1974 NBA Finals

The championship round of the 1973–74 National Basketball Association season.

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Milwaukee Bucks

American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee.

American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee.

Toni Kukoč playing for the Bucks.
Michael Redd playing for the Bucks.
Brandon Jennings
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2006–2015.
Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2015–present.

The Bucks have won two league championships (1971, 2021), three conference titles (Western: 1971, 1974, Eastern: 2021), and 17 division titles (1971–1974, 1976, 1980–1986, 2001, 2019–2022).

Boston Celtics

American professional basketball team based in Boston.

American professional basketball team based in Boston.

Bob Cousy played 13 years for the team, 6 of them ending in NBA titles
12 time All-Star Larry Bird played in the Celtics from 1979 to 1992. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
Drafted by the Celtics in 1998, Paul Pierce went on to star for the Celtics and later won the NBA Finals MVP Award when the team won the NBA championship in 2008
Head coach Doc Rivers led the Celtics to an NBA title in 2008.
Brad Stevens, former head coach of the Celtics.
Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers being defended by Celtics' center Bill Russell in 1966
Former Celtics captain Paul Pierce being defended by LeBron James
Red Auerbach coached the Boston Celtics to 9 NBA titles, with eight straight between 1959 and 1966.
The Celtics' wordmark, used since the 1969–70 season

In the mid-1970s, the Celtics became contenders once again, winning two championships in 1974 and 1976 under the leadership of center Dave Cowens and point guard JoJo White.

1973–74 NBA season

The 28th season of the National Basketball Association.

The 28th season of the National Basketball Association.

The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

Havlicek in the 1960s

John Havlicek

American professional basketball player who spent his entire career with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons with the team.

American professional basketball player who spent his entire career with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons with the team.

Havlicek in the 1960s

The Celtics won the 1974 NBA Championship and Havlicek was named NBA Finals MVP.

Robertson with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1960s

Oscar Robertson

American former professional basketball player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American former professional basketball player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Robertson with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1960s
Robertson as a senior at Cincinnati
Robertson during his days with the Cincinnati Royals
Robertson in 1966
Robertson as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks
Robertson in 2010
Robertson at the ceremony announcing inclusion in the Old National Bank Sports Legends Avenue of Champions at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

In Robertson's last season, he helped lead Milwaukee to a league-best 59–23 record and helped them to reach the 1974 NBA Finals.

Don Chaney, in the "Game of the Century", in 1968

Don Chaney

American former professional basketball player and coach, most notable for winning two championships as a player on the Boston Celtics, and winning NBA Coach of The Year while leading the Houston Rockets.

American former professional basketball player and coach, most notable for winning two championships as a player on the Boston Celtics, and winning NBA Coach of The Year while leading the Houston Rockets.

Don Chaney, in the "Game of the Century", in 1968
While at Houston, #24 Chaney blocks a shot against UCLA in the 1968 Game of the Century at the Astrodome

He would also help the Celtics toward winning the 1974 NBA Finals.

Abdul-Jabbar in 2014

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

American former professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.

American former professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Abdul-Jabbar in 2014
Alcindor with the reverse two-hand dunk against Stanford
Alcindor versus USC
Alcindor performs ceremonial net cutting at Freedom Hall in Louisville in 1969 after a 20-point win over Purdue and Rick Mount in unprecedented third-straight national title en route to seven consecutive national championships for UCLA.
Alcindor displaying the skyhook over Wes Unseld of the Baltimore Bullets. The shot was almost impossible to block.
Abdul-Jabbar lines up a free throw. He started wearing goggles in order to avoid damage to his corneas.
Abdul-Jabbar receiving a pass from Magic Johnson during the 1985 NBA Finals
Abdul-Jabbar against the Boston Celtics in the 1980s
Actor Shavar Ross and Abdul-Jabbar on the set of Diff'rent Strokes, c. 1982
Abdul-Jabbar (center) at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear with Comedy Central hosts Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart
Abdul-Jabbar at a book signing in 2007
Hillary Clinton and Abdul-Jabbar, 2012
Abdul-Jabbar surrounded by children's division players during an exhibition at Club Ferro Carril Oeste of Buenos Aires, 1993
Abdul-Jabbar (below, far right) and other former NBA players visit the New York NBA Store in January 2005

Milwaukee advanced to the 1974 finals, losing to the Boston Celtics in seven games.

White during his Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony, 2008

Jo Jo White

American professional basketball player.

American professional basketball player.

White during his Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony, 2008
White trying to score while being marked by Ernie DiGregorio
The Boston Celtics retired White's #10, barring its future use among the team's players.

In 1974, White and the Celtics reached the 1974 NBA Finals.

2021 NBA Finals

The championship series of the National Basketball Association's 2020–21 season and conclusion of the season's playoffs.

The championship series of the National Basketball Association's 2020–21 season and conclusion of the season's playoffs.

The Bucks acquired Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans in the offseason.
The Suns' Chris Paul, acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the offseason, made his first Finals appearance in 16 seasons.
Chris Paul led with 32 points. The Suns won 118–105.
Devin Booker led the Suns with 31 points, including seven three-pointers.
Khris Middleton scored 40 points, including 10 straight in the closing minutes of the game.
With about 16 seconds remaining, Jrue Holiday stole the ball from Devin Booker and passed it to Giannis Antetokounmpo for an alley-oop. The Bucks won 123–119.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the Finals MVP, scoring 50 points in Game 6.

Despite Antetokounmpo being out for the series, the Bucks were still able to close out the Hawks in six games behind the timely contributions of Lopez, Middleton, and Holiday to reach the Finals for the first time since 1974.

Summerall in 2008

Pat Summerall

American football player and television sportscaster who worked for CBS, Fox, and ESPN.

American football player and television sportscaster who worked for CBS, Fox, and ESPN.

Summerall in 2008
Summerall on a 1955 Bowman football card

Summerall also broadcast PGA Tour golf tournaments on CBS, including the Masters Tournament, as well as the US Open of tennis, during his tenure at CBS with Tony Trabert, and he was the play-by-play announcer for the 1974 NBA Finals (working alongside Rick Barry and Rod Hundley), CBS' first season broadcasting the NBA on CBS.