Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Seth Curry scored 22 points while Joel Embiid added 18 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists to lift the host Philadelphia 76ers (6-2) past the Chicago Bulls (6-2) 103-98 (29-19, 29-25, 26-28, 19-26) on Wednesday.

Player of the Game
Seth  Curry
EFF
22
Seth Curry
Points 22
Accuracy 9-14
Rebounds 5
Assists 3

Georges Niang contributed 18 points, Tyrese Maxey added 14, and Furkan Korkmaz had 11 for the Sixers, who won their fourth in a row.

The Sixers played without Ben Simmons (personal reasons), Tobias Harris (health and safety protocols) and Danny Green (left hamstring).

DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 37 points and 10 rebounds while Zach LaVine added 27. Lonzo Ball had 13 for the Bulls, who had won six of seven entering this game. Nikola Vucevic grabbed 10 rebounds.

Niang's 15-foot jumper capped a 15-0 run and the Sixers pulled ahead 50-32 with 4:23 left in the second quarter.

The Sixers led 58-44 at halftime thanks in large part to Niang's 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting. DeRozan led the Bulls with 16 in 16 first-half minutes.

The Bulls tightened their defense and closed within 68-57 when DeRozan threw down a dunk with 6:57 left in the third.

After a pair of empty possessions by the Sixers, DeRozan knocked down two free throws to cut the deficit to seven. LaVine then hit a driving layup, and the Bulls trailed 68-63.

Niang responded with a trey to put the Sixers back ahead by eight.

Philadelphia closed strong and led 84-72 at the end of the third.

DeRozan and Ball hit consecutive shots early in the fourth to quickly close within 85-78.

DeRozan dropped in a tough jumper from the corner, Ayo Dosunmu hit a 3-pointer from the wing, DeRozan scored on consecutive possessions and the game was tied at 87 with 6:36 to go.

Curry responded with a clutch basket, Embiid made 1 of 2 free throws and the Sixers moved ahead by three.

When Maxey converted a twisting layup with 4:11 left, the Sixers led 98-89.

DeRozan's shot in the lane with 29.9 seconds left closed the Bulls within 100-98.

But Curry came back with a jumper with 10.7 seconds remaining as Alex Caruso was waving his hand in front of his face.

76ers: Seth Curry 22 (7/10 2PT, 2/4 3PT, 5 REB), Joel Embiid 18 (5/13 2PT, 1/5 3PT, 9 REB, 7 AST, 4 TO), Georges Niang 18 (4/8 3PT), Tyrese Maxey 14 (5/10 2PT, 6 AST), Furkan Korkmaz 11 (4/5 2PT, 5 REB), Matisse Thybulle 8 (2/3 3PT, 3 STL, 2 BLK), Shake Milton 7.

Bulls: DeMar DeRozan 37 (13/21 2PT, 11/12 FT, 10 REB), Zach LaVine 27 (9/17 2PT, 2/7 3PT, 9 REB, 5 TO), Lonzo Ball 13 (3/6 3PT, 5 REB, 5 AST, 3 STL, 5 TO).

DeMar DeRozan's performance

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Philadelphia 76ers
Chicago Bulls
49%
38/77
Field goals
46%
38/82
41
Rebounds
50
24
Assists
19
9
Steals
11
71%
15/21
Free throws
89%
16/18
14
Turnovers
16

Best players

Seth  Curry
22 PTS
9/14 FG
2/2 FT
DeMar  DeRozan
37 PTS
13/22 FG
11/12 FT
Joel  Embiid
9 REB
8 DREB
1 OREB
Chicago Bulls
Few players
10 REB
Joel  Embiid
7 As
4 TO
34 MIN
Chicago Bulls
Few players
6 As
Seth  Curry
22 EFF
70% 2P%
50% 3P%
DeMar  DeRozan
34 EFF
62% 2P%
0% 3P%