12/31/11 11:32 am EST
The emblematic and, appropriately, deciding play came with under 10 seconds left and the wind seemingly at the 7-6’s sails: Lou Williams took an inbound pass at the top of the key with the Sixers down a bucket, drove left, stutter stepped, then blew by Earl Watson for an uncontested layup, but touched it too high off the glass. Game over? Not quite.
Spencer Hawes, who had been an animal for most of the night, slipped by Gordon Hayward for the o-board and a clean look at the bucket, but put too much on it and it sailed over the rim.
Game, for all intents and purposes – and a missed Lou Williams last second three-pointer – over.