Following their loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the Philadelphia 76ers traveled to Chicago Sunday for the final leg of a two-game road trip. The Bulls would be without their top player in Zach LaVine, and the Sixers took full advantage. 

Thanks to a dominant showing from Joel Embiid, Philly got back in the win column. They end this short trip on a high note, beating the Bulls by a final score of 119-108. Here are some observations from the matchup. 

1) DeMar DeRozan’s onslaught

While Chicago was without the services of LaVine, they still had star power on the perimeter. DeMar DeRozan has had big nights against the Sixers in the past and did more of the same Sunday. In 41 minutes of action, the All-Star starter notched 45 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. 

All afternoon, DeRozan got just about whatever he wanted. He carved his way through the Sixers’ defense to get to his spots and do damage where he wanted. Most commonly in the mid-range, where he has made a living his entire career. 

This performance shined a light on a glaring issue the Sixers have faced all year. If they want a real shot at contending, they need to find a way to slow down perimeter threats without Matisse Thybulle. 

2) Tobias Harris bounces back 

Tobias Harris had a rather quiet outing against the Mavericks but bounced back nicely against Chicago. He ended the afternoon as the Sixers’ second-leading scorer with 23 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists. 

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This showing is much more comparable to the Harris we have seen as of late. Chicago had a smaller lineup on the wings, and he used that to his advantage. What also stood out from Harris was his efficiency shooting-wise. He connected on ten of his 15 shot attempts, good for 66.7%. 

Harris’ resurgence in recent weeks has been a major positive for the Sixers. After a rocky start to the year, he looks ready to help Joel Embiid lead the team on a nightly basis. 

3) Joel Embiid’s return to dominance 

One game within the game Sunday was the matchup between starting centers. Joel Embiid and Nikola Vucevic are among the top centers in the game right now, and it led to an old-fashioned battle of the bigs. 

During his time in Orlando, Vucevic managed to have his way with Embiid on occasion. That was not the case Sunday. The Sixers’ All-Star big man put on another masterclass to get his team back in the win column. 

In his 32 minutes of work, Embiid tallied 40 points, ten rebounds, and three assists. He did so while shooting close to 61% from the floor and connected on all but one of his 11 free-throw attempts. 

The Sixers needed to end their losing skid before it got out of hand, and in true superstar fashion, Embiid put on a dominant performance to get things back on track.