PHILADELPHIA – The numbers uglying up the boxscore were making non-believers of many at the Wells Fargo Center Friday night. Some left early. Others stayed but with little hope that the Philadelphia 76ers could dig themselves out with so little going their way.
After living through it once, the Sixers got to see it again on video. By the time they gathered midday Saturday for their film session, they knew how the story ended – a 79-74 victory over Chicago in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. And even then it was hard to believe, the way the negatives stacked against them.
“I stopped the tape and it was 69-56 with, like, 9:13 to go,” head coach Doug Collins said at the team’s practice facility. “And I said, ‘How many people watching the game or in the arena last night gave you any chance to win this game? Ain’t anybody outside this room thought we were going to win that game. But you did it. And that’s what you have to do. Those are the kinds of games we have to find a way.’ Our guys summoned up a way to do it.”