Collins hopes blast from '82 Game 7 inspires 76ers


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Before coach Doug Collins had his Philadelphia 76ers look ahead to Game 6, he had them rewind the tape to a dusty Game 7.

He slipped in a highlight video of Sixers vs. Celtics, Game 7, 1982 Eastern Conference finals.

The Sixers blew a 3-1 lead in that series and were forced to win Game 7 on the road to reach the finals - which they did.

The Sixers trail this season's East semifinals 3-2 entering Wednesday's Game 6 in Philadelphia. But Collins wanted to push the point that winning another Game 7 on the road can be done.

First, Game 6.

No team has won consecutive games in this series.