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The 1976 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1975-1976 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns, four games to two in the NBA Finals; the series was highlighted by Game Five, a triple-overtime victory by the Celtics. The Celtics earned their 13th NBA championship, second in the "Dave Cowens era". Jo Jo White of the Celtics was named NBA Finals MVP.

The Suns earned their first two playoff series victories in franchise history to advance to the NBA Finals; they would win their second (and as of 2008, most recent) Western Conference championship in 1993.

The sixth-year Cleveland Cavaliers made their first playoff appearance (and won their first playoff series) in this year's postseason.

The 1976 playoffs marked the last appearance of the Buffalo Braves in the playoffs until 1992, when they would appear as the Los Angeles Clippers.

Contents

Bracket

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
        
  1  Golden State 4  
    5  Detroit 2  
4  Milwaukee 1
5  Detroit 2  
  1  Golden State 3  
Western Conference
  3  Phoenix 4  
        
        
  3  Phoenix 4
    2  Seattle 2  
      
        
  W3  Phoenix 2
  E1  Boston 4
        
        
  1  Boston 4
    5  Buffalo 2  
4  Philadelphia 1
5  Buffalo 2  
  1  Boston 4
Eastern Conference
  2  Cleveland 2  
        
        
  3  Washington 3
    2  Cleveland 4  
      

Western Conference

Champion: Phoenix Suns

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1st Round

Byes: Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns

(4) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (5) Detroit Pistons

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(DET-MIL)

1 April 13 Detroit 107 Milwaukee 110 0-1
2 April 15 Milwaukee 123 Detroit 126 1-1
3 April 18 Detroit 107 Milwaukee 104 2-1
Detroit wins series 2–1

Conference Semifinals

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (5) Detroit Pistons

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(DET-GSW)

1 April 20 Detroit 103 Golden State 127 0-1
2 April 22 Detroit 123 Golden State 111 1-1
3 April 24 Golden State 113 Detroit 96 1-2
4 April 26 Golden State 102 Detroit 106 2-2
5 April 28 Detroit 109 Golden State 128 2-3
6 April 30 Golden State 118 Detroit 116 2-4
Golden State wins series 4–2

(2) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (3) Phoenix Suns

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(PHO-SEA)

1 April 13 Phoenix 99 Seattle 102 0-1
2 April 15 Phoenix 116 Seattle 111 1-1
3 April 18 Seattle 91 Phoenix 103 2-1
4 April 20 Seattle 114 Phoenix 130 3-1
5 April 25 Phoenix 108 Seattle 114 3-2
6 April 27 Seattle 112 Phoenix 123 4-2
Phoenix wins series 4–2

Conference finals

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (3) Phoenix Suns

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(PHO-GSW)

1 May 2nd (Sun.) Phoenix 103 Golden State 128 0-1
2* May 5th (Wed.) Phoenix 108 Golden State 102 1-1
3 May 7th (Fri.) Golden State 99 Phoenix 91 1-2
4 May 9th (Sun.) Golden State 129 Phoenix 133 2-2
5 May 12th (Wed.) Phoenix 95 Golden State 111 2-3
6 May 14th (Fri.) Golden State 104 Phoenix 105 3-3
7 May 16th (Sun.) Phoenix 94 Golden State 86 4-3
Phoenix wins series 4–3

Eastern Conference

Champion: Boston Celtics

1st Round

Byes: Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Bullets

(4) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (5) Buffalo Braves

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(BUF-PHI)

1 April 15 Buffalo 95 Philadelphia 91 1-0
2 April 16 Philadelphia 131 Buffalo 106 1-1
3 April 18 Buffalo 124 Philadelphia 123 2-1
Buffalo wins series 2–1

Conference Semifinals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (5) Buffalo Braves

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(BUF-BOS)

1 April 21 Buffalo 98 Boston 107 0-1
2 April 23 Buffalo 96 Boston 101 0-2
3 April 25 Boston 93 Buffalo 98 1-2
4 April 28 Boston 122 Buffalo 124 2-2
5 April 30 Buffalo 88 Boston 99 2-3
6 May 2 Boston 104 Buffalo 100 2-4
Boston wins series 4–2

(2) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (3) Washington Bullets

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(WAS-CLE)

1 April 13 Washington 100 Cleveland 95 1-0
2 April 15 Cleveland 79 Washington 80 1-1
3 April 17 Washington 76 Cleveland 88 1-2
4 April 21 Cleveland 98 Washington 109 2-2
5 April 22 Washington 91 Cleveland 92 2-3
6 April 26 Cleveland 98 Washington 102 3-3
7 April 29 Washington 85 Cleveland 87 3-4
Cleveland wins series 4–3

Conference finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) Cleveland Cavaliers

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(CLE-BOS)

1 May 6th (Thu.) Cleveland 99 Boston 111 0-1
2 May 9th (Sun.) Cleveland 89 Boston 94 0-2
3 May 11th (Tue.) Boston 78 Cleveland 83 1-2
4 May 14th (Fri.) Boston 87 Cleveland 106 2-2
5 May 16th (Sun.) Cleveland 94 Boston 99 2-3
6 May 18th (Tue.) Boston 94 Cleveland 87 2-4
Boston wins series 4–2

NBA finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Phoenix Suns

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(PHO-BOS)

1 May 23rd (Sun.) Phoenix 87 Boston 98 0-1
2 May 27th (Thu.) Phoenix 90 Boston 105 0-2
3 May 30th (Sun.) Boston 98 Phoenix 105 1-2
4 June 2nd (Wed.) Boston 107 Phoenix 109 2-2
5*** June 4th (Fri.) Phoenix 126 Boston 128 2-3
6 June 6th (Sun.) Boston 87 Phoenix 80 2-4
Boston wins series 4–2

***Required triple-overtime

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