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1978–79 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
TV partner/s CBS
Regular season
Season MVP Moses Malone (Houston)
Top scorer George Gervin (San Antonio)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Washington Bullets
Eastern runners-up San Antonio Spurs
Western champions Seattle SuperSonics
Western runners-up Phoenix Suns
Finals
Finals champions Seattle SuperSonics
Runners-up Washington Bullets
Finals MVP Dennis Johnson (Seattle)

The 1978–79 NBA season was the 33rd season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Seattle SuperSonics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Washington Bullets 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals, a rematch of the previous year's Finals, but with the opposite result.

Notable occurrences

  • The Buffalo Braves moved from Buffalo, New York to San Diego, California and became the San Diego Clippers.
  • The Detroit Pistons changed conferences, moving from the Midwest Division of the Western Conference to the Central Division of the Eastern Conference, where they remain today.
  • The NBA adopts a three-official system similar to the one used in college basketball on a one-year trial basis. The experiment is scrapped for the 1979–80 season, but returns permanently in 1988–89.
  • The 1979 NBA All-Star Game was played at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, with the West defeating the East 134–129 in overtime. David Thompson of the Denver Nuggets wins the game's MVP award.
  • The Jazz play their final season in New Orleans, Louisiana, before moving to Salt Lake City, Utah. It would be 23 years before New Orleans received another NBA franchise.

Final standings

Eastern Conference

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
Central Division
Team W L PCT. GB
San Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 -
Houston Rockets 47 35 .573 1
Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561 2
Detroit Pistons 30 52 .366 18
Cleveland Cavaliers 30 52 .366 18
New Orleans Jazz 26 56 .317 22

Western Conference

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Kansas City Kings 48 34 .585 -
Denver Nuggets 47 35 .573 1
Indiana Pacers 38 44 .463 10
Milwaukee Bucks 38 44 .463 10
Chicago Bulls 31 51 .378 17
Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Seattle SuperSonics C 52 30 .634 -
Phoenix Suns 50 32 .610 2
Los Angeles Lakers 47 35 .573 5
Portland Trail Blazers 45 37 .549 7
San Diego Clippers 43 39 .524 9
Golden State Warriors 38 44 .463 14

C - NBA Champions

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game George Gervin San Antonio Spurs 29.6
Rebounds per game Moses Malone Houston Rockets 17.6
Assists per game Kevin Porter Detroit Pistons 13.4
Steals per game M.L. Carr Detroit Pistons 2.5
Blocks per game Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers 4.0
FG% Cedric Maxwell Boston Celtics 58.4
FT% Rick Barry Houston Rockets 94.7

NBA awards

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