Just under the radar was another tough New York - Baltimore matchup. Both teams had over 50 wins and looked very comparable. Baltimore had added super big man [[Elvin Hayes]] to help [[Wes Unseld]] on the boards and [[Archie Clark (basketball)|Archie Clark]] in the scoring column. Yet the Knicks, with 57 wins, did not play around with the Bullets, winning the series 4-1. The Knicks, with three key big men well past age 30, were supporting All-Pro guard [[Walt Frazier]] this year in hopes of one last shot at the top themselves. They again had the league's top defense. Now another hotly debated Boston-New York matchup loomed in the East final.
Boston was again the favorite over New York, though many still remembered New York's underdog romp the year before. Leaving little to chance, Boston pounded them 134-109 at home in Game One. New York repaid the favor in Game Two, 129-96. Then, the Knicks stole one in Boston before a double-overtime contest in Game Four at [[Madison Square Garden]]. New York hung on to win that as well. New York was up 3–1, but coach Tom Heinsohn's team rallied to win a one-pointer in Game Five, and then Game Six to force a seventh game. But [[John Havlicek]] had a badly injured shoulder, playing with a sling and was now shooting left-handed. New York easily handled
that to complete the upset. It was a tough break for Havlicek, who would burn to return the following year, while New York was back in the NBA Finals for the third time in four years.
=== Western Conference ===