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GAME SIX (SIXERS LEAD SERIES 3-2) - Thursday, May 10, 7:00 PM at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA



50-16 (1st in Central, 1st in East)

VS



35-31 (3rd in Atlantic, 8th in East)

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by KYLE DOLAN and MAX RAPPAPORT


THE GAME:

Sixers Look To Shut Door On Bulls

These are the moments that make us relish fanhood. The Sixers are on the verge of becoming just the fifth eight seed in NBA history to defeat a one seed and what’s more, they’ll get a chance to do so in front of a raucous home crowd.

For the Sixers, there would be no sweeter way to end their nine-year absence from the second round of the playoffs. For the Bulls, it would put an exclamation point on one of one of the more disappointing postseasons in recent memory.

The Bulls shared (with the San Antonio Spurs) the distinction of having the league’s top regular-season record in 2011-12 (50-16) and appeared poised to make a title run. Chicago’s championship dreams were shattered, though, with one minute and twenty seconds remaining in Game One of the First Round. Driving into the paint, 2010-11 MVP Derrick Rose planted awkwardly on his left leg and immediately crumpled to the floor. He was later be diagnosed with a torn ACL, an injury that requires surgery and months of physical therapy. Needless to say, the Bulls knew they'd be without their leader for the remainder of the postseason.

Even without Rose, the Bulls still feature one of the league’s most complete rosters, with a top frontcourt and a cast of dynamic bench players. The Sixers, nonetheless, were able to capitalize on the Bulls' misfortune, winning the next three games in the series.

Chicago was able to stop the bleeding, however, with a 77-69 win over Philly back in the Windy City Tuesday night. The Sixers struggled to find easy buckets in that game, shooting just 32 percent while allowing All-Star forwards Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer to explode for for 43 combined points on the other end.

Whether or not Philly can knock those two out of their comfort zones will be a major factor in Thursday night's game. If they can, we could very well find ourselves celebrating a huge Sixer victory and preparing for a second-round meeting with the Boston Celtics or Atlanta Hawks.


MATCHUP TO WATCH:

Andre Iguodala vs. Luol Deng

They say the win that clinches a series is the toughest to obtain.

Throughout this series, Philadelphia has relied upon the inspired play of their young backcourt, Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, in particular, but in order to get that allusive fourth win, they’ll need a strong performance from All-Star swingman, Andre Iguodala.

The veteran forward has performed admirably on the defensive side of the ball in this series, as he has all season long. In the Sixers' three wins in this series, Iguodala has held his counterpart, Luol Deng, to an average of just eight points per game. Deng, however, scored a game-high 24 points in Game Five Tuesday.

Facing elimination, the Bulls will look to Deng to keep them alive. The Sixers, similarly, will look to Iguodala to lock down the crafty veteran.


Probable Starters

SIXERS

Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, Spencer Hawes

BULLS:

C.J. Watson, Richard Hamilton, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Omer Asik




Active Playoff Leaders


Jrue Holiday: 19.0 PTS

POINTS


Carlos Boozer: 15.6 PTS

Spencer Hawes: 7.6 REB

REBOUNDS


Carlos Boozer: 9.2 REB

Jrue Holiday: 4.8 AST

ASSISTS


C.J. Watson: 4.6 AST

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