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Sixers, Celtics advance, Nuggets force game 7

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The Philadelphia 76ers are the fifth No. 8 seed to win a first-round NBA playoff series against a No. 1 seed after dumping the Chicago Bulls 79-78 Thursday night as Andre Iguodala won it with a couple of free throws with 2.2 seconds left.

Iguodala scored 20 points, and Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams each scored 14. The Sixers won despite getting outrebounded 56-33.

In his second season, coach Doug Collins has led the Sixers to their first winning season in seven years. It's his first playoff series victory since he coached the Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls in 1989.

The Sixers were 2.2 seconds from playing Game 7 in Chicago.

Now, they will pack their bags for a date with Boston in the second round starting Saturday night at TD Garden.

In other NBA playoff series:

Boston rallied to nip Atlanta 83-80 to eliminate the Hawks in six games. Kevin Garnett had 28 points and 14 rebounds, hitting a jumper to give Boston the lead with 31 seconds left. Paul Pierce added 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

The Lakers will need to win Game 7 at home Saturday night to advance to the second round in the West. Denver raced out to a 13-0 lead and routed the Lakers 113-96 last night in the Mile High City. Lakers star Kobe Bryant, bothered by a stomach ailment, gave it a go and scored 31 points in 37 minutes before sitting out most of the fourth quarter to rest up for Saturday night. Ty Lawson led five Nuggets in double figures with 32, his career playoff high.

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