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1977/78 (October 28) Philadelphia 76ers@Portland Trail Blazers - Bill Walton vs Dr J, finals rematch
1977/78 (October 28) Philadelphia 76ers@Portland Trail Blazers - Bill Walton vs Dr J, finals rematch
Published: 2016/11/13
Channel: Karol K
NBA 1977 1978   Playoffs   ECF   G1   30 04 1978   Washington Bullets   Philadelphia Sixers
NBA 1977 1978 Playoffs ECF G1 30 04 1978 Washington Bullets Philadelphia Sixers
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: upsypar
1978 NBA Finals Game 1 Washington Bullets@Seattle Supersonics - Fred Brown show!
1978 NBA Finals Game 1 Washington Bullets@Seattle Supersonics - Fred Brown show!
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: Karol K
NBA 1977 78   RS   29 01 1978   Denver Nuggets   Philadelphia 76ers
NBA 1977 78 RS 29 01 1978 Denver Nuggets Philadelphia 76ers
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: upsypar
NBA 1978.03.12 Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers
NBA 1978.03.12 Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: Torontos
1978 NBA Playoffs WCSF Game 2 Seattle Supersonics @ Portland Trail Blazers
1978 NBA Playoffs WCSF Game 2 Seattle Supersonics @ Portland Trail Blazers
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: Karol K
1978 NBA All-Star Game
1978 NBA All-Star Game
Published: 2018/01/28
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NBA 1978.01.08 Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Jazz 3/3
NBA 1978.01.08 Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Jazz 3/3
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: Torontos
1978 Finals Game 7 Washington Bullets@Seattle Supersonics
1978 Finals Game 7 Washington Bullets@Seattle Supersonics
Published: 2017/01/05
Channel: Karol K
NBA January 22, 1978 NY Knicks at Denver Nuggets
NBA January 22, 1978 NY Knicks at Denver Nuggets
Published: 2014/07/01
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NBA 1978.01.22 New Orleans Jazz vs. Detroit Pistons
NBA 1978.01.22 New Orleans Jazz vs. Detroit Pistons
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: Torontos
NBA 1978.01.08 Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Jazz 2/3
NBA 1978.01.08 Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Jazz 2/3
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: Torontos
Bill Walton: 1977 NBA Finals Highlights
Bill Walton: 1977 NBA Finals Highlights
Published: 2014/07/23
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1978 NBA Playoffs G2 Portland Trail Blazers vs. Seattle Supersonics 1/2
1978 NBA Playoffs G2 Portland Trail Blazers vs. Seattle Supersonics 1/2
Published: 2017/10/06
Channel: Torontos
1978 Regular Season New Orleans(Jazz)@Portland HIGHLIGHTS
1978 Regular Season New Orleans(Jazz)@Portland HIGHLIGHTS
Published: 2015/08/25
Channel: Portland Basketball Classics
1978 NBA Playoffs WCSF Game 5 Seattle Supersonics @ Portland Trail Blazers
1978 NBA Playoffs WCSF Game 5 Seattle Supersonics @ Portland Trail Blazers
Published: 2018/02/13
Channel: Karol K
1977 WCSF Game 3 Denver Nuggets@Portland Trail Blazers - David Thompson 40 Pts!
1977 WCSF Game 3 Denver Nuggets@Portland Trail Blazers - David Thompson 40 Pts!
Published: 2017/02/25
Channel: Karol K
1978 NBA Finals G3 Washington Bullets vs. Seattle Supersonics 1/2
1978 NBA Finals G3 Washington Bullets vs. Seattle Supersonics 1/2
Published: 2017/11/27
Channel: Torontos
Top 10 Dunks from the 2000-01 NBA Season
Top 10 Dunks from the 2000-01 NBA Season
Published: 2015/10/16
Channel: off-hand
1997 NBA playoffs wcsf game 7 Seattle Supersonics-Houston Rockets
1997 NBA playoffs wcsf game 7 Seattle Supersonics-Houston Rockets
Published: 2017/05/02
Channel: Basketball VHS archives
1989 NBA Playoffs WCSF Game 4 LA Lakers @ Seattle Supersonics
1989 NBA Playoffs WCSF Game 4 LA Lakers @ Seattle Supersonics
Published: 2017/09/11
Channel: Karol K
NBA on CBS theme (1978)
NBA on CBS theme (1978)
Published: 2016/11/08
Channel: Nairda Osorbas
Retro NBA: 1977 Portland Trail Blazers
Retro NBA: 1977 Portland Trail Blazers
Published: 2008/05/19
Channel: ginoongkamote
1978 NBA Finals G6 Washington Bullets vs. Seattle Supersonics 1/2
1978 NBA Finals G6 Washington Bullets vs. Seattle Supersonics 1/2
Published: 2017/11/29
Channel: Torontos
1978 NBA Playoffs WCSF Game 6 Portland Trail Blazers @ Seattle Supersonics
1978 NBA Playoffs WCSF Game 6 Portland Trail Blazers @ Seattle Supersonics
Published: 2017/08/24
Channel: Karol K
1978 NBA Finals G4 Seattle Supersonics vs. Washington Bullets
1978 NBA Finals G4 Seattle Supersonics vs. Washington Bullets
Published: 2017/11/28
Channel: Torontos
1977 Bullets VS Rockets (ECSF G-6)
1977 Bullets VS Rockets (ECSF G-6)
Published: 2015/09/24
Channel: Alex GR
Lionel Hollins: 27 Points Vs New Orleans Jazz (1-8-1978)
Lionel Hollins: 27 Points Vs New Orleans Jazz (1-8-1978)
Published: 2015/09/01
Channel: Portland Basketball Classics
Kareem Abdul Jabbar Punches Kent Benson
Kareem Abdul Jabbar Punches Kent Benson
Published: 2015/11/20
Channel: Hoops Madness
NBA 1995-96 Chicago Bulls @ Seattle Supersonics, 26 November
NBA 1995-96 Chicago Bulls @ Seattle Supersonics, 26 November
Published: 2017/02/03
Channel: Bob Chipezka
1978 NBA Finals G1 Seattle Supersonics vs. Washington Bullets 1/2
1978 NBA Finals G1 Seattle Supersonics vs. Washington Bullets 1/2
Published: 2017/11/27
Channel: Torontos
Lloyd Neal: 36 Point Game Vs Chicago 2/26/1978
Lloyd Neal: 36 Point Game Vs Chicago 2/26/1978
Published: 2014/02/18
Channel: Portland Basketball Classics
1996 NBA Champions - Chicago Bulls - Unstop A Bulls
1996 NBA Champions - Chicago Bulls - Unstop A Bulls
Published: 2017/04/23
Channel: Igor Talyuli
1978 NBA Finals Game 7 Bullets vs. Sonics
1978 NBA Finals Game 7 Bullets vs. Sonics
Published: 2008/05/22
Channel: ginoongkamote
1978 NBA Finals: Washington vs Seattle Game 7
1978 NBA Finals: Washington vs Seattle Game 7
Published: 2008/05/08
Channel: ginoongkamote
Milwaukee Bucks @ Seattle Supersonics 10/27/78 2nd Half
Milwaukee Bucks @ Seattle Supersonics 10/27/78 2nd Half
Published: 2017/10/20
Channel: gates69
NBA Season 1994 95   Seattle Supersonics   Los Angeles Lakers   Playoff   First round   G2
NBA Season 1994 95 Seattle Supersonics Los Angeles Lakers Playoff First round G2
Published: 2016/11/01
Channel: upsypar
1978 NBA West Finals -- Game 2 (part 3)
1978 NBA West Finals -- Game 2 (part 3)
Published: 2013/08/17
Channel: dmichael100
SONICS@SIXERS (12/9/96) - Review
SONICS@SIXERS (12/9/96) - Review
Published: 2018/02/08
Channel: EKH111
World sinks the Celtics vol. 2
World sinks the Celtics vol. 2
Published: 2017/04/17
Channel: PM's Far-Out Grooviness
1996 NBA Final: Chicago Bulls vs Seattle SuperSonics Game 1 (Full Game) HD
1996 NBA Final: Chicago Bulls vs Seattle SuperSonics Game 1 (Full Game) HD
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: T Stephen
Gary Payton Early Career Highlights
Gary Payton Early Career Highlights
Published: 2013/04/08
Channel: NBA
1996 Chicago Bulls vs Seattle SuperSonics Game 2 NBA Hardwood Classics
1996 Chicago Bulls vs Seattle SuperSonics Game 2 NBA Hardwood Classics
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: Bob Chipezka
Denver Nuggets SHOCK the world in 1994 NBA Playoffs
Denver Nuggets SHOCK the world in 1994 NBA Playoffs
Published: 2008/04/04
Channel: DrBryant24
NBA 1978.03.05 San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Jazz 2/4
NBA 1978.03.05 San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Jazz 2/4
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: Torontos
NBA 1978.03.05 San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Jazz 3/4
NBA 1978.03.05 San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Jazz 3/4
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: Torontos
1977 NBA Playoffs G3 Portland Trail Blazers vs. Chicago Bulls
1977 NBA Playoffs G3 Portland Trail Blazers vs. Chicago Bulls
Published: 2017/10/03
Channel: Torontos
NBA 1978   Finals   G7   07 06 1978   Seattle Supersonics   Washington Bullets
NBA 1978 Finals G7 07 06 1978 Seattle Supersonics Washington Bullets
Published: 2016/10/29
Channel: upsypar
1978 NBA Finals G5 Seattle Supersonics vs. Washington Bullets 2/2
1978 NBA Finals G5 Seattle Supersonics vs. Washington Bullets 2/2
Published: 2017/11/28
Channel: Torontos
1996 NBA Finals Game 4 Chicago Bulls@Seattle Supersonics
1996 NBA Finals Game 4 Chicago Bulls@Seattle Supersonics
Published: 2017/04/01
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1977–78 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 18, 1977 – April 9, 1978
April 11–May 17, 1978 (Playoffs)
May 21–June 7, 1978 (Finals)
Number of games 82
Number of teams 22
TV partner(s) CBS
Draft
Top draft pick Kent Benson
Picked by Milwaukee Bucks
Regular season
Top seed Portland Trail Blazers
Season MVP Bill Walton (Portland)
Top scorer George Gervin (San Antonio)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Washington Bullets
  Eastern runners-up Philadelphia 76ers
Western champions Seattle SuperSonics
  Western runners-up Denver Nuggets
Finals
Champions Washington Bullets
  Runners-up Seattle SuperSonics
Finals MVP Wes Unseld (Washington)
NBA seasons

The 1977–78 NBA season was the 32nd season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Washington Bullets winning the NBA Championship, beating the Seattle SuperSonics 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences[edit]

  • The New York Nets moved from Uniondale, New York to Piscataway, New Jersey, and were renamed the New Jersey Nets. The New York Knicks, who forced the Nets to pay $4.8 million for invading the New York area prior to the previous season, remained the only NBA team in New York for 35 years, until the Nets moved to Brooklyn in the 2012–13 season.
  • The 1978 NBA All-Star Game was played at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, with the East beating the West 133-125. Randy Smith of the Buffalo Braves wins the game's MVP award.
  • The defending champion Portland Trail Blazers went off to a 50–10 start and looked poised to repeat, but Bill Walton broke his foot (the first of the numerous major injuries that radically shortened his career) and was out for the remainder of the season. The Blazers, hurt by Walton's absence and by other key injuries, faded to an 8–14 finish and lost to the Sonics in the Western Conference semifinals.
  • On December 9, 1977, Kermit Washington punched Houston Rockets player Rudy Tomjanovich in the face during an NBA game. Tomjanovich was seriously injured and missed the rest of the season. Washington was subsequently fined $10,000 and suspended 26 games by the NBA.
  • Throughout the 1977–78 season, CBS broadcast NBA games during the regular season and the playoffs. During halftime of those games, they showed a pre-taped H–O–R–S–E tournament pitting players from the NBA against each other. It featured, among others, Pete Maravich, Bob McAdoo, Kevin Grevey, and George Gervin. Maravich won the contest, but H–O–R–S–E featuring NBA players would not be re-instituted for 31 more years (until the 2009 All-Star Weekend).
  • This was the first season since the 1949–50 season that no Boston Celtics player was named to either the First or Second All-NBA Team.
Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 1976–77 coach 1977–78 coach
Buffalo Braves Tates Locke Joe Mullaney
New York Knicks Red Holzman Willis Reed
Seattle SuperSonics Bill Russell Bob Hopkins
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Boston Celtics Tom Heinsohn Satch Sanders
Buffalo Braves Joe Mullaney Cotton Fitzsimmons
Detroit Pistons Herb Brown Bob Kauffman
Kansas City Kings Phil Johnson Larry Staverman
Philadelphia 76ers Gene Shue Billy Cunningham
Seattle SuperSonics Bob Hopkins Lenny Wilkens

Final standings[edit]

By division[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Philadelphia 76ers 55 27 .671 37–4 18–23 14–2
x-New York Knicks 43 39 .524 12 29–12 14–27 7–9
Boston Celtics 32 50 .390 23 24–17 8–33 8–8
Buffalo Braves 27 55 .329 28 20–21 7–34 7–9
New Jersey Nets 24 58 .293 31 18–23 6–35 4–12


Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 52 30 .634 32–9 20–21 15–5
x-Washington Bullets 44 38 .537 8 29–12 15–26 14–6
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 43 39 .524 9 27–14 16–25 9–11
x-Atlanta Hawks 41 41 .500 11 29–12 12–29 8–12
New Orleans Jazz 39 43 .476 13 27–14 12–29 8–12
Houston Rockets 28 54 .341 24 21-20 7-34 6–14


Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Denver Nuggets 48 34 .585 33–8 15–26 11–9
x-Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 4 28–13 16–25 14–6
Chicago Bulls 40 42 .488 8 29–12 11–30 8–12
Detroit Pistons 38 44 .463 10 24–17 14–27 8–12
Indiana Pacers 31 51 .378 17 21–20 10–31 8–12
Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 17 22–19 9–32 11–9


Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Portland Trail Blazers 58 24 .707 36–5 22–19 13–3
x-Phoenix Suns 49 33 .598 9 34–7 15–26 8–8
x-Seattle SuperSonics 47 35 .573 11 31–10 16–25 8–8
x-Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 13 29–12 16–25 6–10
Golden State Warriors 43 39 .524 15 30–11 13–28 5–11


By conference[edit]

# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Philadelphia 76ers 55 27 .671
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 52 30 .634 3
3 x-Washington Bullets 44 38 .537 11
4 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 43 39 .524 12
5 x-New York Knicks 43 39 .524 12
6 x-Atlanta Hawks 41 41 .500 14
7 New Orleans Jazz 39 43 .476 16
8 Boston Celtics 32 50 .390 23
9 Houston Rockets 28 54 .341 27
10 Buffalo Braves 27 55 .329 28
11 New Jersey Nets 24 58 .293 31


# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Portland Trail Blazers 58 24 .707
2 y-Denver Nuggets 48 34 .585 10
3 x-Phoenix Suns 49 33 .598 9
4 x-Seattle SuperSonics 47 35 .573 11
5 x-Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 13
6 x-Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 14
7 Golden State Warriors 43 39 .524 15
8 Chicago Bulls 40 42 .488 18
9 Detroit Pistons 38 44 .463 20
10 Indiana Pacers 31 51 .378 27
11 Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 27



Notes

  • z, y – division champions
  • x – clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game George Gervin San Antonio Spurs 27.2
Rebounds per game Truck Robinson New Orleans Jazz 15.7
Assists per game Kevin Porter DetroitNew Jersey 10.2
Steals per game Ron Lee Phoenix Suns 2.74
Blocks per game George Johnson New Jersey Nets 3.38
FG% Bobby Jones Denver Nuggets .578
FT% Rick Barry Golden State Warriors .924

NBA awards[edit]

Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on NBA.com

References[edit]

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