Round: Eastern Conference Semifinals
Dates: May 5-May 17
Winner: Celtics, 4-3
He wasn't a household name and they certainly weren't America's team, but Sidney Moncrief and the Bucks were pretty good in their day. They'd prove as much in this dramatic go at the Boston Celtics. After winning handily in the opener, Boston narrowly escaped with a two-point Game 2 victory.
However Milwaukee wouldn't surrender their home court, defeating the Celtics in a Game 3 overtime. But Boston would double down on OT with two in Game 4, which the Celtics won 138-137. The two teams traded haymakers, each winning in the other's building in Games 5 and 6. Leading by eight with just five minutes remaining in Game 7, the Bucks were foiled by no one other than Larry Bird, who scored 13 4th quarter points to save Boston's season.