And they did in stunning fashion. With their 115-108 defeat of the defending champions Lakers, the 76ers won the NBA title with a sweep of the four-of-seven-game series.  Further, the 76ers set a record by finishing the 1983 playoffs with a 12-1 record in post-season play, the best mark ever. It was their first title since 1967.

”I hope now people will remember the numbers,” Julius Erving said. ”Twelve times I’ve started something. Six times, I’ve been to the finals. And three times I’ve come out a winner. You either take it all or you don’t take anything.” The 30-year-old Erving scored 21 points and had 6 assists in the clincher, which was played before a sellout crowd at the Forum.

But as has been the story throughout the series, the 76ers were led by their indefatigable center, Moses Malone. With his 24-point, 23-rebound effort tonight, he was the unanimous selection as the most valuable player of the playoffs.