The 8th seeded Philadelphia 76ers eliminated the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in the first round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs Thursday with a 79-78 game 6 victory, ESPN reports.
This is the first time the Sixers have advanced to the second round since 2003.
ESPN reports that with 7 seconds left, the Bulls' Omer Asik missed 2 free throws that would've given them the win. The Sixers' Andre Iguodala grabbed the second miss, got fouled by Asik, and made the free throws with only 2.2 seconds left.
The Bulls' were plagued with injury this off-season. During game 1, Derrick Rose went down with a torn ACL, then Joakim Noah sprained his ankle in game 3. Taj Gibson also had a sprained ankle and Luol Deng had a sore wrist, USA Today reports.
According to ESPN, the Sixers are the 5th 8th seeded team to eliminate a top-seeded team in the first round. In 2011, Memphis eliminated San Antonio, in 2007 Golden State eliminated Dallas, in 1999, New York eliminated Miami, and in 1994, Denver eliminated Seattle.
The 76ers will go onto play the Boston Celtics in round 2. The Miami Heat is set to play the Indiana Pacers in the 2nd round as well, Business Week reports.