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Sixers playoff flashback: Sweeping the Lakers in 1983 for Dr. J’s long-awaited NBA title


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The Sixers lost in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals. To acquire Malone, the Sixers had to send Caldwell Jones, one of their most popular players, to Houston.

The clinching game came May 31, 1983, when the Sixers won Game 4 in the Los Angeles Forum, 115-108.

The Sixers trailed, 65-51, at the half and were down, 93-82, entering the fourth quarter. “Nobody had a bad game.”

Cunningham said that he had a special feeling for Erving, who had won two ABA titles but had been with the three most recent Sixers teams that had lost in the Finals.

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