After losing to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, the Chicago Bulls got on a flight to Philadelphia and landed in the middle of the night. Most of the players were dealing with tired bodies, but despite the tough back-to-back, the Bulls came away with a 96-89 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Bulls are known around the league for being a mentally and physically tough team, and that goes back to head coach Tom Thibodeau, according to ESPNChicago's Nick Friedell:
Without Derrick Rose on the floor, there are two players that Thibodeau trusts more than any others -- Noah and Deng. Thibodeau expects them to lead the way on the floor and serve as an example for the rest of their teammates. That's exactly what both players did against the Sixers, and the proud coach knew it.
Joakim Noah and Luol Deng both had great games for Chicago, despite playing big minutes the night before. Noah led the Bulls with 21 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three blocks, and Deng put up 19 points and 12 rebounds.
The good news for the Bulls is that they now have a couple days off to get their legs back under them before they play again. They host the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night at the United Center.