Round: Finals
Dates: May 4-May 16
Winner: Lakers, 4-2
Julius Erving's acrobatics took the spotlight early in this series, specifically his impossible reverse layup in Game 4 that highlighted a win for Philly that tied the series 2-2. But though the Lakers won Game 5, spirits were low as their captain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar sprained his ankle late in the contest. Maybe he was too young to know any better, maybe he was just too good to care. Either way, a 20-year-old rookie, Magic Johnson, took Jabbar's place at center in Game 6 and played all five positions in a spectacular 42 point, 15 rebound display that clinched the series for Los Angeles.