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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Alcindor wins first MVP award
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

March 20, 1971

In his second season with Milwaukee, Lew Alcindor wins the first of his record six MVP awards. The Bucks, who were 27-55 before drafting Alcindor, improved to 56-26 last season and a league-best 66-16 this year with the 7-foot-2 center.

Playing in all 82 games, Alcindor wins the first of back-to-back scoring titles with his 31.7 average. He is second in the NBA in field-goal percentage at .577 and fourth in rebounding with 16 per game.

The Bucks will go 12-2 in the playoffs, sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in the Finals to win the NBA championship. Alcindor, who will change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the fall, will be named the Finals MVP.

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