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1979 NBA Playoffs Summary

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League Champion: Seattle SuperSonics

Finals MVP: Dennis Johnson (22.6/6.0/6.0)

1979 Playoff Leaders:
PTS: Gus Williams (454)
TRB: Elvin Hayes (266)
AST: Tom Henderson (107)
WS: Gus Williams (2.7)

League Playoffs

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Finals (4-1): Seattle SuperSonics over Washington Bullets (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Finals (4-3): Washington Bullets over San Antonio Spurs (Series Stats)
Western Conference Finals (4-3): Seattle SuperSonics over Phoenix Suns (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-3): San Antonio Spurs over Philadelphia 76ers (Series Stats)
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-3): Washington Bullets over Atlanta Hawks (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-1): Phoenix Suns over Kansas City Kings (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-1): Seattle SuperSonics over Los Angeles Lakers (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference First Round (2-0): Atlanta Hawks over Houston Rockets (Series Stats)
Eastern Conference First Round (2-0): Philadelphia 76ers over New Jersey Nets (Series Stats)
Western Conference First Round (2-1): Los Angeles Lakers over Denver Nuggets (Series Stats)
Western Conference First Round (2-1): Phoenix Suns over Portland Trail Blazers (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 9 2160 401 807 .497 401 807 .497 212 291 .729 143 284 427 263 83 64 183 236 1014 112.7
2 Denver Nuggets 3 720 133 273 .487 133 273 .487 64 89 .719 47 99 146 74 20 11 52 76 330 110.0
3 Los Angeles Lakers 8 1970 356 698 .510 356 698 .510 163 208 .784 69 237 306 212 62 40 134 203 875 109.4
4 San Antonio Spurs 14 3360 614 1340 .458 614 1340 .458 295 389 .758 222 429 651 336 137 84 221 376 1523 108.8
5 New Jersey Nets 2 480 87 202 .431 87 202 .431 41 65 .631 42 50 92 44 19 14 39 50 215 107.5
6 Seattle Supersonics 17 4155 718 1558 .461 718 1558 .461 342 476 .718 292 529 821 378 141 98 306 432 1778 104.6
7 Phoenix Suns 15 3600 604 1289 .469 604 1289 .469 338 467 .724 194 445 639 366 133 93 297 389 1546 103.1
8 Washington Bullets 19 4610 778 1815 .429 778 1815 .429 375 519 .723 360 600 960 443 109 107 301 474 1931 101.6
9 Atlanta Hawks 9 2185 368 813 .453 368 813 .453 169 213 .793 154 278 432 216 57 62 130 247 905 100.6
10 Kansas City Kings 5 1200 191 464 .412 191 464 .412 114 159 .717 91 142 233 106 66 23 104 147 496 99.2
11 Houston Rockets 2 480 72 187 .385 72 187 .385 53 66 .803 51 50 101 36 17 20 37 52 197 98.5
12 Portland Trail Blazers 3 720 118 259 .456 118 259 .456 54 77 .701 42 97 139 65 35 20 56 88 290 96.7
League Average 9 2137 370 809 .457 370 809 .457 185 252 .735 142 270 412 212 73 53 155 231 925 104.7

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 Atlanta Hawks 9 2185 345 825 .418 345 825 .418 207 261 .793 187 254 441 184 63 67 141 220 897 99.7
2 Portland Trail Blazers 3 720 118 241 .490 118 241 .490 64 87 .736 31 97 128 75 25 17 59 74 300 100.0
3 Phoenix Suns 15 3600 592 1356 .437 592 1356 .437 320 441 .726 266 451 717 308 161 85 306 420 1504 100.3
4 Seattle Supersonics 17 4155 696 1530 .455 696 1530 .455 343 479 .716 220 471 691 393 129 97 279 450 1735 102.1
5 Washington Bullets 19 4610 800 1770 .452 800 1770 .452 356 476 .748 294 599 893 439 144 135 269 487 1956 102.9
6 Houston Rockets 2 480 83 182 .456 83 182 .456 43 59 .729 40 67 107 55 14 15 32 58 209 104.5
7 Kansas City Kings 5 1200 201 418 .481 201 418 .481 127 163 .779 65 170 235 126 47 24 128 128 529 105.8
8 Philadelphia 76ers 9 2160 394 850 .464 394 850 .464 195 266 .733 150 253 403 220 93 49 166 248 983 109.2
9 San Antonio Spurs 14 3360 621 1325 .469 621 1325 .469 289 417 .693 242 459 701 393 96 85 254 354 1531 109.4
10 Los Angeles Lakers 8 1970 360 751 .479 360 751 .479 165 226 .730 140 254 394 197 63 28 135 203 885 110.6
11 Denver Nuggets 3 720 138 267 .517 138 267 .517 62 80 .775 29 95 124 87 23 18 45 76 338 112.7
12 New Jersey Nets 2 480 92 190 .484 92 190 .484 49 64 .766 43 70 113 62 21 16 46 52 233 116.5
League Average 9 2137 370 809 .457 370 809 .457 185 252 .735 142 270 412 212 73 53 155 231 925 104.7

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 Seattle Supersonics 17 12 5 .706 9.9 7.1 103.1 100.6 99.6 .306 .461 .148 .383 .220 .455 .138 .706 .224
2 Washington Bullets 19 9 10 .474 8.6 10.4 101.8 103.1 98.8 .286 .429 .128 .375 .207 .452 .120 .671 .201
3 Phoenix Suns 15 9 6 .600 8.9 6.1 100.2 97.5 102.8 .362 .469 .166 .301 .262 .437 .165 .626 .236
4 San Antonio Spurs 14 7 7 .500 6.7 7.3 103.7 104.2 104.9 .290 .458 .128 .326 .220 .469 .144 .639 .218
5 Philadelphia 76ers 9 5 4 .556 5.5 3.5 106.6 103.3 105.7 .361 .497 .164 .361 .263 .464 .147 .654 .229
6 Atlanta Hawks 9 5 4 .556 4.8 4.2 105.7 104.8 94.0 .262 .453 .125 .377 .208 .418 .130 .598 .251
7 Los Angeles Lakers 8 3 5 .375 3.7 4.3 105.5 106.8 101.0 .298 .510 .145 .214 .234 .479 .137 .629 .220
8 Kansas City Kings 5 1 4 .200 1.4 3.6 92.9 99.1 106.8 .343 .412 .163 .349 .246 .481 .207 .686 .304
9 Portland Trail Blazers 3 1 2 .333 1.2 1.8 96.2 99.5 100.5 .297 .456 .161 .302 .208 .490 .174 .758 .266
10 Denver Nuggets 3 1 2 .333 1.3 1.7 105.8 108.4 104.0 .326 .487 .143 .331 .234 .517 .130 .773 .232
11 New Jersey Nets 2 0 2 .000 0.5 1.5 99.1 107.4 108.5 .322 .431 .145 .375 .203 .484 .174 .538 .258
12 Houston Rockets 2 0 2 .000 0.6 1.4 101.6 107.8 96.9 .353 .385 .146 .432 .283 .456 .133 .556 .236
League Average 8.8 4.4 4.4 .500 4.4 4.4 102.5 102.5 101.4 .311 .457 .144 .345 .229 .457 .144 .655 .229

Playoff Leaders

Minutes Played
1. Bob Dandridge-WSB 787
2. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 786
3. Wes Unseld*-WSB 736
4. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 681
5. Jack Sikma-SEA 655
Field Goals
1. Gus Williams-SEA 182
2. Bob Dandridge-WSB 174
3. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 170
4. George Gervin*-SAS 158
5. Paul Westphal-PHO 142
Field Goal Attempts
1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 396
2. Gus Williams-SEA 382
3. Bob Dandridge-WSB 368
4. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 302
5. George Gervin*-SAS 295
Free Throws
1. Bob Dandridge-WSB 91
2. Gus Williams-SEA 90
3. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 87
4. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 84
  George Gervin*-SAS 84
Free Throw Attempts
1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 130
2. Gus Williams-SEA 127
3. Bob Dandridge-WSB 110
4. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 109
5. George Gervin*-SAS 104
Offensive Rebounds
1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 94
2. Wes Unseld*-WSB 90
3. Lonnie Shelton-SEA 61
4. Larry Kenon-SAS 57
5. Bob Dandridge-WSB 45
Defensive Rebounds
1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 172
2. Wes Unseld*-WSB 163
3. Jack Sikma-SEA 160
4. Larry Kenon-SAS 103
5. Bob Dandridge-WSB 95
Total Rebounds
1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 266
2. Wes Unseld*-WSB 253
3. Jack Sikma-SEA 199
4. Larry Kenon-SAS 160
5. Lonnie Shelton-SEA 142
Assists
1. Tom Henderson-WSB 107
2. Bob Dandridge-WSB 105
3. Norm Nixon-LAL 94
4. John Johnson-SEA 91
5. Walter Davis-PHO 79
Steals
1. Maurice Cheeks-PHI 37
2. Gus Williams-SEA 34
3. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 28
4. George Gervin*-SAS 27
5. Walter Davis-PHO 26
Blocks
1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 52
2. Mike Green-SAS 36
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 33
4. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 26
  Gar Heard-PHO 26
Turnovers
1. Walter Davis-PHO 66
2. John Johnson-SEA 65
3. Bob Dandridge-WSB 59
4. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 56
5. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 51
Personal Fouls
1. Lonnie Shelton-SEA 80
2. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 79
3. Bob Dandridge-WSB 71
4. Jack Sikma-SEA 70
5. Wes Unseld*-WSB 66
Points
1. Gus Williams-SEA 454
2. Bob Dandridge-WSB 439
3. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 427
4. George Gervin*-SAS 400
5. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 356
Field Goal Pct
1. Tom Boswell-DEN .600
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL .579
3. Ron Brewer-POR .564
4. Adrian Dantley*-LAL .562
5. Bobby Jones-PHI .552
Free Throw Pct
1. Ron Boone-LAL .952
2. Terry Furlow-ATL .929
3. Dave Twardzik-POR .917
4. Larry Wright-WSB .900
5. Steve Mix-PHI .867
Minutes Per Game
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 45.9
2. Bob Dandridge-WSB 41.4
3. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 41.4
4. Julius Erving*-PHI 41.3
5. Norm Nixon-LAL 40.9
Points Per Game
1. George Gervin*-SAS 28.6
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 28.5
3. Gus Williams-SEA 26.7
4. Julius Erving*-PHI 25.4
5. Bob Dandridge-WSB 23.1
Rebounds Per Game
1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 14.0
2. Caldwell Jones-PHI 13.4
3. Wes Unseld*-WSB 13.3
4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 12.6
5. Dan Roundfield-ATL 11.8
Assists Per Game
1. Norm Nixon-LAL 11.8
2. Maurice Cheeks-PHI 7.0
3. Julius Erving*-PHI 5.9
4. Phil Ford-KCK 5.8
5. Tom Henderson-WSB 5.6
Steals Per Game
1. Maurice Cheeks-PHI 4.1
2. Larry Steele-POR 3.3
3. Bill Robinzine-KCK 2.6
4. Phil Ford-KCK 2.4
5. Otis Birdsong-KCK 2.0
  Gus Williams-SEA 2.0
  Julius Erving*-PHI 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 4.1
2. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 2.7
3. Tree Rollins-ATL 2.7
4. Mike Green-SAS 2.6
5. Dan Roundfield-ATL 2.6
Player Efficiency Rating
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 26.5
2. George Gervin*-SAS 25.4
3. Gus Williams-SEA 23.8
4. Julius Erving*-PHI 22.1
5. Walter Davis-PHO 21.8
True Shooting Pct
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL .636
2. Adrian Dantley*-LAL .630
3. Dan Issel*-DEN .622
4. Joel Kramer-PHO .601
5. Bobby Jones-PHI .599
Effective Field Goal Pct
1. Tom Boswell-DEN .600
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL .579
3. Ron Brewer-POR .564
4. Adrian Dantley*-LAL .562
5. Bobby Jones-PHI .552
Offensive Rebound Pct
1. Dan Roundfield-ATL 13.9
2. Caldwell Jones-PHI 12.6
3. Steve Hawes-ATL 11.9
4. Wes Unseld*-WSB 11.8
5. Lonnie Shelton-SEA 11.7
Defensive Rebound Pct
1. Jack Sikma-SEA 27.1
2. Caldwell Jones-PHI 26.1
3. Gar Heard-PHO 25.9
4. Billy Paultz-SAS 24.8
5. Darryl Dawkins-PHI 23.8
Total Rebound Pct
1. Caldwell Jones-PHI 19.7
2. Gar Heard-PHO 17.6
3. Wes Unseld*-WSB 17.1
4. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 16.8
5. Tree Rollins-ATL 16.8
Assist Pct
1. Norm Nixon-LAL 39.3
2. Eddie Johnson-ATL 28.9
3. Walter Davis-PHO 27.8
4. Tom Henderson-WSB 26.2
5. Maurice Cheeks-PHI 26.2
Steal Pct
1. Maurice Cheeks-PHI 5.1
2. Otis Birdsong-KCK 2.7
3. Gus Williams-SEA 2.6
4. Allan Bristow-SAS 2.5
5. Walter Davis-PHO 2.5
Block Pct
1. Tree Rollins-ATL 6.0
2. Mike Green-SAS 5.2
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 4.7
4. Gar Heard-PHO 4.3
5. Alvin Scott-PHO 3.9
Turnover Pct
1. Steve Hawes-ATL 5.5
2. Charles Johnson-WSB 8.1
3. Terry Furlow-ATL 8.7
4. Gus Williams-SEA 8.8
5. Jamaal Wilkes*-LAL 9.4
Usage Pct
1. Gus Williams-SEA 31.1
2. Walter Davis-PHO 28.9
3. George Gervin*-SAS 28.8
4. Paul Westphal-PHO 26.6
5. John Drew-ATL 25.6
Offensive Rating
1. Steve Hawes-ATL 123.8
2. Dan Issel*-DEN 120.9
3. Terry Furlow-ATL 117.3
4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 117.2
5. Bobby Jones-PHI 116.3
Defensive Rating
1. Gar Heard-PHO 90.5
2. Sam Lacey-KCK 95.6
3. Truck Robinson-PHO 96.0
4. Alvan Adams-PHO 96.2
5. Alvin Scott-PHO 97.0
Offensive Win Shares
1. Gus Williams-SEA 2.0
2. George Gervin*-SAS 1.9
3. Bob Dandridge-WSB 1.8
4. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 1.3
5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 1.3
Defensive Win Shares
1. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 1.2
2. Jack Sikma-SEA 1.1
3. Wes Unseld*-WSB 1.0
4. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 0.9
5. Gar Heard-PHO 0.8
Win Shares
1. Gus Williams-SEA 2.7
2. Bob Dandridge-WSB 2.5
3. George Gervin*-SAS 2.3
4. Dennis Johnson*-SEA 2.2
5. Wes Unseld*-WSB 2.2
Win Shares Per 48 Minutes
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL .222
2. George Gervin*-SAS .216
3. Gus Williams-SEA .210
4. Steve Hawes-ATL .192
5. Otis Birdsong-KCK .186