1973–74 Milwaukee Bucks season

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1973–74 Milwaukee Bucks season
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coachLarry Costello
ArenaMilwaukee Arena
Results
Record59–23 (.720)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finishNBA Finals
(Lost to Celtics 3–4)

Local media
TelevisionWISN-TV
RadioWTMJ
< 1972–73 1974–75 >

The 1973–74 Milwaukee Bucks season was the sixth season for the Bucks. It would also be Oscar Robertson’s last season in the league. This would be the most recent season that the Bucks clinch the best record in the league until the 2018–19 NBA season.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 16 Swen Nater C  Netherlands UCLA
4 59 Clyde Turner  United States Minnesota
4 67 Harry Rogers  United States St. Louis
5 85 Larry Jackson  United States Northern Illinois
6 101 James Floyd  United States Shaw
7 119 Eddie Childress  United States Austin Peay State
8 135 Walter McGrary  United States Tennessee-Chattanooga
9 150 Bob Vacca  United States Quinnipiac
10 164 Ron Battle  United States Sam Houston State

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Roster

Roster listing
Milwaukee Bucks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 33 Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 225 lb (102 kg) UCLA
PG 42 Allen, Lucius Injured 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) UCLA
C 19 Cunningham, Dick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Murray State
SF 10 Dandridge, Bob 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Norfolk State
G 20 Davis, Mickey 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Duquesne
F 7 Driscoll, Terry 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Boston College
G 24 Garrett, Dick 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Southern Illinois
F 21 Lee, Russ 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Marshall
SG 14 McGlocklin, Jon 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Indiana
F 18 Perry, Curtis 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Missouri State
PG 1 Robertson, Oscar 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Cincinnati
C 35 Warner, Cornell 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jackson State
G 12 Williams, Ron 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 188 lb (85 kg) West Virginia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Regular season

Season standings

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Milwaukee Bucks 59 23 .720 31–7 24–16 4–0 14–6
x-Chicago Bulls 54 28 .659 5 32–9 21–19 1–0 13–7
x-Detroit Pistons 52 30 .634 7 29–12 23–17 0–1 9–11
Kansas City–Omaha Kings 33 49 .402 26 20–21 13–28 4–16


# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Milwaukee Bucks 59 23 .720
2 x-Chicago Bulls 54 28 .659 5
3 x-Detroit Pistons 52 30 .634 7
4 y-Los Angeles Lakers 47 35 .573 12
5 Golden State Warriors 44 38 .537 15
6 Seattle SuperSonics 36 46 .439 23
7 Kansas City–Omaha Kings 33 49 .402 26
8 Phoenix Suns 30 52 .366 29
9 Portland Trail Blazers 27 55 .329 32

Record vs. opponents

1973–74 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS BUF CAP CHI CLE DET GSW HOU KCO LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SEA
Atlanta 1–5 2–4 4–4 1–3 4–3 0–4 1–3 5–2 1–3 4–0 1–3 1–5 3–3 1–3 2–2 4–0
Boston 5–1 5–2 2–4 2–2 4–2 3–1 3–1 4–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 5–2 7–1 3–1 4–0 2–2
Buffalo 4–2 2–5 3–3 1–3 5–1 1–3 1–3 4–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 4–4 6–1 3–1 3–1 2–2
Capital 4–4 4–2 3–3 1–3 6–1 2–2 3–1 4–3 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–3 4–2 2–2 3–1 2–2
Chicago 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 5–2 4–2 4–0 5–2 1–5 3–3 2–2 3–1 4–2 4–2 4–2
Cleveland 3–4 2–4 1–5 1–6 0–4 2–2 0–4 4–4 0–4 3–1 0–4 1–5 5–1 1–3 4–0 2–2
Detroit 4–0 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–5 2–2 5–1 3–1 4–2 4–2 3–4 1–3 2–2 6–0 5–1 5–1
Golden State 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–3 2–4 4–0 1–5 4–0 3–3 4–2 3–3 1–3 3–1 5–2 3–4 3–3
Houston 2–5 2–4 2–4 3–4 0–4 4–4 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–4 4–2 4–2 2–2 3–1 1–3
Kansas City-Omaha 3–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–5 4–0 2–4 3–3 2–2 1–5 0–7 1–3 1–3 4–2 4–2 2–4
Los Angeles 0–4 2–2 4–0 2–2 5–1 1–3 2–4 2–4 2–2 5–1 4–2 2–2 4–0 4–2 4–3 4–3
Milwaukee 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–3 4–0 4–3 3–3 4–0 7–0 2–4 2–2 4–0 5–1 6–0 4–2
New York 5–1 2–5 4–4 3–3 2–2 5–1 3–1 3–1 2–4 3–1 2–2 2–2 4–3 3–1 2–2 4–0
Philadelphia 3–3 1–7 1–6 2–4 1–3 1–5 2–2 1–3 2–4 3–1 0–4 0–4 3–4 3–1 2–2 0–4
Phoenix 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–4 3–1 0–6 2–5 2–2 2–4 2–4 1–5 1–3 1–3 3–3 4–3
Portland 2–2 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–4 0–4 1–5 4–3 1–3 2–4 3–4 0–6 2–2 2–2 3–3 3–3
Seattle 0–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–4 2–2 1–5 3–3 3–1 4–2 3–4 2–4 0–4 4–0 3–4 3–3

Game log

1973–74 game log
Total: 59–23 (Home: 0–0; Road: 1–0)
October: 5–0 (Home: 4–0; Road: 1–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
1 October 12, 1973 @ Phoenix W 107–84 Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum 1-0
2 October 13, 1973 @ Golden State W 97–85 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena 2-0
4 October 17, 1973 Golden State W 109–95 Milwaukee Arena 3–1
6 October 20, 1973 Cleveland W 101–88 Milwaukee Arena 4–1
7 October 24, 1973 Buffalo W 130—113 Milwaukee Arena 5–1
November: 2–1 (Home: 2–1; Road: 0–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
12 November 3, 1973 Detroit W 123—115 OT Milwaukee Arena 11–1
13 November 7, 1973 Los Angeles W 109—92 Milwaukee Arena 12–1
19 November 22, 1973 Golden State L 105–108 Milwaukee Arena 15–4
December: 0–0 (Home: 0–0; Road: 0–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
January: 0–0 (Home: 0–0; Road: 0–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
February: 0–0 (Home: 0–0; Road: 0–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
March: 0–0 (Home: 0–0; Road: 0–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
April: 0–0 (Home: 0–0; Road: 0–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
1973–74 schedule

Playoffs

1974 playoff game log
Conference Semifinals: 4–1 (Home: 3–0; Road: 1–1)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Series
1 March 29 Los Angeles W 99–95 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (35) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (21) Oscar Robertson (9) Milwaukee Arena
10,938
1–0
2 March 31 Los Angeles W 109–90 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (32) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (25) Oscar Robertson (9) Milwaukee Arena
10,938
2–0
3 April 2 @ Los Angeles L 96–98 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (29) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (15) Oscar Robertson (16) The Forum
17,505
2–1
4 April 4 @ Los Angeles W 112–90 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (31) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (16) Oscar Robertson (9) The Forum 3–1
5 April 7 Los Angeles W 114–92 Ron Williams (22) Cornell Warner (17) Abdul-Jabbar, Robertson (8) Milwaukee Arena
10,938
4–1
Conference Finals: 4–0 (Home: 2–0; Road: 2–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Series
1 April 16 Chicago W 101–85 Abdul-Jabbar, Dandridge (25) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) Oscar Robertson (10) Milwaukee Arena
10,938
1–0
2 April 18 @ Chicago W 113–111 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (44) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (21) Oscar Robertson (8) Chicago Stadium
17,787
2–0
3 April 20 Chicago W 113–90 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (32) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (14) Oscar Robertson (12) Milwaukee Arena
10,938
3–0
4 April 22 @ Chicago W 115–99 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24) Oscar Robertson (10) Chicago Stadium
12,762
4–0
NBA Finals: 3–4 (Home: 1–3; Road: 2–1)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Series
1 April 28 Boston L 83–98 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (35) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (14) Oscar Robertson (8) Milwaukee Arena
10,938
0–1
2 April 30 Boston W 105–96 (OT) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (36) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (15) Oscar Robertson (9) Milwaukee Arena
10,938
1–1
3 May 3 @ Boston L 83–95 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (26) Abdul-Jabbar, Warner (10) Abdul-Jabbar, Robertson (5) Boston Garden
15,320
1–2
4 May 5 @ Boston W 97–89 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (34) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (14) Oscar Robertson (9) Boston Garden
15,320
2–2
5 May 7 Boston L 87–96 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (37) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (11) Jon McGlocklin (8) Milwaukee Arena
10,938
2–3
6 May 10 @ Boston W 102–101 (2OT) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (34) four players tied (8) Oscar Robertson (10) Boston Garden
15,320
3–3
7 May 12 Boston L 87–102 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (26) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (13) Oscar Robertson (11) Milwaukee Arena
10,938
3–4
1974 schedule

Player statistics

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

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 81
Lucius Allen 72
Dick Cunningham 8
Bob Dandridge 71
Mickey Davis
Terry Driscoll
Dick Garrett
Russ Lee
Jon McGlocklin 79
Curtis Perry
Oscar Robertson 70
Cornell Warner
Ron Williams

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 16
Bob Dandridge 16
Mickey Davis
Terry Driscoll
Dick Garrett
Russ Lee
Jon McGlocklin 14
Curtis Perry
Oscar Robertson 16
Cornell Warner
Ron Williams

Awards and Records

Transactions

Free agents

Player Signed Former team
Cornell Warner November 5, 1973 Cleveland Cavaliers
Dick Garrett January 8, 1974 New York Knicks

References

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