2. Larry Bird vs. Julius Erving
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The stat line from this night tells most of the story. Larry Bird finished with 42 points on 74 percent shooting while holding Dr. J to just six points on 3 for 13 shooting. Bird was no doubt letting Erving know about his dominating performance as it was happening, and Erving didn’t take it particularly well. His teammates got into the act, holding Bird back long enough for Erving to land three solid hits to Bird’s face. No doubt Bird was still trash talking throughout the beating.