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1976 NBA Playoffs Summary

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League Champion: Boston Celtics

Finals MVP: Jo Jo White (21.7/4.3/5.8)

1976 Playoff Leaders:
PTS: Jo Jo White (408)
TRB: Dave Cowens (296)
AST: Alvan Adams (98) & Jo Jo White (98)
WS: Dave Cowens (2.7)

League Playoffs

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Finals (4-2): Boston Celtics over Phoenix Suns (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Finals (4-2): Boston Celtics over Cleveland Cavaliers (Series Stats)
Western Conference Finals (4-3): Phoenix Suns over Golden State Warriors (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-2): Boston Celtics over Buffalo Braves (Series Stats)
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-3): Cleveland Cavaliers over Washington Bullets (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-2): Golden State Warriors over Detroit Pistons (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-2): Phoenix Suns over Seattle SuperSonics (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference First Round (2-1): Buffalo Braves over Philadelphia 76ers (Series Stats)
Western Conference First Round (2-1): Detroit Pistons over Milwaukee Bucks (Series Stats)

Team Stats

Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Philadelphia 76ers 3 745 132 287 .460 132 287 .460 79 102 .775 52 98 150 64 23 19 50 91 343 114.3
2 Milwaukee Bucks 3 720 127 233 .545 127 233 .545 83 105 .790 20 87 107 65 19 18 65 79 337 112.3
3 Golden State Warriors 13 3195 590 1256 .470 590 1256 .470 277 359 .772 218 406 624 315 167 77 243 358 1457 112.1
4 Detroit Pistons 9 2185 406 835 .486 406 835 .486 181 225 .804 141 258 399 213 69 50 190 253 993 110.3
5 Seattle Supersonics 6 1440 247 515 .480 247 515 .480 150 213 .704 90 162 252 117 59 26 139 175 644 107.3
6 Phoenix Suns 19 4685 789 1701 .464 789 1701 .464 427 565 .756 256 572 828 470 163 105 395 505 2005 105.5
7 Buffalo Braves 9 2185 373 776 .481 373 776 .481 183 246 .744 90 284 374 229 61 46 170 238 929 103.2
8 Boston Celtics 18 4395 707 1624 .435 707 1624 .435 398 496 .802 272 630 902 407 112 41 357 481 1812 100.7
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 13 3145 494 1145 .431 494 1145 .431 208 296 .703 183 397 580 261 72 72 195 327 1196 92.0
10 Washington Bullets 7 1705 251 560 .448 251 560 .448 140 205 .683 77 245 322 105 41 50 133 171 642 91.7
League Average 10 2440 412 893 .461 412 893 .461 213 281 .756 140 314 454 225 79 50 194 268 1036 103.6

Opponent Stats

Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Washington Bullets 7 1705 257 639 .402 257 639 .402 124 170 .729 112 223 335 123 44 44 101 184 638 91.1
2 Cleveland Cavaliers 13 3145 467 1073 .435 467 1073 .435 271 368 .736 165 434 599 223 67 67 237 316 1205 92.7
3 Boston Celtics 18 4395 723 1569 .461 723 1569 .461 313 433 .723 199 550 749 412 119 81 339 449 1759 97.7
4 Golden State Warriors 13 3195 553 1171 .472 553 1171 .472 276 357 .773 197 412 609 320 114 91 285 338 1382 106.3
5 Phoenix Suns 19 4685 785 1704 .461 785 1704 .461 455 601 .757 281 636 917 424 194 76 413 550 2025 106.6
6 Buffalo Braves 9 2185 392 862 .455 392 862 .455 185 239 .774 139 299 438 212 58 33 159 253 969 107.7
7 Philadelphia 76ers 3 745 122 258 .473 122 258 .473 81 106 .764 34 90 124 82 25 14 51 93 325 108.3
8 Seattle Supersonics 6 1440 263 520 .506 263 520 .506 153 202 .757 77 159 236 169 51 30 122 172 679 113.2
9 Milwaukee Bucks 3 720 144 300 .480 144 300 .480 52 64 .813 51 77 128 67 22 13 52 87 340 113.3
10 Detroit Pistons 9 2185 410 836 .490 410 836 .490 216 272 .794 144 259 403 214 92 55 178 236 1036 115.1
League Average 10 2440 412 893 .461 412 893 .461 213 281 .756 140 314 454 225 79 50 194 268 1036 103.6

Miscellaneous Stats

Offense Four Factors Defense Four Factors
Rk Team G W L W/L% PW PL ORtg DRtg Pace FTr 3PAr eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA
1 Boston Celtics 18 12 6 .667 10.8 7.2 97.5 94.6 101.5 .305 .435 .162 .331 .245 .461 .162 .760 .199
2 Phoenix Suns 19 10 9 .526 8.8 10.2 98.4 99.4 104.4 .332 .464 .168 .287 .251 .461 .173 .671 .267
3 Golden State Warriors 13 7 6 .538 8.8 4.2 104.9 99.5 104.4 .286 .470 .147 .346 .221 .472 .177 .673 .236
4 Cleveland Cavaliers 13 6 7 .462 6.2 6.8 95.0 95.7 96.1 .259 .431 .133 .297 .182 .435 .161 .706 .253
5 Buffalo Braves 9 4 5 .444 3.2 5.8 98.0 102.2 104.1 .317 .481 .161 .231 .236 .455 .141 .671 .215
6 Detroit Pistons 9 4 5 .444 3.2 5.8 103.8 108.3 105.0 .269 .486 .169 .353 .217 .490 .157 .642 .258
7 Washington Bullets 7 3 4 .429 3.7 3.3 93.7 93.1 96.4 .366 .448 .170 .257 .250 .402 .124 .686 .194
8 Seattle Supersonics 6 2 4 .333 1.9 4.1 101.4 106.9 105.8 .414 .480 .186 .361 .291 .506 .167 .678 .294
9 Philadelphia 76ers 3 1 2 .333 2.0 1.0 108.7 103.0 101.6 .355 .460 .131 .366 .275 .473 .143 .742 .314
10 Milwaukee Bucks 3 1 2 .333 1.4 1.6 106.6 107.5 105.4 .451 .545 .189 .206 .356 .480 .137 .630 .173
League Average 10.0 5.0 5.0 .500 5.0 5.0 99.6 99.6 102.3 .315 .461 .160 .308 .238 .461 .160 .692 .238

Playoff Leaders

Minutes Played
1. Dave Cowens*-BOS 798
2. Jo Jo White-BOS 791
3. Paul Silas-BOS 741
4. Gar Heard-PHO 721
5. Paul Westphal-PHO 685
Field Goals
1. Jo Jo White-BOS 165
  Paul Westphal-PHO 165
3. Dave Cowens*-BOS 156
4. Alvan Adams-PHO 137
5. Phil Smith-GSW 127
Field Goal Attempts
1. Jo Jo White-BOS 371
2. Dave Cowens*-BOS 341
3. Paul Westphal-PHO 323
4. Alvan Adams-PHO 303
5. Rick Barry*-GSW 289
Free Throws
1. Jo Jo White-BOS 78
2. Paul Westphal-PHO 71
3. Alvan Adams-PHO 67
4. Dave Cowens*-BOS 66
5. Rick Barry*-GSW 60
  Don Nelson-BOS 60
Free Throw Attempts
1. Jo Jo White-BOS 95
2. Paul Westphal-PHO 93
3. Dave Cowens*-BOS 87
4. Alvan Adams-PHO 82
  Bob McAdoo*-BUF 82
Offensive Rebounds
1. Dave Cowens*-BOS 87
2. Paul Silas-BOS 78
3. Curtis Perry-PHO 63
4. Alvan Adams-PHO 54
5. Gar Heard-PHO 53
Defensive Rebounds
1. Dave Cowens*-BOS 209
2. Paul Silas-BOS 168
3. Gar Heard-PHO 144
4. Alvan Adams-PHO 137
5. Jim Brewer-CLE 100
Total Rebounds
1. Dave Cowens*-BOS 296
2. Paul Silas-BOS 246
3. Gar Heard-PHO 197
4. Alvan Adams-PHO 191
5. Curtis Perry-PHO 146
Assists
1. Alvan Adams-PHO 98
  Jo Jo White-BOS 98
3. Paul Westphal-PHO 96
4. Rick Barry*-GSW 84
5. Dave Cowens*-BOS 83
Steals
1. Gar Heard-PHO 39
2. Rick Barry*-GSW 38
3. Paul Westphal-PHO 34
4. Alvan Adams-PHO 24
  Paul Silas-BOS 24
Blocks
1. Gar Heard-PHO 37
2. Nate Thurmond*-CLE 29
3. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 28
4. George Johnson-GSW 23
5. Bob Lanier*-DET 21
Personal Fouls
1. Charlie Scott-BOS 97
2. Dave Cowens*-BOS 85
3. Curtis Perry-PHO 78
4. Ricky Sobers-PHO 77
5. Paul Silas-BOS 67
Points
1. Jo Jo White-BOS 408
2. Paul Westphal-PHO 401
3. Dave Cowens*-BOS 378
4. Alvan Adams-PHO 341
5. Rick Barry*-GSW 312
  Phil Smith-GSW 312
Field Goal Pct
1. Brian Winters-MIL .629
2. Gary Brokaw-MIL .622
3. Clifford Ray-GSW .608
4. John Mengelt-DET .607
5. Tom Burleson-SEA .600
Free Throw Pct
1. Gary Brokaw-MIL .944
2. Bob Dandridge-MIL .900
  Bob Lanier*-DET .900
4. Rick Barry*-GSW .882
  Howard Porter-DET .882
Minutes Per Game
1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 45.1
2. Dave Cowens*-BOS 44.3
3. Wes Unseld*-WSB 44.3
4. Jo Jo White-BOS 43.9
5. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 43.6
Points Per Game
1. Fred Brown-SEA 28.5
2. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 28.0
3. Bob Lanier*-DET 26.1
4. Rick Barry*-GSW 24.0
  Phil Smith-GSW 24.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Dave Cowens*-BOS 16.4
2. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 14.2
3. Paul Silas-BOS 13.7
4. Bob Lanier*-DET 12.7
5. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 12.6
Assists Per Game
1. Randy Smith-BUF 8.6
2. Slick Watts-SEA 8.2
3. Rick Barry*-GSW 6.5
4. Eric Money-DET 5.7
5. Jo Jo White-BOS 5.4
Steals Per Game
1. Steve Mix-PHI 3.7
2. Rick Barry*-GSW 2.9
3. Fred Brown-SEA 2.2
4. Gar Heard-PHO 2.1
5. Slick Watts-SEA 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 4.0
2. Elmore Smith-MIL 3.7
3. Bob Lanier*-DET 2.3
4. Nate Thurmond*-CLE 2.2
5. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 2.0
Player Efficiency Rating
1. Bob Lanier*-DET 25.3
2. Tom Burleson-SEA 22.4
3. Fred Brown-SEA 22.2
4. Phil Smith-GSW 21.3
5. Rick Barry*-GSW 20.9
True Shooting Pct
1. Tom Burleson-SEA .656
2. John Mengelt-DET .641
3. Brian Winters-MIL .639
4. Charles Dudley-GSW .629
5. Clifford Ray-GSW .628
Effective Field Goal Pct
1. Brian Winters-MIL .629
2. Gary Brokaw-MIL .622
3. Clifford Ray-GSW .608
4. John Mengelt-DET .607
5. Tom Burleson-SEA .600
Offensive Rebound Pct
1. George Johnson-GSW 14.8
2. Bob Lanier*-DET 11.9
3. Dave Cowens*-BOS 11.7
4. Clifford Ray-GSW 11.6
5. Howard Porter-DET 11.3
Defensive Rebound Pct
1. Dave Cowens*-BOS 27.8
2. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 24.7
3. Clifford Ray-GSW 24.5
4. Tom Burleson-SEA 24.3
5. Paul Silas-BOS 24.0
Total Rebound Pct
1. Dave Cowens*-BOS 19.7
2. Clifford Ray-GSW 17.9
3. Paul Silas-BOS 17.7
4. Bob Lanier*-DET 17.3
5. George Johnson-GSW 17.3
Assist Pct
1. Slick Watts-SEA 35.3
2. Randy Smith-BUF 31.0
3. Ernie DiGregorio-BUF 29.0
4. Eric Money-DET 24.8
5. Dave Bing*-WSB 23.4
Steal Pct
1. Charles Dudley-GSW 3.9
2. Charles Johnson-GSW 3.6
3. Rick Barry*-GSW 3.3
4. Jimmy Jones-WSB 3.0
5. Gus Williams-GSW 2.8
Block Pct
1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 4.9
2. George Johnson-GSW 4.8
3. Nate Thurmond*-CLE 4.5
4. Bob Lanier*-DET 3.1
5. Gar Heard-PHO 2.8
Defensive Rating
1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 88.1
2. Dave Cowens*-BOS 91.0
3. Nate Thurmond*-CLE 91.0
4. Paul Silas-BOS 91.9
5. Jim Brewer-CLE 92.7
Offensive Win Shares
1. Phil Smith-GSW 1.6
2. Bob Lanier*-DET 1.5
3. Paul Westphal-PHO 1.3
4. Rick Barry*-GSW 1.0
5. Dave Cowens*-BOS 1.0
Defensive Win Shares
1. Dave Cowens*-BOS 1.7
2. Paul Silas-BOS 1.5
3. Gar Heard-PHO 1.2
4. Jo Jo White-BOS 1.1
5. Charlie Scott-BOS 1.0
Win Shares
1. Dave Cowens*-BOS 2.7
2. Paul Silas-BOS 2.3
3. Jo Jo White-BOS 2.1
4. Paul Westphal-PHO 1.9
5. Phil Smith-GSW 1.9
Win Shares Per 48 Minutes
1. Bob Lanier*-DET .213
2. Tom Burleson-SEA .188
3. Don Nelson-BOS .186
4. Phil Smith-GSW .183
5. Clifford Ray-GSW .178