Despite several teams leaving the NBA for the National Professional Basketball League before the 1950–51 season, the Nationals decided to stay put.
The third title came in 1983, won by a team led by Erving and Malone.
The 76ers have only been back to the NBA Finals once since then: in 2001, when they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 1.
However, in the playoffs the Nats played their best basketball of the season as they stunned the 1st place Philadelphia Warriors in 2 straight, taking Game 1 on the road in overtime 91–89.
In the Eastern Finals the Nationals were beaten by the New York Knickerbockers in a hard-fought 5-game series, losing the finale by just 2 points.
The Nationals were an instant success in the NBA, winning the Eastern Division in the 1949–50 season, with a league best record of 51–13.
In the playoffs the Nationals continued to play solid basketball, beating the Philadelphia Warriors in 2 straight.
In the playoffs the Nats would win all 4 games of a round robin tournament involving the 3 playoff teams from the East.
In the Eastern Finals the Nats would stay hot beating the Boston Celtics in 2 straight games.
Moving on to the Eastern Finals, the Nationals battled the New York Knickerbockers, beating their big city rivals in a 3-game series.