It's Just One Game

One 16-point loss does not a playoff series make.

Six times the Sixers have lost playoff game by 16 or more points and come back to capture the series (below).

That includes the grand-daddy of them all, the 40-point loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of the 1982 Eastern Conference Final. They went on to win the next three games, then dropped Games 5 and 6 before winning Game 7.

(By the way, the Sixers have lost 21 postseason series when they suffered a loss of at least 16 points.)

Year   Round Opponent  Gm.  Score Margin  Series Final
1977 East Final  Rockets 3   94-118  24 Up 2-1 W 4-2 
1981 East Final Bucks 6   86-109 23 Tied 3-3 W 4-3
1982 East Final Celtics 1   81-121 40 Down 0-1  W 4-3
1985 First Bullets 3 100-118 18 Up 2-1 W 3-1
1990 First Cavaliers 3   95-122 27 Up 2-1 W 3-2
2001 East Semi Raptors 3   78-102 24 Down 1-2 W 4-3

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