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Before Tuesday’s fifth game of the NBA playoff series between the Bulls and the 76ers, Philadelphia coach Doug Collins called it a “human-nature game,” as with the Sixers up 3-1 and on the road in the best-of-seven set it seemed to offer little incentive for them to close it out. He said the Sixers nonetheless had to play with the same determination as the Bulls.

Collins insisted afterward that his team never “gave in to that game at all,” even as the Bulls posted a 77-69 win to extend the series and send it back to Philadelphia Thursday night. Yet there’s no use denying the Sixers did not play with the same determination as the Bulls.