Round: Finals
Dates: May 22-June 5
Winner: Blazers, 4-2
The first year of the NBA/ABA merger ended with Dr.J's first trip to the Finals. He immediately opened the series with a slam dunk off the opening tip and Philly ran away with Game 1. Game 2 was a brawl. Literally. Darryl Dawkins and Maurice Lucas squared off as both benches cleared and Doug Collins needed four stitches. Philly would win the game handily, but the fracas ignited the Blazers. Led by Finals MVP Bill Walton, Portland won four straight, fending off a historical effort from the Dr. and winning the franchise's first championship.