Expansion teams struggle in professional sports. The Buffalo Braves were no exception to that rule. The Braves were in the middle of year two when they lost their 12th straight game, a franchise record.
The "historic" loss came at the hands of the Phoenix Suns by a score of 123-110. The contest wasn't a happy return home from a West Coast road trip that had seen Buffalo lose five straight games by at least 14 points. During the streak the team went from 12-16 -- not too bad -- to 12-28 -- not too good.
Buffalo finally got a win a day later, beating the Royals in Cincinnati, 97-87. The Braves then lost 11 of their next 13.
The season was noteworthy for two guys named Smith. Elmore Smith was the team's first draft choice, and he became one of the best shotblockers in the business upon arrival.
However, it was Randy Smith who made the bigger impression. Randy made the team at forward because of amazing athletic ability, and eventually moved to guard as he stayed a Buffalo Brave until the team's departure for San Diego in 1978.
-- Budd Bailey
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