1961 NBA Finals

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1961 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Boston Celtics Red Auerbach 4
St. Louis Hawks Paul Seymour 1
Dates April 2–11
Eastern Finals Celtics defeat Nationals, 4–1
Western Finals Hawks defeat Lakers, 4–3
NBA Finals

The 1961 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1961 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1960–61 season. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Conference champion St. Louis Hawks and the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. This was the fourth and final World Championship Series meeting between the two teams. It was also Celtics' fifth straight trip to the championship series, and they won the series against the Hawks, 4–1.

As of the 2017–18 season, this remains the Hawks franchise’s[note 1] last appearance in the NBA Finals, the second-longest drought behind the Kings franchise who last played in the NBA Finals in 1951.

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Score Road Team
Game 1 April 2 Boston Celtics 129–95 (1–0) St. Louis Hawks
Game 2 April 5 Boston Celtics 117–108 (2–0) St. Louis Hawks
Game 3 April 8 St. Louis Hawks 124–120 (1–2) Boston Celtics
Game 4 April 9 St. Louis Hawks 104–119 (1–3) Boston Celtics
Game 5 April 11 Boston Celtics 121–112 (4–1) St. Louis Hawks

Celtics win series 4–1

Team rosters

Boston Celtics

St. Louis Hawks

See also


  1. ^ The Hawks franchise relocated to Atlanta for the 1968–69 season.


  • "1960-61 NBA Season Summary", basketball-reference.com. Retrieved March 28, 2014.

External links

  • 1961 Finals at NBA.com
  • 1961 NBA Playoffs at Basketball-Reference.com
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