It could be said that the best final series ever played is the 1976 NBA finals. The finals was between two teams The Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns. Prior to this series, the Phoenix Suns had only made the playoffs once and they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Phoenix Suns with their acquired new player Alvan Adams, who had been selected fourth overall in the 1975 draft became their dominant center, fortifying their defense. While the addition of Paul Westphal and Dick Van Arsdale were their go to scorers. The Phoenix Suns cruised to the playoffs with 42 wins and ultimately shocked the basketball world when they upset the Golden State Warriors (Last Years Champions) in the seven game series of the conference semi finals.
The Phoenix Suns had finally made it to the playoff finals. This was their time, but there was a team standing in their way, The Boston Celtics, who were out for revenge after they had lost their chance at the 1975 championship with a defeat in the conference finals against the Washington Bullets
With their desperation, the Boston Celtics came out strong and with an intensity, determined to come out with a championship in the finals. After an intense series the Boston Celtics took the championship from the Phoenix Sun 4-2
The greatest game ever played was Game 5 of the series. A series that went into triple overtime with the Boston Celtics ultimately winning by just two points, which allowed them to carry the momentum over to the next game defeating the Phoenix suns by 7 points.
During game 5, Boston had taken a huge lead, but they could not hold that lead, and the Phoenix Suns came storming back.
That game was rivaled with two very distinct controversies
- A technical call that should have been called near the end of regulation
- At the lack of time stoppage during a crucial time in the last few seconds of the game which resulted in Phoenix Suns having less time to attempt a shot.
A series of mistakes could have been said to have caused the Boston Celtics championships…..