1973 NBA Playoffs

1973 NBA playoffs

The 1973 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1972–73 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks defeating the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals. The Knicks won their second (and as of 2015, most recent) NBA title. Willis Reed became the first player to be named NBA Finals MVP twice.

The playoff format was modified, as only the divisional champions qualified automatically; two wild-cards were also added from each conference. Once qualification was determined, the four qualifiers were seeded 1–4 based on record; divisional position no longer mattered. The #1 seed then played #4, and #2 played #3. Because of this new format, New York, the Atlantic Division runner-up, had home-court advantage versus the Baltimore Bullets, the Central Division champion, since the Knicks had the better regular-season record. The Bullets had home-court advantage in the 1972 playoffs versus the Knicks and in the 1971 playoffs versus Philadelphia, even though their record was worse than New York's and Philadelphia's were those seasons, because they had won their division, while the Knicks and Sixers were runners-up.

This was the second straight time (and third in the last 4 years) that the Lakers and Knicks met in the Finals; the Lakers–Knicks rivalry ended with two titles won by the Knicks and one by the Lakers. L.A. returned in 1980; New York waited until 1994.


  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
  1  Milwaukee 2  
4  Golden State 4  
  4  Golden State 1  
Western Conference
    2  L.A. Lakers 4  
3  Chicago 3
  2  L.A. Lakers 4  
    W2  L.A. Lakers 1
  E2  New York 4
  1  Boston 4  
4  Atlanta 2  
1  Boston 3
Eastern Conference
    2  New York 4  
3  Baltimore 1
  2  New York 4  

Western Conference

Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

Conference Semifinals

(1) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (4) Golden State Warriors: Warriors win series 4-2

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Chicago Bulls: Lakers win series 4-3

Conference Finals

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (4) Golden State Warriors: Lakers win series 4-1

Eastern Conference

Champion: New York Knicks

Conference Semifinals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Atlanta Hawks: Celtics win series 4-2

(2) New York Knicks vs. (3) Baltimore Bullets: Knicks win series 4-1

Conference Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 4-3

NBA Finals

Main article: 1973 NBA Finals

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (2) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 4-1

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