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1971 NBA Finals

1971 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Milwaukee Bucks Larry Costello 4
Baltimore Bullets Gene Shue 0
Dates April 21–30
MVP Lew Alcindor (27 pts/18.5 reb/2.8 ast per game)
(Milwaukee Bucks)
Television ABC (U.S.)
Announcers Chris Schenkel and Jack Twyman
Hall of Famers Bucks:
Lew Alcindor (1995 as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)
Oscar Robertson (1980)
Earl Monroe (1990)
Wes Unseld (1988)
Eastern Finals Bullets defeat Knicks, 4–3
Western Finals Bucks defeat Lakers, 4–1

The 1971 NBA World Championship Series was played at the conclusion of the NBA's 25th Anniversary season of 1970-71. The Western Conference Champion Milwaukee Bucks, who were founded just three years earlier, swept the Eastern Conference Champion Baltimore Bullets in four games. Baltimore had dethroned the 1969-70 NBA Champion New York Knicks to get to their only NBA Finals appearance in Baltimore.

This was the first NBA Finals not played in the state of California in 10 years. It would also be the last time that both participants were playing in their first NBA Finals until the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat got together in the 2006 NBA Finals.

The Bullets were forced to play Game No. 1 on a Wednesday night, just 48 hours after having defeated New York in Game 7 of the 1971 Eastern Conference Finals, then had to wait four days before playing Game 2. The series was the second (and last) time in NBA history that the teams alternated home games, the other being in 1956. Most other series were held in the 2-2-1-1-1 or 2-3-2 format. It was also the last NBA Championship Series completed before May 1.

The series was broadcast by ABC with Chris Schenkel and Jack Twyman providing the commentary.


  • Series summary 1
  • Team rosters 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Score Road Team
Game 1 Wed. April 21 Milwaukee 98–88 Baltimore
Game 2 Sun. April 25 Baltimore 83–102 Milwaukee
Game 3 Wed. April 28 Milwaukee 107–99 Baltimore
Game 4 Fri. April 30 Baltimore 106–118 Milwaukee

Bucks win series 4–0

Team rosters

See also

External links

  • NBA History
  • Basketball-Reference
  • NBA History Summary on YouTube

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