NBA wrap: It's goodnight Chicago as 76ers dump the Bulls out

Miss last night’s NBA playoffs? Here’s what you need to know.

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THE NBA-LEADING Chicago Bulls were sensationally dumped out of the first round of the playoffs by the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.

The 76ers took Game 6 thanks to two late free throws from Andre Iguodala and ensured the Bulls became only the fifth top seed to lose to an eighth seed in the first round.

After an outstanding season, the Bulls struggled against the 76ers without MVP Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah with Thursday’s nail-biting 79-78 loss making for a bitterly disappointing end to the season.

Iguodala finished with 20 points for the Sixers and kept his cool after Bulls’ back-up Omer Asik missed two crucial free throws that would have put Chicago three points up with seven seconds remaining.

To compound his errors at the line, Asik then conceded the foul which saw Iguodala convert both times to win it for Philadelphia.

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The Boston Celtics wrapped up their series with the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 with an 83-80 win to make the Eastern Conference semi-finals for the fifth straight year.

Kevin Garnett had 28 points and 14 rebounds for the Celtics and put them ahead with just 31 seconds remaining on the clock.

Paul Pierce provided support with 18 points and seven assists while Josh Smith top scored for the 76ers with 19 points.

Boston meet the 76ers in the semis after taking the series 4-2.

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The Denver Nuggets have pushed the Los Angeles Lakers to Game 7 in their series, after a comfortable 113-96 win at the Pepsi Center.

The Nuggets are just a game away from dumping the Lakers out in the first round if they can take the deciding game at the Staples Center on Saturday.

Kobe Bryant backed up his 43-point performance in Game 5 with another 31 despite playing with an upset stomach.

Bryant had to take intravenous fluids all morning and was benched for good late on in the fourth quarter with the Nuggets 101-73 ahead.

Ty Lawson led all scorers with 32 for the Nuggets, who were always in control.

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