This was a total collapse.

My hometown Philadelphia 76ers had a seemingly comfortable lead against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of their second-round NBA playoff series. The Hawks trailed by 26 points in the first half and they were down 87-69 after three quarters.

But the Sixers fell apart. They couldn’t make free throws and they couldn’t make shots down the stretch. They lost at home, 109-106, and fell behind 2-3 in the series.

Like Yogi Berra famously said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

No lead is safe – especially in basketball.

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