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BATA, Equatorial Guinea - Congo surged back from 2-0 down and into the semifinals after beating Republic of Congo 4-2 in an African Cup of Nations thriller on Saturday.Dieumerci Mbokani scored his second in stoppage time as Congo responded with four goals in the last 25 minutes to deny their neighbours and namesakes.Both Congos reacted to a lacklustre first half with a pulsating second 45 minutes at Bata Stadium in the first knockout game.Dore Ferebory gave Republic of Congo the lead in the 55th when he drifted in behind the defence at a free kick and flicked home a right-foot volley.Thievy Bifouma made it 2-0 seven minutes later after some chaotic defending led to him sweeping in a loose ball from close range for his tournament-leading third goal in four games.Congo, which hit the crossbar twice and had a good penalty appeal turned down, then took over as its opponent suddenly folded.Yannick Bolasie created the first goal for striker Mbokani three minutes after Republic of Congos second. He sped down the left, beat his defender to the byline, and pulled back a cross to give the big forward an easy tap in.Mbokanis forward partner, Loteteka Bokila, equalized with 15 minutes left, powering a shot into the roof of the net after his first effort was blocked.Substitute Joel Kimuaki headed in a third from a set-piece with nine minutes to go, and Mbokani bore down on goal in the dying seconds to force the ball home and make sure of Congos place in the last four for the first time in 17 years.Republic of Congo coach Claude Le Roy called it probably his most disappointing moment in a record eight African Cups as a coach.When we were leading 2-0, to be honest we were not far from the dream, he said. But the dream was not there. It was a terrible game.The match had been sedate at best in the first half, with a couple of half-chances for each.But it exploded into life after the break, with both former champions searching for a long-awaited return to the last four after slipping out of African footballs elite over the last few decades.Republic of Congo appeared destined to make its first semis since 1974, after leading by two with less than 30 minutes to play.Congo goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba yelled furiously at his defenders for the lapses that led to both of Republic of Congos goals, but was briefly reduced to tears of joy, and hugging one of those defenders when Kimuaki headed in the third to turn the game. Steven Souza Jersey . Moments after his Brooklyn Nets teammates ran out onto the court to congratulate him following their 100-98 overtime win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night, Johnson could only shake his head at scoring only 13 points on 6-of-19 shooting. Taijuan Walker Jersey . 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Augustin hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:01 remaining, then continued a perfect night from the foul line while scoring a career-high 33 points for the Bulls in a 107-102 win over Boston. Augustin scored 15 in the fourth, including six points from the foul line as the Bulls held off the slumping Celtics. "Even though we didnt play great defence tonight, we pulled it out and we know what we have to fix," said Augustin, whose previous career high was 31 points scored against Philadelphia in January 2011. "I really dont follow that. Some of my teammates told me. Its a great accomplishment, but Im glad we got the win." Joakim Noah finished with 13 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds for Chicago two nights after it was routed at home by Portland. "That is how we have to win. Our margin of error is not great," Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Weve got to play with great intensity each and every night." The Bulls, who avoided losing consecutive games for the first time in nearly two months, will go for a three-game season sweep against the Celtics on Monday night in Chicago. Carlos Boozer scored 14, Kirk Hinrich and Mike Dunleavy added 11 points apiece and all five Chicago starters scored in double figures. Chicago made up for its rebounding struggles by making 25 of 31 foul shots, including 11 of 14 in the fourth quarter. "They were big, especially at the end," Augustin said. "If we had missed a couple of those foul shots, we dont know what the outcome of the game would have been because they made some big 3s at the end," Augustin said. Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 11 assists for Boston, which has lost four straight and nine of 10. Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger scored 16 points each for Boston and Sullinger puulled down 10 rebounds.dddddddddddd. Kris Humphries added 14 points and eight rebounds as Boston outrebounded Chicago 39-31, but could not stop Augustin in the fourth. "You can look at it a couple of different ways, but we hate losing," Rondo said. "Weve got to find a way eventually to win some of these games. Theyre very winnable. Were just not closing the games the right way." The Celtics kept the Bulls from making a run early in the fourth quarter, matching nearly every basket and continuing to outrebound Chicago. Boston grabbed two offensive rebounds on one possession and Brandon Bass putback gave the Celtics an 87-86 lead. Noah drew a foul on the other end and hit both free throws, Hinrich added a 3-pointer and Augustin made a reverse layup to put the Bulls up 93-87 with 4:36 left. Rondo answered with a 3-pointer for Boston, then Sullinger blocked a layup attempt by Augustin to set up a fast-break 3-pointer by Green to pull Boston back within a basket. Green hit again from beyond-the-arc after a foul shot by Noah and the score was tied at 96 with 2:13 remaining. Augustin broke the tie with his third 3-pointer of the game, then made a steal on an inbounds play that all but ended Bostons chances. Augustin drew a foul and made both free throws, then added four more from the line as the Celtics were forced to foul. Augustins two free throws with 22 seconds left put Chicago up 105-99 and the margin was too much for Boston to overcome. Notes: Carlos Boozer received a technical and clear-path foul when he grabbed Humphries from behind on his way to an uncontested trip to the basket. ... Humphries tumbled to the court after Boozer let go and was quickly issued the technical. ... Humphries was called for a technical in the third period for a shove on Noah in the lane while both were setting up for a rebound. ... Chicago last lost consecutive games Feb. 1 and 3. ' ' '
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