PHILADELPHIA – Joakim Noah scored 21 points, Luol Deng added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Bulls won their fourth in a row on the road with a 96-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
Less than 24 hours after losing to the Los Angeles Clippers by five points at United Center, the Bulls traveled to Philadelphia and appeared more rested than the Sixers, who had Tuesday off.
Marco Belinelli had 16 points and Nate Robinson, starting in place of guard Kirk Hinrich, had 14 for the Bulls. Hinrich injured his left knee in Tuesday’s loss to the Clippers and is listed as day-to-day.
Jrue Holiday scored 26 points, Evan Turner added 16 and Thaddeus Young 13 for Philadelphia. Reserve Spencer Hawes chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Nick Young also scored 10 for the Sixers.
Philadelphia took an 80-79 lead when Holiday knocked down a jumper with 5:20 remaining.
But the short-handed Bulls – still playing without All-Star guard Derrick Rose (left knee) as well as guards Richard Hamilton (torn plantar fascia in his left foot) and Hinrich – responded with a 7-0 run to take an 86-80 lead.
Jason Richardson hit a 3-pointer to get the Sixers within three before Deng came right back with a tough driving layup to push the lead back to five.
Deng had one of his worst games of the season with an eight-point effort against the Clippers, but he shook it off to help carry the Bulls to another tough road win.
The Sixers took a 44-41 lead into halftime despite missing all four of their 3-point attempts and all three of their free throws. Philadelphia shot 46 percent from the field.
Notes: Bulls F Carlos Boozer was whistled for a technical foul with 5:41 left in the second quarter. ... Noah also had seven rebounds and five assists.