1975 ABA Playoffs
The 1975 ABA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the American Basketball Association's 1974-1975 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Kentucky Colonels defeating the Western Division champion Indiana Pacers, four games to one in the ABA Finals.
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The Kentucky Colonels won 22 of their final 25 regular season games to catch the New York Nets for a share of first place in the Eastern Division. The Colonels won their last ten regular season games of the regular season. They also went 13-3 in the ABA playoffs.
Because the Colonels and Nets tied for first place in the Eastern Division, a special one game playoff was played to determine the conference champion. The Colonels hosted the game and defeated the Nets 108-99 on April 4, 1975.
The Memphis Sounds' Eastern Division 111-99 semifinal loss on the road to the Kentucky Colonels on April 13, 1975 was the final game ever played by the Sounds. After the season they moved to Maryland and became the Baltimore Claws.
The first round win by the Spirits of St. Louis over the New York Nets was the biggest upset of the playoffs. Not only had the Spirits finished 26 games behind the Nets in the regular season, they had also lost all 11 regular season matchups to the Nets, and by an average of 17.3 points per game. But after losing the opener of the series to stretch the losing streak to 12, the Spirits rolled off four wins in a row to claim the series.
The 1975 ABA Finals marked the second time in three years that the Kentucky Colonels and Indiana Pacers met in the ABA championship series. The Pacers edged the Colonels 4 games to 3 at the end of the 1973 ABA Playoffs.
Artis Gilmore was named Most Valuable Player of the 1975 ABA Playoffs. Gilmore scored 28 points and grabbed 31 rebounds in the final game of the Finals and in Game 3 in Indianapolis Gilmore scored 41 points and nabbed 28 rebounds.
The 1975 Kentucky Colonels were the final team to win an ABA Championship but not move on to the NBA later.
Champion: Indiana Pacers
- Division Semifinals
- Game 1 @ Denver: Denver 122, Utah 107
- Game 2 @ Denver: Denver 126, Utah 120
- Game 3 @ Utah: Utah 122, Denver 108
- Game 4 @ Utah: Utah 132, Denver 110
- Game 5 @ Denver: Denver 130, Utah 119
- Game 6 @ Utah: Denver 115, Utah 113
- Game 1 @ San Antonio: Indiana 122, San Antonio 119
- Game 2 @ San Antonio: Indiana 98, San Antonio 93
- Game 3 @ Indiana: Indiana 113, San Antonio 103
- Game 4 @ Indiana: San Antonio 110, Indiana 109
- Game 5 @ San Antonio: San Antonio 123, Indiana 117
- Game 6 @ Indiana: Indiana 115, San Antonio 100
- Division Finals
- Game 1 @ Denver: Denver 131, Indiana 128
- Game 2 @ Denver: Indiana 131, Denver 124
- Game 3 @ Indiana: Indiana 118, Denver 112
- Game 4 @ Indiana: Denver 126, Indiana 109
- Game 5 @ Denver: Indiana 109, Denver 90
- Game 6 @ Indiana: Denver 104, Indiana 99
- Game 7 @ Denver: Indiana 104, Denver 96
Champion: Kentucky Colonels
- Division Semifinals
- Game 1 @ Kentucky: Kentucky 98, Memphis 91
- Game 2 @ Kentucky: Kentucky 119, Memphis 105
- Game 3 @ Memphis: Kentucky 101, Memphis 80
- Game 4 @ Memphis: Memphis 107, Kentucky 93
- Game 5 @ Kentucky: Kentucky 111, Memphis 99
- Game 1 @ New York: New York 111, St. Louis 105
- Game 2 @ New York: St. Louis 115, New York 97
- Game 3 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 113, New York 108
- Game 4 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 100, New York 89
- Game 5 @ New York: St. Louis 108, New York 107
- Division Finals
- Game 1 @ Kentucky: Kentucky 112, St. Louis 109
- Game 2 @ Kentucky: Kentucky 108, St. Louis 103
- Game 3 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 103, Kentucky 97
- Game 4 @ St. Louis: Kentucky 117, St. Louis 98
- Game 5 @ Kentucky: Kentucky 123, St. Louis 103
- Game 1 (May 13) @ Louisville: Kentucky 120, Indiana 94
- Game 2 (May 15) @ Louisville: Kentucky 95, Indiana 93
- Game 3 (May 18) @ Indianapolis: Kentucky 109, Indiana 101
- Game 4 (May 19) @ Indianapolis: Indiana 94, Kentucky 86
- Game 5 (May 22) @ Louisville: Kentucky 110, Indiana 105
- RememberTheABA.com page on 1975 ABA playoffs
- Basketball-Reference.com's 1975 ABA Playoffs page
- RememberTheABA.com page on 1975 ABA playoff series between the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers