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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: At their best

     February 19, 1974 -- When the Buffalo Braves were at their best in the 1973-74 season, they could be an awesome offensive machine. That's when Bob McAdoo was scoring, Ernie DiGregorio was dealing, Randy Smith was running, Gar Heard was rebounding, and Jim McMillian was doing a little bit of everything.

     In fact, all five of the Braves' starters averaged in double figures that season, still the only time that's been done in NBA history.

     What's more, the team added some needed depth in a trade completed on February 1. Kevin Kunnert and Dave Wohl were sent to the Houston Rockets for Jack Marin and Matt Goukas.

     The Braves may have peaked on this night in 1974. Against a Milwaukee Bucks team that would go on to lose in the seventh game of the NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics, the Braves were awesome. They beat the Bucks, 145-109, in Memorial Auditorium. Buffalo shot 66.7 percent from the field, going 62 for 93.

     The Braves went to Toronto two nights later and beat the New York Knicks - the defending NBA Champions - by 22 points. Buffalo soon wrapped up the first playoff berth in team history.

   For more on that season, click here.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.