Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Thaddeus Young set a career-high in points in a second straight outing by dropping 31, and the Philadelphia 76ers closed out their former home with a thrilling 104-101 triumph against Chicago in the final NBA game ever to be played at the Spectrum.
Young, coming off a then career-high 29-point performance vs. Toronto on Wednesday, had his final points come on a dunk with 15.9 ticks remaining to give the 76ers their eventual winning margin.
With 22.1 on the clock and Philadelphia up 102-101, Chicago's Derrick Rose drove to the bucket, but Samuel Dalembert swatted the offering away. Andre Iguodala grabbed the board and his outlet pass to Young resulted in the score.
Chicago still had chance to tie with a three, but Ben Gordon's heave rattled in and then out, sending the nostalgic Philly crowd into one last Spectrum celebration.
Dalembert matched a season-high with 19 rebounds, adding eight points and four blocks, while Andre Miller notched a season-high 13 assists and scored 13. Iguodala had 25 points, six boards and five assists in the win.
The Spectrum was home for the Sixers from 1967-1996, before the team moved into their new arena, the Wachovia Center, across the parking lot from the old structure. The 42-year-old facility is slated to be demolished later this year to make room for a new hotel and entertainment complex.
Philadelphia moved to 2-0 on its three-game homestand with Miami scheduled to visit on Sunday. The 76ers had alternated wins and losses over their last four games and head West for a five-game trek after Sunday.
Rose finished with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Bulls, who dropped all three tests on their road trip. Chicago next returns home for two straight starting with New Orleans on Saturday.
John Salmons, Brad Miller and Kirk Hinrich each had 14 points while both Salmons and Miller recorded seven rebounds in defeat. Joakim Noah had 13 points and nine boards.
Chicago led 23-22 after 12 minutes before the Sixers came back to lead, 50-47, at the half.
Philadelphia extended the lead to 61-56 nearly four minutes into the third frame behind Young's nine-point burst to start things off for the hosts.
The Bulls ripped off an ensuing 11-4 spurt. Rose scored six of those points with his jumper good for a 67-65 edge with 5:41 left. From there the 76ers scored 11 straight points and ended the stanza on a 15-2 run with Iguodala's jump shot providing a 80-69 advantage after three quarters.
The Bulls tied the game at 88 behind back-to-back threes for Hinrich and Tim Thomas close to the seven-minute mark, and two Salmons free throws with 3:11 left dropped for a 96-94 edge.
Iguodala came back with a deuce and Miller hit three free throws for a three- point edge before a Gordon three-pointer tied the game at 101 with 36 seconds to play.