Philadelphia 76ers Stay Undefeated, Defying Las Vegas OddsmakersNancy Kercheval
The Philadelphia 76ers continue to defy the Las Vegas oddsmakers and have extended their National Basketball Association record to 3-0 with a 107-104 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
During the preseason, the Las Vegas Hotel’s Super Book projected a historically bad season for the 76ers by setting the lowest win total in recent memory, according to assistant manager Jeff Sherman.
The 76ers top the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division after defeating the Bulls, Washington Wizards and two-time defending champion Miami Heat this season.
“We understand what everybody has said and written about us,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown told reporters. “Our guys have put in the day-to-day stuff, which has always been our message. I’m lucky I’ve found a group that enjoys each other’s company and they enjoy playing together.”
Last night, rookie Michael Carter-Williams had 26 points and 10 assists, while Evan Turner scored 20 points and Spencer Hawes added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers, who trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half before surging to win on their home court at the Wells Fargo Center.
“In this league, no lead is safe,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I know you get tired of hearing that. But in one minute, a team can make up 10 points very quickly.”
The Bulls (1-2) were led by Carlos Boozer with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Luol Deng with 20 points.
In other NBA games last night, it was Indiana 89, Cleveland 74; New Orleans 105, Charlotte 84; Dallas 111, Memphis 99; Toronto 97, Milwaukee 90; Houston 104, Utah 93; Portland 115, San Antonio 105; and Golden State 98, Sacramento 87.