1978–79 Washington Bullets season

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1978–79 Washington Bullets season
Eastern Conference Champions
Head coach Dick Motta
Arena Capital Centre
Results
Record 54–28 (.659)
Place Division: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(Eliminated 1-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WDCA
Radio WJMD
< 1977–78 1979–80 >

Coming off their NBA Championship, the Bullets were transferred to the Atlantic Division.[1] The Bullets would continue to remain one of the top teams in the league as they captured the Atlantic Division championship with a league best record of 54-28. Despite their league best record, the Bullets would end the season on a sour note losing 8 of their last 11.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Wes Unseld Dave Corzine
PF Elvin Hayes Mitch Kupchak
SF Bob Dandridge Greg Ballard
SG Kevin Grevey Charles Johnson Roger Phegley
PG Tom Henderson Larry Wright Phil Chenier

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Washington Bullets 54 28 .659 -
Philadelphia 76ers 47 35 .573 7
New Jersey Nets 37 45 .451 17
New York Knicks 31 51 .378 23
Boston Celtics 29 53 .354 25

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Season Schedule[edit]

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

The Bullets had a first round bye.

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

In the conference semifinal round of the playoffs, the Bullets needed 7 games to beat the Atlanta Hawks. The Bullets nearly lost the series as they had a 3-1 series lead.[1]

(1) Washington Bullets vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks: Bullets win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Washington: Washington 103, Atlanta 89
  • Game 2 @ Washington: Atlanta 107, Washington 99
  • Game 3 @ Atlanta: Washington 89, Atlanta 77
  • Game 4 @ Atlanta: Washington 120, Atlanta 118 (OT)
  • Game 5 @ Washington: Atlanta 107, Washington 103
  • Game 6 @ Atlanta: Atlanta 104, Washington 86
  • Game 7 @ Washington: Washington 100, Atlanta 94

East Conference Finals[edit]

In the Eastern Finals, the Bullets would find themselves down 3 games to 1 facing the San Antonio Spurs. The Bullets would rally to win the next 2 games and force a 7th game at home. In Game 7 the Bullets would rally again. They overcame a 4th Quarter deficit to beat the Spurs 107-105.[1]

(1) Washington Bullets vs. (2) San Antonio Spurs: Bullets win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Washington: San Antonio 118, Washington 97
  • Game 2 @ Washington: Washington 115, San Antonio 95
  • Game 3 @ San Antonio: San Antonio 116, Washington 114
  • Game 4 @ San Antonio: San Antonio 118, Washington 102
  • Game 5 @ Washington: Washington 107, San Antonio 103
  • Game 6 @ San Antonio: Washington 108, San Antonio 100
  • Game 7 @ Washington: Washington 107, San Antonio 105

NBA Finals[edit]

The triumph would set up a rematch with the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA Finals. In the Finals, the Bullets would squeak out a close victory in Game 1 by a score of 99-97. However, the Sonics would rally to win the next 4 and take the series in 5 games.[1]

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

SuperSonics win series 4-1

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]