The Buffalo Braves finished their third season in the NBA on this date. They didn't go out smiling, but one player went out shooting.
Bob McAdoo set a team record that day by taking 36 field goals attempts against the Houston Rockets. It stood up through the rest of the history of the franchise in Buffalo.
There are a couple of odd tangents to discuss about that season-ending game. The Braves lost their 11th straight game that day to finish the season at 21-61. That was a single game worse than their records in their first two years. So in one sense, the Braves were going backward.
The game against the Rockets on the 28th was played in San Antonio, the former home of the Houston franchise. It was the third time the teams had met in San Antonio that season.
Coach Jack Ramsey saw how McAdoo was more or less unstoppable down the stretch for the Braves as he adapted to his rookie year in the NBA. Ramsey and General Manager Eddie Donovan rebuilt the team around McAdoo in the offseason, starting with the trade of center Elmore Smith to Los Angeles for small forward Jim McMillian. From there, the Braves were ready to take a big step forward.
-- Budd Bailey
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