Sixers, Celtics Advance; Nuggets Force Game 7

The Sixers and Celtics each advanced in six games. The Nuggets, on the other hand, beat the Lakers to force Game 7.

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Kevin Garnett, The Superstar The NBA Forgot

Kevin Garnett reacted to one of his best playoff performances ever by criticizing writers for suggesting he was too old. Is Garnett right about what he said? Semantically, no, but in spirit, he has a point.

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Nuggets Vs. Lakers, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 6: Nuggets Force Game 7 with 113-96 Win

For the second straight game, the Denver Nuggets avoided elimination. Denver led by nine at halftime, then dominated the Lakers in the second half en route to a 113-96 win in Game 6.

Ty Lawson scored 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting to lead the Nuggets. Kenneth Faried finished with a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Corey Brewer chipped in 18 points off the bench. Denver was especially effective from 3-point range, making 10-of-20 attempts.

The Lakers will now head back to Los Angeles hoping the third elimination game is the charm. Kobe Bryant, battling the stomach flu, scored 31 points. Pau Gasol had a miserable Game 6, making just 1-of-10 field goal attempts and finishing with three points. Andrew Bynum finished with 11 points and 16 rebounds, his third double-double of the series.

Game 7 is scheduled for Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on TNT

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Kevin Garnett Gives A Classic Postgame Press Conference

Kevin Garnett was on fire in the postgame press conference after the Celtics beat the Hawks to move on to the second round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. First, here he is responding to Hawks minority owner Michael Gearon Jr. saying he is the "dirtiest guy in the league."

Later, he responded to a question about his advancing age.

All that was missing was an ANYTHING IS POSSIBLEEEEE reference.

Update: Now with video of KG getting after it:

Via @Trags

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Hawks Vs. Celtics, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 6: Boston Escapes With Series Win, Beats Atlanta 83-80

The Boston Celtics went on a 7-2 run in Game 6's last two minutes to come away with a 83-80 win over the Atlanta Hawks and advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs. Boston won the series 4-2.

The Hawks were the beneficiaries of some weird officiating and bad luck in the game's final seconds. Marquis Daniels fouled Al Horford on an out-of-bounds play -- which should've led to free throws and the ball -- but for some reason, no FT's were shot. Horford ended up wide open again on a sideline out-of-bounds, forcing Daniels to foul him again, but he missed the front end and the Hawks didn't have enough time to get the lead back.

It was unfortunate to see Horford miss as his sharp play on both ends kept the Hawks involved late in the game. Marvin Williams' shooting was also key -- the Atlanta guard drilled four-of-five threes to finish with 16 points.

Kevin Garnett had a throwback game with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Ray Allen oddly couldn't get his shot to fall, going 1-for-7 from three and even missing a crucial free throw late, but the C's were able to get production from Garnett and Paul Pierce, who had 18.

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Rajon Rondo dream shakes and hits a buzzer beater

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Marquis Daniels Had A Productive Night

This was Marquis Daniels' night:

0:09: Marquis Daniels enters the game for Brandon Bass
0:03: Marquis Daniels personal take (Al Horford draws the foul)
0:02: Marquis Daniels shooting foul (Al Horford draws the foul)
0:02: Ryan Hollins enters the game for Marquis Daniels

Seven seconds, two fouls and a trip back to the bench. That was it. That was Marquis Daniels' contribution to the game.

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76ers-Bulls Final Score: Andre Iguodala Wins Game, Series With Last-Second Free Throws

Tragedy for the Bulls: Up three with under 30 seconds to go, Chicago snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and saw themselves get knocked out by the No. 8-seeded Sixers.

C.J. Watson had the ball after a Thaddeus Young layup made it a one-point game. He streaked across halfcourt and found himself in space. He took some contact, but no whistle blew. Rather than dribble until someone fouled him, Watson dumped the ball off to Omer Asik. Watson is an 80-percent free throw shooter. Asik is a 48-percent free throw shooter. Asik had looked the hero with his defense and a dunk to put the Bulls up three, but he bricked the pair, and Andre Iguodala drove the length of the court until Asik fouled him, giving him the chance to hit two free throws for the win.

Carlos Boozer kind of says it all:

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Earlier, things had looked bleak for the Bulls, who missed their first five field goals of the second half and soon found themselves down 12. Then, their defense began to dominate. Joakim Noah might have been out, but the Bulls still boasted a long front line with Asik, Taj Gibson and Luol Deng. This bunch kept the Sixers from penetrating, forcing guys like Louis Williams, Jrue Holiday and Spencer Hawes -- yes Spencer Hawes -- into taking ugly threes or making them do things like this:

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That held the Sixers to only 15 third quarter points. Plus, Boozer -- who was a horrendous 1-for-11 -- stayed on the bench while Richard Hamilton filled it up. But Iguodala knocked down some bailout jumpers and willed the Sixers back into the game. Then, that stuff with Asik happened, and now the series is over.

This is brutal for Bulls fans. To go from being the best team in the NBA to losing your star player to a heart-rending elimination in two weeks is more than one should have to handle.

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Watson's pivotal mistake

Referee: SIKE!

Elton Brand doesn't know goaltending rules

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Elton Brand Cares Not For Goaltend Rules

At first glance, it seems like this is a clean block. The ball is on the way up still, it's not pinned against the glass and if one wasn't paying close attention, they'd wonder why the play was whistled dead.

Observe. This is Elton Brand reaching up through the hoop to block a shot.

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Pretty easy call after all!

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Paul Pierce Injury: Celtics' Star Has Sprained MCL, Will Still Play In Game 6 Vs. Hawks

Paul Pierce has a sprained knee, but it's not going to force him to miss any time. According to multiple reports, shared by CelticsBlog, the Boston Celtics' small forward has a sprained MCL, but is available for Game 6 of the Celtics' series against the Atlanta Hawks. The Celtics lead, 3-2, and can close out the series at home on Thursday night.

Pierce participated in morning shootaround, and there's no indication that he's going to be seriously limited, either in his performance or in his minutes. The Celtics have said that there is no other injury beyond a sprain for Pierce, so there's no reason for him to sit if he's not in serious pain and feels like he can move his knee well. Pierce was the Celtics' co-leader in scoring in Game 5 with 16 points, and he's currently averaging 21.8 points per game in the playoffs.

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Joakim Noah Injury Update: Bulls' Center A Game-Time Decision For Game 6 Vs. 76ers

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah remains a game-time decision with an ankle injury for Game 6 of the Bulls' 2012 NBA Playoffs first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said, according to KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Noah has not played since injuring the foot in Game 4.

Noah himself declined to comment to reporters. He was limping around and did not participate in the shoot-around.

Noah suffered the injury rolling over a 76ers player's foot in Game 3, a Bulls' loss. He stayed in the game, but re-aggravated the injury and had to come out. The Bulls trail 3-2 in the series after taking Game 5 in Chicago.

The good news for the Bulls is that forward Taj Gibson will play in Game 6, he said. He got hurt midway through Game 5.

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Why Would Vinny Del Negro Play An Injured Chris Paul?

When Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro put an injured Chris Paul back into Game 5 in Memphis Wednesday night, he stupidly risked further injury to the player most responsible for three L.A. wins, and in so doing risked the entire series.

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