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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Sixers hope to close deal in Game 6

By ESPNChicago.com

The Philadelphia 76ers let the Chicago Bulls off the hook Tuesday by not finishing off the league's No. 1 seed, but Philly is confident that Game 6 in front of its hometown fans could have a different result.

"Yes, it is a close-out game, which is the toughest game in a series to win," Sixers forward Elton Brand said. "After tonight, we will have a little more experience and hopefully we will close them out in front of our fans."

Game 6 is Thursday night, and it's not certain who will be available for the Bulls. Joakim Noah sprained his left ankle in Game 3 and didn't play Tuesday. Taj Gibson rolled his ankle Tuesday, and while he finished, it's not certain how effective he'll be.

"We just need to go home now and be more efficient defensively," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "In three of the last four games they held us under 40 percent offensively. I thought early in the game tonight we were just out of sync. I didn't think we lost any composure out there, even with that scrum at the end of the bench.