There was nothing about the way Thursday night's Game 6 played out that pointed toward a win for the Sixers. Nothing about the way the Sixers played against the Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center inspired much faith.

For some reason, though, there was a thought that if they just stayed close enough they might figure out a way to pull it out. If they could just make the game grittier or uglier, maybe someone would step up in the nick of time and hit a big shot and end the misery.

"I don't know how we won," head coach Doug Collins said.