1975 NBA Finals


1975 NBA Finals

NBA Finals summary


caption =
year = 1975
runnerup = Washington Bullets
runnerup_coach = K.C. Jones
runnerup_games = 0
champion = Golden State Warriors
champion_coach = Al Attles
champion_games = 4
date= May 18 - May 25
MVP = Rick Barry
(Golden State Warriors)
television = CBS (U.S.)
announcers = Brent Musberger and Oscar Robertson
HOFers = Rick Barry, Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld
radio_network =
radio_announcers =
referees_1 =
referees_2 =
referees_3 =
referees_4 =
ECF result = Bullets defeat Celtics, 4-2
WCF result = Warriors defeat Bulls, 4-3

The 1975 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1974-75 NBA season of the National Basketball Association. The Golden State Warriors (48-34) of the Western Conference played against the Washington Bullets (60-22) of the Eastern Conference. The series was played under a best-of-seven format.

The Warriors' home games were played at Cow Palace in San Francisco due to scheduling conflicts at their normal home court of Oakland Arena during the week of May 19-26. In addition, an odd scheduling format had to be used because Golden State could not secure Cow Palace for Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-26). A "Sports Illustrated" article about the series reported that Washington, which held home court advantage, was given the option of a 1-2-2-1-1 scheduling format due to Golden State's problems or, if they wished, opening on the road and then having Games 2, 3, and 4 at home. Washington opted for the 1-2-2-1-1 format not out of a sense of fairness, but because they wanted to open the series at home. [ [https://www.nbrpa.com/news/editorial/chenier_oneonone.aspx Legends of Basketball - Where Are They Now? ] ]

The series is notable as it was the first championship game or series in any of the four North American major professional sports leagues to feature two African American head coaches or managers, as Al Attles coached the Warriors and K.C. Jones coached the Bullets. [cite web | url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs06/news/story?id=2754837 | title=Dungy to evaluate future in coming days | work=ESPN.com | date=2007-02-05 | accessdate=2007-02-05]

The underdog Warriors won four close games in a row to earn a sweep over the Bullets.

eries Summary

"Golden State Warriors defeated Washington Bullets, 4 games to 0." [cite web |url=http://www.nba.com/history/finals/19741975.html |title=Barry’s Warriors Produce Epic Upset |accessdate=2007-05-27 |work=NBA.com]

Game 1

Coming off a tough seven-game conference finals win over the Chicago Bulls, the Warriors were somewhat haggard, but built a 14-point lead in the first half over the Bullets at the Capital Centre. The Bullets began to storm back, but Phil Smith came off the bench to score 20 points in 31 minutes of playing time as Golden State took the first game, 101-95.

Game 2

Instead of their familiar Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the Warriors were forced to play their first two scheduled home games of the series at the nearby Cow Palace (the Oakland facility being unavailable). The Bullets jumped to an early 13-point lead, but Golden State battled back, led by 36 points from Rick Barry, to take a 92-91 lead in the closing seconds. Washington got the ball back with six seconds left but missed two shots and now were down 2-0.

Game 3

Rick Barry poured in 38 points and backup center George Johnson had 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench to help the Warriors to a key Game 3 109-101 win.

Two major factors enabling the Warriors to take an insurmountable lead were the defensive play of the seemingly undersized Jamaal Wilkes on Bullets' power forward Elvin Hayes and the play of the Warrior bench. In three games, Hayes had only 29 points and the Warriors' bench players had outscored the Bullets' reserves 115-53.

Game 4

Back at home, the Bullets seemed to be on their way to staving off an unexpected sweep by the underdog Warriors, leading by 14 points early on. Bullets forward Mike Riordan was assigned to guard Rick Barry, who had killed the Bullets in the series up to that point by averaging 35 points a game. Riordan played Barry very physical, arousing the ire of Warriors' coach Al Attles. Midway through the first quarter, Barry went on a drive to the basket and was fouled hard from behind by Riordan. Barry reacted with a shove, but Attles bolted onto the court and initiated a fight of his own with Riordan, thereby protecting his star player from an ejection and getting ejected himself.

After the brawl, Barry immediately went on a scoring tear, but had to endure boos and taunts from the Capital Centre crowd. His performance, along with the Warriors' pressure defense, brought them back and guard Butch Beard scored the last seven points of the game, including two free throws to make the final score 96-95.

Team rosters

Navbox
navbar=plain
titlestyle = background:#17319c; color:yellow;
title = Golden State Warriors 1974-75 NBA Champions
list1 =

10 Johnson !15 Dudley !20 Smith !21 Beard !22 Bracey !23 Mullins !24 Barry (Finals MVP) !32 Bridges !34 Kendrick !40 Dickey !41 Wilkes !44 Ray !52 Johnson !Coach Attles

ee also

*1975 NBA Playoffs

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • NBA Finals MVP Award — Trophäe Der Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award wird seit 1969 an den besten Spieler der Finalserie der National Basketball Association vergeben. Im Jahr 2009 entschied NBA Commissioner David Stern die Trophäe nach Bill Russell zu… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • NBA Finals — Logo of the NBA Finals. Further information: List of NBA champions The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The series was named the NBA World Championship Series until 1986. The series is played… …   Wikipedia

  • NBA Finals — National Basketball Association (NBA) Sportart Basketball Gründungsjahr 1946 erste Saison 1946/47 Mannschaften 30 Teams …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 1975 NBA Playoffs — The 1975 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association s 1974 1975 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors defeating the Eastern Conference champion… …   Wikipedia

  • NBA Finals MVP — Der Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award wird seit 1969 an den besten Spieler der Finalserie der National Basketball Association vergeben. Im Jahr 2009 entschied NBA Commissioner David Stern die Trophäe nach Bill Russell zu benennen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award — Der Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award wird seit 1969 an den besten Spieler der Finalserie der National Basketball Association vergeben. Im Jahr 2009 entschied NBA Commissioner David Stern die Trophäe nach Bill Russell zu benennen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • NBA Finals MVP Award — National Basketball Association Finals Most Valuable Player Award Le trophée NBA Finals Most Valuable Player récompense le joueur ayant montré le meilleur jeu durant les Finales NBA. Cette récompense revient presque toujours à un joueur de l… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award — National Basketball Association Finals Most Valuable Player Award Le trophée NBA Finals Most Valuable Player récompense le joueur ayant montré le meilleur jeu durant les Finales NBA. Cette récompense revient presque toujours à un joueur de l… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • 1976 NBA Finals — Team Coach Wins Boston Celtics Tom Heinsohn 4 Phoenix Suns John MacLeod 2 Dates …   Wikipedia

  • 2011 NBA Finals — Team Coach Wins Dallas Mavericks Rick Carlis …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.