1957–58 St. Louis Hawks season

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1957–58 St. Louis Hawks season
First NBA Championship
Head coach Alex Hannum
Arena Kiel Auditorium
Results
Record 41–31 (.569)
Place Division: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1957–58 NBA season was the franchise's third in St. Louis and the 12th season overall in the NBA. Coming off their trip to the 1957 NBA Finals, the Hawks won the Western Division by 8 games with a record of 41 wins and 31 losses. Bob Pettit ranked 3rd in scoring and 2nd in rebounding.[1] In the Western Finals, the Hawks would beat the Detroit Pistons in 5 games. The Hawks would face the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. After Games 1 and 2, the teams headed to St. Louis with the series tied at a game apiece. The Hawks took Game 3, as the Celtics lost Bill Russell to an ankle injury.[1] Despite playing without Russell, the Celtics were triumphant in Game 4. The Hawks pulled out a 2-point victory in the 5th match to take control of the series. Needing one more win for their first NBA Championship, the Hawks beat the Celtics 110–109. Bob Pettit scored 50 points playing against an injured Bill Russell as the Hawks won their first NBA Championship.[1]

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Ed Macauley Walt Davis Chuck Share
PF Bob Pettit Jack Coleman
SF Cliff Hagan Med Park
SG Jack McMahon Win Wilfong
PG Slater Martin

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-St. Louis Hawks 41 31 .569 - 23-8 8-19 10-4 24-12
x-Detroit Pistons 33 39 .458 8 14-14 13-17 6-8 18-18
x-Cincinnati Royals 33 39 .458 8 17-12 10-19 6-8 17-19
Minneapolis Lakers 19 53 .264 22 10-15 4-21 5-17 13-23


Playoffs[edit]

West Division Semifinals[edit]

The Hawks had a division semifinal bye.

West Division Finals[edit]

(1) St. Louis Hawks vs. (2) Detroit Pistons: Hawks win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 114, Detroit 111
  • Game 2 @ Detroit: St. Louis 99, Detroit 96
  • Game 3 @ St. Louis: Detroit 109, St. Louis 89
  • Game 4 @ Detroit: St. Louis 145, Detroit 101
  • Game 5 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 120, Detroit 96

Last Playoffs meeting: 1956 Western Division Finals (Pistons won 3–2, while still in Fort Wayne)

NBA Finals[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 March 29 Boston 102–104 St. Louis
Game 2 March 30 Boston 136–112 St. Louis
Game 3 April 2 St. Louis 111–108 Boston
Game 4 April 5 St. Louis 98–109 Boston
Game 5 April 9 Boston 100–102 St. Louis
Game 6 April 12 St. Louis 110–109 Boston

Hawks win series 4–2

Awards and honors[edit]

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