1967–68 Philadelphia 76ers season
The 1967–68 season of the Philadelphia 76ers was their 15th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and their 5th season since moving from Syracuse (as well as their 1st season at their new home in South Philadelphia, The Spectrum). The 76ers finished the regular season with a record of 62–20 & for the 2nd straight year, had the best record in the entire NBA.
|1967–68 Philadelphia 76ers season|
|Head coach||Alex Hannum|
|Place||Division: 1st (Eastern)|
|Playoff finish||East Finals|
In the playoffs, they eliminated the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, 4 games to 2. The series win proved costly, as Billy Cunningham, their sixth man, injured his non-shooting wrist and was out for the remainder of the playoffs.
In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Sixers became the first team in NBA history to blow a 3–1 series lead and lost to the Boston Celtics in 7 games. What was so damaging about this series loss was that Games 5 and 7 were at the Spectrum, & although Cunningham was not available, the team had the services of forward Johnny Green, a 4 time NBA All-Star in the 1960s and 1970s, to replace #32.
After the season, head coach Alex Hannum resigned to take a position in the ABA, and Wilt Chamberlain was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers for guard Archie Clark, center Darrall Imhoff, and forward Jerry Chambers (who never played with the team). Philadelphia would win only a single home playoff game from 1969 to 1971 (game 6, 1971 playoffs vs. Baltimore, going 0–7 for the remaining home games from 1969 to 1971). It would be 9 seasons until they won a single post-season series.
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|x-New York Knicks||43||39||.524||19||20–17||21–16||2–6||19–21|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
|1967-68 NBA Records|
|1968 playoff game log|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Goldaper, Sam (July 10, 1968). "76ers, Citing Star's Demands, Confirm Chamberlain Trade". The New York Times.
- Numbelivable!, p.20, Michael X. Ferraro and John Veneziano, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0