Before the game, 76ers coach Doug Collins said this would be the "hardest win of my two-year career here."

He wasn't kidding.

It only took a blown 12-point lead in the third quarter; a rally from a five-point deficit in the fourth; and the two clutchest free throws in Andre Iguodala's career with 2.2 seconds left in order for the Sixers to escape with a heart-stopping 79-78 win over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.

That sent the Sixers onto the Eastern Conference semifinals as they won a playoff series for the first time since 2003. They'll face the Celtics in the best-of-seven series beginning Saturday in Boston.