1961 NBA Playoffs

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The 1961 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1960-61 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Division champion St. Louis Hawks 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.

For the Celtics, it was their third straight NBA title and fourth overall. This would be the last Finals appearance for the Hawks franchise to date; though they still exist in the NBA 52 years later as the Atlanta Hawks, they have yet to return to the Finals.

  Division Semifinals Division Finals NBA Finals
                           
   
  1  St. Louis 4  
Western Division
    2  L.A. Lakers 3  
3  Detroit 2
  2  L.A. Lakers 3  
    W1  St. Louis 1
  E1  Boston 4
     
   
1  Boston 4
Eastern Division
    3  Syracuse 1  
3  Syracuse 3
  2  Philadelphia 0  


Western Division[edit]

Champion: St. Louis Hawks

Division Semifinals

(1) St. Louis Hawks have division semifinals byes.

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Detroit Pistons: Lakers win series 3-2

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 120, Detroit 102
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 127, Detroit 118
  • Game 3 @ Detroit: Detroit 124, Los Angeles 113
  • Game 4 @ Detroit: Detroit 123, Los Angeles 114
  • Game 5 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 137, Detroit 120

Division Finals

(1) St. Louis Hawks vs. (2) Los Angeles Lakers: Hawks win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis: Los Angeles 122, St. Louis 118
  • Game 2 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 121, Los Angeles 106
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 118, St. Louis 112
  • Game 4 @ Los Angeles: St. Louis 118, Los Angeles 117
  • Game 5 @ St. Louis: Los Angeles 121, St. Louis 112
  • Game 6 @ Los Angeles: St. Louis 114, Los Angeles 113 (OT)
  • Game 7 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 105, Los Angeles 103

Eastern Division[edit]

Champion: Boston Celtics

Division Semifinals

(1) Boston Celtics have division semifinals byes.

(2) Philadelphia Warriors vs. (3) Syracuse Nationals:Nationals win series 3-0

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Syracuse 115, Philadelphia 107
  • Game 2 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 115, Philadelphia 114
  • Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Syracuse 106, Philadelphia 103

Division Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Syracuse Nationals: Celtics win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 128, Syracuse 115
  • Game 2 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 115, Boston 98
  • Game 3 @ Boston: Boston 133, Syracuse 110
  • Game 4 @ Syracuse: Boston 120, Syracuse 107
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 123, Syracuse 101

NBA Finals[edit]

Main article: 1961 NBA Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (1) St. Louis Hawks: Celtics win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 129, St. Louis 95
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Boston 116, St. Louis 108
  • Game 3 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 124, Boston 120
  • Game 4 @ St. Louis: Boston 119, St. Louis 104
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 121, St. Louis 112 (Bill Sharman's final NBA game)

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