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Iguodala leads 76ers to comeback win over the Bulls

Mar 15, 2008 - 5:01 AM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Andre Iguodala and the Philadelphia 76ers came all the way back to send a gut shot to the Chicago Bulls.

Iguodala scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the 76ers rallied for a 110-106 victory over the Bulls.

Andre Miller and reserve Rodney Carney each scored 18 points and Reggie Evans had 12 and seven rebounds for the 76ers (32-34), who remained in seventh position in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the idle Washington Wizards (32-32) for sixth.

"It's a four-quarter game," 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "This is a team game and this was a team win for us, even the guys not in the game were pushing the guys to not give up."

Chicago (26-39), which led by 14 at halftime and 15 entering the fourth quarter, fell one game behind the Atlanta Hawks (27-38) and idle New Jersey Nets (27-38) for the final playoff spot in the East. The Hawks defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 117-93, on Friday.

"This is a very difficult loss for us," Bulls interim coach Jim Boylan said. "We had trouble playing with the lead. Down the stretch we could not contain their penetration."

Trailing, 94-83, in the final period after the Bulls guard Thabo Sefolosha drilled a 21-foot jumper with 7:05 left, the Sixers went on a 15-4 spurt capped by Iguodala's 3-pointer with 3:11 remaining to knot the score at 98-98.

"Early in the fourth quarter, I thought if we could make a small run and get it under 10 we had a chance," Iguodala said. "Then guys just kept making shots and, before I knew it, we were up."

After a pair of foul shots by Larry Hughes gave Chicago a 102-100 advantage, a 3-pointer by Carney and a nine-foot jumper by Louis Williams with 90 seconds left put the Sixers up, 105-102.

It was the 76ers first lead since a 2-0 advantage 22 seconds into the game.

A layup by Williams at the one-minute mark gave Philadelphia a 107-104 lead with 60 ticks on the clock and free throws by Iguodala and one by Samuel Dalembert with eight ticks on the clock gave Philadelphia the comeback win.

"We are playing good basketball now and people know it," Iguodala said. "As long as we continue to play this way, our chances are very good that we can make the playoffs."

Williams scored 11 points off the bench and Dalembert had 10 and seven rebounds for the Sixers, who shot 42 percent (33-of-79) and took the season series, 2-1, from the Bulls.

Luol Deng scored 21 points and Sefolosha had 20 off the bench for Chicago, which shot 45 percent (41-of-91) and fell 13 games under .500.

"This might be our toughest loss of the year," Sefolosha said. "It's just so frustrating to lose a game like this and at home. We were up 16 and then couldn't stop them. I don't know what happened."

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