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76ers beat Bulls 79-78 and advance to 2nd round

By Dan Gelston

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, May 10 2012 8:00 p.m. MDT

Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson, left, and Philadelphia 76ers' Elton Brand battle for a rebound in the first half of Game 6 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series on Thursday, May 10, 2012, in Philadelphia.

Matt Slocum, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Andre Iguodala made the go-ahead free throws with 2.2 seconds left and the Philadelphia 76ers rallied for a 79-78 victory over the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in Game 6 on Thursday night, advancing to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 2003.

Omar Asik missed two free throws for the Bulls that would have sealed the win. Iguodala grabbed the second miss, sprinted the length of the court, and was fouled by Asik on the driving layup. He made both and 20,362 fans went absolutely wild.

The Sixers are the fifth No. 8 seed to win a first-round series against a No. 1 seed.

In his second season, coach Doug Collins had already led the Sixers to their first winning season in seven years.

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