A fan holds up a sign after the Sixers came back to beat the Bulls on Saturday, 107-104, and improve to 3-0. (Comcast SportsNet)
The Sixers were one of six teams undefeated heading into Saturday night. And after erasing a 20-point deficit, they remain unbeaten by topping the Bulls, 107-104, on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers made 11 of 22 three-pointers and picked up their defense in the second half, holding Chicago to 40 points after giving up 64 in the first half.
Chicago won the fast-break battle, 23-10, and points in the paint, 56-44, but the Bulls made just 3 of 14 three-point attempts.
There was a mad scramble for a loose ball with 3:29 to play in the game when out of nowhere, Michael Carter-Williams emerged with the ball under the basket and scored to give the Sixers a 100-99 lead. It was the Sixers' first lead since 3-0.
Follow the leader
It is early but Carter-Williams is a real talent. Unfazed going up against former MVP Derrick Rose, MCW led all scorers with 26 points. He also had 10 assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Evan Turner had his third straight 20-plus-point performance, finishing with exactly 20 points.
Rose finished with 13 points, six assists and four rebounds.
Carlos Boozer led Chicago in scoring with 22 points.
Rebounding was expected to be a weakness for the Sixers but through the first two games, the Sixers had actually collected nine more rebounds than their opponents. The table turned against the Bulls as Chicago outrebounded the Sixers, 51-39.
Take a bow
Spencer Hawes connected on his eighth basket of the night with 5.9 seconds remaining to put the Sixers up, 107-104. Hawes finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The Sixers will play three consecutive home games next week, beginning with Golden State on Monday. The Warriors are led in scoring by Steph Curry and Klay Thompson who are each averaging 24 points per game. Former Sixer Andre Iguodala is Golden State’s leading assist man with 7.5 per contest.