CHICAGO — The 76ers successfully completed the second leg of a unique road trip. Now, they head back to Texas after extending their lead atop the Eastern Conference.
The Sixers defeated the Chicago Bulls, 106-94, on Monday at the United Center. Tobias Harris paced Philly’s balanced attack with 21 points on 10-for-13 shooting to go with nine rebounds. Seth Curry had another sharpshooting night, finishing with 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting, making 3 of 5 three-pointers.
All five Sixers starters scored in double digits.
Philly (44-21) now has a one-game lead over the conference’s second-place Brooklyn Nets with seven contests remaining. The Nets (43-22) face the third-place Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday in the second game of a two-game series at Fiserv Forum.
The Sixers, meanwhile, will head to Houston on Tuesday for Wednesday night’s game against the Rockets at the Toyota Center. All this comes after the Sixers began their three-game road trip on Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Coach Doc Rivers voiced his displeasure Sunday with having to travel from San Antonio to Chicago and then to Houston. He would have preferred to go from San Antonio to Houston, then to Chicago.
“We’re 45 minutes from Houston, and then we are going to fly to Chicago and play Chicago, and then fly back to Houston,” he said Sunday night. “It makes no sense, but it is what it is.”
The future Hall of Fame coach doubled down on his displeasure before Monday’s game.
“Honestly, it just didn’t make a lot of sense,” Rivers said. “But it is what it is, and we’ll be ready tonight.”
They sure were.