PHILADELPHIA — Right around the time the Chicago Bulls started wanting to see Jrue Holiday shoot the ball for the Philadelphia 76ers, they wanted him to stop.
Holiday, the Sixers’ point guard, scattershot through a miserable first half Sunday (1 for 13) and didn’t get his second field goal Sunday afternoon until 7:27 remained in the first half. But Holiday stuck with it and, deep in the fourth quarter, boosted his team into position to win. With their 89-82 victory in Game 4 at the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers have the East’s No. 1 seed — the one without Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, it needs to be asterisked — on the brink of playoff elimination. The teams play Game 5 Tuesday in Chicago.
It wouldn’t quite capture it to refer to Holiday as a “closer” in Game 4; his big baskets came with time to spare, and Philadelphia spent the final two minutes again scoring via free throws. Still, on consecutive possession, consecutive high screens, with the game in the balance, Holiday got to the arc on the right wing and nailed 3-point shots.