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1973 Finals Game 5 New York Knicks@ Los Angeles Lakers
1973 Finals Game 5 New York Knicks@ Los Angeles Lakers
Published: 2016/11/25
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New York Knicks - Baltimore Bullets. Regular Season NBA 1972/73.
New York Knicks - Baltimore Bullets. Regular Season NBA 1972/73.
Published: 2013/06/02
Channel: 7EnergyBasket7
1972 NBA. Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks
1972 NBA. Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks
Published: 2016/06/06
Channel: Nezir Genc
1972-73 Lakers Highlights
1972-73 Lakers Highlights
Published: 2013/01/02
Channel: Hal15Greer
2003-04 Pistons @ 1972-73 Knicks - NBA 2K17 Legends League Episode 22
2003-04 Pistons @ 1972-73 Knicks - NBA 2K17 Legends League Episode 22
Published: 2017/07/07
Channel: Sports Gaming 1
1972 1973 NHL Hi Lites from various games
1972 1973 NHL Hi Lites from various games
Published: 2016/08/10
Channel: Newton Minnow
1971 New Face of the NBA
1971 New Face of the NBA
Published: 2012/12/02
Channel: Hal15Greer
1973 NBA Playoffs G7 Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks
1973 NBA Playoffs G7 Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks
Published: 2017/09/27
Channel: Torontos
Wilt (24-29-4) & Jerry West (23-5-9) 1972 Finals Gm 5 vs. Knicks - First LA Title, Wilt Finals MVP
Wilt (24-29-4) & Jerry West (23-5-9) 1972 Finals Gm 5 vs. Knicks - First LA Title, Wilt Finals MVP
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: The NBA Showtime
New York Knicks - Los Ángeles Lakers [NBA Finals 1973 - Game 5] 1/2
New York Knicks - Los Ángeles Lakers [NBA Finals 1973 - Game 5] 1/2
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: Skyhook Magazine
1973-74 Bucks vs. Knicks (Ending)
1973-74 Bucks vs. Knicks (Ending)
Published: 2014/11/18
Channel: Hal15Greer
1973-74 Milwaukee Bucks - Almost Perfect
1973-74 Milwaukee Bucks - Almost Perfect
Published: 2012/11/30
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New York Knicks - Los Ángeles Lakers [NBA Finals 1973 - Game 5] 2/2
New York Knicks - Los Ángeles Lakers [NBA Finals 1973 - Game 5] 2/2
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: Skyhook Magazine
New York Knicks Title Celebrations 1970-1973 (2 Titles)
New York Knicks Title Celebrations 1970-1973 (2 Titles)
Published: 2016/10/27
Channel: The NBA Showtime
NBA Champions: 1972 Los Angeles Lakers
NBA Champions: 1972 Los Angeles Lakers
Published: 2008/11/26
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1972 NBA vs ABA All-Star Game
1972 NBA vs ABA All-Star Game
Published: 2012/05/19
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1972 NBA Finals: LA Lakers vs. New York Knicks
1972 NBA Finals: LA Lakers vs. New York Knicks
Published: 2008/05/21
Channel: ginoongkamote
1972/73 (November 18) Milwaukee Bucks@NY Knicks - famous Knicks come back!
1972/73 (November 18) Milwaukee Bucks@NY Knicks - famous Knicks come back!
Published: 2014/10/29
Channel: Karol K
1972 Los Angeles Lakers Season
1972 Los Angeles Lakers Season
Published: 2008/05/27
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NBA HARDWOOD CLASSICS   9 1 1972   Los Angeles Lakers   Milwaukee Bucks
NBA HARDWOOD CLASSICS 9 1 1972 Los Angeles Lakers Milwaukee Bucks
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: upsypar
Gail Goodrich vs New York Knicks 1972 finals Game 5 Highlights
Gail Goodrich vs New York Knicks 1972 finals Game 5 Highlights
Published: 2017/01/02
Channel: Pistol 8 Kev
Touched By Gold 1972 Championship Lakers
Touched By Gold 1972 Championship Lakers
Published: 2015/06/24
Channel: Gee Lee
NBA LIVE 06 1972-73 Kings vs 1972-73 Knicks
NBA LIVE 06 1972-73 Kings vs 1972-73 Knicks
Published: 2016/06/28
Channel: Alexis Mendoza
1972 Lakers (p2)
1972 Lakers (p2)
Published: 2007/05/21
Channel: LALTACH
10 Greatest NBA MVP Seasons Ever
10 Greatest NBA MVP Seasons Ever
Published: 2016/02/27
Channel: ASH BG
1972 Lakers (p3)
1972 Lakers (p3)
Published: 2007/05/21
Channel: LALTACH
Best of Giannis Antetokounmpo from the First 3 Games of the Season
Best of Giannis Antetokounmpo from the First 3 Games of the Season
Published: 2017/10/22
Channel: NBA
The 1973 New York Knicks
The 1973 New York Knicks
Published: 2011/04/04
Channel: TheNBAHistory
1972 NBA Finals: Knicks at Lakers, Gm 5 part 11/11
1972 NBA Finals: Knicks at Lakers, Gm 5 part 11/11
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: keptic
NBA Champ - Knicks vs Lakers Game 5 - May 7, 1972  (last 27min recovered audio)
NBA Champ - Knicks vs Lakers Game 5 - May 7, 1972 (last 27min recovered audio)
Published: 2016/01/10
Channel: slackjaw215
The Celts are Back - 1974 NBA Playoffs
The Celts are Back - 1974 NBA Playoffs
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: Santiago73
1972 Lakers (p1)
1972 Lakers (p1)
Published: 2007/05/21
Channel: LALTACH
1970 NBA Finals Game 7: Lakers @ Knicks
1970 NBA Finals Game 7: Lakers @ Knicks
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: billny33
1970 New York Knicks - Los Angeles Lakers (NBA Finals, Game 7)
1970 New York Knicks - Los Angeles Lakers (NBA Finals, Game 7)
Published: 2013/07/16
Channel: TheBasketballArchive
1967 NBA Season Recap
1967 NBA Season Recap
Published: 2008/08/15
Channel: ginoongkamote
1981-1982 NBA Season Summary
1981-1982 NBA Season Summary
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: NBA Seasonal
Wilt Chamberlain last NBA game 23pts (9-16fg) 21reb 3a 2blk 3stl [G5 1973 Finals]
Wilt Chamberlain last NBA game 23pts (9-16fg) 21reb 3a 2blk 3stl [G5 1973 Finals]
Published: 2013/12/08
Channel: Wilt Chamberlain Archive
1973-74 Knicks - Basic Rules & Terminology (1/2)
1973-74 Knicks - Basic Rules & Terminology (1/2)
Published: 2014/11/18
Channel: Hal15Greer
The 1971-1972 Lakers
The 1971-1972 Lakers
Published: 2011/03/08
Channel: TheNBAHistory
Knicks 111872
Knicks 111872
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: Jerry Baskett
1972: Bucks (Kareem, Oscar) snap Lakers 33-game win streak
1972: Bucks (Kareem, Oscar) snap Lakers 33-game win streak
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: Rumpel Stiltsky
1969-70 NBA Playoffs
1969-70 NBA Playoffs
Published: 2012/11/30
Channel: Hal15Greer
1971-1972 New York Knicks Fool 2016-2017 Golden State Warriors (NBA 2k17 Gameplay PS4)
1971-1972 New York Knicks Fool 2016-2017 Golden State Warriors (NBA 2k17 Gameplay PS4)
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: Andys Randomness
NBA 1973.03.04 Baltimore Bullets vs. New York Knicks (26pts Frazier)
NBA 1973.03.04 Baltimore Bullets vs. New York Knicks (26pts Frazier)
Published: 2017/08/11
Channel: Torontos
Match of the 70s 1972 73 season part 3.flv
Match of the 70s 1972 73 season part 3.flv
Published: 2011/08/29
Channel: t035t3r
1975 NBA Washington vs Buffalo -  raptor tv
1975 NBA Washington vs Buffalo - raptor tv
Published: 2016/08/27
Channel: Newton Minnow
1973-74 Bucks vs. Lakers (Highlights)
1973-74 Bucks vs. Lakers (Highlights)
Published: 2014/11/10
Channel: Hal15Greer
1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers - Basketball
1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers - Basketball's Little Man
Published: 2012/11/30
Channel: Hal15Greer
L.A. Kings 1972/73 Season - Season of Doom? (Part 11)
L.A. Kings 1972/73 Season - Season of Doom? (Part 11)
Published: 2017/07/24
Channel: OOTPDevelopments
Former New York Knick Harthorne Wingo Talks 1973 NBA Championship, Playing Overseas and More
Former New York Knick Harthorne Wingo Talks 1973 NBA Championship, Playing Overseas and More
Published: 2013/04/06
Channel: RazzandJazzSports
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1972–73 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Number of games 82
Number of teams 17
TV partner(s) ABC
Regular season
Season MVP Dave Cowens (Boston)
Top scorer Nate Archibald (Kansas City–Omaha)
Playoffs
Eastern champions New York Knicks
  Eastern runners-up Boston Celtics
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up Golden State Warriors
Finals
Champions New York Knicks
  Runners-up Los Angeles Lakers
Finals MVP Willis Reed (New York)
NBA seasons

The 1972–73 NBA season was the 27th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the New York Knicks winning the NBA Championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences[edit]

Season recap[edit]

Setting the scene[edit]

This season began in the wake of the remarkable victory of the Los Angeles Lakers, who ended an agonizing decade of runner-up finishes with their first NBA title on the West Coast. It was also the first Laker title since George Mikan over fifteen years previous. The '71-'72 title had come after a tremendous Western Conference Finals with Milwaukee and their superstar center, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the former title-winning Lew Alcindor. A Laker and Bucks rematch in the playoffs figured to decide the next championship just as it had the last two. The East, clearly the dominant half of the league for so long, looked to be the weaker half again at the start of this season as they had the last two years.

Eastern Conference[edit]

It was the East that provided the season's top record. The Boston Celtics won 68 of 82 NBA games, one of the greatest records in history, two more than Milwaukee two years ago, and just one less than Los Angeles last year. The new Celtics were a year older and bolder with young star Dave Cowens at center and Jo Jo White as point guard. Cowens was the team's anchor at center, third in the league in both rebounds and minutes played while scoring 20.5 points per game. A physical, active defender as well, Cowens made NBA observers marvel at his energy level and intensity. At 6' 9, he cast a huge presence for his team. Longtime star John Havlicek was still the team's leader, leading the team in scoring, assists and steals. Along with Cowens up front, Boston had tabbed Paul Silas from Phoenix to take the load off of "Hondo" inside. The results included more shots tried and made, more rebounds and more assists than any other NBA team this season.

In the East, Boston drew an Atlanta team with 46 wins, led again by high scorers Lou Hudson and Pete Maravich, who scored 29.7 and 26.2 points per game respectively. Richie Guerin was again the coach with the small rotation of minutes. Deeper Boston jumped on them big early on to win the series four games to two.

Just under the radar was another tough New York – Baltimore matchup. Both teams had over 50 wins and looked very comparable. Baltimore had added super big man Elvin Hayes to help Wes Unseld on the boards and Archie Clark in the scoring column. Yet the Knicks, with 57 wins, did not play around with the Bullets, winning the series 4-1. The Knicks, with three key big men well past age 30, were supporting All-Pro guard Walt Frazier this year in hopes of one last shot at the top themselves. They again had the league's top defense. Now another hotly debated Boston-New York matchup loomed in the East final.

Boston was again the favorite over New York, though many still remembered New York's underdog romp the year before. Leaving little to chance, Boston pounded them 134-109 at home in Game One. New York repaid the favor in Game Two, 129-96. Then, the Knicks stole one in Boston before a double-overtime contest in Game Four at Madison Square Garden. New York hung on to win that as well. New York was up 3–1, but coach Tom Heinsohn's team rallied to win a one-pointer in Game Five, and then Game Six to force a seventh game. But John Havlicek had a badly injured shoulder, playing with a sling and was now shooting left-handed. Because of Havlicek's injury, New York easily handled Boston to complete the series victory, becoming the 1st NBA road team to win Game 7 after leading series 3–1. It was a tough break for Havlicek, who would burn to return the following year, while New York was back in the NBA Finals for the third time in four years.

Western Conference[edit]

The Lakers got another rebounding title from Wilt Chamberlain, the eleventh of his colossal career. Wilt also sank an unreal 72.7% of his shots, though he continued to shoot less and less. Chamberlain averaged 13.2 points per game, a far cry from his 50 points per game twelve years before. However, Wilt knew he was part of a team concept that was a proven winner. Jerry West and Gail Goodrich were the scorers again, with Jim McMillian the ready third threat. The Lakers lost key rebounder Happy Hairston after 28 games, but brought over rebounding legend Bill Bridges from crumbling Philadelphia. The Lakers eventually won 60 games.

Milwaukee got another huge year from Abdul-Jabbar, who looked again to be the NBA's top player. His 30.2 points per game were second in the league, and he was fourth in rebounds. Only one player, Kansas City's Nate Archibald, scored more points. Only two, Archibald and Seattle's Spencer Haywood, tried more shots. But Abdul-Jabbar sank 55% of his shots, tops among high-scoring NBA shooters, and likely again blocked more shots than any big man in the league. The seven footer also added five assists per game. A balanced cast of Bucks supported Abdul-Jabbar en route to another 60-win campaign, their third straight. But both teams were showing some gray streaks as West, Chamberlain, and Oscar Robertson, all all-time greats, were each clearly approaching the end of remarkable careers. The three 60-win monsters drew most of the attention as playoff time arrived, which again rigidly followed the NBA's four divisions. All of the NBA's eight winning teams neatly made the field.

Los Angeles would again turn away a solid Dick Motta coached Chicago club The series went the full seven games, which showed the Lakers had clearly dropped a couple notches. Game one had been an overtime affair, while LA needed their fourth home game to win Game Seven 95-92. Chicago, like Baltimore and Atlanta, had become the solid second-tier team that could not get past the giants.

Milwaukee looked to be that fourth giant as they met the 47-win Golden State Warriors. Nate Thurmond wanted to prove he could defend the league's best center and he surely did, dropping Abdul-Jabbar's scoring by eight points and shooting by 12% in the series. Rick Barry had finally rejoined his NBA team from five years ago also, and Clyde Lee starred as well helping Thurmond to a 4–2 series win that wasn't really very close. Game Six ended 100–86. Milwaukee's Robertson saw a solid series fall short.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles was resting, having used three 20-point scorers and Chamberlain's dominance inside to brush off Golden State 4-1. Al Attles' Warriors may still have been celebrating their win over Milwaukee. Game Three was a huge 126-70 Laker win in Oakland. The Warriors won Game Four, but all it did was force the series back to Southern California, where the Lakers clinched in Game Five.

The NBA Finals[edit]

The NBA had their third New York – Los Angeles matchup in four years, which marked this remarkable period in media attention. Chamberlain was the giant favorite again at age 36, a role which rarely suited him. Meanwhile, New York used a tandem at center. Thick Willis Reed, sore knees and all, had been kept fresh for the playoffs thanks to Jerry Lucas, primarily a center once again. The two had come to be known as 'Willis Lucas' averaging 22 points and 15 rebounds a game combined during the year. Neither were great shot blockers but both were smart, tough and unselfish, a trait also shared by forward Dave DeBusschere, who was still a very key part of the Knicks success.

Like Robertson, Jerry West reached for the greatness of years past and found some of it gone forever. Earl Monroe eagerly gave Gail Goodrich a better match this time as well. Chamberlain chose not to shoot again, scoring just 10.4 per game in the playoffs for another enigmatic performance that again gave his opponents their opening.

Los Angeles edged out a win in Game One at home. After that, the team concept of New York took over to win the remaining four games. It was clearly revenge for the year before. In a year highlighted by the graying of some of the game's greatest players, New York's three big men had keyed an impressive title run past tough rivals and two 60-win teams to cap impressive careers. For Chamberlain and West, it was one more runner-up finish for the road.

Final standings[edit]

By division[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Boston Celtics 68 14 .829 33–6 32–8 3–0 18–4
x-New York Knicks 57 25 .695 11 35–6 21–18 1–1 16–6
Buffalo Braves 21 61 .256 47 14–27 6–31 1–3 8–14
Philadelphia 76ers 9 73 .110 59 5–26 2–36 2–11 2–20
Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Baltimore Bullets 52 30 .634 24–9 21–17 7–4 17–5
x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561 6 28–13 17–23 1–0 10–12
Houston Rockets 33 49 .402 19 14–14 10–28 9–7 9–13
Cleveland Cavaliers 32 50 .390 20 20–21 10–27 2–2 8–14


Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Milwaukee Bucks 60 22 .732 33–5 25–15 2–2 15–5
x-Chicago Bulls 51 31 .622 9 29–12 20–19 2–0 10–10
Detroit Pistons 40 42 .488 20 26–15 13–25 1–2 9–11
Kansas City–Omaha Kings 36 46 .439 24 24–17 12–29 6–14


Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 60 22 .732 30–11 28–11 2–0 22–4
x-Golden State Warriors 47 35 .573 13 27–14 18–20 2–1 14–12
Phoenix Suns 38 44 .463 22 22–19 15–25 1–0 14–12
Seattle SuperSonics 26 56 .317 34 16–25 10–29 0–2 9–17
Portland Trail Blazers 21 61 .256 39 13–28 8–32 0–1 6–20


By conference[edit]

# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Boston Celtics 68 14 .829
2 x-New York Knicks 57 25 .695
3 y-Baltimore Bullets 52 30 .634
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561
5 Houston Rockets 33 49 .402
6 Cleveland Cavaliers 32 50 .390
7 Buffalo Braves 21 61 .256
8 Philadelphia 76ers 9 73 .110
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Milwaukee Bucks 60 22 .732
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 60 22 .732
3 x-Chicago Bulls 51 31 .622
4 x-Golden State Warriors 47 35 .573
5 Detroit Pistons 40 42 .488
6 Phoenix Suns 38 44 .463
7 Kansas City–Omaha Kings 36 46 .439
8 Seattle SuperSonics 26 56 .317
9 Portland Trail Blazers 21 61 .256


Notes

  • z, y – division champions
  • x – clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Nate Archibald Kansas City-Omaha Kings 34.0
Rebounds per game Wilt Chamberlain Los Angeles Lakers 18.6
Assists per game Nate Archibald Kansas City-Omaha Kings 11.4
FG% Wilt Chamberlain Los Angeles Lakers .727
FT% Rick Barry Golden State Warriors .902

NBA awards[edit]

Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on NBA.com

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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