Series: NBA Finals
Teams: Golden State Warriors (48-34, first in Pacific Division, first in Western Conference), Washington Bullets (60-22, first in Central Division, second in Eastern Conference)
Result: Warriors win series 4-0
Key stat: This series was the first time in North American professional sports history that two African-American coaches (Al Attles of the Warriors and K.C. Jones of the Bullets) faced each other for a championship.
Bottom line: The Bullets were considered shoo-ins for the title with their overwhelming talent, led by Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld, squaring off against Rick Barry and the no-name Warriors.
Nobody even expected Golden State to advance this far, so the team didn't have a home court available due to scheduling conflicts, and a weird format had to be instituted for the series: Games 1 and 4 in Maryland, Games 2 and 3 in California.
Nevertheless, the Warriors took control with remarkable play from Barry, Jamaal Wilkes and their bench. A fight broke out in Game 4, and Golden State coach Al Attles, who joined the fray, was ejected.
All the dust-up did was spark Barry and the Warriors' defense toward a 96-95 victory and improbable NBA title.