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1978 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Washington Bullets Dick Motta 4
Seattle SuperSonics Lenny Wilkens 3
Dates: May 21–June 7
MVP: Wes Unseld
(Washington Bullets)
Eastern Finals: Bullets defeat 76ers, 4–2
Western Finals: SuperSonics defeat Nuggets, 4–2

The 1978 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1977–78 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs.

The series featured the Western Conference champion Seattle SuperSonics against the Eastern Conference champion Washington Bullets.

The Bullets defeated the SuperSonics in seven games to win the NBA championship. Bullets power forward/center Wes Unseld was named MVP of the series. Before the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 7 win at Golden State in the 2016 NBA Finals, this was the last time a road team had won Game 7 in the NBA Finals. The 1978 World Championship Series was the first NBA Finals series since the 1958 World Championship Series in which both teams had under 50 wins, and is the only NBA Finals to feature two teams with under 50 wins in an 82-game season.

1978 NBA Playoffs

Seattle SuperSonics (Western Conference Champion) Washington Bullets (Eastern Conference Champion)
47–35 (.573)

3rd Pacific, 4th West, 6th Overall

Regular season 44–38 (.537)

2nd Central, 3rd East, 9th Overall

Defeated the (5) Los Angeles Lakers, 2–1 First Round Defeated the (6) Atlanta Hawks, 2–1
Defeated the (1) Portland Trail Blazers, 4–2 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (2) San Antonio Spurs, 4–2
Defeated the (2) Denver Nuggets, 4–2 Conference Finals Defeated the (1) Philadelphia 76ers, 4–2

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 May 21 Seattle 106–102 Washington
Game 2 May 25 Washington 106–98 Seattle
Game 3 May 28 Washington 92–93 Seattle
Game 4 May 30 Seattle 116–120 (OT) Washington
Game 5 June 2 Seattle 98–94 Washington
Game 6 June 4 Washington 117–82 Seattle
Game 7 June 7 Seattle 99–105 Washington


Preceded by
NBA Finals
Succeeded by