Category Archives: 1970s

1970s: Review

Teams in the Finals The 1970s were an interesting decade for the NBA, as no team emerged as a dominant force. Eight different teams won championships, and the league competed for talent with the ABA. Teams to win single championships … Continue reading

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1970: Knicks versus Lakers Round Three (New York’s First Title)

Background After losing in the 1953 NBA Finals, the Knicks struggled throughout the ’60s before returning to playoff contention in 1969 thanks to the arrival of defensive stalwart Dave DeBusschere. The team lost in the Eastern Conference Finals, but the … Continue reading

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1971: Bucks versus Bullets (Alcindor’s Arrival)

Background The Bucks initially struggled after joining the league in 1968, but a coin flip awarded them the opportunity to draft franchise center Lew Alcindor, immediately making the team contenders. After losing in the Eastern Conference Finals in 1970, Milwaukee … Continue reading

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1972: Lakers versus Knicks Round Four (L.A.’s Sensational Streak)

Background With the aging Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor, the 1972 Lakers were expected to be a rebuilding team. After a 6-3 start, Baylor retired, but the team embarked on a 33-game winning streak that remains the longest in NBA … Continue reading

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1973: Knicks versus Lakers Round Five (Wilt’s Last Season)

Background The Knicks were shorthanded when they lost the 1972 NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers, and they returned a year later with vengeance in mind. Though the team reeled off 57 regular season wins, they still only finished … Continue reading

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1974: Celtics versus Bucks (The Big O’s Farewell)

Background The Celtics briefly struggled after Bill Russell retired in 1969, missing the playoffs in 1970 and 1971. In 1973, they reeled off a team-record 68 wins behind league MVP Dave Cowens, but they lost in the Eastern Conference Finals … Continue reading

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1975: Warriors versus Bullets (Barry’s Bay Area Upset)

Background After losing in the 1967 NBA Finals, the Warriors would lose twice more (1968, 1973) in the conference finals to the Los Angeles Lakers and change their name from San Francisco to the Golden State Warriors in 1971. Before … Continue reading

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