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NBA: Bulls Beat 76ers in Crucial Game


The Chicago Bulls defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 99-92 Wednesday in a crucial National Basketball Association game.

Four Chicago players scored in double figures, led by Andre Nocioni and Ben Gordon, who each scored 21 points. The victory was the Bulls fourth consecutive win, and moves them into the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference over the slumping 76ers. Philadelphia has lost 12 of its last 16 games.

In other NBA games, Gilbert Arenas scored 38 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a 108-91 win over the Boston Celtics. The Wizards are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and could qualify for the playoffs for a second straight season.

The Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 111-103, snapping a five-game losing streak. The win allowed the Pacers to hold on to seventh place in the East. The Orlando Magic downed the Milwaukee Bucks 108-105 for their eighth straight home win, while the New York Knicks upset the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-94.

The Sacramento Kings defeated the San Antonio Spurs 97-87 to keep their playoff hopes alive. Mike Bibby scored 31 points and added eight assists to lead the Kings, who are in eighth place in the Western Conference.

Elton Brand scored 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 119-105 win over the Phoenix Suns. The New Orleans Hornets downed the Golden State Warriors 114-109 in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers earned a 76-75 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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