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. 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. 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.