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1979 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Seattle SuperSonics Lenny Wilkens 4
Washington Bullets Dick Motta 1
Dates: May 20–June 1
MVP: Dennis Johnson
(Seattle SuperSonics)
Eastern Finals: Bullets defeat Spurs, 4–3
Western Finals: SuperSonics defeat Suns, 4–3

The 1979 NBA World Championship Series was the championship series played at the conclusion of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1978–79 season.

The Western Conference champion Seattle SuperSonics played the defending NBA champion and Eastern Conference champion Washington Bullets, with the Bullets holding home-court advantage, due to a better regular-season record. The SuperSonics defeated the Bullets 4 games to 1. The series was a rematch of the 1978 NBA Finals, which the Washington Bullets had won 4–3.

Dennis Johnson of the SuperSonics was named as the NBA Finals MVP, while Gus Williams of the SuperSonics was the top scorer, averaging 28.6 points per game.

This was Seattle's second men's professional sports championship, following the Seattle Metropolitans' Stanley Cup victory in the 1917 Stanley Cup Finals.

Coincidentally, this series (along with the 1978 NBA Finals) was informally known as the George Washington series, because both teams were playing in places named after the first President of the United States (the SuperSonics represented Seattle, the most populous city in the state of Washington, and the Bullets represented Washington, D.C., albeit playing in nearby Landover, Maryland).

This is the most recent time that a Western Conference team based outside of Texas or California has won an NBA title, and the last of only two occasions alongside the 1976–77 Portland Trail Blazers when a team from the present-day Northwest Division has won the league title, which is by 27 years the longest league championship drought for any division of the four major North American sports leagues. Since then, the following Western teams have gone on to win an NBA title: the Los Angeles Lakers (ten times), the San Antonio Spurs (five times), the Golden State Warriors (three times), the Houston Rockets (twice), and the Dallas Mavericks (once). The remaining nineteen titles since 1980 have been won by Eastern Conference teams.

1979 NBA Playoffs

Seattle SuperSonics (Western Conference Champion) Washington Bullets (Eastern Conference Champion)
52–30 (.634)

1st Pacific, 1st West, 2nd Overall

Regular season 54–28 (.659)

1st Atlantic, 1st East, 1st Overall

Earned first-round bye First Round Earned first-round bye
Defeated the (5) Los Angeles Lakers, 4–1 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (5) Atlanta Hawks, 4–3
Defeated the (3) Phoenix Suns, 4–3 Conference Finals Defeated the (2) San Antonio Spurs, 4–3

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 May 20 Washington 99–97 Seattle
Game 2 May 24 Washington 82–92 Seattle
Game 3 May 27 Seattle 105–95 Washington
Game 4 May 29 Seattle 114–112 Washington
Game 5 June 1 Washington 93–97 Seattle

References

Preceded by
1978
NBA Finals
1979
Succeeded by
1980
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