The Bulls' 2012 season came to an end Thursday evening with a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of the first round of the NBA Finals.
The final score: 79-78
Chicago's Omer Asik failed to make his two free throws in the final minute of the game, but Philadelphia's Andre Igoudala made his, pushing the 76ers over the top in the final two seconds.
Iguodala scored 20 points, and Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams each scored 14. For the Bulls, Luol Deng had 19 points and 17 rebounds. Richard Hamilton scored 19 points and Carlos Boozer grabbed 13 rebounds.
In his second season, coach Doug Collins had already led the Sixers to their first winning season in seven years. The Sixers are the fifth No. 8 seed to win a first-round series against a No. 1 seed.
Now, they will pack their bags for a date with the winner of the Boston-Atlanta series in the second round.
Bulls center Joakim Noah was in uniform and warmed up but wasn't on the starting lineup and never entered the game. Noah was injured midway through the third quarter of Game 3 when he stepped on Iguodala's foot while driving the lane and crashed to the court. He sat out Games 4 and 5.
The Bulls lost star guard Derrick Rose to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee late in the series-opening victory.