1972 ABA Playoffs

The 1972 ABA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the American Basketball Association's 1971–1972 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Division champion Indiana Pacers defeating the Eastern Division champion New York Nets, four games to two in the 1972 ABA Finals.

  Division Semifinals Division Finals ABA Finals
  1  Utah Stars 4  
3  Dallas Chaparrals 0  
  1  Utah Stars 3  
Western Division
    2  Indiana Pacers 4  
4  Denver Rockets 3
  2  Indiana Pacers 4  
    W2  Indiana Pacers 4
  E3  New York Nets 2
  1  Kentucky Colonels 2  
3  New York Nets 4  
3  New York Nets 4
Eastern Division
    2  Virginia Squires 3  
4  The Floridians 0
  2  Virginia Squires 4  

Notable events

The Kentucky Colonels, despite finishing the season with the best record in the history of the ABA (68-16, .810), winning 8 of 11 regular season games against the New York Nets and finishing 24 games ahead of the Nets in the regular season standings, lost their first round series to the Nets.

The Floridians played their final game on April 6, 1972, losing at home in their Eastern Division semifinal series to the Virginia Squires 115-106. The Squires swept the series 4 games to none behind rookie Julius Erving who grabbed at least thirty rebounds in three of those four games. On June 13, 1972, the league bought the Floridians and disbanded the team.

The Indiana Pacers became the first team to win a second ABA championship.

Freddie Lewis of the Pacers was the Most Valuable Player of the ABA playoffs.

This was the first season in which two future NBA teams met for the ABA Championship. This only happened one other time in the league's history, during its final year in 1976 when the Denver Nuggets edged past the Colonels 4-3 to meet the Nets in the ABA championship series.

Five of the seven playoff series ended in final games in which the home team lost.

Western Division

Champion: Indiana Pacers

Division Semifinals

(1) Utah Stars vs. (3) Dallas Chaparrals: Stars win series 4-0

(2) Indiana Pacers vs. (4) Denver Rockets: Pacers win series 4-3

Division Finals

(1) Utah Stars vs. (2) Indiana Pacers: Pacers win series 4-3

Eastern Division

Champion: New York Nets

Division Semifinals

(1) Kentucky Colonels vs. (3) New York Nets: Nets win series 4-2

(2) Virginia Squires vs. (4) The Floridians: Squires win series 4-0

Division Finals

(1) Virginia Squires vs. (3) New York Nets: Nets win series 4-3

ABA Finals

(2) Indiana Pacers VS. (3) New York Nets: Pacers win series 4-2

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