11 May 2012

Nuggets survive, Sixers knock out Bulls, Celtics do for Hawks

5:43 pm on 11 May 2012

The Denver Nuggets have avoided elimination from the NBA basketball playoffs with a convincing 113-96 win against the LA Lakers.

And they forced a game seven decider without centre Chris Andersen, who's been embroiled in a reported investigation into internet crimes against children.

The Philadelphia 76ers are through to the second round after a 79-78 home win over the top-seeded Chicago Bulls sealed a 4-2 series victory - the Sixers' first playoff series win since 2003.

The Atlanta Hawks were eliminated by the Boston Celtics who won game six 83-80 to take the series 4-2.

The Celtics now play the Sixers in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.