1981–82 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 1981–82 NBA season was the 76ers 33rd season in the NBA and 19th season in Philadelphia. They would finish with a record of 58–24.

In the playoffs, the Sixers swept the Atlanta Hawks in two games in the First Round, and defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in six games in the Semifinals to face off against the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics in the Conference Finals.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Sixers defeated the Celtics in seven games to earn a trip to the NBA Finals for the 3rd time in 6 years. In the NBA Finals, the Sixers faced off against the Los Angeles Lakers in a rematch of the 1980 NBA Finals, where the Lakers won in six games. In the deciding 7th game, with under a minute and a Sixers victory well secured, the fans at the Boston Garden chanted "Beat LA" to the Sixers, one of pro basketballs most enduring moments, wanting the team to defeat the Lakers in the NBA Finals, as Celtics fans hated the Lakers. However, the Lakers would go on to win in the NBA Finals, defeating the Sixers in six games to capture their second NBA championship in the 1980s. The Lakers won game one by going on an incredible 40-9 scoring spurt in the second half. The home team would win each of the remaining five contests.

A ticket for an October 1981 pre-season game between the 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks.

Draft picks

Roster

Roster listing
Philadelphia 76ers roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
F42Bantom, Mike6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)200 lb (91 kg)1951-12-03Saint Joseph's
G10Cheeks, Maurice6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)180 lb (82 kg)1956-09-08West Texas A&M
F25Cureton, Earl6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)210 lb (95 kg)1957-09-03Detroit
C53Dawkins, Darryl6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)251 lb (114 kg)1957-01-11Evans High School
G14Edwards, Franklin6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)170 lb (77 kg)1959-02-02Cleveland State
F6Erving, Julius6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)210 lb (95 kg)1950-02-22UMass
G9Hollins, Lionel6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)185 lb (84 kg)1953-10-19Arizona State
F18Johnson, Ollie6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)200 lb (91 kg)1949-05-11Temple
F24Jones, Bobby6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)210 lb (95 kg)1951-12-18North Carolina
C11Jones, Caldwell6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)217 lb (98 kg)1950-08-04Albany State
G4Richardson, Clint6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)195 lb (88 kg)1956-08-07Seattle
F50Mix, Steve6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)215 lb (98 kg)1947-12-30Toledo
G22Toney, Andrew6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)178 lb (81 kg)1957-11-23Louisiana
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season

Season standings



Record vs. opponents

Game log

Regular season

1981–82 game log
Total: 58–24 (Home: 32–9; Road: 26–15)
1981–82 schedule

Playoffs

1982 playoff game log
1982 playoff schedule

Playoffs

East First Round

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Atlanta Hawks: 76ers win series 2-0

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 111, Atlanta 76
  • Game 2 @ Atlanta: Philadelphia 98, Atlanta 95

East Conference Semifinals

(2) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: 76ers win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 125, Milwaukee 122
  • Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 120, Milwaukee 108
  • Game 3 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 92, Philadelphia 91
  • Game 4 @ Milwaukee: Philadelphia 100, Milwaukee 93
  • Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Milwaukee 110, Philadelphia 98
  • Game 6 @ Milwaukee: Philadelphia 102, Milwaukee 90

East Conference Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: 76ers win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 121, Philadelphia 81
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Philadelphia 121, Boston 113
  • Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 99, Boston 97
  • Game 4 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 119, Boston 94
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 114, Philadelphia 85
  • Game 6 @ Philadelphia: Boston 88, Philadelphia 75
  • Game 7 @ Boston: Philadelphia 120, Boston 106

NBA Finals

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (1) Los Angeles Lakers: Lakers win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Los Angeles 124, Philadelphia 117
  • Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 110, Los Angeles 94
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 129, Philadelphia 108
  • Game 4 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 111, Philadelphia 101
  • Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 135, Los Angeles 102
  • Game 6 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 114, Philadelphia 104

Awards and records

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