The Cavs had a pretty successful mid-70s run. In particular, on this day in 1976, the team clinched their first ever Central Division title. Off the heels of a nice 25 point performance by Jim Chones, the Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 99-94 to punch their ticket and claim the throne for the division.
The team would end their season at a 49-33 standing, good enough to capture the two seed in the Eastern Conference behind the Boston Celtics. There was some real home-cooking that went into that impressive finish, with the team going 29-12 at home, albeit with a less impressive 20-21 record on the road. They would iconically go on to defeat the Washington Bullets 4-3 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals before being defeated 4-2 by the Celtics in the Conference Finals.