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Post subject: 1968 ABA Finals with POTG Basketball  PostPosted: Feb 19, 2016 - 11:58 AM



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Replaying the 1968 ABA Finals with POTG Baketball.

The 1967-68 season was the ABA's first. In the finals the team with the best record in the East, the Pittsburgh Pipers at 54-24, met the team with the best record in the West, the New Orleans Buccaneers at 48-30.

Pittsburgh made it to the finals by defeating the Indiana Pacers, 3-0, and the Minnesota Muskies, 4-1. New Orleans advanced to the final series by defeating the Denver Rockets, 3-2, and the Dallas Chaparrals, 4-1.

The Pipers were led by the "Hawk", Connie Hawkins, who had a very adventuresome route to first the ABA, and then the NBA. The Buccaneers had a duo from UNC, Doug Moe and Larry Brown. Yes, that Larry Brown. Moe had an interesting end to his college career after twice being an All-American.

The real life series went 7 Games and after looking at the ratings of both teams it's easy to see why, they are all but dead even. Players who actually played in each game will be used, based on the boxscores at Basketball Reference.

Game 1
New Orleans @ Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Civic Arena
April 18, 1968

The Buccaneers sailed into the Steel City and forced the Pipers to walk the plank as they captured an easy 122-88 victory. New Orleans was led by Moe with 29, Brown with 24, and Austin "Red" Robbins with 21. Pittsburgh only had one player top 20 points, Charles Williams with 22. Connie Hawkins could only manage 12 points from 5 Scoring Rolls. With that kind of production from your star in the #1 spot it's tough to win.

New Orleans (122)
Moe - 29
Brown - 24
Robbins - 21
Jones - 19
Branson - 10
Moreland - 7
Govan - 6
Widby - 6

Pittsburgh [88]
Williams - 22
Vaughn - 14
Heyman - 13
Hawkins - 12
Washington - 10
Wright - 9
Jarvis - 7
Porter - 1

actual score: New Orleans 112 - Pittsburgh 120
replay: New Orleans up 1-0
actual: Pittsburgh up 1-0
 
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1968 ABA Finals

Game 2

New Orleans @ Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Civic Arena
April 20, 1968

The Pipers rebounded from a subpar performance in the first game to even the series at 1-1 with a 116-100 victory over the Buccaneers. Connie Hawkins nearly tripled his point total from Game 1 as he poured in 33. Art Heyman was next in scoring for Pittsburgh with 23. New Orleans was led by Doug Moe who matched Hawkins with 33, but the rest of the Buccaneers couldn't score enough to keep the Pipers from claiming the win. Games 3 and 4 will be played in the Big Easy.

New Orleans (100)
Moe - 33
Jones - 17
Robbins - 13
Brown - 12
Moreland - 11
Branson - 9
Govan - 5
Widby - 0

Pittsburgh (116)
Hawkins - 33
Heyman - 23
Williams - 17
Washington - 15
Jarvis - 9
Vaughn - 7
Wright - 6
Vacendak - 5
Porter - 1
Kelly - 0

actual score: New Orleans 109 - Pittsburgh 100
replay: series tied 1-1
actual: series tied 1-1
 
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1968 ABA Finals

Game 3

Pittsburgh @ New Orleans
Loyola Field House
April 24, 1968

The Buccaneers had no answer for the duo of Charles Williams and Connie Hawkins as the Pipers came into the Big Easy and grabbed an easy 128-105 victory to take a 2-1 series lead. Williams led Pittsburgh in scoring with 38, while Hawkins duplicated his Game 2 total of 33. New Orleans was led by the Tar Heel tandem of Doug Moe and Larry Brown who each netted 22, but this game was all Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh (128)
Williams - 38
Hawkins - 33
Vaughn - 18
Heyman - 14
Washington - 11
Porter - 6
Wright - 5
Jarvis - 3
Vacendak - 0

New Orleans (105)
Moe - 22
Brown - 22
Jones - 16
Branson - 15
Robbins - 14
Govan - 9
Moreland - 7

actual score: Pittsburgh 101 - New Orleans 109
replay: Pittsburgh up 2-1
actual: New Orleans up 2-1
 
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1968 ABA Finals

Game 4

Pittsburgh @ New Orleans
Loyola Field House
April 25, 1968

The good for New Orleans, the offense added 12 points to their Game 3 total. The bad, the defense only held Pittsburgh to 2 fewer points, allowing the Pipers to take a 3-1 series lead with a 126-117 victory. The Pipers had a balanced scoring attack with four players, Hawkins, Williams, Art Heyman, and Chico Vaughn, scoring 20 or more, while a fifth player, Trooper Washington, missed the 20 point mark by just 1. Doug Moe had 30 to lead the Buccaneers, with Jimmy Jones adding 29 and Jesse Branson tossing in 24. The series heads back to the Steel City for Game 5 with Pittsburgh needing just 1 more win to capture the inaugural ABA title.

Pittsburgh (126)
Williams - 22
Heyman - 22
Vaughn - 20
Hawkins - 20
Washington - 19
Dill - 10
Porter - 9
Jarvis - 4
Vacendak - 0

New Orleans (117)
Moe - 30
Jones - 29
Branson - 24
Brown - 19
Robbins - 12
Govan - 3
Moreland - 0

actual score: Pittsburgh 106 - New Orleans 105
replay: Pittsburgh up 3-1
actual: series tied 2-2
 
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1968 ABA Finals

Game 5

New Orleans @ Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Civic Arena
April 27, 1968

The Pipers had a chance to capture the ABA crown at home but the Buccaneers keelhauled that opportunity and forced a return trip to the Bayou State for Game 6 with a 117-99 victory. New Orleans had five players score in double figures, led by Doug Moe with 27, Jimmy Jones with 26, and Larry Brown with 19. Pittsburgh, playing without Connie Hawkins, also had five players tally double digits, led by Charles Williams with 23, but the other four barely cracked the 10 point mark. The Pipers are still 1 win away from the ABA title.

New Orleans (117)
Moe - 27
Jones - 26
Brown - 19
Branson - 13
Robbins - 12
Moreland - 8
Govan - 8
Mitchell - 3
Widby - 1

Pittsburgh (99)
Williams - 23
Washington - 12
Vaughn - 11
Dill - 11
Parks - 10
Jarvis - 9
Kelly - 9
Porter - 7
Heyman - 4
Wright - 3
(Vacendak, who scored 0 points in the actual game, was not used)

actual score: New Orleans 111 - Pittsburgh 108
replay: Pittsburgh up 3-2
actual: New Orleans up 3-2
 
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1968 ABA Finals

Game 6

Pittsburgh @ New Orleans
Loyola Field House
May 1, 1968

After taking two bites of the apple the Pittsburgh Pipers still haven't captured the ABA title. Defense was in short supply on both sides of the mid-court line in the Big Easy as New Orleans evened the series at 3-3 with a 133-128 victory over Pittsburgh. The Buccaneers had seven players score in double figures, led by Doug Moe and Jimmy Jones with 27 each, and Red Robbins who threw in 20. Five of the Pipers tallied double digits, paced by Connie Hawkins with 28, Charles Williams with 26, and Art Heyman with 25, but it wasn't enough to take the crown. The series heads back to Pittsburgh for the 7th and deciding game. Will the third time be the charm for the Pipers ?

Pittsburgh (128)
Hawkins - 28
Williams - 26
Heyman - 25
Vaughn - 19
Washington - 11
Jarvis - 9
Wright - 7
Porter - 3

New Orleans (133)
Moe - 27
Jones - 27
Robbins - 20
Branson - 16
Brown - 15
Moreland - 12
Govan - 10
Mitchell - 3
Widby - 3

actual score: Pittsburgh 118 - New Orleans 112
replay: series tied 3-3
actual: series tied 3-3
 
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1968 ABA Finals

Game 7

New Orleans @ Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Civic Arena
May 4, 1968

"Will the third time be the charm for the Pipers ?"

The answer is no. In a Game 7 that was painfully reminiscent to Pittsburgh fans of Game 5, the Buccaneers rewrote the ABA record book and claimed the league's first ever Championship with a 119-97 victory over the hometown Pipers. New Orleans had four players score 20 or more, led by Doug Moe with 26. Larry Brown and Jimmy Jones netted 21 each, while Jesse Branson added 20. Pittsburgh had two players crack the 20 point mark, Connie Hawkins with 29, and Chico Vaughn with 24. Two other Pipers narrowly missed scoring 20 as Charles Williams and Art Heyman each tallied 18. In the end New Orleans proved to be the better, and tougher, team as they won 3 straight games with their backs against the wall.

Doug Moe (27.7 ppg) of the Buccaneers was the unanimous choice as Servies MVP.

New Orleans (119)
Moe - 26
Brown - 21
Jones - 21
Branson - 20
Moreland - 11
Pradd - 9
Govan - 6
Robbins - 5

Pittsburgh (97)
Hawkins - 29
Vaughn - 24
Williams - 18
Heyman - 18
Washington - 6
Wright - 2
Jarvis - 0
Porter - 0

actual score: New Orleans 113 - Pittsburgh 122
replay: New Orleans wins 4-3
actual: Pittsburgh wins 4-3
 
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