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1972 NBA Playoffs Summary

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League Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

Finals MVP: Wilt Chamberlain (19.4/23.2/2.6)

1972 Playoff Leaders:
PTS: Walt Frazier (388)
TRB: Wilt Chamberlain (315)
AST: Jerry West (134)
WS: Walt Frazier (3.3)

League Playoffs

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Finals (4-1): Los Angeles Lakers over New York Knicks (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Finals (4-1): New York Knicks over Boston Celtics (Series Stats)
Western Conference Finals (4-2): Los Angeles Lakers over Milwaukee Bucks (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-2): Boston Celtics over Atlanta Hawks (Series Stats)
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-2): New York Knicks over Baltimore Bullets (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-0): Los Angeles Lakers over Chicago Bulls (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-1): Milwaukee Bucks over Golden State Warriors (Series Stats)

Team Stats

Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Atlanta Hawks 6 1440 261 594 .439 261 594 .439 156 215 .726 300 121 144 678 113.0
2 Boston Celtics 11 2640 485 1035 .469 485 1035 .469 272 349 .779 553 253 293 1242 112.9
3 Milwaukee Bucks 11 2640 495 1106 .448 495 1106 .448 206 267 .772 626 252 247 1196 108.7
4 Los Angeles Lakers 15 3625 608 1416 .429 608 1416 .429 383 511 .750 811 324 294 1599 106.6
5 New York Knicks 16 3890 671 1431 .469 671 1431 .469 364 483 .754 730 369 380 1706 106.6
6 Golden State Warriors 5 1200 197 486 .405 197 486 .405 109 141 .773 256 113 96 503 100.6
7 Chicago Bulls 4 960 168 393 .427 168 393 .427 66 84 .786 203 93 101 402 100.5
8 Baltimore Bullets 6 1465 217 498 .436 217 498 .436 147 185 .795 271 116 153 581 96.8
League Average 9 2233 388 870 .446 388 870 .446 213 279 .762 469 205 214 988 106.9

Opponent Stats

Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 New York Knicks 16 3890 613 1444 .425 613 1444 .425 405 525 .771 783 315 390 1631 101.9
2 Milwaukee Bucks 11 2640 433 1069 .405 433 1069 .405 259 360 .719 589 244 204 1125 102.3
3 Los Angeles Lakers 15 3625 652 1467 .444 652 1467 .444 247 333 .742 797 347 370 1551 103.4
4 Baltimore Bullets 6 1465 253 550 .460 253 550 .460 129 168 .768 263 126 134 635 105.8
5 Chicago Bulls 4 960 168 348 .483 168 348 .483 106 128 .828 199 96 80 442 110.5
6 Golden State Warriors 5 1200 227 492 .461 227 492 .461 106 135 .785 268 125 100 560 112.0
7 Boston Celtics 11 2640 463 1015 .456 463 1015 .456 310 413 .751 531 237 268 1236 112.4
8 Atlanta Hawks 6 1440 293 574 .510 293 574 .510 141 173 .815 320 151 162 727 121.2
League Average 9 2233 388 870 .446 388 870 .446 213 279 .762 469 205 214 988 106.9

Miscellaneous Stats

Offense Four Factors Defense Four Factors
Rk Team G W L W/L% PW PL ORtg DRtg Pace FTr 3PAr eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA
1 Los Angeles Lakers 15 12 3 .800 9.1 5.9 .361 .429 .270 .444 .168
2 New York Knicks 16 9 7 .563 10.4 5.6 .338 .469 .254 .425 .280
3 Milwaukee Bucks 11 6 5 .545 7.7 3.3 .241 .448 .186 .405 .242
4 Boston Celtics 11 5 6 .455 5.7 5.3 .337 .469 .263 .456 .305
5 Atlanta Hawks 6 2 4 .333 1.6 4.4 .362 .439 .263 .510 .246
6 Baltimore Bullets 6 2 4 .333 1.3 4.7 .371 .436 .295 .460 .235
7 Golden State Warriors 5 1 4 .200 0.9 4.1 .290 .405 .224 .461 .215
8 Chicago Bulls 4 0 4 .000 0.8 3.2 .214 .427 .168 .483 .305
League Average 9.3 4.6 4.6 .500 4.7 4.6 .321 .446 .245 .446 .245

Playoff Leaders

Minutes Played
1. Jerry Lucas*-NYK 737
2. Walt Frazier*-NYK 704
3. Wilt Chamberlain*-LAL 703
4. Jim McMillian-LAL 624
5. Dave DeBusschere*-NYK 616
Field Goals
1. Walt Frazier*-NYK 148
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 139
3. Gail Goodrich*-LAL 130
4. Jerry West*-LAL 128
5. Jerry Lucas*-NYK 119
Field Goal Attempts
1. Jerry West*-LAL 340
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 318
3. Gail Goodrich*-LAL 292
4. Walt Frazier*-NYK 276
5. Jim McMillian-LAL 253
Free Throws
1. Gail Goodrich*-LAL 97
2. Walt Frazier*-NYK 92
3. Jerry West*-LAL 88
4. John Havlicek*-BOS 85
5. Jim McMillian-LAL 60
  Wilt Chamberlain*-LAL 60
Free Throw Attempts
1. Walt Frazier*-NYK 125
2. Wilt Chamberlain*-LAL 122
3. Gail Goodrich*-LAL 108
4. Jerry West*-LAL 106
5. John Havlicek*-BOS 99
Total Rebounds
1. Wilt Chamberlain*-LAL 315
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 200
3. Happy Hairston-LAL 197
4. Dave DeBusschere*-NYK 193
5. Jerry Lucas*-NYK 173
Assists
1. Jerry West*-LAL 134
2. Walt Frazier*-NYK 98
3. Jerry Lucas*-NYK 85
4. Oscar Robertson*-MIL 83
5. John Havlicek*-BOS 70
Personal Fouls
1. Bill Bradley*-NYK 66
2. Dave DeBusschere*-NYK 51
  Phil Jackson-NYK 51
4. Gail Goodrich*-LAL 50
  Dave Cowens*-BOS 50
Points
1. Walt Frazier*-NYK 388
2. Gail Goodrich*-LAL 357
3. Jerry West*-LAL 344
4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 316
5. John Havlicek*-BOS 301
Field Goal Pct
1. Mike Riordan-BAL .579
2. Wilt Chamberlain*-LAL .563
3. Steve Kuberski-BOS .552
4. Walt Frazier*-NYK .536
5. Clifford Ray-CHI .529
Free Throw Pct
1. Ron Williams-GSW .933
2. Jeff Mullins-GSW .923
3. Herm Gilliam-ATL .909
4. Gail Goodrich*-LAL .898
5. Jack Marin-BAL .872
Minutes Per Game
1. John Havlicek*-BOS 47.0
2. Wilt Chamberlain*-LAL 46.9
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 46.4
4. Jerry Lucas*-NYK 46.1
5. Nate Thurmond*-GSW 46.0
Points Per Game
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 28.7
2. Pete Maravich*-ATL 27.7
3. John Havlicek*-BOS 27.4
4. Archie Clark-BAL 26.7
5. Nate Thurmond*-GSW 25.4
Rebounds Per Game
1. Wilt Chamberlain*-LAL 21.0
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 18.2
3. Nate Thurmond*-GSW 17.8
4. Clifford Ray-CHI 16.5
5. Dave Cowens*-BOS 13.8
Assists Per Game
1. Jerry West*-LAL 8.9
2. Norm Van Lier-CHI 8.2
3. Archie Clark-BAL 7.8
4. Oscar Robertson*-MIL 7.5
5. John Havlicek*-BOS 6.4
Player Efficiency Rating
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 22.4
2. Pete Maravich*-ATL 22.4
3. Walt Frazier*-NYK 21.5
4. Archie Clark-BAL 21.5
5. Nate Thurmond*-GSW 21.2
True Shooting Pct
1. Mike Riordan-BAL .626
2. Steve Kuberski-BOS .617
3. Don Nelson-BOS .604
4. Walt Frazier*-NYK .586
5. Wilt Chamberlain*-LAL .562
Effective Field Goal Pct
1. Mike Riordan-BAL .579
2. Wilt Chamberlain*-LAL .563
3. Steve Kuberski-BOS .552
4. Walt Frazier*-NYK .536
5. Clifford Ray-CHI .529
Total Rebound Pct
1. Wilt Chamberlain*-LAL 20.2
2. Clifford Ray-CHI 19.6
3. Nate Thurmond*-GSW 17.7
4. John Tresvant-BAL 17.7
5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 17.0
Assist Pct
1. Jerry West*-LAL 35.1
2. Archie Clark-BAL 32.3
3. Oscar Robertson*-MIL 27.7
4. Herm Gilliam-ATL 25.6
5. Art Williams-BOS 24.6
Offensive Win Shares
1. Walt Frazier*-NYK 2.6
2. Jerry Lucas*-NYK 1.5
3. Gail Goodrich*-LAL 1.3
4. John Havlicek*-BOS 1.3
5. Wilt Chamberlain*-LAL 1.2
Defensive Win Shares
1. Wilt Chamberlain*-LAL 1.8
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 1.5
3. Jerry West*-LAL 1.2
4. Happy Hairston-LAL 1.2
5. Oscar Robertson*-MIL 1.0
Win Shares
1. Walt Frazier*-NYK 3.3
2. Wilt Chamberlain*-LAL 3.0
3. Jerry Lucas*-NYK 2.4
4. Gail Goodrich*-LAL 2.0
5. Happy Hairston-LAL 1.8
Win Shares Per 48 Minutes
1. Walt Frazier*-NYK .227
2. Steve Kuberski-BOS .217
3. Wilt Chamberlain*-LAL .205
4. Mike Riordan-BAL .194
5. Bob Dandridge-MIL .185