1970 NBA Finals

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1970 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
New York Knicks Red Holzman 4
Los Angeles Lakers Joe Mullaney 3
Dates April 24 – May 8
MVP Willis Reed[1]
(New York Knicks)
Television ABC (U.S.)
Announcers Chris Schenkel, Jack Twyman, and Howard Cosell
Radio network Mutual (National)
WHN (NYK)
KABC (LAL)
Announcers Marv Albert and Bob Wolff (NYK)
Chick Hearn and Lynn Shackelford (LAL)
Hall of Famers Knicks:
Willis Reed (1982)
Phil Jackson (2007, coach)
Bill Bradley (1983)
Dave DeBusschere (1983)
Walt Frazier (1987)
Lakers:
Elgin Baylor (1977)
Wilt Chamberlain (1979)
Jerry West (1980)
Coaches:
Red Holzman (1986)
Officials:
Mendy Rudolph (2007)
Eastern Finals Knicks defeat Bucks, 4–1
Western Finals Lakers defeat Hawks, 4–0
NBA Finals

The 1970 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1970 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1969–70 season. The Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks faced the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers in a best-of-seven series that the Knicks won 4 games to 3 for their first NBA title.

The final game of the series was named by ESPN in 2010 as the greatest-ever Game 7 in finals history, featuring a return from injury for Willis Reed.[2]

Background[edit]

Road to the Finals[edit]

Main article: 1970 NBA Playoffs
Los Angeles Lakers (Western Division Champion) New York Knicks (Eastern Division Champion)
Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Atlanta Hawks 48 34 .585 25–13 18–16 5–5 24–16
x-Los Angeles Lakers 46 36 .561 2 27–14 17–21 2–1 24–16
x-Chicago Bulls 39 43 .476 9 23–10 9–25 7–8 22–18
x-Phoenix Suns 39 43 .476 9 22–15 12–25 5–3 24–16
Seattle SuperSonics 36 46 .439 12 22–14 10–26 4–6 14–26
San Francisco Warriors 30 52 .366 18 16–20 14–26 0–6 15–25
San Diego Rockets 27 55 .329 21 21–17 4–33 2–5 17–23

2nd seed in the West, 5th best league record

Regular season
Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-New York Knicks 60 22 .732 30–11 27–10 3–1 28–12
x-Milwaukee Bucks 56 26 .683 4 27–11 24–14 5–1 27–13
x-Baltimore Bullets 50 32 .610 10 25–12 19–18 6–2 21–19
x-Philadelphia 76ers 42 40 .512 18 22–16 16–22 4–2 20–20
Cincinnati Royals 36 46 .439 24 19–13 14–25 3–8 18–22
Boston Celtics 34 48 .415 26 16–21 13–27 5–0 16–24
Detroit Pistons 31 51 .378 29 18–20 10–25 3–6 10-30

1st seed in the East, best league record

Defeated the (4) Phoenix Suns, 4–3 Division Semifinals Defeated the (3) Baltimore Bullets, 4–3
Defeated the (1) Atlanta Hawks, 4–0 Division Finals Defeated the (2) Milwaukee Bucks, 4–1

Series summary[edit]

Game Home Team Score Road Team
Game 1 New York Knicks 124–112 (1–0) Los Angeles Lakers
Game 2 New York Knicks 103–105 (1–1) Los Angeles Lakers
Game 3 Los Angeles Lakers 108–111 OT (1–2) New York Knicks
Game 4 Los Angeles Lakers 121–115 OT (2–2) New York Knicks
Game 5 New York Knicks 107–100 (3–2) Los Angeles Lakers
Game 6 Los Angeles Lakers 135–113 (3–3) New York Knicks
Game 7 New York Knicks 113–99 (4–3) Los Angeles Lakers

Knicks win series 4–3

Source:[3]

Team rosters[edit]

See also[edit]

1969–70 NBA season

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1970 NBA Finals: New York 4 L.A. Lakers 3". Encyclopedia Playoff Edition. NBA. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Reed's game vs. Lakers tops list". ESPN. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "1970 NBA Finals: Lakers vs. Knicks". Basketball-Reference.com. SportsDirect. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 

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