1955-56 St. Louis Hawks Season
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1955%E2%80%9356 St. Louis Hawks Season
1955-56 Saint Louis Hawks season
Head coachRed Holzman
ArenaKiel Auditorium
Results
Record33–39 (.458)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finishWest Division Finals(eliminated 2-3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKTVI
RadioKMOX
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The 1955-56 Saint Louis Hawks season was the 10th season for the franchise. After 4 last-place seasons in Milwaukee, the Hawks relocated to Saint Louis. The city had once been home to the St. Louis Bombers, an early BAA franchise that folded in 1950. The Hawks were on the verge of becoming one of the top teams in the NBA. Led by 2nd year forward Bob Pettit, Pettit would earn the first MVP award in NBA history.[1] The Hawks would finish in 2nd place with a 33-39 record.

In the playoffs against the Minneapolis Lakers, the Hawks were triumphant in Game 1 by a single point. Game 2 was played in Minneapolis, and the Hawks were blown out by 58 points in Game 2. The third game was contested in St. Louis. Once again, the Hawks would win by 1 point to advance to the Western Finals. In the three games, the Hawks were outscored by 56 points. In the Western Finals, the Hawks would win the first 2 games against the Fort Wayne Pistons. However, the Pistons would rebound to take the next 3 games and win the series.[1]

Regular season

Season standings

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Fort Wayne Pistons 37 35 .514 - 19-7 10-17 8-11 19-17
x-Minneapolis Lakers 33 39 .458 4 14-12 6-21 13-6 19-17
x-St. Louis Hawks 33 39 .458 4 15-11 11-17 7-11 18-18
Rochester Royals 31 41 .431 6 15-14 6-21 10-6 16-20


Record vs. opponents

1955-56 NBA Records
Team BOS FWP MIN NYK PHI ROC STL SYR
Boston -- 4-5 7-2 5-7 5-7 5-4 5-4 8-4
Fort Wayne 5-4 -- 5-7 5-4 4-5 7-5 7-5 4-5
Minneapolis 2-7 7-5 -- 5-4 3-6 7-5 5-7 4-5
New York 7-5 4-5 4-5 -- 6-6 6-3 4-5 4-8
Philadelphia 7-5 5-4 6-3 6-6 -- 6-3 6-3 9-3
Rochester 4-5 5-7 5-7 3-6 3-6 -- 6-6 5-4
St. Louis 4-5 5-7 7-5 5-4 3-6 6-6 -- 3-6
Syracuse 4-8 5-4 5-4 8-4 3-9 4-5 6-3 --

Playoffs

West Division Second Place Tiebreaker

St. Louis Hawks vs. Minneapolis Lakers: Lakers win series 1-0

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis: Minneapolis 103, St. Louis 97

West Division Semifinals

(2) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (3) St. Louis Hawks: Hawks win series 2-1

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 116, Minneapolis 115
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 133, St. Louis 75
  • Game 3 @ Minneapolis: St. Louis 116, Minneapolis 115

West Division Finals

(1) Fort Wayne Pistons vs. (3) St. Louis Hawks: Pistons win series 3-2

  • Game 1 @ Fort Wayne: St. Louis 86, Fort Wayne 85
  • Game 2 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 84, Fort Wayne 74
  • Game 3 @ Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne 107, St. Louis 84
  • Game 4 @ St. Louis: Fort Wayne 93, St. Louis 84
  • Game 5 @ Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne 102, St. Louis 97

Awards and honors

References


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