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Andre Igoudala scored 20 points while Jarue Holiday and Lou Williams each added 14 as the Philadelphia 76ers edged the Chicago Bulls 79-78 at the Wachovia Center winning their first round best of 7 series 4-2. Igoudala, most better known as the 'other AI', shot 7/12 (58%) from the field and dished out 7 assists as well as knocking down the game winning free throws with 2.2 seconds left. 8th seeded Philly dressed just 8 players but were able to overcome a nip and tuck back and forth battle advancing to the second round knocking off the top seeded Bulls. The 76ers shot only 40% overall but converted on 15/20 (75%) from the charity stripe and even managed to hit 6/16 (38%) from 3 point range. while committing just 7 turnovers. Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton led Chicago with 19 points each while Taj Gibson added 14 off the bench. Deng pulled down a career high 17 rebounds while CJ Watson dished out a team high 10 assists. The Bulls shot only 38% including a dismal 2/13 (15%) from 3 point range despite outrebounding Philadelphia 56-33. They did convert 16/21 (76%) from 3 point range however could not put the game away late thanks to 2 big misses by Omer Asik who finished with 10 points. With Chicago leading 78-77, Omer Asik missed two free throws for the Bulls with seven seconds left that would have given them a three-point lead. Iguodala grabbed the second miss, sprinted the length of the court, and was fouled by Asik on the driving layup. The Sixers put their season in the hands of one of the worst fourth-quarter free-throw shooters in the NBA. Collins was hunched over and his hands clasped with Iguodala at the line. He made both -- and 20,362 fans went absolutely wild. Watson had one last gas to attempt a 3/4 court winnign shot, but the ball banged hard off the back rim and bounced away as the Sixers became the 5th #8 seed in NBA history to knock off a #1. Memphis eliminated San Antonio last season, while Golden State (2007), New York (1999) and Denver (1994) also pulled off the rare feat.
Kevin Garnett scored 28 points and Paul Pierce added 18 as the Boston Celtics moved on to the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 83-80 win over the Atlanta Hawks taking the series 4-2. Garnett shot 10/19 (53%) from the field, made 8/10 (80%) from the charity stripe and collected a team high 14 rebounds. Garnett also blocked 5 of his team's 12 shots including 2 big ones in the final 3:00 holding a slim lead. Pierce also pulled down 5 rebounds and handed out 7 assists despite playing with a sprained MCL injury. Rajon Rondo contributed 14 points and dished out 8 assists despite committing 6 turnovers. The Celtics shot just 42% from the floor but converted 19/24 (79%) from the free throw line while outrebounding the Hawks 40-36. Josh Smith led Atlanta with 18 points while Joe Johnson added 17. Marvin Williams contributed 16 points and 8 rebounds while Al Horford finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds despite committing 8 of his team's 14 turnovers. The Hawks also shot 41% and drained 7/15 (47%) from 3 point range, but attempted only 10 free throws converting 9 (90%). Their only miss however proved to be huge. The Hawks went 5 minutes without scoring early in the fourth quarter as the Celtics turned a two-point game into a 74-65 lead. But Atlanta scored 10 of the next 12 points, with Horford scoring the last three baskets, making it a one-point game on an alley-oop pass from Smith with 3:52 left. Smith faked at the top of the key and went right down the lane for a dunk that gave Atlanta its first lead of the second half, 77-76. Horford drove to the basket to give the Hawks a three-point lead. Atlanta still led 79-78 when Garnett made a turnaround jumper in the lane over Smith to put Boston ahead by one. Smith missed a long rainbow jumper and Ray Allen got the rebound with 10 seconds left, but he made only one of two free throws. Johnson drove to the basket but Pierce blocked his shot and Garnett tipped it out of bounds with 3.1 seconds left. The Hawks got the ball to Horford in the lane but as he went up for the dunk or layup, Marquis Daniels, who played just one minute in the game, wrapped him up and kept him from scoring. Daniels also committed a foul on the preceding inbounds play, but despite the C's having one to give, the pass looked to be not intended which should have resulted in an automatic 2 Atlanta free throws. However the referees determined that the foul was called as Johnson's inbound pass was being attempted, much to the dismay and chagrin of head coach Larry Drew. The first foul shot went off the rim, costing Atlanta a chance to tie. Horford then made the second but should have intentionally missed hoping for an Atlanta rebound and putback with hopes of sending the game into overtime. The Celtics will open the Eastern Conference semifinals on Saturday in Boston against the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston has won at least one playoff series every year since the new Big 3 was assembled in the summer of 2007.
Ty Lawson scored 32 points and Cory Brewer added 18 off the bench as the Denver Nuggets crushed the LA Lakers 113-96 at the Pepsi Center evening their best of 7 series at 3 games apiece. Lawson sank 13/18 (72%) from the floor including 5/6 (83%) from 3 point range and handed out 6 assists left alone and freeing himself up from baseline picks set. Brewer shot 8/12 (67%) overall and Kenneth Faried contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Nuggets got off to the races early scoring the first 13 points in less than 3 minutes of the first quarter and converted 52% of their shots including 10/20 (50%) from beyond the arc. They also outrebounded the Lakers 47-42 and assisted on 26 of their 47 field goals while committing only 11 turnovers. Kobe Bryant, plagued by a stomach flu and sinus infection, led the Lakers with 31 points on 13/23 (57%) overall. Ramon Sessions added 14 but shot just 4/9 (44%) overall. Andrew Bynum grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked 4 shots but was held to just 11 points. LA shot only 42% and trailed by as many as 30 points in the second half. Bryant took a seat for good with Los Angeles down 103-73 with 7:52 remaining. The younger but deeper Nuggets have won three of four since dropping the first two games in Los Angeles, and they did it by once again outrunning and outgunning their more talented counterparts who prefer a half-court game and not the frenetic pace and pickup-game style employed by the Nuggets' greenhorns who are on their second major makeover in 15 months. Lawson also scored 19 points in the first half, his basket at the halftime buzzer giving Denver a 54-45 lead after their 15-point cushion had been trimmed to four on Gasol's only basket, a hook shot that brought he Lakers within 47-43. Bryant was lumbering a bit on defense, where he got away with several grabs in the first half. In the opening minutes of the third quarter, he was whistled for a flagrant foul after smacking Faried in the head while trying to prevent a fast-break basket. Bynum irked the Nuggets by saying on the eve of Game 5 that "close-out games are actually kind of easy," and the Nuggets found more motivation in something written in the Lakers' locker room after the game Tuesday night. Scribbled on the grease board was this message: "Flight. 3 pm. Pack for 3 games." Mike Brown explained that it only made sense to pack for an extended trip because the next round will start in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder have the home court to open the conference semifinals. But he denied the Lakers were victims of overconfidence, just poor execution. The deciding game 7 will take place Saturday night at the Staples Center.