The Sixers came in two games behind three teams that were tied
for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs race.
Down four midway through the fourth quarter, Philadelphia went
on a 12-0 run to take a 91-83 lead with 2:18 left. Thomas had six
points during the run and Iverson finished it with a pair of free
throws. The Bulls didn't get any closer the rest of the way.
The Sixers were without Glenn Robinson, out indefinitely with an
elbow injury. But centers Marc Jackson and Derrick Coleman could be
returning from their injuries soon, providing a boost for the
The Bulls used an 8-0 run to go ahead in the second quarter and
led 47-46 at halftime.
The loudest cheers of the night came when it was announced
that Stanford, the top-ranked team in men's college basketball,
lost to Washington, meaning No. 2 Saint Joseph's should move up to
No. 1 when the next AP poll comes out Monday. ... Five of
Philadelphia's remaining games are against the Knicks, Heat,
Cavaliers and Celtics, four of the teams in the playoffs scramble.
... Iverson had just one field goal in the second half.