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Video: Iguodala’s game…. er, series-winning coast-to-coast drive

May 11, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

That’s about as exciting an ending of a game as you are going to see.

It started when rather than try to run out the clock and try to draw the foul himself with 7 seconds left, C.J. Watson (an 80.8 percent free throw shooter) passed the ball to Omer Asik, who tried to score and was fouled wisely by Spencer Hawes. Becuase Asik is a 45.6 precent free throw shooter. The Bulls players are right, it’s not Asik’s fault.

But when he misses his second free throw Andre Iguodala does the right thing — grab the rebound, push it up and keep going until somebody defends you. By the time they did it was too late, Iggy drew the foul and then sank the free throw.

Good for Philadelphia. And good for their fans who got to see their team advance in the most dramatic way possible.

  1. diabloryno - May 11, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    What’s up with every arena playing that cheesy undertaker music when they close out a series?

    • bleedgreen4life - May 12, 2012 at 2:19 AM

      It’s supposed to be the liberty bell. Phillies do the same thing when hit a homerun/win a game.

  2. jblah - May 11, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    great moment as a sixers fan. once again we can be excited about basketball. its been too long. i’m also optimistic about the future because of doug collins and this young sixers team!

    • 700levelvet - May 11, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      You’re delusional……..This is a mediocre team, and will always be a mediocre team with Brand and Igaduola…..The Bulls lost two starters, if not they would have been swept. Hell, I’m a Sixers fan, and i’m glad they won, but get a dose of reality here…….If the new Sixers ownership is dumb enough to think this isn’t anything but “fools gold”, then they will be giving tickets away the next few years…….And for the record, I’m a Sixers fan…….

      • jblah - May 11, 2012 at 8:53 AM

        there is nothing wrong with being excited about your team. Nowhere did I say that we don’t need to add people or some superstars or that this is the final product of the team that I hope that we will keep for the next 5 yrs. I would say this team is an above avarage team. I’m not delusional to think that we will win the championship this year but i’m optimistic that we will make the right decisions with this coaching staff and the new owners in the coming years to get better and hopefully make deep runs into the playoffs. And there is NOTHING wrong with that. stop being so negative.

      • thesixersbench - May 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM

        And let’s thank Marcus Hayes for making an appearance.

        Good thing Brand’s contract is up after next season. He’ll be a trade piece next year (expiring contract), but I’m sure you already knew that, with your all-encompassing knowledge of the team. 18 million off the books that we can use to take this team to the next level.

        Take your unwanted negativity somewhere else. This is not the place or the time, you schmuck. Give these guys the moment in the sun they worked hard all season for and go crawl back under into your dungeon in the North East.

  3. darthsat - May 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Seriously 700levelvet, there are certainly quite a few holes in the team that separate them from the elite teams…but this morning isn’t the time to whine. If you can’t enjoy your city’s sports when they are having good moments, something’s wrong.

    Go Sixers!

  4. truthhurtstoo - May 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Seriously 700levelvet, you sound like a poor loser.

  5. gmsingh - May 11, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    That game–and the series–was handed to them by the refs. The discrepancy in foul shots is a dead giveaway–the Bulls are not a hard fouling team. Indiana is next on the list to get screwed so the “money making” Miami Heat can get to the Finals again. I’m literally going to write my Congressman and ask for Congressional hearings.

    • southbeachtalent - May 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      ahhhh the old 5 on 8 debate. You sound like a bitter Knicks fan.

      Truth of the matter is that the Bulls aren’t as deep as many believed including myself. This teams success is completely on Rose, when he went down it was over. You should be upset at Deng’s lack of leadership and of course Boozer, wow was he horrible. He is stealing his paycheck.

      Till next year Bulls fans. Can’t say that I’ll miss you.

    • tcclark - May 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      really? This stupid conspiracy again? If the NBA can determine who wins a series by controlling the refs, why would they need to eliminate the Bulls in the first round, to make sure the Heat go to the Finals? Couldn’t they just make sure that the Heat beat the Bulls by controlling the refs? I mean if they can insure that the lowly 76ers can beat the bulls by giving them the foul calls, they should definitely be able to make sure that the Almighty Heat win, shouldn’t they?

      Plus, I’m pretty sure that a Cinderella story, like a team who lost their star player but fought through the playoffs and made it to the eastern conference finals would make them a lot more money than having the Sixers advance to the second round only to lose to the Celtics.

      Also the Bulls don’t have Derick Rose! The NBA didn’t need to do anything to insure that they didn’t beat the heat. They had no chance already. If you’re going to make up conspiracies, make up ones that make sense.

      • gmsingh - May 14, 2012 at 7:15 AM

        The Bulls ran the Heat ragged in the EC Finals last year. Wade looked like he needed a wheelchair to get up and down the court. If you haven’t been watching the games, dude, ignorance isn’t an excuse. What part of the Heat winning the Championship makes the NBA the most money didn’t you understand? Hey, if you’re an idiot and you bought into the obvious excuses, instead of actually watching the games and hearing what the announcers themselves were saying were questionable calls, have a nice life. I suppose you think George Bush was elected President fairly and squarely too.

    • tfoz5150 - May 11, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      B.S. the Bulls fouled plenty. And we’re crying for a foul ever time they missed a basket and their great coach was the ringleader for those calls.

      • gmsingh - May 14, 2012 at 7:18 AM

        It’s pretty easy to check. I’m guess-timating the Sixers had at least 50% more trips to the foul line than all the teams the Bulls played the regular season. And that’s in a playoff where the refs are supposed to be LESS likely to call fouls. Hey, you guys are sports fans, not rocket scientists–I don’t expect any facts to be discussed.

  6. comeonnowguys - May 11, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    It doesn’t matter if the fouls would have been even–which really isn’t the mark of balanced officiating, mind you.

    The Bulls showed why Rose was the MVP last year, because if he’s not playing, their offense goes nowhere–slowly.

    Smart Sixer fans know that a team with Rose and Noah wins. But, injuries happen, and smart Bulls fans should know that there isn’t going to be an asterisk next to the 2012 Eastern Conference champion in the record books.

    Stop blaming the refs on this one.

    And of course Sixer fans should be happy with a series. Enjoy it now, before the poor shooting and rebounding leads to a 4- or 5- game exit next round.

    • gmsingh - May 14, 2012 at 7:20 AM

      It’s more complicated when you blame the refs, so I don’t blame you for taking the easy way out.

      • comeonnowguys - May 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        Wait… I’m taking the easy way out? By not blaming the refs?

      • gmsingh - May 17, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        You just proved my point.

  7. comeonnowguys - May 17, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    And you apparently have none.

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