The Chicago Bulls still don't have much offense without Derrick Rose, but after struggling in the first period, they shut down the 76ers all night long and used their size advantage to get points on the board.
Chicago owned the glass
Be it Noah, Gibson, or Omer, the 76ers couldn't box out the Bulls on the interior. They didn't have the size and went small most of the night. The Bulls dominated the offensive glass, and Philly repeatedly hacked the Bulls big men in an attempt to slow them down accounting for 20 of the Bulls 31 free throws.
In particular, Joakim Noah proved particularly difficult for the 76ers to handle as he continued his spectacular play. He made plays as a ball handler, and drew foul after foul as well as pulling down five offensive boards.
Teams that can't shoot the three struggle against Chicago
Chicago's swarming defense clogged up the interior and made life too difficult for the 76ers to score consistently. Philly failed to stretch the floor to any notable degree shooting just 3/13 from beyond the arc. Chicago has an elite defense, and if they don't need to defend further than 18 feet out, no team is going to consistently score against them.
Luol Deng continues to struggle
Over the past two games Deng has combined from 1 for 11 from the three point line, and Deng's three point shooting has been the only thing keeping his offensive game afloat. He dribble penetration game has dwindled with the wrist injury, and Deng hasn't been moving off the ball in the offense as much as in the past.
He's become an expensive spot up shooter who can play defense. Those are still valuable skills, but it's not what the Bulls would get from a fully healthy Deng.
C.J. bounces back
Watson was only 6/15 from the field, but he knocked down 4/8 from beyond the arc and ended up with 20 points on his 16 shot attempts. Watson wasn't efficient inside the arc, but he offset that with some great shooting and kept the ball movement going better than Lucas and James [who was somewhat a disaster perhaps quieting his fan club].
Lucas and James play a similar brand of basketball. They both overdribble, underpass, shoot with no conscience, and can go big hot streaks while mostly shooting poorly. When either guy is on a roll, you wonder, why isn't he the backup PG for someone? However, both guys tend to spend a lot more time not on a roll than on one.
Watson has his strengths and weaknesses himself, but he generally keeps the ball moving, hits his open threes, and plays decent defense. He struggles to finish when attacking the basket if there is help defense in the area, and frequently struggles as a shooter when not taking spot up shots.
That said, he's still quite a step above James/Lucas.
It wasn't a pretty, but a win with Rose out is a good win
Sure, the Bulls didn't play their best, but without Rose, a win is a win. While they've had their ups and downs, the Bulls have really done a tremendous job of finding ways to win games despite the obstacles in their way.