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1981 NBA Playoffs Summary


League Champion: Boston Celtics

Finals MVP: Cedric Maxwell (17.7/9.5/2.8)

1981 Playoff Leaders:
PTS: Moses Malone (562)
TRB: Moses Malone (305)
AST: Maurice Cheeks (116)
WS: Moses Malone (3.5)

League Playoffs

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Finals (4-2): Boston Celtics over Houston Rockets (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Finals (4-3): Boston Celtics over Philadelphia 76ers (Series Stats)
Western Conference Finals (4-1): Houston Rockets over Kansas City Kings (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-0): Boston Celtics over Chicago Bulls (Series Stats)
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-3): Philadelphia 76ers over Milwaukee Bucks (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-3): Houston Rockets over San Antonio Spurs (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-3): Kansas City Kings over Phoenix Suns (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference First Round (2-0): Chicago Bulls over New York Knicks (Series Stats)
Eastern Conference First Round (2-0): Philadelphia 76ers over Indiana Pacers (Series Stats)
Western Conference First Round (2-1): Houston Rockets over Los Angeles Lakers (Series Stats)
Western Conference First Round (2-1): Kansas City Kings 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 San Antonio Spurs 7 1680 298 608 .490 2 12 .167 296 596 .497 156 209 .746 100 196 296 180 41 47 107 173 754 107.7
2 Milwaukee Bucks 7 1680 292 611 .478 3 11 .273 289 600 .482 162 212 .764 124 179 303 189 71 37 119 195 749 107.0
3 Portland Trail Blazers 3 770 134 276 .486 1 4 .250 133 272 .489 47 70 .671 42 96 138 65 31 16 53 61 316 105.3
4 Philadelphia 76ers 16 3840 637 1309 .487 1 16 .063 636 1293 .492 394 510 .773 205 449 654 389 131 137 293 420 1669 104.3
5 Chicago Bulls 6 1465 248 529 .469 3 23 .130 245 506 .484 122 160 .763 99 168 267 125 47 30 99 150 621 103.5
6 Boston Celtics 17 4080 700 1457 .480 10 45 .222 690 1412 .489 347 460 .754 246 509 755 388 127 112 277 420 1757 103.4
7 Los Angeles Lakers 3 720 118 255 .463 0 4 .000 118 251 .470 68 99 .687 43 110 153 72 21 17 43 69 304 101.3
8 Houston Rockets 21 5040 819 1796 .456 8 32 .250 811 1764 .460 413 550 .751 309 547 856 474 174 113 296 466 2059 98.0
9 New York Knicks 2 505 75 171 .439 1 10 .100 74 161 .460 43 63 .683 31 52 83 37 20 4 42 57 194 97.0
10 Indiana Pacers 2 480 75 182 .412 2 6 .333 73 176 .415 41 57 .719 37 56 93 46 22 5 39 51 193 96.5
11 Kansas City Kings 15 3650 554 1190 .466 13 48 .271 541 1142 .474 254 354 .718 178 415 593 353 132 64 252 349 1375 91.7
12 Phoenix Suns 7 1680 252 561 .449 6 16 .375 246 545 .451 132 192 .688 99 218 317 133 50 26 115 167 642 91.7
League Average 9 2133 350 745 .470 4 19 .220 346 727 .476 182 245 .742 126 250 376 204 72 51 145 215 886 100.3

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 Phoenix Suns 7 1680 236 554 .426 5 19 .263 231 535 .432 146 206 .709 95 192 287 146 62 34 112 172 623 89.0
2 Kansas City Kings 15 3650 580 1226 .473 8 27 .296 572 1199 .477 255 366 .697 204 453 657 307 133 65 248 326 1423 94.9
3 Boston Celtics 17 4080 645 1471 .438 7 38 .184 638 1433 .445 357 473 .755 261 457 718 356 122 103 261 412 1654 97.3
4 Houston Rockets 21 5040 835 1743 .479 9 54 .167 826 1689 .489 389 534 .728 293 616 909 508 148 117 341 490 2068 98.5
5 Los Angeles Lakers 3 720 122 285 .428 1 4 .250 121 281 .431 61 77 .792 55 93 148 79 21 19 36 73 306 102.0
6 New York Knicks 2 505 79 166 .476 0 0 79 166 .476 47 56 .839 31 66 97 39 19 17 40 52 205 102.5
7 Philadelphia 76ers 16 3840 646 1413 .457 6 31 .194 640 1382 .463 373 497 .751 265 440 705 388 147 93 263 434 1671 104.4
8 Milwaukee Bucks 7 1680 272 564 .482 0 9 .000 272 555 .490 187 239 .782 100 169 269 171 62 62 133 175 731 104.4
9 Portland Trail Blazers 3 770 140 268 .522 4 8 .500 136 260 .523 37 51 .725 33 97 130 88 24 9 51 68 321 107.0
10 Chicago Bulls 6 1465 255 496 .514 7 24 .292 248 472 .525 126 166 .759 73 172 245 135 53 33 112 150 643 107.2
11 San Antonio Spurs 7 1680 300 586 .512 3 10 .300 297 576 .516 165 214 .771 79 171 250 178 54 37 98 174 768 109.7
12 Indiana Pacers 2 480 92 173 .532 0 3 .000 92 170 .541 36 57 .632 24 69 93 56 22 19 40 52 220 110.0
League Average 9 2133 350 745 .470 4 19 .220 346 727 .476 182 245 .742 126 250 376 204 72 51 145 215 886 100.3

Miscellaneous Stats

Advanced 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 17 12 5 .706 11.9 5.1 107.9 101.6 95.8 .316 .031 .484 .143 .350 .238 .441 .135 .661 .243
2 Houston Rockets 21 12 9 .571 10.2 10.8 105.0 105.5 93.4 .306 .018 .458 .127 .334 .230 .482 .147 .651 .223
3 Philadelphia 76ers 16 9 7 .563 7.9 8.1 106.0 106.2 98.4 .390 .012 .487 .160 .318 .301 .459 .139 .629 .264
4 Kansas City Kings 15 7 8 .467 5.7 9.3 98.8 102.2 91.5 .297 .040 .471 .158 .282 .213 .476 .152 .670 .208
5 Phoenix Suns 7 3 4 .429 4.2 2.8 99.9 96.9 91.8 .342 .029 .455 .151 .340 .235 .431 .148 .696 .264
6 Milwaukee Bucks 7 3 4 .429 4.1 2.9 110.9 108.2 96.5 .347 .018 .480 .145 .423 .265 .482 .166 .642 .332
7 San Antonio Spurs 7 3 4 .429 3.1 3.9 111.1 113.1 97.0 .344 .020 .492 .133 .369 .257 .515 .126 .713 .282
8 Chicago Bulls 6 2 4 .333 2.3 3.7 105.4 109.1 96.5 .302 .043 .472 .142 .365 .231 .521 .164 .697 .254
9 Los Angeles Lakers 3 1 2 .333 1.4 1.6 103.9 104.6 97.5 .388 .016 .463 .126 .316 .267 .430 .101 .667 .214
10 Portland Trail Blazers 3 1 2 .333 1.3 1.7 102.7 104.3 95.9 .254 .014 .487 .147 .302 .170 .530 .149 .744 .138
11 New York Knicks 2 0 2 .000 0.6 1.4 97.2 102.8 94.8 .368 .058 .442 .174 .320 .251 .476 .173 .627 .283
12 Indiana Pacers 2 0 2 .000 0.3 1.7 93.3 106.4 103.4 .313 .033 .418 .158 .349 .225 .532 .168 .700 .208
League Average 8.8 4.4 4.4 .500 4.4 4.4 104.8 104.8 95.2 .328 .025 .473 .145 .336 .244 .473 .145 .664 .244

Playoff Leaders