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.)
|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|