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1974 NBA Finals: Boston vs Milwaukee Game 7
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1974 Finals Game 7 Boston Celtics@Milwaukee Bucks Oscar Robertson last game!
Published: 2016/11/25
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NBA 1974 1975 Finals 18 05 1975 Golden State Warriors Washington Bullets G1
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1974 Finals Game 7 Boston Celtics@Milwaukee Bucks - Oscar Robertson last game!
Published: 2014/10/30
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Bucks double OT win with Kareem hook 1974
Bucks double OT win with Kareem hook 1974
Published: 2009/03/17
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1974 NBA Finals: Boston vs Milwaukee Game 6
1974 NBA Finals: Boston vs Milwaukee Game 6
Published: 2008/05/09
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1974 - Finals Championships 1974
1974 - Finals Championships 1974
Published: 2015/09/28
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1973 Finals Game 5 New York Knicks@ Los Angeles Lakers
1973 Finals Game 5 New York Knicks@ Los Angeles Lakers
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Kareem (26-13-4) & Oscar (6-3-11) 1974 Finals Gm 7 vs. Celtics - Oscar's Last Game
Published: 2015/09/20
Channel: The NBA Showtime
1976 NBA Finals Game 5 - "The Greatest Game Ever Played"
1976 NBA Finals Game 5 - "The Greatest Game Ever Played"
Published: 2016/05/26
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1974 NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics vs Buffalo Braves
1974 NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics vs Buffalo Braves
Published: 2008/05/09
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Golden State Warriors 1974-75 NBA World Champions
Published: 2006/11/09
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John Havlicek (16-9-6) & Dave Cowens (28-14-4) 1974 Finals Gm 7 vs. Bucks - 1st Ring without Russell
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: The NBA Showtime
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Kareem (34-6-4) & Oscar (18-10-3) 1974 Finals Gm 6 vs. Celtics - Kareem Game Winning Sky Hook
Published: 2015/09/19
Channel: The NBA Showtime
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1974 - 1975 NBA Finals feature
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1976 NBA Finals G5 - Suns @ Celtics (3OT)
1976 NBA Finals G5 - Suns @ Celtics (3OT)
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1976 Finals Game 6 Boston Celtics@Phoenix Suns -
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1975 NBA Finals: Golden State vs Washington
1975 NBA Finals: Golden State vs Washington
Published: 2008/05/08
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John Havlicek (36-9-4) & Dave Cowens (13-8-2) 1974 Finals Gm 6 vs. Bucks - Clutch Duel with Kareem
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: The NBA Showtime
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NBA Finals 1987 Celtics at Lakers Game 6 (full)
Published: 2017/06/14
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Phoenix @ Boston NBA Finals 1976 Game 5 the crazy end!
Published: 2012/12/01
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Final 2 Minutes of the 1985 NBA Finals Game 6 Lakers at Celtics.
Published: 2013/08/07
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1975 Bullets @ Warriors Game 3 1st Half
1975 Bullets @ Warriors Game 3 1st Half
Published: 2013/07/07
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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
NBA Finals 1974 Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 6 and Game 7
NBA Finals 1974 Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 6 and Game 7
Published: 2016/12/21
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ALL NBA Finals Celebrations 1969-2016
ALL NBA Finals Celebrations 1969-2016
Published: 2016/11/06
Channel: The NBA Showtime
1966 NBA Finals
1966 NBA Finals
Published: 2010/06/16
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1971 NBA Finals Gm. 4 Bucks vs. Bullets (2nd Half)
1971 NBA Finals Gm. 4 Bucks vs. Bullets (2nd Half)
Published: 2012/12/01
Channel: Hal15Greer
NBA - 1986 Finals - Boston Celtics VS Houston Rockets - Game 1 imasportsphile.com
NBA - 1986 Finals - Boston Celtics VS Houston Rockets - Game 1 imasportsphile.com
Published: 2016/10/03
Channel: Rocio Suastegui
1968 NBA Finals Highlights
1968 NBA Finals Highlights
Published: 2013/03/25
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1969 NBA Finals Gm. 7 Celtics vs. Lakers (4th Quarter)
1969 NBA Finals Gm. 7 Celtics vs. Lakers (4th Quarter)
Published: 2012/12/05
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The Celts are Back - 1974 NBA Playoffs
The Celts are Back - 1974 NBA Playoffs
Published: 2017/08/16
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1973 NBA Playoffs ECF Game 4 - Celtics & Knicks Intros
1973 NBA Playoffs ECF Game 4 - Celtics & Knicks Intros
Published: 2013/08/17
Channel: Knicks Brasil
Boston Celtics Title Celebrations 1969-2008 (7 Titles)
Boston Celtics Title Celebrations 1969-2008 (7 Titles)
Published: 2016/10/31
Channel: Celtics Direct
16 - Kareem hooks Celtics in 2OT
16 - Kareem hooks Celtics in 2OT
Published: 2016/06/26
Channel: paderox
Young Kareem OT game winner 1974 Finals Game 6
Young Kareem OT game winner 1974 Finals Game 6
Published: 2016/08/26
Channel: Rumpel Stiltsky
1972 NBA. Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks
1972 NBA. Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks
Published: 2016/06/06
Channel: Nezir Genc
1973-74 Milwaukee Bucks - Almost Perfect
1973-74 Milwaukee Bucks - Almost Perfect
Published: 2012/11/30
Channel: Hal15Greer
NBA Hardwood Classics   Playoffs   14 05 1975   Chicago Bulls   Golden State Warriors   Final   G7
NBA Hardwood Classics Playoffs 14 05 1975 Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors Final G7
Published: 2016/11/01
Channel: upsypar
Pride and Passion: The 1984 NBA Playoffs and Finals
Pride and Passion: The 1984 NBA Playoffs and Finals
Published: 2015/10/23
Channel: off-hand
1971 NBA Finals: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Baltimore Bullets
1971 NBA Finals: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Baltimore Bullets
Published: 2008/05/21
Channel: ginoongkamote
1981 NBA Finals G1. Houston Rockets vs Boston Celtics
1981 NBA Finals G1. Houston Rockets vs Boston Celtics
Published: 2016/06/06
Channel: Nezir Genc
LOS ANGELES LAKERS vs CELTICS NBA FINALS G6 - 1963
LOS ANGELES LAKERS vs CELTICS NBA FINALS G6 - 1963
Published: 2013/07/24
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1978 NBA Finals Game 6 Seattle Supersonics@Washington Bullets
1978 NBA Finals Game 6 Seattle Supersonics@Washington Bullets
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: Karol K
John Havlicek & Kareem Abdul Jabbar • Clutch Shots 1974 Finals Game 6 2OT
John Havlicek & Kareem Abdul Jabbar • Clutch Shots 1974 Finals Game 6 2OT
Published: 2014/12/29
Channel: Brock B
1979 NBA Finals Game 5 Seattle Supersonics@Washington Bullets - the last game without 3p shot
1979 NBA Finals Game 5 Seattle Supersonics@Washington Bullets - the last game without 3p shot
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: Karol K
1983 NBA Finals Game 4 Philadelphia Sixers@Los Angeles Lakers
1983 NBA Finals Game 4 Philadelphia Sixers@Los Angeles Lakers
Published: 2017/03/20
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1977 NBA Finals Game 2 76ers vs Trail Blazers (Julius Erving, Bill Walton)
1977 NBA Finals Game 2 76ers vs Trail Blazers (Julius Erving, Bill Walton)
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: Dzhiger Dzhigerov
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
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1974 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Boston Celtics Tom Heinsohn 4
Milwaukee Bucks Larry Costello 3
Dates April 28–May 12
MVP John Havlicek
(Boston Celtics)
Television CBS (U.S.)
Announcers Pat Summerall, Rick Barry, and Rod Hundley
Referees
Game 6: Darell Garretson and Mendy Rudolph
Game 7 Richie Powers and Mendy Rudolph
Hall of Famers Bucks:
Oscar Robertson (1980)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1995)
Celtics:
Dave Cowens (1991)
John Havlicek (1984)
Don Nelson (2012, coach)
Jo Jo White (2015)
Coaches:
Tom Heinsohn (1986, player/2015, coach)
Officials:
Darell Garretson (2016)
Mendy Rudolph (2007)
Eastern Finals Celtics defeat Knicks, 4–1
Western Finals Bucks defeat Bulls, 4–0
NBA Finals

The 1974 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1973–74 National Basketball Association (NBA) season. The Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeated the Western Conference champion Milwaukee Bucks 4 games to 3 to win the NBA championship.

Background[edit]

Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

The Milwaukee Bucks returned to the NBA Finals after a three-year absence. Some of the cast from the 1971 championship team, such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor), Jon McGlocklin, Bob Dandridge and the retiring Oscar Robertson returned for another title run; however, starting guard Lucius Allen, who averaged 17.6 points and 5.2 assists per game, was injured and did not play in the series. The Bucks eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls in five and four games, respectively, to advance to the Finals.

Boston Celtics[edit]

The Boston Celtics won a franchise record 68 games in the 1972–73 season, but a shoulder injury to John Havlicek quashed their title hopes, as they lost in seven games to the New York Knicks in the conference finals. Havlicek returned healthier for the 1973–74 season, and with Dave Cowens, Paul Silas and Jo Jo White entering the prime of their careers, the Celtics appeared poised for another title run. The Celtics, though winning 12 fewer games than the previous season, made the Finals, defeating the Buffalo Braves in six games before ousting the defending champion Knicks in five games.

Road to the Finals[edit]

Milwaukee Bucks (Western Conference Champion) Boston Celtics (Eastern Conference Champion)
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Milwaukee Bucks 59 23 .720
2 x-Chicago Bulls 54 28 .659 5
3 x-Detroit Pistons 52 30 .634 7
4 y-Los Angeles Lakers 47 35 .573 12
5 Golden State Warriors 44 38 .537 15
6 Seattle SuperSonics 36 46 .439 23
7 Kansas City–Omaha Kings 33 49 .402 26
8 Phoenix Suns 30 52 .366 29
9 Portland Trail Blazers 27 55 .329 32
1st seed in the West, best league record
Regular season
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683
2 x-New York Knicks 49 33 .598 7
3 y-Capital Bullets 47 35 .573 9
4 x-Buffalo Braves 42 40 .512 14
5 Atlanta Hawks 35 47 .427 21
6 Houston Rockets 32 50 .390 24
7 Cleveland Cavaliers 29 53 .354 27
8 Philadelphia 76ers 25 57 .305 31


1st seed in the East, 2nd best league record

Defeated the (4) Los Angeles Lakers, 4–1 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (4) Buffalo Braves, 4–2
Defeated the (2) Chicago Bulls, 4–0 Conference Finals Defeated the (2) New York Knicks, 4–1

Regular season series[edit]

These teams split the four-game season series, each winning once at home and on the road.

Series summary[edit]

Game Date Home team Score Road team
Game 1 Sun. April 28 Milwaukee 83–98 (0–1) Boston
Game 2 Tue. April 30 Milwaukee 105–96 (OT) (1–1) Boston
Game 3 Fri. May 3 Boston 95–83 (2–1) Milwaukee
Game 4 Sun. May 5 Boston 89–97 (2–2) Milwaukee
Game 5 Tue. May 7 Milwaukee 87–96 (2–3) Boston
Game 6 Fri. May 10 Boston 101–102 (2OT) (3–3) Milwaukee
Game 7 Sun. May 12 Milwaukee 87–102 (3–4) Boston

Celtics win series 4–3

Game 1[edit]

Before the series started, Bucks point guard Lucius Allen would be lost for the series with a knee injury. In Game 1, the Celtics took advantage, harassing a 35-year-old Oscar Robertson and Allen's replacement, Ron Williams, into frequent turnovers. The Celtics took a 35–19 lead in the first quarter and never looked back on the way to a 98–83 win in Milwaukee. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 35 points for the Bucks.

Game 2[edit]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 36 points, but more importantly, he took more of a role in running the Bucks' offense from the post, given their backcourt issues. His passing enabled Bob Dandridge to score 24 points.

On the defensive end, Abdul-Jabbar forced Dave Cowens into shooting 3-of-13 from the floor, including a block of a Cowens shot at the end of regulation to force overtime. The Bucks won 105-96 to even the series at a game apiece as it headed to Boston.

This game, played on April 30, was the last NBA Championship Series game played in the month of April to date.

Game 3[edit]

Sensing he was no match for Abdul-Jabbar in the paint, Dave Cowens decided to shoot more from the outside and scored 30 points, despite foul trouble that reduced him to 32 minutes of playing time. The Celtics' press also turned up the heat, forcing 11 first-quarter turnovers and helping Boston to a 21-point lead. With Cowens in foul trouble, seldom-used 7-footer Henry Finkel did an admirable job of spot defense on Abdul-Jabbar, who finished with 26 points. At game's end, the Bucks had turned the ball over 27 times, enough for a 95–83 Boston win. This would be the last time the home team won in the series.

Game 4[edit]

With Ron Williams unable to handle the Celtics' press and shooting guard Jon McGlocklin nursing a sprained ankle, Bucks coach Larry Costello turned to little-used forward Mickey Davis for help in the backcourt. Davis at 6'7" presented matchup problems on offense for Jo Jo White, forcing Celtics coach Tom Heinsohn to assign Don Chaney to guard him. This enabled Oscar Robertson to more effectively set up the Bucks' offense.

Davis contributed 15 points and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shredded the Celtics for 34 points and six assists from the low post. Milwaukee got the lead and kept it down the stretch for a 97–89 win at Boston Garden, thereby regaining homecourt advantage.

Game 5[edit]

The Celtics stole the homecourt advantage back with a 96–87 win in Milwaukee. John Havlicek and Dave Cowens scored 28 points each and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 37 points. They would have a chance to close it out at home in Game 6.

Game 6[edit]

Dave Cowens got into foul trouble early and watched from the bench as Milwaukee took a 12-point lead in the first half. The Celtics were down by six late in the game, but they came back to force overtime. John Havlicek hit a long jumper to tie it at 86–86 with a little over a minute left, then Oscar Robertson was caught in a 24-second violation as time expired. In the first overtime, Milwaukee led 90-88 when Don Chaney got a steal and passed to Havlicek. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was back on defense and forced Havlicek to take a pull-up jumper. Havlicek missed but got the long rebound and scored to send the game into a second overtime.

The second overtime was a furious nip-and-tuck affair, with the lead changing hands 11 times. After Bob Dandridge hit a pair of free throws, Havlicek, who had nine of his team's 11 points in the period, hit a short jumper from the baseline and was fouled by Dandridge. Havlicek hit the foul shot to put the Celtics up 93–92. Then, the frenzied exchange of baskets occurred with neither team leading by more than a point. Abdul-Jabbar hit a skyhook, then Havlicek hit a jumper. Oscar Robertson then scored the next two Bucks baskets, sandwiching a Jo Jo White jumper. Then, Havlicek scored again. On the next possession, Dave Cowens fouled Abdul-Jabbar in the lane, his sixth.

Mickey Davis put the Bucks up 100-99 with a basket with 24 seconds left. With the shot clock turned off, the Celtics worked for a final shot. Coach Tom Heinsohn screamed for a timeout, but with seven seconds left, Havlicek lofted a baseline rainbow over Abdul-Jabbar for a 101–100 lead.

The Bucks called for a timeout, and instead of setting up a play for Abdul-Jabbar, strangely decided to set up a play for a hobbled Jon McGlocklin where Abdul-Jabbar would set a pick from the high post. McGlocklin couldn't get free, however, and Davis was covered as he cut to the basket. Abdul-Jabbar, with the ball, moved to the right of the lane, dribbled to the baseline, and let fly a "sky-hook" from 17 feet which swished in with two seconds left. Jo Jo White put up a failed desperation heave, and that was it. The series was tied at three games apiece and going back to Milwaukee. Havlicek ended with a game-high 36 points and Abdul-Jabbar led the Bucks with 34 points, including the game-winner.

Game 7[edit]

Home court advantage apparently meant very little in this series. The Celtics decided to abandon man-to-man defense and double and triple team Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who still scored 26 points. This freed Dave Cowens more on the offensive end, as he hit 8 of 13 shots in the first half on his way to 28 points and 14 rebounds.John Havlicek added 16 as the Celtics cruised to an easy 102–87 win and their first title in the "post-Bill Russell era."

Aftermath[edit]

Most experts conceded that the injury to Lucius Allen was a key factor. As of 2017, this was the Bucks last appearance in the NBA Finals. It would be nine years before the Bucks, by that point having moved to the Eastern Conference, would advance as far as the Conference Finals -- which they did three times in the 1980s, losing twice to the Celtics.

The Celtics would return to the Finals two years later and win their 13th NBA title. The franchise has since won four more titles.

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Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

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