Sport: First-Rate, Second Best

"Second best" is the highest accolade the American Basketball Association has managed to earn in its nine-year struggle to gain equality with the National Basketball Association. Nonetheless, the caliber of performance in the A.B.A. championship play-off series that ended last week between the New York Nets and the Denver Nuggets was as good as anything the N.B.A. has ever produced. Forward Julius ("Dr. J") Erving of the Nets came on like a bionic man; he averaged 38 points a game and led both teams in rebounds, steals, assists and shots blocked. The Nuggets,...

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