The Philadelphia 76ers played another strong fourth quarter to defeat the Chicago Bulls 89-82 and take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Andre Iguodala played over 43 minutes and recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Spencer Hawes with 22 and Jrue Holiday with 20 led the Sixers in scoring. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 23 points and 11 boards.
Poor shooting by the Sixers guards’ allowed the injury-depleted Bulls to keep the game close during the first half. Evan Turner, Lou Williams, and Holiday shot a combined four for 28 in the first half.
The game boiled down to a few key plays in the fourth quarter. On two consecutive plays in crunch time, Holiday made three-point shots to protect the Sixers’ lead. Then with under a minute left in the game, the Bulls held off the Sixers for over 20 seconds but as the shot clock wound down, Omer Asik took a bad foul on Iguodala, who was out of position to get off a good shot.
With or without Joakim Noah, the Bulls are probably not going to be eliminated on their own home court. So the Sixers will need to wait until Thursday night back in Philly to have a good shot to eliminate the top seed. The Sixers have not won a playoff series since 2003.