Best of NBA: Paul Millsap, Hawks outlast Knicks in 4OTs


CHICAGO — Brett Brown said before and after Sunday night’s 121-108 loss to the Bulls that the Sixers have a long way to go before they are where he wants them to be.

They showed why a couple of times between those matching statements.

The Sixers fell into a 20-point hole early in the second quarter and, once it battled back, got almost no help from its bench as they dropped their second straight (see Instant Replay). It was also the Sixers’ 12th straight loss to the Bulls.

The Sixers’ reserves were outscored, 49-15, and watched several players come off Chicago’s bench to make key contributions.

“It’s just one game,” said Dario Saric, who led the bench with six points. “We didn’t show our ability.”

While the Sixers struggled with their starters on the bench, Chicago saw Doug McDermott (14 points), Paul Zipser and Nikola Mirotic (13 each) and Rajon Rondo (10 assists) help it run away once the Sixers (17-29) erased the early deficit.

Brown thought his team was in trouble once it clawed back to tie the game at 79 and 81 points midway through the third. 

“I thought we were really good and then we tied it at 81,” Brown said. “That’s where our breakdowns started.

“Credit (Dwyane) Wade for his causing some of those with his scoring and

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