1970–71 Baltimore Bullets season

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1970–71 Baltimore Bullets season
Eastern Conference Champions
Head coach Gene Shue
Arena Baltimore Civic Center
Results
Record 42–40 (.512)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(Eliminated 0-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WBAL-TV
Radio WBAL Radio
< 1969–70 1971–72 >

The 1970-71 season was the Bullets 10th season in the NBA. The NBA divided itself into 4 divisions as the Bullets were placed in the Central Division inside the Eastern Conference.[1] Despite playing close to .500 basketball all season, the Bullets would capture the Central Division with a 42-40 record.[1]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1970 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Wes Unseld George Johnson Jim Barnes
PF Gus Johnson Dorie Murrey Dennis Stewart
SF Jack Marin John Tresvant Al Tucker
SG Fred Carter Kevin Loughery Gary Zeller
Eddie Miles
PG Earl Monroe

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Baltimore Bullets 42 40 .512 -
Atlanta Hawks 36 46 .439 6
Cincinnati Royals 33 49 .402 9
Cleveland Cavaliers 15 67 .183 27

[2]

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

In the playoffs the Bullets would get off to a quick start as they grabbed a 3-1 series lead over the Philadelphia 76ers. However, the Bullets would find themselves in a 7th game and that game the Bullets would emerge victorious 128-120.[1] The Bullets would face the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bullets would finally break through in Game 5 and break the tie in the series by beating the Knicks at Madison Square Garden 89-84.[1] The Bullets would have a chance to close the series out at home, but the Knicks would bounce back with a 113-96 win to force a 7th and deciding game in New York. In the seventh game, the Bullets would triumph, winning in New York by 2 points to reach the NBA Finals.[1] However, the Bullets would be swept in 4 straight games by the Milwaukee Bucks.

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(C1) Baltimore Bullets vs. (A2) Philadelphia 76ers: Bullets win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Baltimore: Philadelphia 126, Baltimore 112
  • Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Baltimore 119, Philadelphia 107
  • Game 3 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 111, Philadelphia 103
  • Game 4 @ Philadelphia: Baltimore 120, Philadelphia 105
  • Game 5 @ Baltimore: Philadelphia 104, Baltimore 103
  • Game 6 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 98, Baltimore 84
  • Game 7 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 128, Philadelphia 120

East Conference Finals[edit]

(A1) New York Knicks vs. (C1) Baltimore Bullets: Bullets win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ New York: New York 112, Baltimore 111
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 107, Baltimore 88
  • Game 3 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 114, New York 88
  • Game 4 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 101, New York 80
  • Game 5 @ New York: New York 89, Baltimore 84
  • Game 6 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 113, New York 96
  • Game 7 @ New York: Baltimore 93, New York 91

NBA Finals[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 21 Milwaukee 98-88 Baltimore
Game 2 April 25 Baltimore 83-102 Milwaukee
Game 3 April 28 Milwaukee 107-99 Baltimore
Game 4 April 30 Baltimore 106-118 Milwaukee

Bucks win series 4-0

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]