Round: Eastern Conference Finals
Dates: April 21-May 3
Winner: Celtics, 4-3
The Sixers and Celtics tied for the league's best record. Bird and Dr.J were probably tied (with Magic) as the league's most exciting players. So a generational rivalry was renewed as both chased their first championship. Down 3-1, the Celtics not only fought off elimination for three straight games, they overcame double digit deficits in each, winning Games 5-7 by a combined five points.

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