The 1976 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1975-76 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals. The series was highlighted by Game 5, a 3-OT victory by Boston. The Celtics won their 13th NBA title, 2nd in the Dave Cowens era. Jo Jo White was named NBA Finals MVP.
The Suns earned their first two playoff series victories in franchise history to advance to the NBA Finals; they won their second (and as of 2012, most recent) Western Conference title in 1993.
The sixth-year Cleveland Cavaliers made their first playoff appearance and won their first playoff series.
This was the last playoff appearance for the Buffalo Braves until 1992, when they returned as the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Philadelphia 76ers made the playoffs for the first time since 1971, starting a 12-year run that included four NBA Finals (1977, 1980, 1982, and 1983).