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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Record-breaking 76ers edge Warriors for title
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
April 24, 1967
The Philadelphia 76ers showed they were one of the greatest teams in NBA history. They set a regular-season record by going 68-13 and then ended Boston's streak of eight straight NBA titles and 10 consecutive Eastern Division championships by demolishing the Celtics in five games in the playoffs.
But in the Finals, they are pressed by the Western Division champion San Francisco Warriors, who are led by high-scoring Rick Barry and have won two of the last three games to force Game 6 in San Francisco. The Warriors lead by 12 points with five minutes left in the third period before the 76ers rally.
Reserve forward Billy Cunningham scores 13 of his 17 points in the final 12 minutes as the 76ers gain the championship with a 125-122 victory. Wilt Chamberlain plays a superb all-around game (24 points, 23 rebounds and six blocked shots). Guard Wally Jones is the 76ers' high scorer with 27 points.
Barry, who had dethroned Chamberlain as regular-season scoring champion by averaging 35.6, gets 44 points, but misses a shot with 15 seconds left that would have regained the lead for San Francisco.
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