1960–61 NBA season

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1960–61 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Number of teams 8
TV partner(s) NBC
Regular season
Season MVP Bill Russell (Boston)
Top scorer Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Syracuse Nationals
Western champions St. Louis Hawks
  Western runners-up Los Angeles Lakers
Finals
Champions Boston Celtics
  Runners-up St. Louis Hawks
NBA seasons

The 1960–61 NBA season was the 15th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning their 3rd straight NBA Championship, beating the St. Louis Hawks 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Division[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Boston Celtics 57 22 .722 21–7 24–11 12–4 28–11
x-Philadelphia Warriors 46 33 .582 11 23–6 12–21 11–6 22–17
x-Syracuse Nationals 38 41 .481 19 19–9 8–21 11–11 18–21
New York Knicks 21 58 .266 36 10–22 7–25 4–11 10–29


Western Division[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-St. Louis Hawks 51 28 .646 29–5 15–20 7–3 25–14
x-Los Angeles Lakers 36 43 .456 15 16–12 8–20 12–11 19–20
x-Detroit Pistons 34 45 .430 17 20–11 3–19 11–15 18–21
Cincinnati Royals 33 46 .418 18 18–13 8–19 7–14 16–23


x - clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors 3,033
Rebounds Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors 2,149
Assists Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals 690
FG% Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors .509
FT% Bill Sharman Boston Celtics .921

Note: Prior to the 1969-70 season, league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.

NBA awards[edit]

References[edit]