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1955–56 St. Louis Hawks season

The 1955–56 St. Louis Hawks season was the tenth season for the franchise. After 4 last-place seasons in Milwaukee, the Hawks relocated to St. Louis. The city had once been home to the St. Louis Bombers, an early BAA franchise that folded in 1950. The Hawks were on the verge of becoming one of the top teams in the NBA. Led by 2nd year forward Bob Pettit, Pettit would earn the very first MVP award in NBA history.[1] The Hawks would finish in 2nd place with a 33–39 record.

1955–56 St. Louis Hawks season
Head coach Red Holzman
Arena Kiel Auditorium
Results
Record 33–39 (.458)
Place Division: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finish West Division Finals(eliminated 2–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television KTVI
Radio KMOX
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In the playoffs against the Minneapolis Lakers, the Hawks were triumphant in Game 1 by a single point. Game 2 was played in Minneapolis, and the Hawks were blown out by 58 points in Game 2. The third game was contested in St. Louis. Once again, the Hawks would win by 1 point to advance to the Western Finals. In the three games, the Hawks were outscored by 56 points. In the Western Finals, the Hawks would win the first 2 games against the Fort Wayne Pistons. However, the Pistons would rebound to take the next 3 games and win the series.[1]

Contents

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Fort Wayne Pistons 37 35 .514 - 19-7 10-17 8-11 19-17
x-Minneapolis Lakers 33 39 .458 4 14-12 6-21 13-6 19-17
x-St. Louis Hawks 33 39 .458 4 15-11 11-17 7-11 18-18
Rochester Royals 31 41 .431 6 15-14 6-21 10-6 16-20


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1955-56 NBA Records
Team BOS FWP MIN NYK PHI ROC STL SYR
Boston 4–5 7–2 5–7 5–7 5–4 5–4 8–4
Fort Wayne 5–4 5–7 5–4 4–5 7–5 7–5 4–5
Minneapolis 2–7 7–5 5–4 3–6 7–5 5–7 4–5
New York 7–5 4–5 4–5 6–6 6–3 4–5 4–8
Philadelphia 7–5 5–4 6–3 6–6 6–3 6–3 9–3
Rochester 4–5 5–7 5–7 3–6 3–6 6–6 5–4
St. Louis 4–5 5–7 7–5 5–4 3–6 6–6 3–6
Syracuse 4–8 5–4 5–4 8–4 3–9 4–5 6–3

PlayoffsEdit

West Division Second Place TiebreakerEdit

St. Louis Hawks vs. Minneapolis Lakers: Lakers win series 1-0

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis: Minneapolis 103, St. Louis 97

West Division SemifinalsEdit

(2) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (3) St. Louis Hawks: Hawks win series 2-1

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 116, Minneapolis 115
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 133, St. Louis 75
  • Game 3 @ Minneapolis: St. Louis 116, Minneapolis 115

West Division FinalsEdit

(1) Fort Wayne Pistons vs. (3) St. Louis Hawks: Pistons win series 3-2

  • Game 1 @ Fort Wayne: St. Louis 86, Fort Wayne 85
  • Game 2 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 84, Fort Wayne 74
  • Game 3 @ Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne 107, St. Louis 84
  • Game 4 @ St. Louis: Fort Wayne 93, St. Louis 84
  • Game 5 @ Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne 102, St. Louis 97

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit