During the 1982-1983 season, 76ers legend Billy Cunningham coached Philadelphia to a league best 65-17 record. To go along with the high flying dunks of Dr. J., the Sixers added another scoring threat in league MVP Moses Malone. The powerful offensive nucleus brought the Seventy-Sixers their first NBA title since the 1966-1967 season.
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After a crushing defeat to the Lakers in the 1982 NBA Finals, the Sixers and their fans had to wonder if their best opportunity for a title had just passed them by. The off season acquistion of Center Moses Malone changed that thinking. After finishing the season with a 65 - 17 record, the Sixers stormed into the playoffs. They swept the Knicks in four games and took care of the Bucks in five. The Finals rematch with the Lakers was all Sixers this time, with the guys from Philly winning it all in four games. Malone was named Finals MVP while Julius Erving finished the season averaging 21.4 PPG and 6.8 RPG.