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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: The last time

   May 2, 1976 -- The Buffalo Braves had their backs to the wall of this day. They trailed the Boston Celtics, three games to two, in their playoff series. Even if they won Game Six, they would have to go back to Boston Garden and win there.

   It was too much to ask. The Celtics took a 104-100 victory to capture the series. Buffalo had won its two previous home games at the Aud, but - just like in 1974 - was eliminated in Game Six.

   The story gets sadder. It was the last time a Buffalo basketball team would ever appear in a postseason game.

   You could argue that things were never the same with Buffalo's NBA team after that. One of the architects of a three-year postseason run, coach Jack Ramsey, left the team within a weak. Meanwhile, the Celtics went on to win the NBA Championship that season, beating the Phoenix Suns in six memorable games.

   Ramsey won a championship as coach of the Portland Trailblazers in 1977. So everyone had a happy ending ... except the Braves and their fans.

   For more on that season, click here.

--- Budd Bailey

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