The O in wow
April 30, 1971 -- In his 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Royals, Robertson had never come close to an NBA championship. But now, playing his first season with the Milwaukee Bucks and Lew Alcindor, Robertson gained the elusive crown.
The Bucks became just the second team to sweep the Finals, with the series ending in an 118-106 victory in Game 4 in Baltimore. At the age of 32, playing in his 886th NBA game, Robertson controlled the clincher, scoring 21 of his game-high 30 points in the first half when the Bucks built a 60-47 lead.
He finished 11-of-15 from the field, 8-of-9 from the foul line and had nine assists. "Oscar Robertson?" said Bucks coach Larry Costello. "You can't describe him. I can't. He was unbelievable."
Though Alcindor was named the MVP in both the regular season and Finals, guard Jon McGlocklin said, "Oscar was the key for us. He comes to play, he runs the team. He's it."
As the Bucks celebrated in the locker room, Robertson said, "This is the first champagne I've ever had, and it tastes mighty sweet. We won the title in high school, but it was soft drinks then. This is the big leagues, man."
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