The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Chicago Bulls 89-82 to lead their National Basketball Association playoff series by three games to one.
Spencer Hawes scored a team-high 22 points for the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia in Game 4 of the best-of- seven series. The teams return to Chicago for Game 5 on May 8.
“It’s going to be huge,” Hawes said in a televised interview. “We’re going back to Chicago, they’re going to be ready, their crowd’s going to be ready.”
The Bulls, who finished the regular season tied with the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the league, won the series opener, in which league Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose suffered a season-ending knee injury. Chicago has since lost three in a row to Philadelphia.
The 76ers, who haven’t won a playoff series since 2003, are looking to become the fifth No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs.
Also today, the New York Knicks will seek to avoid being swept by the Miami Heat. A fourth straight defeat for New York would take its winless streak in the playoffs to a record- extending 14 games dating back to April 2001.
The Boston Celtics can take a 3-1 lead in games with a home win against the Atlanta Hawks. The Los Angeles Lakers can also move within one win of the second round with a victory in Game 4 of their series at the Denver Nuggets.
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