1971-72 Cleveland Cavaliers Season
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1971%E2%80%9372 Cleveland Cavaliers Season
1971-72 Cleveland Cavaliers season
Head coachBill Fitch
ArenaCleveland Arena
Results
Record23–59 (.280)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Central)
Conference: 7th (Eastern)
Playoff finishDid Not Qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWEWS-TV
RadioWERE

The 1971-72 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the second season of NBA basketball in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers finished the season with a 23-59 record, finishing last in the Central Division and 7th in the Eastern Conference. Rookie top pick Austin Carr was named to the All-Rookie team and John Johnson and Butch Beard were named All-Stars.

Offseason

Trades

August 13: Forward Greg Howard obtained from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for undisclosed future draft choices and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College/Club team
1 1 Austin Carr SG/SF  United States Notre Dame
2 18 Steve Patterson C  United States UCLA
2 35 Willie Long PF/C  United States New Mexico
  • Note: This table only lists players drafted through the second round.

Roster

Regular season

Season standings

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Baltimore Bullets 38 44 .463 - 18-15 16-24 4-5 9-9
x-Atlanta Hawks 36 46 .439 2 22-19 13-26 1-1 9-9
Cincinnati Royals 30 52 .366 8 20-18 8-32 2-2 11-9
Cleveland Cavaliers 23 59 .280 15 13-28 8-30 2-1 9-11
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683
2 y-Baltimore Bullets 38 44 .463
3 x-New York Knicks 48 34 .585
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 36 46 .439
5 Philadelphia 76ers 30 52 .366
5 Cincinnati Royals 30 52 .366
7 Cleveland Cavaliers 23 59 .280
8 Buffalo Braves 22 60 .268

Record vs. opponents

1971-72 NBA Records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CIN CLE DET GSW HOU LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SEA
Atlanta -- 2-4 0-4 4-2 0-5 3-3 4-2 3-2 3-2 1-4 0-5 2-3 3-1 3-3 3-2 4-0 1-4
Baltimore 4-2 -- 2-2 3-3 1-4 4-2 1-5 3-2 1-4 3-2 1-4 0-5 2-4 4-0 4-1 3-1 2-3
Boston 4-0 2-2 -- 6-0 3-2 4-2 5-1 5-0 2-3 5-0 1-4 2-3 3-3 6-0 2-3 4-0 2-3
Buffalo 2-4 3-3 0-6 -- 1-3 3-3 4-2 2-4 1-3 0-4 0-4 0-4 1-5 3-3 0-4 2-4 0-4
Chicago 5-0 4-1 2-3 3-1 -- 3-1 4-0 5-1 3-3 5-1 1-3 2-4 3-2 4-1 5-1 6-0 2-3
Cincinnati 3-3 2-4 2-4 3-3 1-3 -- 6-2 2-3 2-3 0-4 1-4 0-5 2-2 2-2 2-3 2-2 0-5
Cleveland 2-4 5-1 1-5 2-4 0-4 2-6 -- 1-3 0-4 2-2 1-3 0-4 1-5 2-4 0-4 4-2 0-4
Detroit 2-3 2-3 0-5 4-2 1-5 3-2 3-1 -- 0-5 3-3 1-4 1-5 1-4 1-4 2-4 2-2 0-4
Golden State 2-3 4-1 3-2 3-1 3-3 3-2 4-0 5-0 -- 5-1 1-5 2-2 2-3 4-1 2-3 4-2 4-2
Houston 4-1 2-3 0-5 4-0 1-5 4-0 2-2 3-3 1-5 -- 1-5 0-5 0-5 4-1 1-3 4-2 3-3
Los Angeles 5-0 4-1 4-1 4-0 3-1 4-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 5-1 -- 4-1 4-1 5-0 4-2 6-0 5-1
Milwaukee 3-2 5-0 3-2 4-0 4-2 5-0 4-0 5-1 2-2 5-0 1-4 -- 2-3 4-1 4-2 6-0 6-0
New York 1-3 4-2 3-3 5-1 2-3 2-2 5-1 4-1 3-2 5-0 1-4 3-2 -- 3-3 1-4 3-1 3-2
Philadelphia 3-3 0-4 0-6 3-3 1-4 2-2 4-2 4-1 1-4 1-4 0-5 1-4 3-3 -- 1-4 2-2 4-1
Phoenix 2-3 1-4 3-2 4-0 1-5 3-2 4-0 4-2 3-2 3-1 2-4 2-4 4-1 4-1 -- 6-0 3-2
Portland 0-4 1-3 0-4 4-2 0-6 2-2 2-4 2-2 2-4 2-4 0-6 0-6 1-3 2-2 0-6 -- 0-6
Seattle 4-1 3-2 3-2 4-0 3-2 5-0 4-0 4-0 2-4 3-3 1-5 0-6 2-3 1-4 2-3 6-0 --

Game log

October

Record: 2-8 ; Home: 0-6 ; Road: 1-2 ; Neutral: 1-0

# Date H/A/N Opponent W/L Score Record
1 October 15 H Buffalo Braves L 109-111 (OT) 0-1
2 October 16 A Buffalo Braves W 93-89 1-1
3 October 17 H New York Knicks L 120-121 (OT) 1-2
4 October 19 A Milwaukee Bucks L 82-116 1-3
5 October 20 H San Francisco Warriors L 98-115 1-4
6 October 23 N Baltimore Bullets W 109-101 2-4 at College Park, Maryland
7 October 24 H Philadelphia 76ers L 93-111 2-5
8 October 27 A Philadelphia 76ers L 106-120 2-6
9 October 29 H Atlanta Hawks L 97-98 2-7
10 October 31 H Milwaukee Bucks L 102-118 2-8

November

Record: 6-6 ; Home: 4-2 ; Road: 2-4

# Date H/A/N Opponent W/L Score Record
11 November 5 H Phoenix Suns L 87-107 2-9
12 November 7 H Portland Trail Blazers W 120-99 3-9
13 November 11 A Seattle SuperSonics L 91-110 3-10
14 November 12 A Portland Trail Blazers W 106-104 4-10
15 November 14 A Phoenix Suns L 105-119 4-11
16 November 16 A Los Angeles Lakers L 90-108 4-12
17 November 19 A Portland Trail Blazers L 105-118 4-13
18 November 21 H Boston Celtics L 105-128 4-14
19 November 23 H Baltimore Bullets W 104-102 5-14
20 November 26 H Cincinnati Royals W 128-114 6-14
21 November 27 A Atlanta Hawks W 103-95 7-14
22 November 28 H Philadelphia 76ers W 124-120 8-14

December

Record: 7-10 ; Home: 5-4 ; Road: 1-6 ; Neutral: 1-0

# Date H/A/N Opponent W/L Score Record
23 December 1 H Houston Rockets W 116-106 9-14
24 December 3 A Buffalo Braves L 90-91 9-15
25 December 5 H Seattle SuperSonics L 91-99 9-16
26 December 7 A Chicago Bulls L 99-115 9-17
27 December 8 A Boston Celtics L 107-126 9-18
28 December 10 H Detroit Pistons W 112-111 10-18
29 December 11 A Cincinnati Royals L 95-103 10-19
30 December 12 H New York Knicks L 92-103 10-20
31 December 14 A Baltimore Bullets W 88-85 11-20
32 December 17 H Boston Celtics L 109-115 11-21
33 December 18 A New York Knicks L 84-104 11-22
34 December 19 H Chicago Bulls L 101-119 11-23
35 December 22 A Detroit Pistons L 94-104 11-24
36 December 23 H Atlanta Hawks W 115-110 12-24
37 December 26 H Baltimore Bullets W 108-102 13-24
38 December 28 H Portland Trail Blazers W 112-111 14-24
39 December 29 N Philadelphia 76ers W 103-102 15-24 at Hershey, Pennsylvania

January

Record: 1-13 ; Home: 0-5 ; Road: 1-6 ; Neutral: 0-2

# Date H/A/N Opponent W/L Score Record
40 January 2 H Philadelphia 76ers L 119-148 15-25
41 January 5 H Los Angeles Lakers L 103-113 15-26
42 January 7 A Seattle SuperSonics L 111-125 15-27
43 January 8 A Portland Trail Blazers L 102-125 15-28
44 January 11 N San Francisco Warriors L 92-101 15-29 at Oakland, California
45 January 14 A Phoenix Suns L 107-117 15-30
46 January 15 A Houston Rockets L 109-112 15-31
47 January 16 N Cincinnati Royals L 108-128 15-32 at Las Cruces, New Mexico
48 January 21 A Milwaukee Bucks L 91-120 15-33
49 January 22 A Cincinnati Royals L 96-113 15-34
50 January 25 H San Francisco Warriors L 111-117 15-35
51 January 26 A Boston Celtics W 112-108 16-35
52 January 29 H Cincinnati Royals L 118-120 16-36
53 January 30 H Buffalo Braves L 98-99 16-37

February

Record: 4-12 ; Home: 3-6 ; Road: 1-6

# Date H/A/N Opponent W/L Score Record
54 February 1 A Buffalo Braves W 104-99 17-37
55 February 2 A Detroit Pistons L 108-133 17-38
56 February 4 H Seattle SuperSonics L 112-118 17-39
57 February 5 A Atlanta Hawks L 117-120 17-40
58 February 6 H Buffalo Braves L 108-121 17-41
59 February 8 A Chicago Bulls L 90-114 17-42
60 February 9 H Milwaukee Bucks L 121-126 17-43
61 February 12 A New York Knicks L 91-106 17-44
62 February 13 H Detroit Pistons L 121-136 17-45
63 February 16 A Philadelphia 76ers L 116-121 17-46
64 February 18 H Cincinnati Royals W 133-109 18-46
65 February 19 A Cincinnati Royals L 92-112 18-47
66 February 20 H New York Knicks W 111-109 19-47
67 February 23 H Boston Celtics L 111-113 19-48
68 February 25 H Portland Trail Blazers W 113-104 20-48
69 February 27 H Phoenix Suns L 125-127 20-49

March

Record: 3-10 ; Home: 1-5 ; Road: 2-4 ; Neutral: 0-1

# Date H/A/N Opponent W/L Score Record
70 March 1 A Boston Celtics L 105-115 20-50
71 March 4 A Houston Rockets W 130-123 21-50
72 March 7 N San Francisco Warriors L 112-119 21-51 at Oakland
73 March 10 A Los Angeles Lakers L 98-132 21-52
74 March 12 A Atlanta Hawks L 114-135 21-53
75 March 14 A Baltimore Bullets W 127-118 (OT) 22-53
76 March 16 H Baltimore Bullets L 101-105 22-54
77 March 18 H Chicago Bulls L 91-109 22-55
78 March 19 H Atlanta Hawks L 105-115 22-56
79 March 22 H Los Angeles Lakers W 124-120 23-56
80 March 24 H Houston Rockets L 119-127 23-57
81 March 25 A New York Knicks L 83-98 23-58
82 March 26 H Cincinnati Royals L 122-135 23-59


Awards and honors

References


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