1970–71 New York Knicks season

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1970–71 New York Knicks season
Head coach Red Holzman
General manager Red Holzman
Arena Madison Square Garden
Results
Record 52–30 (.634)
Place Division: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Finals
(Eliminated 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WOR-TV
Manhattan Cable Television
Radio WNBC
< 1969–70 1971–72 >

The 1970–71 New York Knicks season was the 24th season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). New York entered the season as the defending NBA champions, having won the 1970 NBA Finals. In the 1970–71 regular season, the Knicks finished in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 52–30 record, and qualified for the NBA Playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.[1]

New York began its NBA title defense with a 4–1 series victory over the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 1971 NBA Playoffs. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Baltimore Bullets defeated the Knicks in seven games, ending the team's chances for a repeat championship.[2]

Draft picks[edit]

Note: This is not an extensive list; it only covers the first and second rounds, and any other players picked by the franchise that played at least one game in the league.[3]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 17 Mike Price G  United States Illinois
2 34 Howie Wright G  United States Austin Peay
8 136 Greg Fillmore C  United States Cheyney State)

Roster[edit]

1970–71 New York Knicks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 12 Barnett, Dick 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1936-10-02 Tennessee State
SF 24 Bradley, Bill 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1943-07-28 Princeton
PF 22 DeBusschere, Dave 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1940-10-16 Detroit
PG 10 Frazier, Walt 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1945-03-29 Southern Illinois
PF 18 Jackson, Phil 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1945-09-17 North Dakota
G 5 Price, Mike 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1948-09-11 Illinois
C 19 Reed, Willis (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1942-06-25 Grambling State
SG 6 Riordan, Mike 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1945-07-09 Providence
SF 33 Russell, Cazzie 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1944-06-07 Michigan
SF 9 Stallworth, Dave 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1941-12-20 Wichita State
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT GB
New York Knicks 52 30 .634
Philadelphia 76ers 47 35 .573 5
Boston Celtics 44 38 .537 8
Buffalo Braves 22 60 .268 30

[4]

# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-New York Knicks 52 30 .634
2 y-Baltimore Bullets 42 40 .512
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 47 35 .573
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 36 46 .439
5 Boston Celtics 44 38 .537
6 Cincinnati Royals 33 49 .402
7 Buffalo Braves 22 60 .268
8 Cleveland Cavaliers 15 67 .183


z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1970–71 NBA records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CIN CLE DET LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SDR SFW SEA
Atlanta 3–3 2–4 3–1 1–4 2–4 4–0 0–5 3–2 1–4 3–3 4–2 1–4 2–2 2–3 2–3 3–2
Baltimore 3–3 3–3 3–1 2–3 3–3 4–0 2–3 2–3 1–4 2–4 3–3 3–2 2–2 4–1 2–3 3–2
Boston 4–2 3–3 4–0 4–1 4–2 3–1 2–3 3–2 0–5 0–6 4–2 2–3 2–2 3–2 3–2 3–2
Buffalo 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 5–7 1–5 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–4 1–3 6–6 1–3 1–3 1–3
Chicago 4–1 3–2 1–4 4–0 4–0 4–0 3–3 2–4 1–5 3–2 3–2 3–3 3–1 6–0 4–2 3–2
Cincinnati 4–2 3–3 2–4 4–0 0–4 5–1 1–4 1–4 1–4 2–4 1–5 1–4 4–0 1–3 2–3 1–4
Cleveland 0–4 0–4 1–3 7–5 0–4 1–5 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–4 2–10 0–4 1–3 0–4
Detroit 5–0 3–2 3–2 5–1 3–3 4–1 2–2 2–3 1–5 2–3 2–3 2–4 3–1 4–2 1–4 3–1
Los Angeles 2–3 3–2 2–3 2–2 4–2 4–1 4–0 3–2 1–4 3–2 3–2 2–4 4–0 3–3 4–2 4–2
Milwaukee 4–1 4–1 5–0 4–0 5–1 4–1 4–0 5–1 4–1 1–4 4–1 4–2 3–1 4–1 6–0 5–1
New York 3–3 4–2 6–0 2–2 2–3 4–2 4–0 3–2 2–3 4–1 2–4 4–1 3–1 4–1 3–2 2–3
Philadelphia 2–4 3–3 2–4 4–0 2–3 5–1 3–1 3–2 2–3 1–4 4–2 3–2 4–0 3–2 3–2 3–2
Phoenix 4–1 2–3 3–2 3–1 3–3 4–1 4–0 4–2 4–2 2–4 1–4 2–3 4–0 2–4 3–2 3–2
Portland 2–2 2–2 2–2 6–6 1–3 0–4 10–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–4
San Diego 3–2 1–4 2–3 3–1 0–6 3–1 4–0 2–4 3–3 1–4 1–4 2–3 4–2 4–0 2–4 5–1
San Francisco 3–2 3–2 2–3 3–1 2–4 3–2 3–1 4–1 2–4 0–6 2–3 2–3 2–3 3–1 4–2 3–3
Seattle 2–3 2–3 2–3 3–1 2–3 4–1 4–0 1–3 2–4 1–5 3–2 2–3 2–3 4–2 1–5 3–3

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(A1) New York Knicks vs. (C2) Atlanta Hawks: Knicks win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ New York: New York 112, Atlanta 101
  • Game 2 @ New York: Atlanta 113, New York 104
  • Game 3 @ Atlanta: New York 110, Atlanta 95
  • Game 4 @ Atlanta: New York 113, Atlanta 107
  • Game 5 @ New York: New York 111, Atlanta 107

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

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 records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York Knickerbockers Franchise Index". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ "1970–71 New York Knickerbockers Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ "1970 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ "1970–71 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  5. ^ a b "All-NBA & All-ABA Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "NBA & ABA All-Defensive Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved August 10, 2013.