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After the Bucks win on Saturday, starting Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon, I am wondering if another team in NBA history has ever won a playoff game starting 2+ rookie players.

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    Properly formatted and tagged, great job as your first post! – alamoot Apr 18 '17 at 4:23
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Complete answer:

Not counting the 2017 Bucks, 8 teams have won playoff games with at least 2 rookies starting. Here I list the team, the playoff games they won with 2 rookies starting, and the players.

  1. 2013 Golden State Warriors
    • May 8 beat San Antonio Spurs
      • Harrison Barnes
      • Draymond Green
  2. 2005 Chicago Bulls
    • April 24, 27 beat Washington Wizards
      • Andres Nocioni
      • Chris Duhon
  3. 2003 Orlando Magic
    • April 20, 25, 27 beat Detroit Pistons
      • Drew Gooden
      • Gordan Giricek
  4. 2002 Utah Jazz
    • April 2 beat Sacramento Kings
      • Andrei Kirilenko
      • Jarron Collins
  5. 1999 Houston Rockets
    • May 13 beat Los Angeles Lakers
      • Cuttino Mobley
      • Michael Dickerson
  6. 1998 Cleveland Cavaliers
    • April 27 beat Indiana Pacers
      • Cedric Henderson
      • Zydrunas Ilgauskas
      • Brevin Knight
  7. 1990 San Antonio Spurs
    • April 26, 28, May 1 beat Denver Nuggets
    • May 10, 12, 17 beat Portland Trail Blazers
      • David Robinson
      • Sean Elliott
  8. 1986 Philadelphia 76ers
    • April 20, 22, 27 beat Washington Bullets
    • April 29 beat Milwaukee Bucks
      • Terry Catledge
      • Greg Stokes

Source: http://bkref.com/tiny/pcSOD

I looked at teams that had multiple players for a single season, then clicked on a player to see what playoff wins they started that year, and looked for the other rookies from that team also started the game.

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