Sixers-Bulls: Game 5 recap
Score: Bulls 77, Sixers 69 What happened: This was ugly from the start. The Sixers scored their fewest points in a playoff game since posting 68 against Orlando in 1999 and failed to close out the top-seeded Bulls.
Score: Bulls 77, Sixers 69
What happened: This was ugly from the start. The Sixers scored their fewest points in a playoff game since posting 68 against Orlando in 1999 and failed to close out the top-seeded Bulls.
What's next? The Sixers lead the series, 3-2, and get another opportunity to clinch on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center.
Slow starters: The Sixers' starters shot 7-for-31 (22.6 percent) in the first half. The team turned the ball over eight times. Jrue Holiday, who started 1-for-14 in Game 4, was 1-for-9 in the first half. He finished 5-for-17.
Yikes! The Sixers scored just 10 points in the second quarter and shot 4-for-23 overall. "The second quarter was a disaster offensively," coach Doug Collins said.
Yikes II! Andre Iguodala shot 4-for-19 from the field in the game and is now 15-for-62 for the series from the field and 3-for-20 from the arc.
Feeling low: The Sixers' 26 first-half points equaled their fewest in a first half in a playoff game.
Shooting woes: The Sixers' .321 field goal percentage was their lowest of the season.
Hero: After largely being contained in the series, Loul Deng was tremendous, with 24 points and eight rebounds. He shot 10-for-19 from the field and 4-for-5 from three - and some of those baskets came at the end of the shot clock after the Sixers were able to play solid defense for much of the 24 seconds. Carlos Boozer added 19 points (12 in the third quarter), 13 rebounds and six assists.
Evan on boards: Evan Turner had eight rebounds in the first half. And did not grab any in the second half.
At the line: The Sixers continued to have the advantage in free-throw attempts, with 24, although they made only 17.
The Bulls were an awful 4-for-11 from the line. The Sixers averaged 18.2 free-throw attempts this season.
Looking ahead: The winner of this series plays the winner of the Boston-Atlanta series. The Hawks avoided elimination Tuesday with an 87-86 home victory and now travel to Boston for Game 6 on Thursday.