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12.05.2012

Franchise Snapshot: Buffalo Braves




* Elmore Smith set the Braves' all-time best 15.2 rpg mark in 1971-72 ... his rookie season.

* Drafting was a Buffalo point; in the space of four years, the team picked three players who became NBA Rookies of the Year: Bob McAdoo (1972-73), Ernie DiGregorio (1973.74), and Adrian Dantley (1976-77).

* DiGregorio set the franchise mark of 25 assists in a 113-106 loss at the Portland Trail Blazers on November 1,1974.

* The Braves shot a team-record 30-of-30 free throws vs. the Los Angeles Lakers on November 18, 1975.

* McAdoo was Buffalo's only MVP, averaging 34.5 ppg and setting several Braves team records in 1974-75.

* Buffalo's best finish of its eight seasons came under coach Jack Ramsay in 1974-75, finishing 49-33, good for second place in the Atlantic Division.

* McAdoo twice scored a franchise-best 52 points, vs. the Boston Celtics on February 22, 1974, and at the Seattle SuperSonics on March 17, 1976.

* McAdoo's 51 points and 22 rebounds in a 124-123 overtime win against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 18, 1976 not only set Buffalo single-game playoff marks, it ensured the Braves' first and only playoff series win.

* Moses Malone was a Brave for six days: Buffalo traded a first-round pick to Portland for him on October 18, 1976, then dealt him to the Houston Rockets for two first-rounders on October 24.

* In their eight seasons, the Braves played 16 regular season home games in Toronto and two each in Syracuse and Rochester, N.Y.

* In June 1978, Braves owner John Brown "traded" the team for the Celtics. Celtics-turned-Braves owner Irving Levin then moved the team to San Diego, renaming it the Clippers.

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