on the court this season (30-7 when he does play); that .654 win percentage is better than all but three teams, not including themselves (Spurs, Thunder, Heat).

* In his last four games versus the Mavericks, Rose has averaged 26.0 points and 8.0 assists, despite making only 3 of 11 three-pointers (.273).

Bulls Game Notes For Thursday @ Miami

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* After losing the first meeting between these teams this season, Chicago has now each of its last two games against the Heat. The Bulls have just one win in their last seven trips to Miami.

* The Heat have won each of their last four games after losing three of their previous four contests. Miami is an NBA-leading 26-4 at home this season. 

* The Bulls have won four of their last five games, including a 100-68 victory over the Bobcats on Wednesday. At 12-5, Chicago owns the second-best record in the NBA in the second of back-to-back games this season. 

* Richard Hamilton has scored exactly 22 points in each of his last two games. Hamilton is averaging 16.1 points in 37 career games against Miami.

* LeBron James has scored at least 30 points in five of his last 10 games and is averaging 33.3 points in his three games against the Bulls this season.

* The Bulls boast the best scoring defense in the league this season, limiting their foes to an average of just 88.6 points per game. 

Bulls Game Notes For Wednesday @ Charlotte

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* The Bulls have won four consecutive games against the Bobcats by an average margin of 16.5 points per contest.

* The Bulls have gone an NBA-best 13-1 on the road this season against teams currently below .500. However, Monday's loss at home came against a below .500 team (Washington).

* The Bobcats lost their franchise-record 17th consecutive game against the Hornets Monday night. If they lose their remaining six games, they'll finish with a .106, which would take the reins from the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers (9-73, .110) for the lowest win percentage in NBA history.

* Bismack Biyombo has blocked multiple shots in three consecutive games, and 25 times this season (most among NBA rookies).

* Carlos Boozer has pulled down double-digit rebounds seven times over his last nine games, after doing so just five times over his previous 31 games.

* Gerald Henderson has certainly elevated his play as of late, scoring more than 20 points in back-to-back games for just the second time in his career (also January 17-21, 2012).