Friday, September 4, 2015

Sixers' Free Playoff Passes

The Sixers have used the foul line to their advantage in the postseason.

Sixers' Free Playoff Passes

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Andre Iguodala shoots series-winning free throw against  the Bulls (  Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )
Andre Iguodala shoots series-winning free throw against the Bulls ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer ) Daily News/Inquirer

The Sixers, who were outscored at the foul line by their opponents to the tune of 128 points during the regular season, lead all playoff teams with 48 more free throws made than their foes.

Below are the free throws made by each playoff team and their opponents (complete through Monday) as well as the team's regular season difference.

  PLAYOFFS  SEASON
 Team  Own    Opp    Diff.    Diff.
 Sixers  145    97  +48  —128
 Heat  143  103  +40  +182
 Grizzlies  160  126  +34  —  21
 Celtics  122  105  +17  —121
 Mavericks      89    81  +  8  —  63
 Jazz    74    68  +  6  —  44
 Pacers  100    96  +  4  +170
 Thunder  105  102  +  3  +239
 Lakers  126  126     E  +301
 Spurs    68    74  —  6  +135
 Nuggets  102  113  —11  +264
 Magic    67    80  —13  —  10
 Hawks    76    97  —21  +  28
 Knicks    83  114  —31  +  40
 Clippers  126  160  —34  —205
 Bulls    72  116  —44  —  60
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