1961–62 Boston Celtics season

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1961–62 Boston Celtics season
Fifth NBA Championship
Head coach Red Auerbach
Arena Boston Garden
Results
Record 60–20 (.750)
Place Division: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Radio WHDH
< 1960–61 1962–63 >

The 1961-62 NBA season was the Celtics' 16th season in the NBA. The Celtics finished the season by winning their fifth NBA Championship.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

The 1961 NBA Draft took place on March 27, 1961.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 9 Gary Phillips Guard  United States Houston
2 17 Al Butler Guard  United States Niagara

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Bill Russell
PF Tom Heinsohn Satch Sanders
SF Jim Loscutoff Frank Ramsey Gene Guarilia
SG Sam Jones Gary Phillips Carl Braun
PG Bob Cousy K. C. Jones

Playoffs[edit]

East Division Semifinals[edit]

The Celtics had a division semifinal bye.

East Division Finals[edit]

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) Philadelphia Warriors: Celtics win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 117, Philadelphia 89
  • Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 113, Boston 106
  • Game 3 @ Boston: Boston 129, Philadelphia 114
  • Game 4 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 110, Boston 106
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 119, Philadelphia 104
  • Game 6 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 109, Boston 99
  • Game 7 @ Boston: Boston 109, Philadelphia 107

Last Playoffs meeting: 1960 Eastern Division Finals (Boston won 4-2).

NBA Finals[edit]

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (1) Los Angeles Lakers:Celtics win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 122, Los Angeles 108
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Los Angeles 105, Boston 103
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 117, Boston 115
  • Game 4 @ Los Angeles: Boston 115, Los Angeles 103
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Los Angeles 126, Boston 121
  • Game 6 @ Los Angeles: Boston 119, Los Angeles 105
  • Game 7 @ Boston: Boston 110, Los Angeles 107 (OT)

Last Playoffs meeting: 1959 NBA Finals (Boston won 4-0; Lakers were in Minneapolis at the time).

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Bill Russell, NBA Most Valuable Player
  • Bill Russell, All-NBA Second team
  • Bob Cousy, All-NBA Second team
  • Tom Heinsohn, All-NBA Second team

References[edit]