But­ler, Wade lead Bulls to rout of 76ers

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Aaron Bracy

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Jimmy But­ler and Dwayne Wade had 26 points apiece to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 105-89 vic­tory over the Philadel­phia 76ers on Fri­day night.

Taj Gib­son added 12 points for the Bulls, who fin­ished a six-game road trip with a 4-2 record. But­ler rested for the en­tire fourth quar­ter of the blowout.

Chicago led from start to fin­ish against the short-handed 76ers, who played with­out cen­ter Joel Em­biid.

A lead­ing can­di­date for Rookie of the Year, Em­biid missed his fifth game as part of his re­hab plan for a foot in­jury that cost him the last two sea­sons. Em­biid is av­er­ag­ing 17.8 points and 7.6 re­bounds in just 22.6 min­utes as he is on a min­utes re­stric­tion.

That re­stric­tion caused him to

sit out the sec­ond over­time of Philadel­phia’s 104-99 loss to Mem­phis on Wed­nes­day night. Em­biid could re­turn for Sun­day’s home game against the Cleve­land Cava­liers though coach Brett Brown was non­com­mit­tal prior to the game.

Dur­ing the third quar­ter, fans chanted “Free The Process! Free The Process” in ref­er­ence to Em­biid’s nick­name, “The Process.”

Er­san Ilyasova had 14 points to pace Philadel­phia, which cer­tainly could’ve used Em­biid.

The Bulls ran away from the 76ers with a dom­i­nant third quar­ter in which they outscored Philadel­phia 33-17 to en­ter the fourth quar­ter ahead 90-64.

But­ler had nine points in the pe­riod as Chicago did dam­age in­side and out­side. Wade’s fast­break dunk early in the pe­riod helped the Bulls match their largest lead to that point at 67-52. And the ad­van­tage was 20, 79-59, with 4:35 left in the pe­riod af­ter a pretty se­quence that fea­tured a Wade layup from Ra­jon Rondo fol­lowed by a But­ler layup from Wade. Chicago ended the quar­ter with con­sec­u­tive 3-point­ers from Den­zel Valen­tine and Nikola Mirotic.

The lead was 28 points with just over seven min­utes left in the game when coach Fred Hoiberg emp­tied his bench.

But­ler had 15 points to help the Bulls to a 57-47 half­time lead.

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76ERS >> Vince Pa­pale, a for­mer Philadel­phia Ea­gles walk-on re­ceiver whose story was made into the movie In­vin­ci­ble, rang the bell as part of the 76ers’ pregame fes­tiv­i­ties . ... For­mer Phillies slug­ger Ryan Howard was in at­ten­dance. BULLS >> G Michael Carter-Williams, out since Oct. 31 with a left wrist and left knee in­jury, had a cast placed on his left wrist. He will be re-eval­u­ated in two weeks, Hoiberg said prior to the game . ... Hoiberg said he didn’t have a timetable for the re­turn of Doug McDer­mott, who missed his sixth game due to a con­cus­sion.

CHRIS SZAGOLA — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy But­ler, right, dunks on the 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor, left, dur­ing the first half Fri­day in Philadel­phia.

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