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Sixers Beat Bulls 4-2 in Round 1... It Comes Down to Free Throws Kids!
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 05/11/12 3:55 am | updated: 05/11/12 3:55 am
The 76ers edged past the Chicago Bulls tonight to win 79-78 in Game 6. That clinches this young team's first playoff series win since 2003. They become only the 5th number 8 seed to defeat a number 1 in the NBA playoffs. They'll meet the Boston Celtics in Round 2.

The Sixers took full advantage of some keys losses for the Bulls, who lost reigning MVP G Derrick Rose and C Joakim Noah to injury, to get out ahead of the Chicago team in the series.

In tonight's game they held a comfortable 12 point lead halfway through the 3rd quarter but the Bulls put together a nice run to tie it up going into the 4th. The game was tight the entire quarter, but Chicago held the advantage coming down the stretch.

This setup the classic ending. Thaddeus Young drove and laid it in to make it 77-78 Bulls with 12.8 left. Chicago inbounded and took the ball up the court, with Philly trying but unable to foul in the backcourt. It was passed to Omar Asik who was fouled going to the basket with 7 seconds left. Asik proceeded to miss both free throws. Andre Igoudala grabbed the rebound and took it all the way to the Sixers basket, missing the shot but fouled by a trailing Asik with 2.2 seconds left. Igoudala took the opportunity to sink both free throws and give the Sixers the lead for good.

(Bulls' desperation shot, times expires, crowd goes nuts)

Anyway, I'll take this opportunity to just say, "What's up with some Pros and being just plain awful at free throws?" There are some notorious ones who are below 50% and such, but even 60-70% isn't good. The free throw is one play in professional sports that almost everybody can do. Kids in grade school shoot the same free throws; same ball, same line, same net. If you get paid tons of money to just play basketball and you can't shoot an unguarded shot from 15'. Do you not practice? I don't get it. Heck, Wilt was awful at them too.
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