1950–51 Rochester Royals season

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1950–51 Rochester Royals season
NBA champions
Division champions
Head coachLester Harrison
ArenaEdgerton Park Arena
Results
Record41–27 (.603)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finishNBA Champions
(Defeated Knicks 4–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
RadioWHAM
< 1949–50 1951–52 >

The 1950-51 Rochester Royals season was the third season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Royals finished the season by winning their first NBA Championship; the Royals scored 84.6 points per game and allowed 81.7 points per game.[1] Rochester was led up front by Arnie Risen, a 6–9, 200-pound center nicknamed "Stilts", along with 6–5 Arnie Johnson and 6–7 Jack Coleman; the backcourt was manned by Bob Davies and Bobby Wanzer. Among the key reserves was a guard from City College of New York named William "Red" Holzman.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Minneapolis Lakers 44 24 .647 29–3 12–21 3–0 24–12
x-Rochester Royals 41 27 .603 3 29–5 12–22 18–15
x-Fort Wayne Pistons 32 36 .471 12 27–7 5–27 0–2 18–6
x-Indianapolis Olympians 31 37 .456 13 19–12 10–24 2–1 15–20
Tri-Cities Blackhawks 25 43 .368 19 22–13 2–28 1–2 12–24


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1950-51 NBA Records
Team BAL BOS FWP IND MIN NYK PHI ROC SYR TCB WAS
Baltimore 3–6 4–2 2–4 2–4 2–5 3–6 1–5 3–5 3–3 1–2
Boston 6–3 5–1 4–1 3–3 4–4 4–4 2–4 2–5 4–2 4–3
Fort Wayne 2–4 1–5 5–3 5–3 2–4 3–3 3–5 3–3 5–5 3–1
Indianapolis 4–2 1–4 3–5 3–7 5–1 1–5 5–4 3–3 4–4 2–2
Minneapolis 4–2 3–3 3–5 7–3 3–3 4–2 4–4 4–2 10–0 2–0
New York 5–2 4–4 4–2 1–5 3–3 5–3 3–3 5–5 4–2 2–1
Philadelphia 6–3 4–4 3–3 5–1 2–4 3–5 4–2 6–2 4–2 3–0
Rochester 5–3 5–2 3–3 3–3 2–4 5–5 2–6 4–2 5–3 5–0
Syracuse 5–3 5–2 3–3 3–3 2–4 5–5 2–6 2–4 3–3 2–0
Tri-Cities 3–3 2–4 5–5 4–4 0–10 2–4 2–4 3–5 3–3 1–1
Washington 2–1 3–4 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–2 0–3 0–5 0–2 1–1

Game log[edit]

1950–51 Game log
# Date Opponent Score High points Record
1 October 31 Washington 70–78 Arnie Risen (20) 1–0
2 November 4 Fort Wayne 71–95 Bobby Wanzer (18) 2–0
3 November 11 Tri-Cities 77–86 Davies, Risen (18) 3–0
4 November 12 at Tri-Cities 79–82 (OT) Bobby Wanzer (17) 3–1
5 November 15 at Fort Wayne 85–89 Jack Coleman (22) 3–2
6 November 18 Minneapolis 86–77 (2OT) Bob Davies (21) 3–3
7 November 19 at Minneapolis 77–90 Coleman, Davies (15) 3–4
8 November 21 at Indianapolis 79–91 Arnie Risen (16) 3–5
9 November 23 at Philadelphia 71–89 Jack Coleman (15) 3–6
10 November 25 Boston 82–90 Risen, Saul (17) 4–6
11 November 28 Washington 71–87 Davies, Johnson (15) 5–6
12 November 29 at Washington 72–71 Bob Davies (14) 6–6
13 November 30 at New York 74–79 Davies, Risen (14) 6–7
14 December 2 Indianapolis 72–94 Arnie Risen (22) 7–7
15 December 3 at Fort Wayne 79–80 Arnie Risen (16) 7–8
16 December 6 at Baltimore 74–70 Bob Davies (18) 8–8
17 December 7 at Syracuse 76–69 Bob Davies (18) 9–8
18 December 10 Philadelphia 84–99 Jack Coleman (23) 10–8
19 December 12 Baltimore 87–102 Bobby Wanzer (24) 11–8
20 December 13 at Minneapolis 82–72 Bob Davies (28) 12–8
21 December 16 Syracuse 79–75 (OT) Arnie Risen (19) 12–9
22 December 17 at Boston 75–88 Bob Davies (17) 12–10
23 December 20 at Washington 94–76 Arnie Risen (23) 13–10
24 December 23 Fort Wayne 65–77 Bill Calhoun (15) 14–10
25 December 25 Boston 77–90 Bobby Wanzer (25) 15–10
26 December 27 at Fort Wayne 74–68 Red Holzman (18) 16–10
27 December 28 Minneapolis 67–75 Arnie Risen (17) 17–10
28 December 30 Washington 77–91 Bobby Wanzer (21) 18–10
29 January 1 New York 88–91 (OT) Arnie Risen (28) 19–10
30 January 6 Indianapolis 75–73 (6OT) Arnie Risen (26) 19–11
31 January 7 at Minneapolis 57–69 Jack Coleman (16) 19–12
32 January 9 at Indianapolis 77–59 Arnie Risen (19) 20–12
33 January 10 at Baltimore 80–78 (OT) Arnie Johnson (17) 21–12
34 January 11 at Philadelphia 79–82 Jack Coleman (24) 21–13
35 January 13 Fort Wayne 78–99 Frank Saul (14) 22–13
36 January 14 at Syracuse 63–92 Jack Coleman (14) 22–14
37 January 16 Tri-Cities 89–97 Arnie Risen (20) 23–14
38 January 18 at Syracuse 96–87 Johnson, Risen (16) 24–14
39 January 20 Philadelphia 101–87 Davies, Risen (19) 24–15
40 January 21 at New York 83–88 (OT) Arnie Risen (20) 24–16
41 January 23 New York 92–102 (4OT) Arnie Risen (26) 25–16
42 January 27 Syracuse 83–85 Arnie Risen (20) 26–16
43 January 28 at Fort Wayne 88–93 Arnie Risen (22) 26–17
44 January 30 Baltimore 90–95 Bob Davies (28) 27–17
45 January 31 at Indianapolis 63–68 Arnie Risen (21) 27–18
46 February 3 Philadelphia 61–65 Arnie Risen (24) 28–18
47 February 4 at Tri-Cities 81–84 Arnie Risen (24) 28–19
48 February 6 at Indianapolis 76–78 Arnie Risen (24) 28–20
49 February 8 at Minneapolis 58–69 Calhoun, Davies, Risen (11) 28–21
50 February 10 Tri-Cities 90–98 Bob Davies (25) 29–21
51 February 11 at Boston 77–93 Bob Davies (24) 29–22
52 February 14 at New York 65–81 Red Holzman (13) 29–23
53 February 17 Minneapolis 82–87 Bob Davies (28) 30–23
54 February 18 at Tri-Cities 83–89 Bob Davies (18) 30–24
55 February 20 Baltimore 89–105 Bobby Wanzer (27) 31–24
56 February 22 at Philadelphia 90–98 Arnie Risen (23) 31–25
57 February 24 Tri-Cities 89–99 Bob Davies (17) 32–25
58 February 25 at Tri-Cities 82–78 Bob Davies (14) 33–25
59 February 27 New York 90–100 Bob Davies (19) 34–25
60 March 3 Fort Wayne 79–89 Arnie Risen (24) 35–25
61 March 6 Minneapolis 79–90 Arnie Risen (23) 36–25
62 March 9 at Indianapolis 91–84 Bobby Wanzer (22) 37–25
63 March 10 Syracuse 86–107 Bob Davies (25) 38–25
64 March 11 Indianapolis 95–88 Jack Coleman (23) 38–26
65 March 13 at Boston 111–107 (2OT) Jack Coleman (25) 39–26
66 March 15 at Baltimore 87–93 Arnie Risen (26) 39–27
67 March 17 Boston 89–114 Bobby Wanzer (29) 40–27
68 March 18 Indianapolis 79–91 Arnie Risen (25) 41–27

Season Schedule[edit]

Roster[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West Division Semifinals[edit]

(2) Rochester Royals vs. (3) Fort Wayne Pistons: Royals win series 2–1

  • Game 1 @ Rochester: Rochester 110, Fort Wayne 81
  • Game 2 @ Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne 83, Rochester 78
  • Game 3 @ Rochester: Rochester 97, Fort Wayne 78

West Division Finals[edit]

(1) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (2) Rochester Royals: Royals win series 3–1

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 76, Rochester 73
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis: Rochester 70, Minneapolis 66
  • Game 3 @ Rochester: Rochester 83, Minneapolis 70
  • Game 4 @ Rochester: Rochester 80, Minneapolis 75

NBA Finals[edit]

The Royals took Game 1 easily, 92–65, as Risen and Wanzer recorded 24 and 19 points. Rochester won Game 2 99–84, behind 24 points from Davies and 28 rebounds from Coleman.[2] Three nights later, the finals shifted to the 69th Regiment Armory in New York, but the result was no different; the Royals defeated the Knicks 78–71 and took a 3–0 series lead, thanks to 27 points and 18 rebounds from Risen. The Knicks rebounded in Game 4 by a score of 79–73; the Knicks key player was Harry Gallatin who scored 22 points and 14 rebounds. Game 5 took place in Rochester and the Knicks won 92–89. Connie Simmons had 26 points; and then tied the series by taking Game 6 back in New York 80–73. Max Zaslofsky led the way with 23 points;[2] the seventh and deciding game was held on April 21 back in Rochester. The Royals jumped to an early 14-point lead, but the Knicks came back. With 44 seconds left and the score tied at 75, Davies was fouled by the Knicks’ Dick McGuire and sunk two free throws. Rochester would go on to win the seventh game and the NBA Championship. Davies finished the game with 20 points, and Risen scored 24 points and 13 rebounds in the deciding game.[2] Risen finished the series with averages of 21.7 points and 14.3 rebounds, Davies averaged 17 points and 5.3 assists, Wanzer 12.4 points and Coleman 13.1 rebounds. The Knicks remain the only time in NBA history a team has bounced back from a 3–0 deficit to force a Game 7.[2]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 7 Rochester 92–65 New York
Game 2 April 8 Rochester 99–84 New York
Game 3 April 11 New York 71–78 Rochester
Game 4 April 13 New York 79–73 Rochester
Game 5 April 15 Rochester 89–92 New York
Game 6 April 18 New York 80–73 Rochester
Game 7 April 21 Rochester 79-75 New York

[3]

  • Won NBA Finals (4–3) over New York Knickerbockers

Awards and honors[edit]

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