Milwaukee Bucks 1971 Championship
BACK ROW: Trainer Arnie Garber, Greg Smith, Marvin Winkler, Jeff Webb, Bob Grecean, Gary Freeman, Assistant Coach Tom Nissalke, Head Coach Larry Costello. FRONT ROW: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jon McGlocklin, Lucius Allen, McCoy McLemore, Bill Zompf, Bob Dandridge, Oscar Robertson, Dick Cunningham.
No expansion team in pro sports history earned a championship quicker than the Bucks, who captured the 1971 NBA title in just their third season of existence. The 1970-71 Bucks posted a 66-16 regular-season mark under Coach Larry Costello. In the postseason, they beat San Francisco (4-1) and the Los Angeles Lakers (4-1) before sweeping Baltimore in four straight for the title.
REGULAR SEASON (66-16) - 1ST, MIDWEST DIVISION - PLAYOFFS (12-2, CHAMPIONS)
|In the first season of the NBA’s four-division alignment, the Bucks ran away with the Midwest division, setting an NBA record (since broken) of 66 wins. The Bucks also set NBA records for home wins (34), road wins (28), field goal percentage (.509), field goals made (3,972) and assists (2,249).|
|From Feb. 6-March 8, 1971, the Bucks won 20 straight games, an NBA record (since broken).|
|Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the league’s MVP, leading the NBA in scoring with 31.7 ppg. He finished second in FG% (.577) and fourth in rebounds (16.0).|
|Oscar Robertson, in his first season with the Bucks, dished a then-team-record 668 assists and was named an All-Star for the 11th consecutive year.|
|On April 4, 1971, the Bucks beat San Francisco 136-86, marking their biggest playoff win.|
|The Bucks dispatched San Francisco and Los Angeles in five games and blasted Baltimore in four straight for the NBA Championship, marking only the second time in league history that the title series ended in a sweep.|
|In winning the World Championship in only their third season, the Bucks went further, faster, than any expansion team in the history of major professional sports.|
Beat San Francisco, Conference Semifinals, 4-1
Beat Los Angeles, Conference Finals, 4-1
Beat Baltimore, NBA Championship Finals, 4-0
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA All-Star Team, All-NBA Team, and All-Defensive Second Team
Oscar Robertson – NBA All-Star Team and All-NBA Second Team