Chicago 78, Philadelphia 79
Date - Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:00 PM
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#10 Ron Garretson, #13 Monty McCutchen, #65 Sean Wright
Final Scoring Summary
76ERS 79, BULLS 78: Andre Iguodala hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining and finished with a game-high 20 points as host Philadelphia became the fifth No. 8 seed to knock off a No. 1 with a 4-2 series win.
The 76ers cut it to 78-77 with 12 seconds left on Thaddeus Young’s finger roll in the lane but the Bulls still had a chance to put it away with seven seconds left and Omer Asik on the line. The Turkish big man missed both chances, and Iguodala pulled down the rebound.
Philadelphia’s All-Star raced the length of the court and was fouled in the lane. A 62 percent free-throw shooter this season, Iguodala knocked down both chances to clinch the series.
Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams scored 14 points apiece for the 76ers, who advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time in nine seasons.
Luol Deng collected 19 points and 17 rebounds and Richard Hamilton scored 19 for Chicago, which played without Derrick Rose (knee) and Joakim Noah (ankle).
Philadelphia led by as much as 59-47 with 5:05 left in the third before the Bulls began to fight back. They scored on four straight possessions while turning things around on the defensive end.
Chicago closed out the third quarter with a 16-4 burst, getting six points from Richard Hamilton in the spurt, to knot it at 63-63.
Philadelphia managed only one field goal in the first 4:50 of the fourth quarter as the Bulls took a 70-65 advantage. The 76ers took the lead, 73-72, on Williams’ 3-pointer with 4:01 remaining but lost it again on the next possession and did not get it back until Iguodala’s free throws.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Chicago F Carlos Boozer pulled down 13 rebounds but scored just three points on 1-of-11 shooting. … Philadelphia shot 50 percent in the first half but slumped to 35 percent after the break. … Bulls PG C.J. Watson shot 2 for 11 and made the decision to pass to Asik, a 45.6 percent free throw shooter, instead of taking the foul himself. Watson shoots 80.8 percent from the line.
Top Game Performances
Luol Deng 19
Andre Iguodala 20
C.J. Watson 10
Andre Iguodala 7
Luol Deng 17
Spencer Hawes 10
Taj Gibson 6
||Free Throws Made
Jrue Holiday 4
Luol Deng 2
Louis Williams 3
Omer Asik 2
Elton Brand 2
Team Stats Summary
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