Sixers defeat Bulls
2012 (Eastern Conference first round)
The eighth-seeded Sixers stumbled late in the regular season, giving many the impression they had no shot against the top-seeded Bulls, who had MVP point guard Derrick Rose and big man Joakim Noah. But when Rose went down with a torn ACL in Game 1 and Noah sprained his ankle in Game 3, the Sixers' road got a lot easier -- and they took advantage. Philadelphia finally ended the Bulls' run in a thrilling Game 6, in which Andre Iguodala won it on a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds left to cap the series, 4-2. With the win, the Sixers earned their first trip to the conference semifinals since 2003 and became just the third No. 8 seed in NBA history to knock of a No. 1 seed in a best-of-seven series (the fifth overall).