1962–63 Syracuse Nationals season

The 1962–63 NBA season was the Nationals' 14th season in the NBA.[1] In their final season in Syracuse, the Nationals finished with a record of 48–32, good enough for 2nd place in the NBA Eastern Division. They qualified for the playoffs but lost to the Cincinnati Royals, 3 games to 2 in the East semifinals.

1962–63 Syracuse Nationals season
Head coachAlex Hannum
ArenaOnondaga War Memorial
Results
Record48–32 (.600)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finishEast Division Semifinals
(eliminated 2–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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Following this season, the Nationals relocated to Philadelphia and became the 76ers, filling the void left by the Warriors, who moved to the Bay Area the prior year.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Boston Celtics 58 22 .725 25–5 21–16 12–1 25–11
x-Syracuse Nationals 48 32 .600 10 23–5 13–19 12–8 21–15
x-Cincinnati Royals 42 38 .525 16 23–10 15–19 4–9 20–16
New York Knicks 21 59 .263 37 12–22 5–28 4–9 6–30
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1962–63 NBA records
Team BOS CHI CIN DET LAL NYK SFW STL SYR
Boston 8–2 9–3 8–0 4–5 10–2 8–1 5–3 6–6
Chicago 2–8 4–6 3–7 3–7 4–6 4–6 3–7 2–8
Cincinnati 3–9 6–4 4–4 3–6 10–2 6–3 3–5 7–5
Detroit 0–8 7–3 4–4 1–11 8–1 7–5 4–8 3–6
Los Angeles 5–4 7–3 6–3 11–1 5–3 8–4 7–5 4–4
New York 2–10 6–4 2–10 1–8 3–5 2–6 3–6 2–10
San Francisco 1–8 6–4 3–6 5–7 4–8 6–2 3–9 3–5
St. Louis 3–5 7–3 5–3 8–4 5–7 6–3 9–3 5–4
Syracuse 6–6 8–2 5–7 6–3 4–4 10–2 5–3 4–5

PlayoffsEdit

1963 playoff game log
Division Semifinals: 2–3 (Home: 2–1; Road: 0–2)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Series
1 March 19 Cincinnati W 123–120 Hal Greer (32) Onondaga War Memorial
4,335
1–0
2 March 21 @ Cincinnati L 115–133 Chet Walker (24) Cincinnati Gardens
3,205
1–1
3 March 23 Cincinnati W 121–117 Lee Shaffer (34) Onondaga War Memorial
8,007
2–1
4 March 24 @ Cincinnati L 118–125 Lee Shaffer (32) Cincinnati Gardens
3,331
2–2
5 March 26 Cincinnati L 127–131 (OT) Lee Shaffer (45) Onondaga War Memorial
7,418
2–3
1963 schedule

Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit