What it looked like Wednesday: Braves vs. Warriors at the Cow Palace

By Steve Cichon

When the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA Championship in Oakland’s Oracle Arena a few weeks ago, the scene looked every bit the part that modern sports fans would expect of the multi-billion-dollar NBA of 2016.

Buffalo News archives

Buffalo News archives

When the Buffalo Braves traveled to the Bay Area to play the San Francisco Warriors in 1970, the home court at the Cow Palace—built as an agriculture and livestock pavilion—was lit, in part, by Liberace-looking chandeliers.

The photo shows Mike Silliman of the Braves trying to drive past the Warriors’ Joe Ellis as future Hall of Famers Nate Thurmond and Jerry Lucas look on. The Warriors beat the expansion Braves 123-108 under the light of that candelabra fixture.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.