Larry Bird shoots over Caldwell Jones and Julius Erving during a 1981 Boston-Philadelphia game. The depleted Celtics could use Bird tonight when they take on the Heat. Boston needs one win to secure a trip to the NBA Finals. where they’d face Oklahoma City. (Manny Millan/SI) 
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Larry Bird shoots over Caldwell Jones and Julius Erving during a 1981 Boston-Philadelphia game. The depleted Celtics could use Bird tonight when they take on the Heat. Boston needs one win to secure a trip to the NBA Finals. where they’d face Oklahoma City. (Manny Millan/SI) 

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Celtics forward Larry Bird shoots over the outstretched hand of Julius Erving and Darryl Dawkins during a 1980 playoff game between the Celtics and 76ers. Philadelphia and Boston fans will see another chapter of this long rivalry unfold when the two teams meet in the second round of the playoffs. Both Boston and Philadelphia won last night to advance to the second round. (Walter Iooss, Jr./SI)   
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Celtics forward Larry Bird shoots over the outstretched hand of Julius Erving and Darryl Dawkins during a 1980 playoff game between the Celtics and 76ers. Philadelphia and Boston fans will see another chapter of this long rivalry unfold when the two teams meet in the second round of the playoffs. Both Boston and Philadelphia won last night to advance to the second round. (Walter Iooss, Jr./SI)   

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Larry Bird | Julius Erving
THOMSEN: 76ers celebration was nine years in the making
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Even at 32, Julius Erving had crazy hops. In this 1982 photo, Dr. J dunks over Larry Bird and (an unpictured) Kevin McHale during the Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Championship. Philadelphia went onto win the game but lost to the Lakers in the NBA Finals. It was 35 years ago today that the 76ers paid $3 million to the Nets for the rights to Erving. (Tony Tomsic/SI)
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Even at 32, Julius Erving had crazy hops. In this 1982 photo, Dr. J dunks over Larry Bird and (an unpictured) Kevin McHale during the Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Championship. Philadelphia went onto win the game but lost to the Lakers in the NBA Finals. It was 35 years ago today that the 76ers paid $3 million to the Nets for the rights to Erving. (Tony Tomsic/SI)

SI VAULT: The Nets get $3 million in deal to send Dr. J to 76ers

Last week, Amar’e Stoudemire’s made headlines when he said that locked-out NBA players should form their own league. Though chances are remote this will actually happen, it does give an excuse to showcase this great photo from the 1976 ABA Playoffs of Julius Erving grabbing a rebound. This was the ABA’s final season before merging with the NBA. (John Hanlon/SI)
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Last week, Amar’e Stoudemire’s made headlines when he said that locked-out NBA players should form their own league. Though chances are remote this will actually happen, it does give an excuse to showcase this great photo from the 1976 ABA Playoffs of Julius Erving grabbing a rebound. This was the ABA’s final season before merging with the NBA. (John Hanlon/SI)

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