1972–73 Boston Celtics season

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1972–73 Boston Celtics season
Atlantic Division Champions
Head coach Tom Heinsohn
General manager Red Auerbach
Arena Boston Garden
Results
Record 68–14 (.829)
Place Division: 1st (Atlantic)
Playoff finish East Conference Finals
(eliminated 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WSMW
Radio WBZ
< 1971–72 1973–74 >

The 1972–73 Boston Celtics season was their 27th in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Celtics finished the season with the best record in the league at 68–14. This mark is still the Celtics franchise best. Third-year forward Dave Cowens won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award ahead of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tiny Archibald.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics lost to the eventual NBA champion New York Knicks.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Boston Celtics 68 14 .829 33–6 32–8 3–0 18–4
x-New York Knicks 57 25 .695 11 35–6 21–18 1–1 16–6
Buffalo Braves 21 61 .256 47 14–27 6–31 1–3 8–14
Philadelphia 76ers 9 73 .110 59 5–26 2–36 2–11 2–20
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Boston Celtics 68 14 .829
2 x-New York Knicks 57 25 .695
3 y-Baltimore Bullets 52 30 .634
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561
5 Houston Rockets 33 49 .402
6 Cleveland Cavaliers 32 50 .390
7 Buffalo Braves 21 61 .256
8 Philadelphia 76ers 9 73 .110

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1972–73 NBA Records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CLE DET GSW HOU KCO LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SEA
Atlanta 3–4 1–5 5–1 2–2 3–4 2–2 1–3 4–4 2–2 3–1 1–3 3–3 6–0 3–1 4–0 3–1
Baltimore 4–3 1–5 5–1 0–4 8–0 2–2 3–1 5–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–3 5–1 2–2 4–0 4–0
Boston 5–1 5–1 7–0 3–1 5–1 3–1 3–1 5–1 3–1 4–0 2–2 4–4 7–0 4–0 4–0 4–0
Buffalo 1–5 1–5 0–7 2–2 1–5 1–3 0–4 1–5 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–6 7–1 1–3 2–2 2–2
Chicago 2–2 4–0 1–3 2–2 3–1 3–4 3–3 4–0 5–2 1–5 2–4 3–1 4–0 4–2 5–1 5–1
Cleveland 4–3 0–8 1–5 5–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 4–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 0–6 6–0 1–3 1–3 3–1
Detroit 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 4–3 3–1 2–4 1–3 3–3 1–5 2–5 1–3 3–1 4–2 6–0 2–4
Golden State 3–1 1–3 1–3 4–0 3–3 3–1 4–2 3–1 4–2 3–4 1–5 2–2 4–0 2–4 5–1 4–3
Houston 4–4 2–5 1–5 5–1 0–4 3–4 3–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–5 5–1 2–2 2–2 2–2
Kansas City-Omaha 2–2 1–3 1–3 3–1 2–5 2–2 3–3 2–4 4–0 1–5 1–6 0–4 3–1 3–3 4–2 4–2
Los Angeles 1–3 3–1 0–4 4–0 5–1 3–1 5–1 4–3 3–1 5–1 3–3 2–2 4–0 6–1 6–0 6–0
Milwaukee 3–1 2–2 2–2 4–0 4–2 3–1 5–2 5–1 3–1 6–1 3–3 2–2 3–1 5–1 5–1 5–1
New York 3–3 3–3 4–4 6–1 1–3 6–0 3–1 2–2 5–1 4–0 2–2 2–2 6–1 3–1 3–1 4–0
Philadelphia 0–6 1–5 0–7 1–7 0–4 0–6 1–3 0–4 1–5 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–6 0–4 1–3 1–3
Phoenix 1–3 2–2 0–4 3–1 2–4 3–1 2–4 4–2 2–2 3–3 1–6 1–5 1–3 4–0 5–2 4–2
Portland 0–4 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–5 3–1 0–6 1–5 2–2 2–4 0–6 1–5 1–3 3–1 2–5 3–4
Seattle 1–3 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–5 1–3 4–2 3–4 2–2 2–4 0–6 1–5 0–4 3–1 2–4 4–3

Playoffs[edit]

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Atlanta Hawks: Celtics win series 4–2

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 134, Atlanta 109
  • Game 2 @ Atlanta: Boston 126, Atlanta 113
  • Game 3 @ Boston: Atlanta 118, Boston 105
  • Game 4 @ Atlanta: Atlanta 97, Boston 94
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 108, Atlanta 101
  • Game 6 @ Atlanta: Boston 121, Atlanta 103

East Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 134, New York 108
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 129, Boston 96
  • Game 3 @ Boston: New York 98, Boston 91
  • Game 4 @ New York: New York 117, Boston 110 (2OT)
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 98, New York 97
  • Game 6 @ New York: Boston 110, New York 100
  • Game 7 @ Boston: New York 94, Boston 78

Awards, records and milestones[edit]

References[edit]