Not so fast. With the Philly crowd standing and waving their rally towels, the Sixers seemed primed for a comeback. Hawes fought inside for a tough basket that pulled the Sixers to 69-64 to help them end the game on a stunning 26-7 run.
"When Rip hit that shot, I was looking in our guys' eyes," Collins said. "Somehow, we fought back."
The Bulls need to figure out a new rotation without Rose and way to protect Noah if they don't want this series to slip away.
"You need guys who have that great will to win, no matter what the circumstances," Thibodeau said.
NOTES: Hall of Famer Julius Erving returned to the Sixers as a strategic adviser. His deal runs through 2015 and he will be available to the franchise on an as-needed basis. ... Actor Bill Murray was at the game. ... The Sixers snapped a four-game home losing streak.
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