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Topic: 1969 NBA Finals

 National Basketball Association - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The final playoff round, a best-of-seven series between the victors of both conferences, is known as the NBA Finals, held annually in June.
In 1950, the NBA consolidated to eleven franchises, a process that continued until 1954, when the league reached its smallest size of eight franchises, all of which are still in the league (the Knicks, Celtics, Warriors, Lakers, Royals/Kings, Pistons, Hawks, and Nationals/76ers).
Through this period, the NBA continued to strengthen with the shift of the Lakers to Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Warriors to San Francisco, and the Syracuse Nationals to Philadelphia, as well as the addition of its first expansion franchises.
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 NBA Greatest Players - All Time greatest NBA Basketball Players
The Lakers' seven-game defeat at the hands of the Celtics in the 1962 NBA Finals was particularly heartbreaking.
In the 1965 NBA Playoffs, West averaged 40.6 ppg over 11 contests; his 46.3 ppg average against Baltimore in the division finals was a record for a six-game series.
And in the 1970 NBA Finals against New York, West launched the famous bomb that, at least briefly, resuscitated the Lakers.
www.hollywoodsportsbook.com /nbagreats/nbagreatest_jwest.cfm   (2333 words)

 Hoophall | NBA Finals | 1969 Revisited
Though past their prime, the 1969 Boston Celtics taught the Los Angeles Lakers – and their brash owner – a painful Finals lesson in successfully defending their NBA crown.
This is the 30th anniversary of a lesson Cookie learned, although the rest of the NBA had discovered it over the previous 13 seasons when Boston was fashioning what is arguably the greatest dynasty in professional sports history: Don’t give Auerbach and the Celtics any extra incentive to beat you.
The deal was done, and while St. Louis would reach the NBA Finals four times in the next five years and win the title in 1958, Auerbach had the foundation of his dynasty.
www.hoophall.com /history/nba_finals_69.htm   (1752 words)

 The Sports Network - National Basketball Association
Richard Hamilton scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds in 44 minutes of action in Game 6's victory, while Chauncey Billups, who was the 2004 NBA Finals MVP, was 5-of-9 from beyond the arc and ended with 21 points and a game-high six assists.
The last team to rally from a 3-2 deficit in the NBA Finals was the 1994 Houston Rockets, who defeated the New York Knicks in the final two games of that set at home to capture the crown.
The Pistons lost their only Game 7 in franchise history in the NBA Finals, as they were defeated by the Lakers, 108-105, on June 21, 1988 in the decisive contest.
www.sportsnetwork.com /?c=sportsnetwork&page=nba/news/acn3956988.htm   (971 words)

 Nba Finals Tickets
The 2005 NBA Finals is the championship round of the National Basketball Association.
The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player in the NBA Finals that is seen as contributing the most to the series.
Final Fantasy VI Grand Finale is a arranged soundtrack album of video game music from the game ''Final Fantasy VI'', produced by Square Co., Ltd. for the Nintendo Super Famicom (known internationally as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System).
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 NBA History: West's Heroics Can't Deprive Russell of 11th Title
Los Angeles had taken the top seeding in the West with a 55-27 record, and thus had the home-court advantage for the NBA Finals with Boston.
They had lost six previous NBA Finals to the Celtics (once when the Lakers had been based in Minneapolis), and while that would naturally seem to add pressure, West said that wasn't the case in 1969.
West was named the Finals MVP, the first and only time in NBA Finals history that the Most Valuable Player award has gone to a member of a losing team.
www.nba.com /history/finals/19681969.html   (1941 words)

 NBA.com: Where Legends Are Born: Game 7
For his efforts, he was named the Finals MVP as the Lakers became the first team in 19 years to win back-to-back titles, withstanding a furious fourth-quarter rally to top the Pistons 108-105 in Game 7.
The win marked the second time the Celtics had won an NBA title on the road and was the franchise's 13th.
With the lead cut to 103-102 in the final minutes, the ball was knocked away from John Havlicek, into the hands of Don Nelson at the free-throw line.
www.atlantahawks.com /finals2005/game_7s.html   (1802 words)

 The Sporting News: History of the NBA Finals
The NBA league office was so concerned before Game 4 that a league official warned both coaches that violence would not be tolerated.
During the last two games of the conference finals, he was 10 of 33 (30.3 percent) from the field.
McHale, the Celtics became the 16th consecutive NBA champion that failed to successfully defend its title.
tsn.sportingnews.com /archives/nbafinals/1985.html   (1801 words)

 WVU :: Athletics
Also an NBA recordholder for the most free throws made in a single season in 1965-66 with 840, West led the league in scoring four years later in 1970 averaging 31.2 points per game.
While he finally got his only NBA title in 1972, he is considered one of the greatest postseason players in the sport.
The fifth player in NBA history to surpass the 6,000 assist mark, when his professional career ended after the 1974 season, West had finished among the NBA elite in scoring, minutes, field goals and field goal percentage.
www.wvu.edu /~sports/hall_fame/jerry_west.htm   (568 words)

 Tiger Lee Sports.com - Past NBA Finals Series Winner Picks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
No team has won the conference finals as the road team for the series vs. a conference finals opponent that has won back-to-back division titles and gone on to win the NBA Finals unless the road team for the conference finals series has an NBA MVP with NBA Finals experience who starts for the team.
Hawks have NBA Finals revenge versus the Celtics and but their playoff winning percentage is less than 67 percent this season - starting with the conference semifinals.
The Hawks have NBA Finals revenge versus the Celtics who are back-to-back division champs and the Hawks have a playoff winning percentage ≥ 67 percent this season - starting with the conference semifinals.
tigerleesports.com /past_nba_finals_series_winner_picks.htm   (5227 words)

 CNNSI.com - 2001 NBA Playoffs - Hornets break home-court hex, beat Bucks 94-86 - Wednesday May 16, 2001 03:03 AM
Baron Davis added 19 points and had a career-high five 3-pointers for the sixth-seeded Hornets, who handed the Bucks their first loss at the Bradley Center in exactly two months.
Sam Cassell's 3-pointer with 4 1/2 minutes left pulled the Bucks to 85-82, but Mashburn hit two free throws and a layup and Davis swished his fifth 3-pointer as the Hornets took a 92-84 lead with 2:06 left.
The fans finally made some noise with two minutes left in the half when Cassell, bothered by sore ribs since Game 3, made his first basket two minutes before halftime.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /basketball/nba/2001/playoffs/news/2001/05/15/hornets_bucks_ap   (1061 words)

 The Los Angeles Lakers - The Lake Show   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Retired on November 9, 1983 in honor of Wilt Chamberlain, a memeber of the 1971-72 championship team that won an NBA record 33 consecutive games and a then-NBA record 69 contests overall (averaged 14.8 points and team-leading 19.2 rebounds that season)...
led the NBA in assists five consecutive seasons (1982-83 thru 1986-87), highlighted by a career-high and single-season club record of 13.1 during the 1983-84 campaign...
Retired on December 10, 1995 in honor of James Worthy who was named Most Valuable Player of the 1988 NBA Finals (22.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists)...
www.lakerhoops.net /retired.html   (1287 words)

 The Sports Century - 1960 - 1969   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
It was the final game of the Yankees season and the stands were only half full when Roger Maris hit his 61st home run of the year and made history.
During the 1961-62 season with Cincinnati, Robertson became the only player in NBA history to average double figures in scoring, rebounding and assists for an entire season.
After leading the Boston Celtics to victory in the 1969 NBA Finals, Russell decided to leave the game after 12 seasons and 11 championships.
www.chron.com /content/chronicle/millennium/sportscentury/60-69.html   (1484 words)

 HoopsCorner.com: Wes Unseld - 1969 NBA MVP
NBA start: drafted 2nd overall by Baltimore in 1968 NBA draft.
Comments: His NBA debut gave the Bullets a 21 game boost and an improvement from last to first in the East standings.
The second player in the NBA (after Wilt Chamberlain) to win Rookie of the year and MVP awards in the same season.
www.hoopscorner.com /almanac/season_mvps/69.html   (119 words)

 2005 NBA Post Season On SportzNutz.com
After a long, hard fought series against the Miami Heat, the Detroit Pistons are returning to NBA Finals, thanks to their 88-82 win on Monday night in the winner-take-all Game 7.
The stage is now set with the San Antonio meeting the defending champions Pistons for the NBA title… Both the Spurs and Pistons stopped the two teams (Suns, Miami) with the best regular season record, all without the benefit of a homecourt advantage.
No doubt, these finals will see some of the best defense and offense… both teams are very strong, and are solid defensive teams.
www.sportznutz.com /nba/nba_playoffs_2005/nba_finals.htm   (618 words)

 The Sporting News: History of the NBA Finals
No team in the previous 19 years had won back-to-back NBA titles, including his own Lakers, who had failed to repeat three times alone in the 1980s.
Despite the ailment, he was brilliant, scoring an NBA Finals record 25 points in the third period.
Worthy was named series MVP after scoring 36 points with 16 rebounds and 10 assists in the finale, his first career triple-double.
tsn.sportingnews.com /archives/nbafinals/1988.html   (1676 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > Sports -- Rockets 102, Lakers 91
Taylor scored the final basket of the period to give Houston a 74-62 lead entering the fourth.
With Taylor providing the bulk of the offense, the Rockets were able to stay in front by at least six points throughout most of the fourth quarter.
The lone loss was to Boston in the 1969 NBA Finals.
www.signonsandiego.com /sports/nba/20040424-0001-bkc-lakers-rocketsfolo.html   (766 words)

 NBA.com: NBA’s Top 10 Greatest: Vote for the Greatest Finals Moment
Michael Jordan's last second steal and shot against the Utah Jazz from the 1998 NBA Finals seals the second three-peat championship for the Bulls and provides a fitting end to a storied career.
Jordan finished the game with 45 points, his sixth title and his sixth NBA Finals MVP award.
The aging Celtics, led by the retiring Bill Russell, win their 11th title in 13 years against the powerful Lakers, led by the hall of fame trio of Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor.
www.nba.com /history/top10_finals.html   (624 words)

 Boston.com / Sports / Basketball / Lakers await winner of Timberwolves-Kings   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
That left the Lakers with a 56-52 lead entering the final period.
They haven't squandered an opportunity to eliminate a team from the playoffs since losing Game 5 of the 2000 NBA Finals to Indiana.
The Lakers are 19-1 after leading a playoff series 3-2, losing only to Boston in the 1969 NBA Finals.
www.boston.com /sports/basketball/articles/2004/05/16/lakers_come_back_send_spurs_packing?pg=2   (476 words)

 Willis Reed Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
NBA Finals MVP (1970, 1973), first player in history to achieve this feat
As a two-time All-America at Grambling State University from 1960 to 1964, the six-foot-ten, 240-pound Reed led the Tigers to three NAIA tournaments and the 1961 championship.
He was drafted in the second round by the Knicks and was the NBA's Rookie of the Year after averaging 19.5 points and 14.7 rebounds a game.
www.hoophall.com /halloffamers/Reed.htm   (661 words)

 Lakers eliminate Spurs
Exactly a year earlier, it was the Spurs celebrating a Western Conference semifinal triumph on the same court to end the tearful Lakers' quest for a fourth straight title.
The last team to accomplish such a feat was Houston, which did it in both the 1994 and 1995 conference semifinals against Phoenix en route to championships.
The only time they've lost in such a situation was to the Boston Celtics in the 1969 NBA Finals.
www.enquirer.com /editions/2004/05/16/spt_sptsnba1a.html   (785 words)

 NBA History: Jerry West Bio
He was the third player in league history to reach 25,000 points (after Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson).
After the Lakers' heartbreaking loss to the Boston Celtics in the 1969 NBA Finals, John Havlicek walked up to West and said, "Jerry, I love you." Such comments were not uncommon.
With Chamberlain now in the middle and Gail Goodrich pitching in on offense, the Lakers won a record 33 games in a row under new coach and former Celtics star Bill Sharman.
www.atlantahawks.com /history/players/west_bio.html   (2261 words)

 The Sports Page - Pro Basketball Top 10   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
-- Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles -- with a stint in professional baseball along the way -- and brought a unique talent and sense of style to the game that likely will never be equaled.
He averaged nearly 40 points per game for his first seven seasons and still holds the record for rebounds in a game, season and career.
-- In Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Lakers, Reed, playing with his leg heavily wrapped because of a strained thigh muscle, limped onto the floor and inspired the Knicks to victory and the title.
www.chron.com /content/chronicle/millennium/sportscentury/probballtop10.html   (397 words)

 NBA Finals Page
This page tells the history of the NBA finals from it's begining in 1947 to present.
It did not become the NBA until after the 1948-1949 season when the BBA and The National Basketball League(NBL) agreed to merge.
Also, each NBA champion's wins and losses are noted in parentheses after the series score.
www.psci.net /jgotribe/finals.html   (116 words)

 Pistons in 2-0 NBA Finals hole   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Detroit is looking to repeat as NBA champions but history is against the Pistons.
The only teams to fall behind 2-0 in the NBA Finals and rally to win were the 1969 Boston Celtics, who beat the Los Angeles Lakers, and the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers, who came back against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The NBA finals will resume Tuesday night in Detroit for Game 3.
www.softcom.net /webnews/wed/dn/Ubkp-nba.Rfqi_FuD.html   (192 words)

 NBA History: Sam Jones Summary
The Lakers won a coin flip with Chicago for the first selection in the 1979 NBA Draft.
His uncannily accurate bank shots, lightning quickness, and cool demeanor helped the Celtics win 10 NBA Championships in the 12 years he played with the team.
Selected to the All-NBA Second Team three times and an All-Star five times, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.
www.nba.com /history/players/sjones_summary.html   (245 words)

 ESPN.com - NBA - Recap - Spurs at Lakers
Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Shaquille O'Neal had 17 points, 19 rebounds and five blocked shots and the Lakers beat the Spurs 88-76 Saturday night to win the Western Conference semifinals in six games.
Exactly a year earlier, it was the Spurs celebrating a conference semifinal triumph on the same court to end the Lakers' quest for a fourth straight title.
Tony Parker, so outstanding in the first two games, shot 4-of-18 in scoring nine points and had only three assists in the finale.
sports.espn.go.com /nba/recap?gameId=240515013   (935 words)

 ESPN.com: GEN - Top 10 Game 7s
The Lakers eventually won the game and their first NBA championship in over a decade.
It was Bill Russell's final game, and not surprisingly, he outplayed Wilt Chamberlain to win his 11th NBA title as a player and his second as a coach.
The Knicks won their first NBA Championship with a 113-99 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at Madison Square Garden.
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 New York Daily News - Home - Allan gave it his best shot
Twenty minutes earlier, Allan Houston had announced that his aching knees had finally won the battle and that after 12 illustrious NBA seasons it was now safe for opponents to leave him open behind a three-point line.
Two years later, the Knicks reached the NBA Finals with Houston playing a starring role.
Along with Willis Reed's lone basket against the Lakers in Game 7 of the 1969 NBA Finals and John Starks' dunk over Jordan in 1993, Houston's leaner is a timeless moment in franchise history.
www.nydailynews.com /front/story/356822p-304134c.html   (1342 words)

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