1968 NBA Finals

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1968 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Boston Celtics Bill Russell 4
Los Angeles Lakers Butch van Breda Kolff 2
Dates April 21–May 2
Game 1: Norm Drucker and Earl Strom
Game 2: Mendy Rudolph and Joe Gushue
Game 3: Norm Drucker and Earl Strom
Game 4: Mendy Rudolph and Joe Gushue
Game 5: Mendy Rudolph and Earl Strom
Game 6: Norm Drucker and Earl Strom
Hall of Famers Boston Celtics
Wayne Embry
Sam Jones (basketball)
John Havlicek
Don Nelson (as a coach)
Satch Sanders
Bill Russell
Bailey Howell
Los Angeles Lakers
Jerry West
Gail Goodrich
Elgin Baylor
Mendy Rudolph
Earl Strom
Eastern Finals Celtics defeat 76ers, 4–3
Western Finals Lakers defeat Warriors, 4–0
NBA Finals

The 1968 NBA World Championship Series pitted the Boston Celtics from the East, against the Los Angeles Lakers from the West, for the sixth time in ten years. The Celtics won their tenth NBA Championship in twelve seasons, by defeating the Lakers in six games. Significantly, Game 6 of the 1968 NBA Finals marked the first time that any NBA competition had taken place during the month of May.

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 21 Boston Celtics 107–101 (1–0) Los Angeles Lakers
Game 2 April 24 Boston Celtics 113–123 (1–1) Los Angeles Lakers
Game 3 April 26 Los Angeles Lakers 119–127 (1–2) Boston Celtics
Game 4 April 28 Los Angeles Lakers 119–105 (2–2) Boston Celtics
Game 5 April 30 Boston Celtics 120–117 (OT) (3–2) Los Angeles Lakers
Game 6 May 2 Los Angeles Lakers 109–124 (2–4) Boston Celtics

Celtics win series 4–2

Team rosters

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

See also

External links

  • Sports Illustrated (April 29, 1968) Celtics LA Showdown | Elgin Baylor and Jerry West
  • Sports Illustrated (May 13, 1968) This Was One Worth Shouting About
  • NBA History
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