1967–68 Philadelphia 76ers season
|1967–68 Philadelphia 76ers season|
|Head coach||Alex Hannum|
|Place||Division: 1st (Eastern)|
Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
The 1967–68 season of the Philadelphia 76ers was their 15th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and their fifth since moving from Syracuse. The 76ers finished the regular season with a record of 62–20, and for the second straight year, had the best record in the entire NBA.
In the playoffs, they eliminated the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, 4 games to 2. This series win proved costly, as Billy Cunningham, the sixth man, injured his non-shooting wrist and was out for the remainder of the playoffs.
In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Sixers blew a 3–1 series lead and lost to the Boston Celtics in seven games. What was so damaging about this series loss were that Games 5 and 7 were at the Spectrum, and although Cunningham was not available, the team had the services of forward Johnny Green, a four time NBA All-Star in the 1960s and 1970s, to replace #32.
After the season, head coach Alex Hannum resigned to take a position in the ABA, and Wilt Chamberlain was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers for guard Archie Clark, center Darrall Imhoff, and forward Jerry Chambers (who never played with the team). Philadelphia would win only a single home playoff game from 1969 to 1971 (game six, 1971 playoffs vs. Baltimore, 0–7 for the remaining home games from 1969 to 1971). It would be nine seasons until they won a single post-season series.
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Record vs. opponents
|1967-68 NBA Records|
East Division Semifinals
- Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 118, New York 110
- Game 2 @ New York: New York 128, Philadelphia 117
- Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 138, New York 132 (2OT)
- Game 4 @ New York: New York 107, Philadelphia 98
- Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 123, New York 105
- Game 6 @ New York: Philadelphia 113, New York 97
East Division Finals
- Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Boston 127, Philadelphia 118
- Game 2 @ Boston: Philadelphia 115, Boston 106
- Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 122, Boston 114
- Game 4 @ Boston: Philadelphia 110, Boston 105
- Game 5' @ Philadelphia: Boston 122, Philadelphia 104
- Game 6 @ Boston: Boston 114, Philadelphia 106
- Game 7 @ Philadelphia: Boston 100, Philadelphia 96
Awards and honors
- Wilt Chamberlain, NBA leader, Assists
- Wilt Chamberlain, NBA Most Valuable Player Award
- Wilt Chamberlain, All-NBA First Team
- Hal Greer, All-NBA Second Team
- Goldaper, Sam (July 10, 1968). "76ers, Citing Star's Demands, Confirm Chamberlain Trade". New York Times.
- Numbelivable!, p.20, Michael X. Ferraro and John Veneziano, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0