76ers 120, Bulls 118 (OT)
CHICAGO (AP) _ Philadelphia point guard Maurice Cheeks connected on a jumper with just six seconds remaining in overtime Friday night to lift the 76ers to a 120-118 National Basketball Association triumph over the Chicago Bulls.
Cheeks, who had a season-high 28 points, scored six points in the extra session.
Chicago’s George Gervin, who led all scorers with 31 points, had given the Bulls a 109-107 lead in regulation play on a basket and free throw. Gervin had pulled the Bulls into 116-116 tie in overtime with one of two free throws before Bobby Jones of the Sixers got a layup to pull the visitors ahead at 118-116.
Chicago’s Jawann Oldhan made a slam dunk with 14 seconds left in overtime to tie the score at 118-118 before Cheeks’ game winner.
Philadelphia’s Charles Barkley, who collected 10 fourth-quarter points, had sent the game into overtime at 109-109 with just three seconds left in regulation.
Philadelphia center, Moses Malone, who scored 23 points, missed a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left and the Sixers holding a 107-105 lead.
Chicago’s Sidney Green, who was fouled, made only one of two free throws, but Gene Banks saved the rebound for the Bulls with 16 seconds remaining and Gervin the Bulls their final lead.
Barkley had scored two baskets to push the Sixers out to a 105-99 lead, but Chicago moved to within 105-103 with 2:39 left on a John Paxson jumper and two free throws by Gervin.
After grabbing a 61-54 halftime lead on the strength of 16 points by Cheeks, the Sixers opened up a 69-57 bulge early in the third quarter, but it was trimmed to 92-88 at the end of the period.