Index
NBA Finals

1970

BOXSCORE New York Knicks Los Angeles Lakers
GAME1 4 3
GAME2 REGULAR SEASON STATS REGULAR SEASON STATS
GAME3 NBA FINALS STATS NBA FINALS STATS
GAME4 MVP: Willis Reed
GAME5
GAME6
GAME7

Game #1 @New York

The Knicks jumped out to a huge first half lead but had to rally late to pull out the win. They lead by 20 points in the second quarter before L.A. rallied to within 65-54 at the half. Jerry West made only two of eight shots before the break but the Lakers stayed in it behind the rebounding of Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor. West did get to the line 17 times and got Walt Frazier into foul trouble and limited him to 30 minutes. Los Angeles used a huge third quarter run, fueled by West's 16 points, to take a three point lead entering the final quarter. A key move late was when Red Holzman sent Cazzie Russell in for Bill Bradley. Russell, who had been firing blanks, came in smoking in the fourth and his jumper gave New York a 99-98 and then beat Chamberlain to the hoop for a layup. New York would outscore L.A. 31-12 to close out the game. Frazier did come up big late despite his foul trouble. With New York nursing a one-point lead, Frazier stole the ball, laid it in and drew a foul. He missed the free throw but Willis Reed tapped the ball out to Dave DeBusschere who knocked down a jumper to give New York a five-point lead. 

LOS ANGELES   MN FG-FGA FT-FTA RB AS PF PTS
Baylor        39 10-17   1-2   20  3  4  21
Chamberlain   48  8-14   1-10  24  5  2  17
Erickson      37  4-11   4-4    3  1  2  12
Garrett       30  4-9    2-2    1  0  2  10
West          48  9-23  15-17   3  4  4  33
Counts         7  3-5    0-0    2  1  1   6
Hairston      13  3-7    1-1    4  1  2   7
Egan          18  2-6    2-2    0  1  3   6
TOTALS           43-92  26-38  57 16 20 112
NEW YORK      MN FG-FGA FT-FTA RB AS PF PTS
Barnett       41  5-11   7-8    5  9  5  17
Bradley       30  7-16   2-2    2  2  3  16
Reed          45 16-30   5-7   16  5  2  37
Frazier       30  3-5    0-1    5  6  4   6
DeBusschere   39  8-20   3-3   16  5  3  19
Riordan       25  7-12   5-5    2  2  3  19
Russell       18  4-12   0-0    1  1  3   8
Stallworth     9  0-0    0-0    0  0  2   0
Bowman         3  1-2    0-0    1  0  1   2
TOTALS           51-108 22-26  48 30 26 124
Los Angeles  25  29  38  20 - 112
New York     35  30  24  35 124

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Game #2 @New York

The Lakers prevailed in a nip-and-tuck game to even the series at one game apiece. Neither team could pull away from the other and, this time, the Knicks who could not convert the key hoops. Los Angeles led by four after the first quarter while the game was tied at the half and after three periods. New York pulled out to a 90-84 lead in the fourth but L.A. came back behind Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West to pull even at 101. Dick Garrett put L.A. ahead 103-101 with a jumper from the corner. With 46 seconds left, Chamberlain blocked a Willis Reed drive but Frazier recovered the ball. Frazier found Dave DeBusschere but he missed as well. Stallworth was called for three seconds after he got caught in the lane with the offensive rebound with 18 seconds left. Los Angeles hit two free throws before New York cut it back to two at 105-103 with five seconds left. Reed then stole a pass from Garrett and Dick Barnett had a 20-footer to send the game into overtime but it bounced off the rim.

LOS ANGELES   MN FG-FGA FT-FTA RB AS PF PTS
Baylor        36  6-9    1-2    5  5  3  13
Chamberlain   44  9-20   1-3   24  2  3  19
Erickson      37  4-7    1-2    2  6  4   9
Garrett       40  5-13   7-8    4  6  2  17
West          46 12-28  10-15   1  1  3  34
Hairston      19  2-5    0-1    8  1  1   4
Counts         8  2-5    1-2    2  0  4   5
Egan           6  1-1    0-0    0  0  0   2
Roberson       4  1-2    0-0    0  0  2   2
TOTALS           42-90  21-33  46 21 22 105
NEW YORK      MN FG-FGA FT-FTA RB AS PF PTS
Barnett       41  7-15   5-5    4  1  5  19
Bradley       39  7-16   2-3    3  0  3  16
DeBusschere   42  7-17   4-6   14  2  3  18
Reed          45 12-29   5-10  15  5  3  29
Frazier       39  5-9    1-3   12 11  5  11
Riordan       15  1-5    0-0    4  3  2   2
Russell        7  1-3    0-0    2  0  1   2
Bowman         3  0-1    0-0    1  0  1   0
Stallworth     8  3-5    0-0    4  1  0   6
Warren         1  0-0    0-0    0  0  1   0
TOTALS           43-100 17-27  59 23 24 103
Los Angeles  28 24 29 24 - 105
New York     24 28 29 22 103

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Game #3 @Los Angeles

The Knicks survived one of the most improbable, famous shots in Finals history to take a 2-1 series lead despite a triple-double from Elgin Baylor. After falling way behind early, New York trailed by 14 at the half when Keith Erickson nailed a 25-foot shot at the buzzer. New York rallied to tie the game 100 with less than a minute play. Then Dick Barnett fed Dave DeBusschere who hit a shot to give New York a 102-100 lead with three seconds left and L.A. out of timeouts. Wilt Chamberlain tossed the ball to Jerry West who then proceeded to launch a shot from backcourt. The improbable 55-footer found nothing but the bottom of the net to send the game into overtime. Los Angeles led 105-104 in the extra session before DeBusschere blocked a Baylor shot then scored off a Mike Riordan assist. He then nailed a long jumper to make it 108-105 New York. The Lakers rallied but Dick Barnett hit a 10-foot jumper to clinch the win.

NEW YORK      MN FG-FGA FT-FTA RB AS PF PTS
Barnett       46  7-18   4-5    2  4  5  18
Bradley       37  3-13   1-1    8  4  4   7
Reed          49 17-30   4-8   17  3  2  38
Frazier       49  8-17   3-4   11  7  2  19
DeBusschere   44 10-20   1-1   15  3  2  21
Russell       16  1-5    0-0    3  1  3   2
Riordan       10  0-2    0-0    3  1  2   0
Stallworth     9  1-3    2-2    2  1  0   4
Bowman         4  0-1    2-2    2  0  2   2
Warren         1  0-0    0-0    0  0  1   0
TOTALS           47-109 17-23  68 24 23 111
LOS ANGELES   MN FG-FGA FT-FTA RB AS PF PTS
Baylor        45  4-13   5-6   12 11  6  13
Erickson      46  9-17   1-2    4  3  2  19
Chamberlain   53  7-10   7-13  26  4  4  21
West          53 11-28  12-16   1  9  2  34
Garrett       44  6-14   1-1    4  1  5  13
Hairston      19  3-3    0-0    3  0  5   6
Egan           5  1-1    0-0    1  0  0   2
TOTALS           41-86  26-38  51 28 24 108
New York     20 22 26 34 9 - 111
Los Angeles  26 30 17 29 6 108

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Game #4 @Los Angeles

The Lakers avoided a 3-1 deficit despite almost losing in regulation. New York came out hot as they hit nine of their first 11 shots. Los Angeles rallied by Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Johnny Egan. Egan came in and scored six points to help L.A. establish a 54-47 lead. The Lakers had a chance to put the Knicks away in the third but couldn't do it. New York went scoreless on 12 straight possessions at one point in the quarter (eight turnovers and four missed shots) but actually gained three points in the period and trailed by only four at the start of the final period. Walt Frazier scored 13 points in the second half to help pull them even at 99. New York had a chance to win it but Frazier's attempt at the buzzer would not go in. New York suffered when Bill Bradley and Dave DeBusschere fouled out in the overtime. Los Angeles got help from a surprise source in the person of John Tresvant. Tresvant, who hadn't played yet in the series, entered with 56 seconds in regulation and contributed three points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in overtime. After West made it 105-103, Tresvant stole the ball and then converted two free throws. He then hit West with a long outlet for a score and came up with another steal, which led to a 111-103 lead.

NEW YORK      MN FG-FGA FT-FTA RB AS PF PTS
Barnett       41 14-25   1-1    3  3  5  29
Bradley       32  3-11   1-1    3  3  6   7
Reed          52 10-23   3-6   12  2  4  23
Frazier       51  3-11  10-13   6 11  2  16
DeBusschere   33  9-14   2-3   11  2  6  20
Riordan       14  0-4    0-0    0  1  3   0
Russell       20  4-7    0-0    3  1  1   8
Stallworth    21  5-9    2-2   13  4  1  12
Bowman         1  0-1    0-0    0  1  0   0
TOTALS           48-105 19-26  51 28 28 115
LOS ANGELES   MN FG-FGA FT-FTA RB AS PF PTS
Baylor        45 12-24   6-7   13  3  2  30
Chamberlain   49  7-13   4-7   25  7  3  18
West          52 13-26  11-12   5 18  4  37
Erickson      43  6-13   2-2    9  4  4  14
Garrett       38  3-9    1-1    2  1  5   7
Hairston      17  1-5    1-2    5  1  0   3
Tresvant       6  0-1    3-4    3  2  1   3
Egan          11  3-6    0-0    0  2  3   6
Robertson      4  1-3    1-2    4  0  2   3
TOTALS           46-100 29-37  66 38 24 121
New York     27 20 20 32 16 - 115
Los Angeles  24 30 17 28 22 121

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Game #5 @New York

Los Angeles came out and hit 12 of their first 15 shots to take a 25-15 lead and maintained it throughout the first half. After trailing by 13 at the half, the Knicks pressure defense turned the tide in the second half. The Lakers would commit 30 turnovers in the game (19 of them in the second half) and Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain would only get five shots and four points combined in the second half. Willis Reed went down injured in the first quarter and would not return, which left Dave Stallworth, Dave DeBusschere, Nate Bowman and Bill Hosket to play the final 40 minutes against Chamberlain. The pressure defense helped New York whittle the lead to 82-75 after three periods. In fact, L.A. would only get 22 field goal attempts in the second half. In the fourth, Cazzie Russell came off the bench to hit five shots in the period. Bill Bradley finally tied the game at 87, then put in another shot and New York would never trail again. The clincher was when Stallworth hit a short hook over Wilt to make it 103-96 with under two minutes to play. Despite Reed's absence, the Lakers could only outrebound New York 45-38. 

LOS ANGELES   MN FG-FGA FT-FTA RB AS PF PTS
Baylor        43  8-15   5-6   11  5  2  21
Chamberlain   45  9-12   4-9   19  3  2  22
West          46  6-14   8-9    2  4  2  20
Erickson      40  3-6    1-2    4  6  4   7
Garrett       33  7-12   4-4    5  0  4  18
Counts        12  0-4    1-1    4  0  2   1
Egan          13  2-2    2-2    0  3  3   6
Tresvant       8  0-1    5-7    0  0  2   5
TOTALS           35-66  30-40  45 21 21 100
NEW YORK      MN FG-FGA FT-FTA RB AS PF PTS
Barnett       44  6-17   4-5    0  3  3  16
DeBusschere   36  6-21   0-0    6  2  5  12
Reed           8  2-5    3-3    0  1  0   7
Frazier       46  9-14   3-3    7 12  3  21
Bradley       38  7-15   2-3    7  2  4  16
Stallworth    19  6-12   0-0    6  3  3  12
Russell       32  8-14   4-4    8  5  4  20
Riordan       15  1-1    0-0    0  0  0   2
Bowman         7  0-2    1-1    4  0  2   1
Hosket         4  0-2    0-0    0  0  0   0
Warren         1  0-0    0-0    0  0  1   0
TOTALS           45-103 17-19  38 28 25 107
Los Angeles  30 23 29 18 - 100
New York     20 20 35 32 107

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Game #6 @Los Angeles

The Lakers tied the series at three games by demolishing the Knicks from the outset. Without Willis Reed, the Knicks weren't able to get the game to the wild, scatter paced tempo of game five. Dick Garrett hit seven straight shots in the first quarter as L.A. swamped New York 36-16 in the period. Chamberlain obliterated the Knicks this time around with 45 points and 27 rebounds and dominated the smaller Knicks as L.A. was never threatened. 

NEW YORK      MN FG-FGA FT-FTA RB AS PF PTS
DeBusschere   36 12-25   1-3    9  3  4  25
Bradley       31  3-9    0-1    1  3  2   6
Russell       31 10-14   3-3    5  2  2  23
Frazier       43  6-12   2-4    6  7  2  14
Barnett       29  4-10   2-2    2  8  4  10
Stallworth    21  5-13   1-1    6  1  4  11
Riordan       12  1-4    0-0    2  2  2   2
Bowman        29  9-15   0-1    8  1  5  18
Hosket         5  1-2    0-0    1  1  2   2
Warren         3  1-1    0-0    0  1  0   2
TOTALS           52-105  9-15  40 29 27 113
LOS ANGELES   MN FG-FGA FT-FTA RB AS PF PTS
Baylor        36  3-12   2-2   13  5  3   8
Erickson      32  3-7    0-0    3  7  2   6
Chamberlain   46 20-27   5-14  27  3  3  45
West          42 12-22   9-9    6 13  2  33
Garrett       38  9-11   0-0    1  6  2  18
Tresvant      11  3-3    1-1    6  3  4   7
Egan           8  1-1    1-1    0  0  1   3
Hairston      22  5-9    3-5    4  6  3  13
McCarter       2  0-1    0-0    1  1  0   0
Robertson      2  1-1    0-0    0  0  0   2
Lynn           1  0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0
TOTALS           57-94  21-32  61 44 20 135
New York     16 35 29 33 - 113
Los Angeles  36 35 28 36 135

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Game #7 @New York

Willis Reed made his dramatic entrance before the game during warm-ups and the Knicks were never headed as they romped to a game seven win and their first NBA title. Reed hit two jumpers to give New York an early lead but it was the other starters who poured it on the Lakers. Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley and Dave DeBusschere hit 15 of their first 21 shots as New York built a 27-point halftime lead, 69-42. Frazier would score 23 points in the half and have his best all-around game in a Knick uniform. Frazier either made or assisted on 31 of New York's 46 field goals. The Knicks came out still smoking in the third and built their lead to 25 points at 79-54 with six minutes left. The lead would still be 25 in the fourth before L.A. would finally start hitting some of their shots. However, it was much too little, too late for the Lakers. 

LOS ANGELES   MN FG-FGA FT-FTA RB AS PF PTS
Baylor        36  9-17   1-2    5  1  2  19
Erickson      36  5-10   4-6    6  6  3  14
Chamberlain   48 10-16   1-11  24  4  1  21
West          48  9-19  10-12   6  5  4  28
Garrett       34  3-10   2-2    1  1  4   8
Hairston      15  2-5    2-2    2  0  1   6
Tresvant      12  0-4    3-3    2  0  2   3
Egan          11  0-2    0-0    0  2  2   0
TOTALS           38-83  23-38  49 17 19  99
NEW YORK      MN FG-FGA FT-FTA RB AS PF PTS
DeBusschere   37  8-15   2-2   17  1  1  18
Bradley       42  8-18   1-1    4  5  3  17
Reed          27  2-5    0-0    3  1  4   4
Frazier       44 12-17  12-12   7 19  3  36
Barnett       42  9-20   3-3    0  2  4  21
Russell        6  1-4    0-0    3  0  0   2
Stallworth    11  1-5    2-2    2  1  3   4
Riordan       10  2-3    1-2    2  1  2   5
Bowman        21  3-5    0-1    5  0  5   6
TOTALS           46-92  21-23  43 30 25 113
Los Angeles  24 18 27 30 -  99
New York     38 31 25 19 113

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COMPOSITE BOX SCORE

NEW YORK      G  MN  FG-FGA  FT-FTA  REB  AST  PF  PTS PPG RPG APG
Frazier       7 302  46-85   31-41    54   73  21  123 17,6 7,7 10,4
Barnett       7 281  52-116  26-29    16   30  31  130 18,6 2,3 4,3
DeBusschere   7 267  60-132  13-18    88   18  24  133 19,0 12,6 2,6
Bradley       7 249  38-98    9-12    28   19  25   85 12,1 4,0 2,7
Reed          6 226  59-122  20-34    63   17  15  138 23,0 10,5 2,8
Russell       7 130  29-59    7-7     25   10  14   65 9,3 3,6 1,4
Riordan       7 101  12-31    6-7     13   10  14   30 4,3 1,9 1,4
Stallworth    7  98  21-47    7-7     33   11  13   49 7,0 4,7 1,6
Bowman        7  68  13-27    3-5     21    2  16   29 4,1 3,0 0,3
Hosket        2   9   1-4     0-0      1    1   2    2 1,0 0,5 0,5
Warren        5   6   1-1     0-0      0    1   3    2 0,4 0,0 0,2
TOTAL         7     332-722 122-160  342  192 178  786      
        
LOS ANGELES   G  MN  FG-FGA  FT-FTA  REB  AST  PF  PTS PPG RPG APG
West          7 335  72-160  75-90    24   54  21  219 31,3 3,4 7,7
Chamberlain   7 333  70-112  23-67   169   28  18  163 23,3 24,1 4,0
Baylor        7 280  52-107  21-27    79   31  22  125 17,9 11,3 4,4
Erickson      7 271  34-71   13-18    31   33  21   81 11,6 4,4 4,7
Garrett       7 247  37-78   17-18    18   15  24   91 13,0 2,6 2,1
Hairston      6 105  16-34    7-11    26    9  12   39 6,5 4,3 1,5
Egan          7  70  10-19    5-5      1    8  12   25 3,6 0,1 1,1
Tresvant      4  37   3-9    12-15    11    5   9   18 4,5 2,8 1,3
Counts        3  27   5-14    2-3     10    1   7   12 4,0 3,3 0,3
Roberson      3  10   3-6     1-2      4    0   4    7 2,3 1,3 0,0
McCarter      1   2   0-1     0-0      1    1   0    0 0,0 1,0 1,0
Lynn          1   1   0-0     0-0      0    0   0    0 0,0 0,0 0,0
TOTAL         7     300-610 176-256  374  185 150  776      
 

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