Milwaukee Bucks: 30 Most Significant Moments In Franchise History

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1. 1971 Championship Win

Words by Ti Windisch

The 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks were a powerhouse. Much was made of the Golden State Warriors fielding the second best offense and the best defense in the NBA last season. The ‘70 Bucks scoff at that–they led the NBA in both offensive and defensive rating.

With the newly-acquired Oscar Robertson working alongside Bob Dandridge, Jon McGlocklin and of course Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee annihilated the rest of the Association. Those Bucks finished the regular season with a remarkable 66-16 record, and marched through the playoffs with ease.

Milwaukee was 12-2 in the postseason, needing five games to dispatch both the Lakers and Warriors before meeting the Baltimore Bullets in the 1971 NBA Finals. The Bullets proved little challenge to the Bucks, who swept them to claim Milwaukee’s first and only NBA Championship.

Kareem ended up with Finals MVP, after putting up an incredible 27 points, 18.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He probably had himself some blocks as well, but unfortunately that stat wasn’t yet tracked at the time.

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