1970–71 Baltimore Bullets season

The 1970–71 season was the 10th season of the Baltimore Bullets in the NBA. This would be its first year in the newly created Central Division inside the Eastern Conference.[1] Despite playing close to .500 basketball all season, the Bullets would capture the Central Division with a 42–40 record.[2]

1970–71 Baltimore Bullets season
Head coachGene Shue
ArenaBaltimore Civic Center
Results
Record42–40 (.512)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Central)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finishNBA Finals
(Lost to Bucks 0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWBAL-TV
RadioWBAL
< 1969–70 1971–72 >

Contents

Draft picksEdit

RosterEdit

Baltimore Bullets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 3 Carter, Fred 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Mount St. Mary's
F 31 Johnson, George E. 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Stephen F. Austin
F 25 Johnson, Gus 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Idaho
G 22 Loughery, Kevin 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) St. John's
F 24 Marin, Jack 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Duke
G 15 Miles, Eddie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Seattle
G 10 Monroe, Earl 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Winston-Salem State
PF 40 Murrey, Dorie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 229 lb (104 kg) Detroit
PF 12 Tresvant, John 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Seattle
SF 35 Tucker, Al 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Oklahoma Baptist
F 41 Unseld, Wes 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Louisville
G 11 Zeller, Gary 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Drake
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Baltimore Bullets 42 40 .512 24–13 16–25 2–2 10–6
x-Atlanta Hawks 36 46 .439 6 21–20 14–26 1–0 9–7
Cincinnati Royals 33 49 .402 9 17–16 11–28 5–5 16–6
Cleveland Cavaliers 15 67 .183 27 11–30 2–37 2–0 1–13
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-New York Knicks 52 30 .634
2 y-Baltimore Bullets 42 40 .512
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 47 35 .573
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 36 46 .439
5 Boston Celtics 44 38 .537
6 Cincinnati Royals 33 49 .402
7 Buffalo Braves 22 60 .268
8 Cleveland Cavaliers 15 67 .183



Record vs. opponentsEdit

1970–71 NBA records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CIN CLE DET LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SDR SFW SEA
Atlanta 3–3 2–4 3–1 1–4 2–4 4–0 0–5 3–2 1–4 3–3 4–2 1–4 2–2 2–3 2–3 3–2
Baltimore 3–3 3–3 3–1 2–3 3–3 4–0 2–3 2–3 1–4 2–4 3–3 3–2 2–2 4–1 2–3 3–2
Boston 4–2 3–3 4–0 4–1 4–2 3–1 2–3 3–2 0–5 0–6 4–2 2–3 2–2 3–2 3–2 3–2
Buffalo 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 5–7 1–5 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–4 1–3 6–6 1–3 1–3 1–3
Chicago 4–1 3–2 1–4 4–0 4–0 4–0 3–3 2–4 1–5 3–2 3–2 3–3 3–1 6–0 4–2 3–2
Cincinnati 4–2 3–3 2–4 4–0 0–4 5–1 1–4 1–4 1–4 2–4 1–5 1–4 4–0 1–3 2–3 1–4
Cleveland 0–4 0–4 1–3 7–5 0–4 1–5 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–4 2–10 0–4 1–3 0–4
Detroit 5–0 3–2 3–2 5–1 3–3 4–1 2–2 2–3 1–5 2–3 2–3 2–4 3–1 4–2 1–4 3–1
Los Angeles 2–3 3–2 2–3 2–2 4–2 4–1 4–0 3–2 1–4 3–2 3–2 2–4 4–0 3–3 4–2 4–2
Milwaukee 4–1 4–1 5–0 4–0 5–1 4–1 4–0 5–1 4–1 1–4 4–1 4–2 3–1 4–1 6–0 5–1
New York 3–3 4–2 6–0 2–2 2–3 4–2 4–0 3–2 2–3 4–1 2–4 4–1 3–1 4–1 3–2 2–3
Philadelphia 2–4 3–3 2–4 4–0 2–3 5–1 3–1 3–2 2–3 1–4 4–2 3–2 4–0 3–2 3–2 3–2
Phoenix 4–1 2–3 3–2 3–1 3–3 4–1 4–0 4–2 4–2 2–4 1–4 2–3 4–0 2–4 3–2 3–2
Portland 2–2 2–2 2–2 6–6 1–3 0–4 10–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–4
San Diego 3–2 1–4 2–3 3–1 0–6 3–1 4–0 2–4 3–3 1–4 1–4 2–3 4–2 4–0 2–4 5–1
San Francisco 3–2 3–2 2–3 3–1 2–4 3–2 3–1 4–1 2–4 0–6 2–3 2–3 2–3 3–1 4–2 3–3
Seattle 2–3 2–3 2–3 3–1 2–3 4–1 4–0 1–3 2–4 1–5 3–2 2–3 2–3 4–2 1–5 3–3

Game logEdit

PlayoffsEdit

In the playoffs the Bullets would get off to a quick start as they grabbed a 3–1 series lead over the Philadelphia 76ers. However, the Bullets would find themselves in a 7th game and that game the Bullets would emerge victorious 128–120.[2] The Bullets would face the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bullets would finally break through in Game 5 and break the tie in the series by beating the Knicks at Madison Square Garden 89–84.[2] The Bullets would have a chance to close the series out at home, but the Knicks would bounce back with a 113–96 win to force a 7th and deciding game in New York. In the seventh game, the Bullets would triumph, winning in New York by 2 points to reach the NBA Finals.However, the Bullets would be swept in 4 straight games by the Milwaukee Bucks.[1]

East Conference SemifinalsEdit

(C1) Baltimore Bullets vs. (A2) Philadelphia 76ers: Bullets win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ Baltimore: Philadelphia 126, Baltimore 112
  • Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Baltimore 119, Philadelphia 107
  • Game 3 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 111, Philadelphia 103
  • Game 4 @ Philadelphia: Baltimore 120, Philadelphia 105
  • Game 5 @ Baltimore: Philadelphia 104, Baltimore 103
  • Game 6 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 98, Baltimore 84
  • Game 7 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 128, Philadelphia 120

East Conference FinalsEdit

(A1) New York Knicks vs. (C1) Baltimore Bullets: Bullets win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ New York: New York 112, Baltimore 111
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 107, Baltimore 88
  • Game 3 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 114, New York 88
  • Game 4 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 101, New York 80
  • Game 5 @ New York: New York 89, Baltimore 84
  • Game 6 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 113, New York 96
  • Game 7 @ New York: Baltimore 93, New York 91

NBA FinalsEdit

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 21 Milwaukee 98–88 Baltimore
Game 2 April 25 Baltimore 83–102 Milwaukee
Game 3 April 28 Milwaukee 107–99 Baltimore
Game 4 April 30 Baltimore 106–118 Milwaukee

Bucks win series 4–0

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit