1955–56 Philadelphia Warriors season

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1955–56 Philadelphia Warriors season
Second NBA Championship
Head coach George Senesky
Arena Philadelphia Civic Center
Results
Record 45–27 (.625)
Place Division: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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With George Senesky taking over for Eddie Gottlieb as coach, the Warriors had a strong start by winning 12 of their first 16 games.[1] Paul Arizin and Neil Johnston were among the league's scoring leaders as the Warriors won the Eastern Division with a 45-27 record. The addition of rookie Tom Gola made the difference. In his first season Gola averaged 9.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.[1] In the Eastern Division Finals the Warriors beat the Syracuse Nationals in 5 games. In the NBA Finals, the Warriors won their 2nd Championship by beating the Fort Wayne Pistons 4 games to 1.

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Neil Johnston Walt Davis
PF Joe Graboski Jackie Moore
SF Paul Arizin Ernie Beck
SG Tom Gola Larry Hennessy
PG Jack George George Dempsey

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Philadelphia Warriors 45 27 .625 - 21-7 11-17 13-3 22-14
x-Boston Celtics 39 33 .542 6 20-7 12-15 7-11 18-18
x-Syracuse Nationals 35 37 .486 10 23-8 9–19 3-10 15-21
New York Knicks 35 37 .486 10 13-15 16-13 6-9 17-19



Roster[edit]

Postseason[edit]

East Division Semifinals[edit]

The Warriors had a division semifinal bye.

East Division Finals[edit]

(1) Philadelphia Warriors vs. (3) Syracuse Nationals: Warriors win series 3-2

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 109, Syracuse 87
  • Game 2 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 122, Philadelphia 118
  • Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 119, Syracuse 96
  • Game 4 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 108, Philadelphia 104
  • Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 109, Syracuse 104

NBA Finals[edit]

(E1) Philadelphia Warriors vs. (W1) Fort Wayne Pistons: Warriors win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 98, Fort Wayne 94
  • Game 2 @ Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne 84, Philadelphia 83
  • Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 100, Fort Wayne 96
  • Game 4 @ Fort Wayne: Philadelphia 107, Fort Wayne 105
  • Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 99, Fort Wayne 88

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]