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The power surge in the West
March 13, 1980
The MVP of the playoffs described himself as a "funny-looking black kid with red hair and freckles." The leading scorer was a 25-year-old with fast feet and a fast-receding hairline. The spiritual leader was an "old man" who has never learned how to shoot in 15 years in the league. Together they made the Seattle SuperSonics NBA champions. In defeating the Washington Bullets, in five games, the Sonics had backcourt scoring stars in Dennis Johnson and Gus Williams-the redhead and the bald-head. And they had frontcourt defensive stalwarts in old man Paul Silas and Center Jack Sikma. After Game 5, Freddie Brown stood dripping with sweat, champagne and tears and said, "This is heaven."
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March 13, 1980

The Power Surge In The West

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The MVP of the playoffs described himself as a "funny-looking black kid with red hair and freckles." The leading scorer was a 25-year-old with fast feet and a fast-receding hairline. The spiritual leader was an "old man" who has never learned how to shoot in 15 years in the league. Together they made the Seattle SuperSonics NBA champions. In defeating the Washington Bullets, in five games, the Sonics had backcourt scoring stars in Dennis Johnson and Gus Williams-the redhead and the bald-head. And they had frontcourt defensive stalwarts in old man Paul Silas and Center Jack Sikma. After Game 5, Freddie Brown stood dripping with sweat, champagne and tears and said, "This is heaven."

With Bill Walton absent, Maurice Lucas had to drive Portland into the playoffs.

There was no hiding Coach Lenny Wilkens' ecstasy.

The Big E, Elvin Hayes, got a big A for his efforts, but the Bullets lost in the backcourt.

Dennis Johnson (24) and Silas (35) wore their respective ages nicely.

Larry Wright's 26 clutch points gave Washington its only series victory.

It was not a season of note for the Jazz' Pete Maravich, who had a bad knee and the blues.

Kevin Grevey displayed heads-up basketball.

Kareem creamed Nugget Dan Issel on this one.

Blazer Dave Twardzik had a hairy encounter.

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