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PHILADELPHIA -- After a long, six-game road trip, the Chicago Bulls are heading home with a winning record and an infusion of confidence.Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade had 26 points apiece to lead the Bulls to a 105-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.Taj Gibson added 12 points for the Bulls, who finished a six-game road trip with a 4-2 record. Butler rested for the entire fourth quarter of the blowout.On this trip, the way we performed, we started to understand were a good team and can play with anyone in any building, Wade said. It was a very successful trip and we finished it off right.Chicago led from start to finish against the short-handed 76ers, who played without center Joel Embiid.I like the way were playing, Butler said. If we keep guarding, rebounding and doing what were supposed to do, were going to win a lot of games. Now we have to go home and win a couple more.Ersan Ilyasova had 14 points to pace Philadelphia, which certainly couldve used Embiid.You saw an NBA team thats good, Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. Thats a good team, a really good team.The Bulls ran away from the 76ers with a dominant third quarter in which they outscored Philadelphia 33-17 to enter the fourth quarter ahead 90-64.To come out with this type of effort was terrific, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. We had good urgency out of the gate.Butler had nine points in the period as Chicago did damage inside and outside. Wades fastbreak dunk early in the period helped the Bulls match their largest lead to that point at 67-52. And the advantage was 20, 79-59, with 4:35 left in the period after a pretty sequence that featured a Wade layup from Rajon Rondo followed by a Butler layup from Wade. Chicago ended the quarter with consecutive 3-pointers from Denzel Valentine and Nikola Mirotic.The lead was 28 points with just over seven minutes left in the game when Hoiberg emptied his bench.ROAD BLISSHoiberg said a long road trip can test a teams mettle.You either come out of it loving each other or hating each other, and I think our guys grew, he said. Now we have to go home and play with the same type of urgency and effort.MISSING EMBIIDA leading candidate for Rookie of the Year, Embiid missed his fifth game as part of his rehab plan for a foot injury that cost him the last two seasons. Embiid is averaging 17.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in just 22.6 minutes as he is on a minutes restriction.That restriction caused him to sit out the second overtime of Philadelphias 104-99 loss to Memphis on Wednesday night. Embiid could return for Sundays home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers though Brown was noncommittal.During the third quarter, fans chanted Free The Process! Free The Process in reference to Embiids nickname, The Process.WADES IMPACTButler spoke afterward about how Wade helps the Bulls on and off the court. On the court, the double-teams Wade draws gives everyone open looks. Off the court, Wades contribution may be more significant.He gives everybody confidence because he knows what it takes to win, Butler said.TALKING TRASHWade seemed to thrive on back-and-forth talk with Philadelphias Jerryd Bayless.Friendly banter, Wade joked.TIP-INSBulls: G Michael Carter-Williams, out since Oct. 31 with a left wrist and left knee injury, had a cast placed on his left wrist. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks, Hoiberg said prior to the game. ... Hoiberg said he didnt have a timetable for the return of Doug McDermott, who missed his sixth game due to a concussion.76ers: Vince Papale, a former Philadelphia Eagles walk-on receiver whose story was made into the movie Invincible, rang the bell as part of the 76ers pregame festivities. ... Former Phillies slugger Ryan Howard was in attendance.UP NEXTBulls: Host Lakers on Wednesday night.76ers: Host Cavaliers on Sunday. Bart Starr Super Bowl Jersey . - Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was speaking to a group of local high school students earlier this week when the conversation turned to the importance of being prepared when opportunities in life arise. Clay Matthews Super Bowl Jersey . Here are his mid-season NBA awards. MVP: (KEVIN DURANT-Thunder) - Has been sensational this season and more importantly, the most consistent player in the league. Considering that his team has been without star guard Russell Westbrook and with the free agent departure of sharpshooter Kevin Martin, hes had to carry the majority of the load to not only keep his team afloat but more importantly, at an elite level. http://www.packersonlineteamstore.com/m ... ersey.html . "I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," said Hejduk in a statement. Brett Favre Super Bowl Jersey . The quest begins with what is supposed to be an easy one, although Germany has traditionally been a stubborn opponent to Canadian teams at international tournaments. Custom Packers Super Bowl Jerseys . Traditional contenders Brazil, Greece and Turkey drew the other three spots to complete the 24-team field for this summers tournament in Spain, basketball governing body FIBA announced Saturday at its meeting in Barcelona. DALLAS -- After Dallas scored three goals in the first period, it was on Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen to preserve the win.Patrick Eaves capped Dallas three-goal first and the Stars held off the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Thursday night. Johnny Oduya and Brett Ritchie also scored in the first for Dallas.Colorado outshot Dallas 30-16 in the last 40 minutes, but Lehtonen camp up big while getting 28 of his 34 saves.You need a game once in a while where your goalie makes some big saves to give you a win, Stars center Jason Spezza said, and Kari did that tonight.The last 40 minutes were largely a battle between Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Lehtonen.MacKinnon scored a short-handed goal and added an assist on Mikhail Grigorenkos third-period goal.Lehtonen stopped MacKinnon on a breakaway midway through the second period and again on a rebound with 10 minutes left in the game.I didnt love (MacKinnons) first period, just like the rest of our team, Colorado coach Jared Bednar said, but he came hard in the last two periods. He was all around the net, he was hanging onto pucks and it wasnt fancy plays.MacKinnon has scored only three goals this season.It was a tough start to the year, he said. Im just trying to stay positive. Ive got to be better.MacKinnon won 11 of 19 faceoffs in the first two periods. He was 5 for 12 in the third after Stars coach Lindy Ruff matched Cody Eakin, returning for his first game this season, with MacKinnon in the faceoff circle.MacKinnon was eating up (Radek) Faksa, Ruff said, so I looked to (Eakin) to kind of dig in and win a couple. I thought all night he did a good job.Eakin won 15 of 23 faceoffs.Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 shots and snapped an 11-game winning streak against the Stars.Oduya scored his first goal since last Dec. 17 on a slap shot from the left point that went in off Colorado defenseman Tyson Barries left knee at 8:15.I just close my eyes and shoot, Oduya said. I told Patty (Eaves)) that Im not like him, putting it top shelf every time.dddddddddddd For me, its kind of shoot at the net and see what happens, and sometimes it goes in.Barely two minutes later, Ritchie scored from the slot on the power play after taking a pass from Devin Shore low in the left faceoff circle.Eaves power-play goal from the right of the net followed rapid-fire passes from Spezza behind the net and Tyler Seguin high in the slot.I thought we played 20 minutes, Ruff said. Maybe a little more than that, until the short-handed goal. Im frustrated with the short-handed goals weve been giving up, and Im sick of it.Dallas has allowed four shorthanded goals this season.MacKinnons goal with 7:54 left in the second came after he took Andreas Martinsens pass from the right corner just to the right of the net and beat Lehtonen. Two minutes earlier, Lehtonen had stopped MacKinnon on a breakaway at the endThe Avalanche pulled within a goal at 1:51 of the third when Grigorenko redirected MacKinnons shot from the right point into the right side of the net.Game notes A preseason knee injury had sidelined Eakin almost two months. ... Colorado scoring leader C Matt Duchene missed his third game because of concussion-like symptoms. LW Gabriel Landeskog, the Avalanche captain, also sat out with a lower-body injury. ... LW AJ Greer was recalled for his second NHL game, and scored his first point by assisting on Grigorenkos goal. ... Eaves leads the Stars with eight goals. His 14 points in 17 games represent the best start in his 12 NHL seasons. ... Colorado had 12 wins in the previous 15 games vs. the Stars. ... Oduyas goal ended a personal 67-game drought.UP NEXTAvalanche: At Minnesota on Saturday for the second game on a three-game trip.Stars: Host Edmonton on Saturday in the third of four straight home games. ' ' '
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