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Bulls haven't forgotten loss to Philly

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The 76ers beat the Bulls at their own game. That's what bothers Derrick Rose most about losing to the 76ers 98-82 on Feb. 1.

"They were beating us to every loose ball," Rose said. "They out-rebounded us, we couldn't stop their transition. It was hard just looking at that tape."

The 76ers forced 17 turnovers in that game but are only 2-5 at the Wells Fargo Center since. Philadelphia has lost six of eight while the Bulls are won 12 of 14 since losing to Philly.

The 76ers had five players score at least 14 points in the previous meeting.

"They're athletic and quick and if you turn the ball over you put them in the open floor and that's really where they do their damage," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "That's what's different about them. They have a number of guys who can go off the dribble. [Andre] Igudala can handle the ball a lot, [Jrue} Holiday handles the ball, Lou Williams comes in and is a great pick-and-roll player, [Evan] Turner can handle the ball and Thaddeous Young is a matchup problem because of his quickness at the four."

The Bulls didn't have Luol Deng in the first game because of a wrist injury. Deng scored a season-high 24 points against the Cavaliers on Friday night.

"They beat us up pretty good the last time we played them here," Rose said. "We've just got to make the adjustment. We know this is going to be a hard-fought game and we have to come out prepared."

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