Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sixers add another scalp to playoff belt

Sixers add another East scalp to their playoff belt.

Sixers add another scalp to playoff belt

Thursday's Sixers' win over the Chicago Bulls means that as a franchise (dating back to the Syracuse Nationals), they have now beaten 12 of their current 14 Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs at least once. The only East teams that they have failed to knock out of the postseason have been the Miami Heat (0-1) and the Charlotte Bobcats (whom they have never faced).

Only the Detroit Pistons have taken out as many as 13 of the 14 East teams (no Bobcats). The New York Knicks match the Sixers with 12 East scalps (no Orlando Magic, no Charlotte).

The Boston Celtics have only eliminated 11 of the 14 East teams in their history, missing the New Jersey Nets (0-2), Bobcats (0-0) and Toronto Raptors (0-0).

Here are the Sixers and Celtics playoff series records against the franchises currently in the Eastern Conference:

  SIXERS CELTICS
Opponent W-L    Last Win Last Lost W-L    Last Win Last Loss
Atlanta 2-  0 1982 10-1 2012 1958
Boston 7-11 1982 2002   —
Charlotte 0-  0   0-0
Chicago 1-  2 2012 1991   4-0 2009
Cleveland 1-  0 1990   4-1 2010 1992
Detroit 1-  3 1955 2008   5-3 2008 1991
Indiana 2-  2 2001 2000   3-2 2003 2005
Miami 0-  1 2011   1-1 2010 2011
Milwaukee 6-  3 2001 1987   4-1 1987 1983
New Jersey 1-  1 1979 1984   0-2 2003
New York 5-  3 1983 1989   7-7 2011 1990
Orlando 1-  1 1999 2009   1-2 2010 2009
Sixers 11-7 2002 1982
Toronto 1-  0 2001   0-0
Washington    3-  2 1986 1978   2-1 1984 1975
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