2012 NBA Playoffs, 76ers Vs. Bulls: Andre Iguodala's Legacy Forever Changed

Andre Iguodala hit two clutch free throws in the final seconds to cap off a stunning Sixers win. This is the first time since 2003 that they will advance beyond the first round.

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Andre Iguodala shines as 76ers advance

Making the game winning free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining to vault the Sixers past the Bulls in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, Andre Iguodala momentarily silenced his critics.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Bulls Vs. 76ers Game 5: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Philadelphia 76ers are one victory away from pulling off a major series upset and the accomplishment could be completed Tuesday, when the No. 8-seeded Sixers travel to top-seeded Chicago Bulls (9:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV). The Bulls, the Eastern Conference regular-season champions, face elimination after Sunday featured them losing Game 4, 89-82, and falling behind in the best-of-seven playoff series 1-3.

The Bulls are facing an up-hill battle, as they're playing without their best player, point guard Derrick Rose, who's out for the remainder of the season with a ACL tear, and center Joakim Noah, who will be out for the second straight game with a sprained ankle.

The Sixers have taken advantage of the new-found luck, as they earned three straight victories since Rose went down in Game 1. Those results could be contributed to Chicago's lack of scoring without Rose, as it scored 103 points in Game 1 and has averaged just 82.7 in their last three games.

Center Spencer Hawes is coming off a 22-points performance in Game 4, which featured 76ers' forward Jrue Holiday scoring 16 of his 20 points in the second half. Holiday is the Sixers leading scorer in the series, while Hawes is coming off back-to-back 20 points games.

To see if the 76ers can advance onto the Eastern Conference semifinals, here's the game's viewing information:

Location: United Center, Chicago, Il.

Game Time: 9:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: TNT

Series: Sixers leads best-of-seven series 3-1.

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2012 NB Playoffs, 76ers Vs. Bulls Game 4 Final Score: Spencer Hawes, Jrue Holiday Propel Philadelphia Past Chicago, 89-82

Spencer Hawes scored a team-high 22 points and Jrue Holiday scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half to help the Philadelphia 76ers earn a 89-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls in Game 4 of an Eastern Conference playoff series. The 76ers now own a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, which now heads back to Chicago for Game 5 on Tuesday (9:30 p.m on NBA TV).

Hawes tallied 17 of his 22 in the first half to help the Sixers earn a 44-42 halftime lead, but it was Holiday who carried Philly to the critical victory which puts the top-seeded Bulls on the brink of elimination.

Ahead just 74-73 with 4:43 to play in the fourth quarter, Holiday nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to push the margin to 80-73 with 3:34 remaining.

From there, Chicago was able to pull within two points, 80-78, but the Sixers made seven of their last eight free throws down to stretch to cement the victory. Before that free-throw shooting display, Philly was just 65-percent (15 of 23) from the charity stripe.

Bulls center Carlos Boozer scored a game-high 23 points and collected 11 rebounds, however, he lost the ball on a critical late-game possession that could have helped Chicago cut the Sixers' margin to two points with less than a minute to go. Overall, Boozer had five turnovers.

Andre Iguodala finished with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while Evan Turner went fore nine and six.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, 76ers Vs. Bulls Game 4 Score: Philly Enters 4th Quarter Ahead 64-63

The back-and-forth battle between the Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls has continued and will move into the fourth quarter with the Sixers narrowly head of the Bulls 64-63. Spencer Hawes continues to be Philly's leading scorer with 20 points, but Jrue Holiday (10 points) and Lou Williams (seven points) have helped the 76ers take the one-point lead into the final 12 minutes.

Bulls center Carlos Boozer has a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who have kept it close despite not having star point guard Derrick Rose and center Joakim Noah, who is out with an ankle injury.

Overall, the 76ers have shot 39-percent from the floor, while the Bulls are at 41-percent.

The Bulls are trying to avoid going down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Bulls Vs. 76ers Game 4: Spencer Hawes Puts On One-Man Show In 1st Half

The Philadelphia 76ers have taken a 44-42 lead into halftime of Game 4 of an Eastern Conference playoff showdown with the visiting Chicago Bulls. And they wouldn't have been able to do it without the play of Spencer Hawes, who has already tallied 17 points and collected six rebounds.

Hawes tallied nine of his 17 in the second quarter, and nailed this buzzer-beating 3-point that gave the Sixers a two-point lead over the victory-hungry Bulls.

Also in the first half, Hawes showed off some his nifty passing skills.

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Enter Sunday's contest, Hawes was averaging just nine points and five rebounds per game. Seems like he's playing the right game at the right time.

Meanwhile, this happened too in the first half.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, 76ers Vs. Bulls Game 4 Halftime Score: Spencer Hawes 17 Points Helps Philly Take 44-42 Lead

Spencer Hawes scoring a team-high 17 points, including a 3-pointer in the closing second of the first half, to help the Philadelphia 76ers take a 44-42 halftime advantage over the Chicago Bulls of Game 4 of an Eastern Conference playoff game at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers are trying to take a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series.

Elton Brand has added seven points but a team-high seven rebounds for Philly, which led 24-15 after the first quarter, however, allowed Bulls' guard Taj Gibson to get hot (12 points off the bench) in the second quarter and help Chicago get back into the game. Carlos Boozer has chipped in to tally 10 points and collect five rebounds.

Overall, the Sixers (37-percent) are being out-shot by the Bulls (44-percent), but have forced Chicago to turn the ball over eight times.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, 76ers Vs. Bulls Game 4 Score: Andre Iguodala Highlight Dunks Help Philly Take 24-15 Lead After 1st Quarter

Spencer Hawes has transitioned his solid play of Game 3 into Sunday's Game 4, as he's already tallied a team-high eight first-quarter points to help the Philadelphia 76ers earn a 24-15 lead over the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are trying to avoid going down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Andre Iguodala has scored six points, collected two rebounds and added a few highlight dunks for the Sixers, who shot 41-percent from the field.

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Meanwhile, the Bulls are paced by Luol Deng's six points and got a bit of a injury scare from the forward, who did eventually returned to the floor after banging his wrist. The Bulls are already without star point guard Derrick Rose and center Joakim Noah, who's out with an ankle injury he suffered in Game 3.

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Joakim Noah Injury Update: Bulls' Forward Officially Ruled Out For Game 4

After seeing Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah on the sidelines of Game 3 using crutches, it was pretty much assumed the Bulls' forward wasn't going to be able to go in Sunday's critical Game 4 against host Philadelphia 76ers. And a hour before the contest (1 p.m. ET on ABC), Chicago, which trails in the best-of-seven series, 1-2, made it official that Noah will not be playing.

The loss of Noah is the second major hit to the top-seeded Bulls, who also lost star point guard Derrick Rose for the rest of the season because of a ACL tear he suffered in Game 1. So far, the Sixers have taken advantage of their now new-found luck, as they've won two straight victories after a disappointing Game 1 loss.

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Joakim Noah Injury Update: Bulls Center Doubtful For Sixers Series With Sprained Ankle

Already without Derrick Rose, it appears the Chicago Bulls will also be without their starting center, Joakim Noah, for the remainder of the team's series with the Phiadelphia 76ers.

From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

Thibodeau confirms no fracture for Noah. Bad ankle sprain. Doubtful for series. #Bulls

Noah turned his ankle on a fast break, remained in the game to shoot free throws, went back to the locker room, then returned again to hit a mid-range jumper. Noah was in visibly pain as he ran up and down the floor and was eventually removed from the game.

Without Rose and Noah, I think the Sixers should be the favorites to win their series. They already own a 2-1 lead and home court advantage.

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76ers Vs. Bulls, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 3: Fourth-Quarter Rally Propels Philly Past Chicago, 79-74

By now it seems as if the Philadelphia 76ers are getting all the breaks in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Chicago Bulls. And to their credit, they are making the most of it, as they now earn a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series after a 79-74 Game 3 victory.

The 76ers, paced by Spencer Hawes 21 points, used a amazing 18-2 run, which featured the Bulls going scoreless for nine minutes of the fourth quarter, to come-from-behind and knock off top-seeded Chicago for the second straight game.

Philadelphia trailed by 14 points with about 10 minutes to play, and then rallied after Bulls' forward Joakim Noah rolled his ankle (GIF below) and never returned.

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From there, the Sixers put together an epic rally that was capped by two free throws and a jumper by Hawes, who gave Philly a 72-71 lead with 2:11 to go in the fourth quarter.

The 76ers pushed its lead to 75-71 with three more free throws, but had its margin trimmed to 75-74 after a 3-pointer by John Lucas with 43.8 seconds to go.

The victory was cemented when Evan Turner (16 points and nine rebounds) nailed two free throws to push the lead back to five points and the Philly defense forced a bad shot on the Bulls' final possession.

Carlos Boozer scored a team-high 19 points and collected 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who now maybe without Derrick Rose and Noah for the remainder of the postseason.

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76ers Vs. Bulls, Game 3 Halftime Score: Philadelphia Leads Chicago 40-39

Lou Williams has come off the bench to score a team-high 10 points to help the Atlanta Hawks earn a 40-39 halftime advantage over the Chicago Bulls in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal contest at the Wells Fargo Center. The winner of the game take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Spencer Hawes has scored nines points and added six rebounds for the Sixers, who have the lead despite being out-shot (40-percent to 35-percent) and out-rebounded (23-18). Philly has also made just one of its 10 3-point attempts.

The Bulls are paced by center Carlos Boozer who has scored 12 points, while Richard Hamilton has added 10. Top-seeded Chicago has turned the ball over nine times, while the Sixers have just four.

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Derrick Rose Injury Update: Bulls Guard Will Miss 2012 NBA Playoffs With Torn ACL

There were premature reports that Derrick Rose had torn both his MCL and ACL in Saturday's game against the Sixers. Those reports turned out to be false. However; the official Twitter account of the Chicago Bulls just tweeted that, Derrick Rose is indeed done for the rest of the reason, with a torn ACL.

This news drastically changes the landscape of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. The Bulls were the number one overall seed and would've had home-court advantage throughout the NBA Finals. They've played well without Rose all season, but without him their chances of defeating an elite team like the Miami Heat are extremely limited.

It's not even a guarantee they'll beat the Sixers in the first round now. Game two is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Bulls Vs. 76ers, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 1: Sixers Lose 103-91, Derrick Rose Injured

The Eastern Conference's number one seed, the Chicago Bulls, easily handled the Philadelphia 76ers in game one of the two teams' first round match-up in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. However; things got a lot more interesting in the final two minutes, when Derrick Rose suffered what looked to be a horrific knee injury.

Without Rose, the Bulls probably aren't going to win the Eastern Conference, let alone the Championship, but that doesn't mean they still can't beat the eight seed Sixers. They've played well without Rose all season and beat the Sixers without him on St. Patrick's Day, 89-80.

Elton Brand led the Sixers with 19 points. Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner also scored in double figures. Louis Williams had nine.

Evan Turner – who replaced Jodie Meeks in the starting lineup in the second half – played well and will probably start the rest of the series.

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Derrick Rose Injury: Bulls Point Guard Leaves Game With Leg Injury

With less than two minutes remaining the first game of the 2012 NBA Playoffs for the Chicago Bulls, their star point guard went down with a potentially devastating knee injury. Rose crossed over Spencer Hawes, drove to the basket and appeared to tweak his knee as he planted during his hop step. He grabbed for his knee immediately and grimaced as he lay on the ground, in pain. The medical staff examined his knee before helping him to the locker room. Video of the injury is below:

The Bulls went on to win the game, but the Derrick Rose injury could end any and all hopes the Bulls had at making it out of the Eastern Conference and winning the NBA Championship. Rose has missed time all season with various injuries, and the Bulls have played well in his absence, but without him they're probably not going to beat the Heat or Celtics in a seven game series.

The reigning MVP averaged 22 points and eight assists in 29 regular season games in 2011-12. Here's a picture of him being helped off the court:

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