Chicago Bulls: Spencer Hawes

Sixers turn focus to close-out game

May, 6, 2012
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By Andy Jasner
ESPNChicago.com
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PHILADELPHIA -- If the Philadelphia 76ers can manage to win one of the final three games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Chicago Bulls, they’ll advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in nine years.

It’s not totally uncharted territory, but it has been fairly rare in recent years.

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Howard Smith/US PresswireSpencer Hawes has been the Sixers' X-factor against the Bulls.

The underdog eighth-seeded Sixers took a commanding 3-1 series lead over the No. 1-seeded Bulls following an 89-82 victory in Game 4 Sunday afternoon at the sold out Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia is well aware that a series victory would come against a depleted Bulls team playing without Derrick Rose (ACL) and Joakim Noah, who missed Game 4 with a sprained left ankle.

For a franchise that hasn’t advanced to the second round since the 2002-03 season, any series win is satisfying.

But there’s still one huge game remaining. They’d surely like to get that elusive win Tuesday night at the United Center.

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Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
21.6 3.2 1.6 39.2
OTHER LEADERS
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AssistsD. Rose 5.0
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