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Sixers playoff flashback: Portland Trail Blazers show real fight in turning 1977 NBA Finals around

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The Blazers then won Game 5 in Philadelphia, 110-104, and wrapped up the series with a 109-107 victory in Game 6 in Portland.

Associated Press Maurice Lucas of the Trail Blazers shakes hands with Darryl Dawkins of the 76ers before the game on May 30, 1977. During Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against Houston, Free banged into Mike Newlin going for a loose ball and ended up with three broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

One postscript of the series via Free: After the Sixers lost Game 6, Free said Erving got the players together in the locker room and suggested they go over to shake hands with the Trail Blazers.

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