Watson, Bulls rally past 76ers

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Watson, Bulls rally past 76ers

After being disappointed with their effort in Friday nights loss to Portland, the Bulls (37-10) responded by defeating the Philadelphia 76ers (25-20) 89-80.

Fridays performance was so bad that head coach Tom Thibodeau criticized his players' preparation and concentration.

I think part of it is when things arent going well, were trying to do too much individually, said Thibodeau prior to the start of the game. More offensively, which is also leading to frustration on defense. Our health isnt what it should be, our on-the-ball technique isnt what it should be and we cant do that. We have to do things collectively both offensively and defensively and not get frustrated. Theres going to be ups and downs and we have to work through them. For the most part weve done that and we have to get back to that.

The Bulls outscored the Sixers 51-36 one night after being outscored 50-36 in the second half, including being limited to just 10 points in the fourth quarter.

C.J. Watson led the team with 20 points, tying a career high with four three-pointers made.

Chicago outrebounded Philadelphia 53 to 39 and has now won their last 15 regular season games following a loss.

Despite the focus on being on getting back to the right habits and being prepared, the Bulls looked anything but in the first quarter as they missed their first seven field goal attempts as the Sixers jumped out to an 11-0 run and took control with a 24-11 first quarter lead.

Behind the Bench Mob tandem of John Lucas III and Taj Gibson, Chicago would close the deficit to 44-38 at the half.

Chicago would take its first lead in the game after a three-pointer by Watson broke a tie ball game with 5:13 remaining in the third period. The Sixers would take control of the scoreboard one final time before the Bulls closed the quarter on a 10-4 run, outscoring their visitors 26 to 15 in the period to take a 64-59 lead going into the fourth.

The Sixers would cut the Bulls lead to 79-75 with 3:30 remaining in the fourth, but the Bulls defense and some timely basket was all that was needed to secure the win.

Wake-up Call: Rose returning to Chicago?; Willson Contreras takes over; State of Cubs-Cards

Wake-up Call: Rose returning to Chicago?; Willson Contreras takes over; State of Cubs-Cards

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Thursday: 

Is #TheReturn getting a reboot? Report says there's a possibility Derrick Rose comes back to Bulls

This is becoming Willson Contreras' team, whether or not Cubs add Alex Avila or another veteran catcher

Bears training camp preview: 3 burning questions for tight ends

Why Blackhawks fans might want to tap the brakes on Alex DeBrincat

That escalated quickly: Cubs just a game back of Brewers, could be in first place as soon as this weekend

Ping-pong balls everywhere: Where do the Bulls rank among projected lottery teams?

Joe Maddon's prime-time message: 'Help or die'

Report: Derrick Rose is considering teaming up with LeBron James, Cavs

Cubs Talk Podcast: State of Cubs-Cardinals rivalry and what lies ahead

Why Adam Engel came up with his unique batting stance, and how he's tweaked it since

Playing with the enemy: Chicago athletes who teamed up with rivals

Playing with the enemy: Chicago athletes who teamed up with rivals

Chicago's chosen son may soon play with the enemy. 

According to reports on Thursday, Derrick Rose is in talks to join LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal. 

That is indeed hard to imagine, considering the former MVP has spent years battling James for supremacy in the Eastern Conference. But leaving the Windy City to join a rival team isn't a new concept. 

In fact, a few Chicago superstar athletes have done it before: 

-- Chris Chelios, Blackhawks to Red Wings

One of the best defenseman in hockey, Chelios was traded to the Detroit Red Wings after nine productive seasons in Chicago. He hoisted a Stanley Cup not long after and finished his 10-year Red Wings career with 152 points and a plus-158. 

-- Julius Peppers, Bears to Packers

After becoming a cap casualty with the Bears, Peppers chose greener pastures in Wisconsin. The defensive end signed with the Green Bay Packers, where he's tallied 25 sacks in three seasons. 

-- Dexter Fowler, Cubs to Cardinals

Well, at least he won a ring here. Fowler's surprise return to the North Side in 2016 helped boost the Cubs to their first World Series trophy in 108 years, but after winning, the center fielder rightly opted for the money. He signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal in St. Louis last offseason. 

Watch the video above as Siera Santos and Kelly Crull relive the heartbreak.