PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 26 points, DeMar DeRozan 25 and the Chicago Bulls defeated Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers 109-105 in double overtime on Monday night to end their eight-game winning streak. in a row.
Nikola Vucevic added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won three straight and five of six. Chicago is fighting for the last playoff spot in the East.
Embiid finished with 37 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots before fouling out with 3:54 left in the second overtime. It was the 10th straight game in which he scored at least 30 points.
The teams will meet again in Game 2 away from each other on Wednesday night in Chicago. Philadelphia was able to clinch its postseason berth with a win, but the 76ers struggled when Embiid left the floor after fouling LaVine.
Tyrese Maxey hit a jumper and Tobias Harris followed with one from the baseline to put the 76ers up 105-101 with 2:36 left in overtime. But those were the last points Philadelphia would score, with Embiid watching from the bench.