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Julius Erving in NBA exhibition game at Rupp Arena, 1980

Posted on August 6, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving, aka Dr. J, soared over Milwaukee Bucks Harvey Catchings toward the basket during an NBA exhibition game on Oct. 5, 1980, at Rupp Arena. The small crowd of 3,685 received a dose of vintage Dr. J. In the just the first eight minutes, Erving (1) took a fast-break pass and soared through the lane for a one-hand slam dunk; (2) hit a no-peek finger roll over the 6-foot-10 Catchings; (3) soared across the lane, seemingly suspended in motion, to sink a fadeaway bank shot and (4) drilled one of his patented fall-away 20 footers. The future Hall of Famer finished with a game-high 28 points as his Sixers won by two. Tickets were $4.50 to $10. The game marked the third time the two teams played a preseason game in the four-year-old arena. Those teams played the first-ever NBA exhibition game at Rupp in 1977. Erving will be back in Rupp Arena on Aug. 6 as a coach for one of the teams playing in the BIG3, a 3-on-3 league of former NBA players.  Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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