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Boston's intention was to stop Philadelphia's brutal fast break, on the theory that an Erving standing still is better than an Erving in full flight. But when the Doctor shoots the way he did in Friday night's opener—12 for 22, 29 points—Erving on ice skates would be formidable. Boston slowed Philadelphia down, all right, but the Celtics' own spectacular fast break was shut down as well, and they lost 96--93.
Erving wound up averaging 23.0 points as the Sixers won the series in five games.
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