Julius Erving, doing what he does best, beat the Denver Nugget Wednesday night.
Last year, the Nuggets easily had the best regular-season record in the American Basketball Association, but the playoff finals between the Nuggets and the New York Nets developed into a duel between David Thompson and Erving.
"Dr. Js" spectacular performances prevailed over Thompson and the Nuggets' fine team play.
Drving and Thompson, the ABA's top two arguments for merger, moved their act to the National Basketball Association this year, and the result was the same Wednesday night as Erving's 38-point performance led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 129-125, double-overtime victory over the visiting Nugget.
The crowd of 18,021 screamed its approval as the 76ers overcame a 17-point deficit and a 40-point performance by Thompson.
The Nukgets held a 14-point lead at halftime, but the 70ers pulled even by the end of the third quarter. The teams played to a standstill in the fourth quarter and the first overtime.
George McGinnis, who scored 24 points for the 76ers, sent the game into overtime with a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left in regulation and Cadldwell Jones scored a pair of key baskets in the second overtime to give Philadelphia the victory.