1971 NBA Championship 40th Anniversary

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.

REGULAR SEASON (66-16) - 1ST, MIDWEST DIVISION - PLAYOFFS (12-2, CHAMPIONS)

Player
G-GS
MIN
FG-FGA
PCT
FT-FTA
PCT
TR
AST
PF-DQ
PTS
AVG

Abdul-Jabbar
82-82
3288
1063-1843
.577
470-681
.690
1311
272
264-4
2596
31.7
Robertson
81-81
3194
592-1193
.496
385-453
.80
462
668
203-0
1569
19.4
Dandridge
79-79
2862
594-1167
.509
264-376
.702
632
277
287-4
1452
18.4
McGlocklin
82-80
2891
574-1073
.535
144-167
.862
223
305
189-0
1292
15.8
Smith
82-79
2428
409-799
.512
141-213
.662
589
227
284-5
959
11.7
McLemore (TOT)
86-48
2254
303-787
.385
204-261
.782
568
206
235-2
810
9.4
McLemore (MIL)
28-1
415
49-133
.368
34-41
.829
105
30
66-1
132
4.7
Boozer
80-5
1775
290-645
.450
148-181
.818
435
128
216-0
728
9.1
Allen
61-3
1162
178-398
.447
77-110
.700
152
161
108-0
433
7.1
Freeman
41-0
335
62-122
.508
28-38
.737
98
31
63-0
152
3.7
Winkler
3-0
14
3-10
.300
2-2
1.000
4
2
3-0
8
2.7
Cunningham
76-0
675
81-195
.415
39-59
.661
2557
43
90-1
201
2.6
Greacen
2-0
43
1-12
.083
3-7
.429
6
13
7-0
5
2.5
Webb
29-0
300
27-78
.346
11-15
.733
24
19
33-0
65
2.2
Zopf
53-0
398
49-135
.363
20-36
.556
46
73
34-0
118
2.2

Bucks
82
19780
3972-7803
.509
1766-2379
.742
4344
2249
1847-15
9710
118.4


Highlights:
  • In the first season of the NBA's four-division alignment, the Bucks run 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 win 20 straight games, an NBA recod (since broken).
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the league's MVP, leading the NBA in scoring with 31.7 ppg. He finishes second in FG percentage (.577) and fourth in rebounds (16.0).
  • Oscar Roberstson, in his first season with the Bucks, dishes a team-record 668 assists and is 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 dispatch San Francisco and Los Angeles in five games and blast Baltimore in four straight for the NBA Championship, marking only the second time in League history that the title series ends in a sweep.
  • In winning the World Championship, the Bucks come further, faster, than any expansion team in the history of major professional sports.
Playoff Record:
Honors:
  • 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, and All-Defensive Second Team
  • Oscar Robertson - NBA All-Star Team and All-NBA Second Team