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1978 NBA Playoffs Summary

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League Champion: Washington Bullets

Finals MVP: Wes Unseld (9.0/11.7/3.9)

1978 Playoff Leaders:
PTS: Elvin Hayes (457)
TRB: Marvin Webster (289)
AST: Tom Henderson (106)
WS: Elvin Hayes (3.1)

League Playoffs

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Finals (4-3): Washington Bullets over Seattle SuperSonics (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Finals (4-2): Washington Bullets over Philadelphia 76ers (Series Stats)
Western Conference Finals (4-2): Seattle SuperSonics over Denver Nuggets (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-0): Philadelphia 76ers over New York Knicks (Series Stats)
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-2): Washington Bullets over San Antonio Spurs (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-3): Denver Nuggets over Milwaukee Bucks (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-2): Seattle SuperSonics over Portland Trail Blazers (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference First Round (2-0): New York Knicks over Cleveland Cavaliers (Series Stats)
Eastern Conference First Round (2-0): Washington Bullets over Atlanta Hawks (Series Stats)
Western Conference First Round (2-0): Milwaukee Bucks over Phoenix Suns (Series Stats)
Western Conference First Round (2-1): Seattle SuperSonics over Los Angeles Lakers (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 10 2425 438 932 .470 438 932 .470 268 342 .784 148 368 516 261 84 75 201 272 1144 114.4
2 Milwaukee Bucks 9 2160 416 826 .504 416 826 .504 180 251 .717 118 274 392 282 87 64 169 218 1012 112.4
3 New York Knicks 6 1440 281 591 .475 281 591 .475 102 142 .718 96 169 265 171 52 28 111 182 664 110.7
4 Denver Nuggets 13 3120 570 1246 .457 570 1246 .457 298 379 .786 222 423 645 357 91 62 244 361 1438 110.6
5 Cleveland Cavaliers 2 480 85 187 .455 85 187 .455 51 66 .773 31 49 80 39 13 8 34 48 221 110.5
6 San Antonio Spurs 6 1440 274 562 .488 274 562 .488 99 135 .733 80 192 272 138 46 56 96 151 647 107.8
7 Washington Bullets 21 5115 912 2007 .454 912 2007 .454 435 624 .697 361 677 1038 502 178 95 347 551 2259 107.6
8 Seattle Supersonics 22 5305 874 1963 .445 874 1963 .445 516 709 .728 375 676 1051 412 147 124 359 551 2264 102.9
9 Los Angeles Lakers 3 720 127 281 .452 127 281 .452 43 63 .683 61 85 146 71 26 18 56 80 297 99.0
10 Atlanta Hawks 2 505 82 177 .463 82 177 .463 33 50 .660 25 54 79 31 19 10 33 61 197 98.5
11 Portland Trail Blazers 6 1440 237 509 .466 237 509 .466 106 143 .741 64 175 239 128 37 22 97 158 580 96.7
12 Phoenix Suns 2 480 81 189 .429 81 189 .429 31 38 .816 27 51 78 53 20 6 32 42 193 96.5
League Average 9 2053 365 789 .462 365 789 .462 180 245 .735 134 266 400 204 67 47 148 223 910 107.0

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 Portland Trail Blazers 6 1440 227 501 .453 227 501 .453 136 186 .731 97 186 283 98 43 28 103 141 590 98.3
2 Seattle Supersonics 22 5305 917 2044 .449 917 2044 .449 422 576 .733 355 676 1031 515 148 93 358 605 2256 102.5
3 Phoenix Suns 2 480 84 157 .535 84 157 .535 37 49 .755 19 77 96 49 15 9 42 40 205 102.5
4 Washington Bullets 21 5115 875 1939 .451 875 1939 .451 432 583 .741 318 676 994 437 152 159 369 585 2182 103.9
5 Los Angeles Lakers 3 720 129 270 .478 129 270 .478 54 77 .701 45 84 129 64 21 4 52 65 312 104.0
6 Atlanta Hawks 2 505 80 162 .494 80 162 .494 50 70 .714 31 69 100 31 15 6 45 50 210 105.0
7 San Antonio Spurs 6 1440 275 574 .479 275 574 .479 98 151 .649 90 187 277 148 51 25 89 146 648 108.0
8 Philadelphia 76ers 10 2425 442 1005 .440 442 1005 .440 204 284 .718 185 312 497 271 100 49 185 289 1088 108.8
9 Milwaukee Bucks 9 2160 393 856 .459 393 856 .459 202 258 .783 142 278 420 255 80 47 176 226 988 109.8
10 Denver Nuggets 13 3120 581 1220 .476 581 1220 .476 315 439 .718 205 380 585 362 115 98 205 330 1477 113.6
11 New York Knicks 6 1440 273 560 .488 273 560 .488 173 219 .790 93 210 303 153 50 39 121 140 719 119.8
12 Cleveland Cavaliers 2 480 101 182 .555 101 182 .555 39 50 .780 28 58 86 62 10 11 34 58 241 120.5
League Average 9 2053 365 789 .462 365 789 .462 180 245 .735 134 266 400 204 67 47 148 223 910 107.0

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 Washington Bullets 21 14 7 .667 13.0 8.0 103.3 99.8 102.6 .311 .454 .132 .348 .217 .451 .144 .680 .223
2 Seattle Supersonics 22 13 9 .591 11.3 10.7 102.7 102.4 99.7 .361 .445 .136 .357 .263 .449 .135 .656 .206
3 Philadelphia 76ers 10 6 4 .600 6.7 3.3 103.9 98.8 109.0 .367 .470 .157 .322 .288 .440 .141 .665 .203
4 Denver Nuggets 13 6 7 .462 5.3 7.7 104.5 107.3 105.9 .304 .457 .147 .369 .239 .476 .127 .674 .258
5 Milwaukee Bucks 9 5 4 .556 5.2 3.8 104.8 102.3 107.3 .304 .504 .153 .298 .218 .459 .154 .659 .236
6 New York Knicks 6 2 4 .333 1.5 4.5 101.0 109.4 109.5 .240 .475 .145 .314 .173 .488 .156 .645 .309
7 Portland Trail Blazers 6 2 4 .333 2.6 3.4 99.8 101.5 96.9 .281 .466 .145 .256 .208 .453 .150 .643 .271
8 San Antonio Spurs 6 2 4 .333 3.0 3.0 104.3 104.4 103.4 .240 .488 .134 .300 .176 .479 .122 .681 .171
9 Los Angeles Lakers 3 1 2 .333 1.0 2.0 100.1 105.1 98.9 .224 .452 .154 .421 .153 .478 .146 .654 .200
10 Phoenix Suns 2 0 2 .000 0.6 1.4 95.6 101.6 100.9 .201 .429 .135 .260 .164 .535 .190 .729 .236
11 Cleveland Cavaliers 2 0 2 .000 0.5 1.5 106.8 116.5 103.5 .353 .455 .136 .348 .273 .555 .143 .636 .214
12 Atlanta Hawks 2 0 2 .000 0.6 1.4 97.1 103.5 96.5 .282 .463 .142 .266 .186 .494 .189 .635 .309
League Average 8.5 4.3 4.3 .500 4.2 4.3 103.0 103.0 103.3 .311 .462 .142 .335 .228 .462 .142 .665 .228

Playoff Leaders

Minutes Played

1. Marvin Webster-SEA 904
2. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 868
3. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 827
4. Bob Dandridge-WSB 746
5. Gus Williams-SEA 701
  Jack Sikma-SEA 701

Field Goals

1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 189
2. Bob Dandridge-WSB 172
3. Gus Williams-SEA 163
4. Fred Brown-SEA 153
5. Marvin Webster-SEA 137

Field Goal Attempts

1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 385
2. Bob Dandridge-WSB 359
3. Gus Williams-SEA 342
4. Fred Brown-SEA 341
5. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 294

Free Throws

1. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 112
2. Marvin Webster-SEA 81
3. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 79
4. Gus Williams-SEA 77
5. Fred Brown-SEA 75

Free Throw Attempts

1. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 159
2. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 133
3. Marvin Webster-SEA 120
4. Gus Williams-SEA 106
5. Jack Sikma-SEA 91

Offensive Rebounds

1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 103
2. Marvin Webster-SEA 95
3. Paul Silas-SEA 73
4. Wes Unseld*-WSB 72
5. Jack Sikma-SEA 50

Defensive Rebounds

1. Marvin Webster-SEA 194
2. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 176
3. Wes Unseld*-WSB 144
4. Jack Sikma-SEA 128
5. Paul Silas-SEA 114

Total Rebounds

1. Marvin Webster-SEA 289
2. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 279
3. Wes Unseld*-WSB 216
4. Paul Silas-SEA 187
5. Jack Sikma-SEA 178

Assists

1. Tom Henderson-WSB 106
2. Gus Williams-SEA 88
3. Wes Unseld*-WSB 79
4. Bob Wilkerson-DEN 78
5. Bob Dandridge-WSB 74

Steals

1. Gus Williams-SEA 45
2. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 32
3. Bob Dandridge-WSB 30
  Charles Johnson-WSB 30
5. Tom Henderson-WSB 27

Blocks

1. Marvin Webster-SEA 58
2. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 52
3. Caldwell Jones-PHI 30
4. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 23
5. David Thompson*-DEN 21

Turnovers

1. Marvin Webster-SEA 74
2. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 58
3. Bob Dandridge-WSB 57
4. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 56
5. Gus Williams-SEA 54

Personal Fouls

1. Jack Sikma-SEA 101
2. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 86
3. Bob Dandridge-WSB 78
4. Marvin Webster-SEA 76
5. Kevin Grevey-WSB 71

Points

1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 457
2. Gus Williams-SEA 403
3. Bob Dandridge-WSB 402
4. Fred Brown-SEA 381
5. Marvin Webster-SEA 355

Field Goal Pct

1. Alex English*-MIL .615
2. Steve Mix-PHI .598
3. Adrian Dantley*-LAL .571
4. Bobby Jones-DEN .569
5. Tom Owens-POR .551

Free Throw Pct

1. Dave Twardzik-POR 1.000
  Spencer Haywood-NYK 1.000
3. Austin Carr-CLE .938
4. Mack Calvin-DEN .931
5. Henry Bibby-PHI .909

Minutes Per Game

1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 41.3
2. Marvin Webster-SEA 41.1
3. Bob McAdoo*-NYK 39.7
4. Bob Dandridge-WSB 39.3
5. Maurice Lucas-POR 38.8

Points Per Game

1. George Gervin*-SAS 33.2
2. David Thompson*-DEN 25.2
3. Marques Johnson-MIL 24.0
4. Bob McAdoo*-NYK 23.8
5. Julius Erving*-PHI 21.8

Rebounds Per Game

1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 13.3
2. Marvin Webster-SEA 13.1
3. Maurice Lucas-POR 12.5
4. Marques Johnson-MIL 12.4
5. Wes Unseld*-WSB 12.0

Assists Per Game

1. Quinn Buckner-MIL 6.9
2. Brian Winters-MIL 6.4
3. Bob Wilkerson-DEN 6.0
4. Lionel Hollins-POR 5.5
5. Mike Gale-SAS 5.2
  Ray Williams-NYK 5.2

Steals Per Game

1. Gus Williams-SEA 2.0
2. Quinn Buckner-MIL 2.0
3. Butch Beard-NYK 1.7
4. Bob Dandridge-WSB 1.6
5. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 1.5

Blocks Per Game

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 4.0
2. Caldwell Jones-PHI 3.0
3. Mike Green-SAS 2.7
  George Gervin*-SAS 2.7
5. Marvin Webster-SEA 2.6

Player Efficiency Rating

1. George Gervin*-SAS 29.4
2. Marques Johnson-MIL 27.2
3. Steve Mix-PHI 25.1
4. Julius Erving*-PHI 21.2
5. Alex English*-MIL 20.9

True Shooting Pct

1. Steve Mix-PHI .674
2. Alex English*-MIL .657
3. Bobby Jones-DEN .609
4. George Gervin*-SAS .597
5. Marques Johnson-MIL .596

Effective Field Goal Pct

1. Alex English*-MIL .615
2. Steve Mix-PHI .598
3. Adrian Dantley*-LAL .571
4. Bobby Jones-DEN .569
5. Tom Owens-POR .551

Offensive Rebound Pct

1. Paul Silas-SEA 12.2
2. Marques Johnson-MIL 11.9
3. Julius Erving*-PHI 11.8
4. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 11.7
5. Anthony Roberts-DEN 11.7

Defensive Rebound Pct

1. Maurice Lucas-POR 25.4
2. Marques Johnson-MIL 24.9
3. Darryl Dawkins-PHI 24.8
4. Caldwell Jones-PHI 24.5
5. Marvin Webster-SEA 22.1

Total Rebound Pct

1. Marques Johnson-MIL 18.6
2. Maurice Lucas-POR 17.8
3. Caldwell Jones-PHI 16.9
4. Greg Ballard-WSB 16.4
5. Marvin Webster-SEA 16.3

Assist Pct

1. Quinn Buckner-MIL 30.3
2. Brian Winters-MIL 27.4
3. Larry Wright-WSB 23.7
4. Ralph Simpson-DEN 23.4
5. Tom Henderson-WSB 23.0

Steal Pct

1. Charles Johnson-WSB 3.3
2. Quinn Buckner-MIL 3.1
3. Gus Williams-SEA 3.1
4. Steve Mix-PHI 2.8
5. Butch Beard-NYK 2.7

Block Pct

1. Caldwell Jones-PHI 4.8
2. Mike Green-SAS 4.6
3. Darryl Dawkins-PHI 4.0
4. George Gervin*-SAS 3.5
5. Marvin Webster-SEA 3.3

Turnover Pct

1. Marques Johnson-MIL 7.2
2. Fred Brown-SEA 7.5
3. Junior Bridgeman-MIL 7.8
4. Billy Paultz-SAS 7.8
5. Tom Owens-POR 8.2

Usage Pct

1. George Gervin*-SAS 32.8
2. Fred Brown-SEA 28.8
3. David Thompson*-DEN 28.6
4. Brian Winters-MIL 26.4
5. World B. Free-PHI 26.2

Offensive Rating

1. Steve Mix-PHI 135.9
2. Marques Johnson-MIL 124.3
3. Alex English*-MIL 124.0
4. Tom Owens-POR 121.5
5. Bobby Jones-DEN 118.9

Defensive Rating

1. Caldwell Jones-PHI 93.6
2. Darryl Dawkins-PHI 93.8
3. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 95.8
4. George McGinnis-PHI 96.2
5. Julius Erving*-PHI 97.2

Offensive Win Shares

1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 1.4
2. Marques Johnson-MIL 1.4
3. Gus Williams-SEA 1.4
4. Fred Brown-SEA 1.3
5. Jack Sikma-SEA 1.2

Defensive Win Shares

1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 1.7
2. Marvin Webster-SEA 1.3
3. Wes Unseld*-WSB 1.1
4. Bob Dandridge-WSB 1.0
5. Jack Sikma-SEA 0.9

Win Shares

1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 3.1
2. Marvin Webster-SEA 2.3
3. Gus Williams-SEA 2.3
4. Jack Sikma-SEA 2.1
5. Wes Unseld*-WSB 2.0

Win Shares Per 48 Minutes

1. Steve Mix-PHI .311
2. Marques Johnson-MIL .280
3. George Gervin*-SAS .247
4. Tom Owens-POR .219
5. Alex English*-MIL .210