1963 NBA Playoffs

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The 1963 NBA Playoffs were the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1962-63 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Division champion Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.

The Celtics won their 5th straight and 6th overall, NBA title. Boston defeated L.A. in the NBA Finals for the second straight year, something that happened regularly in the 1960s.

The Cincinnati Royals advanced to the Division Finals for the first time since 1952, extending the Celtics to seven games.

This was the last playoff appearance for the Syracuse Nationals under that name; they moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the following season and became known as the Philadelphia 76ers.

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


Western Division[edit]

Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

Division Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers have division semifinals byes.

(2) St. Louis Hawks vs. (3) Detroit Pistons: Hawks win series 3-1

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 118, Detroit 99
  • Game 2 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 122, Detroit 108
  • Game 3 @ Detroit: Detroit 107, St. Louis 103
  • Game 4 @ Detroit: St. Louis 104, Detroit 100

Division Finals

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

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 112, St. Louis 104
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 101, St. Louis 99
  • Game 3 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 125, Los Angeles 112
  • Game 4 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 124, Los Angeles 114
  • Game 5 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 123, St. Louis 96
  • Game 6 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 121, Los Angeles 113
  • Game 7 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 115, St. Louis 100

Eastern Division[edit]

Champion: Boston Celtics

Division Semifinals

(1) Boston Celtics have division semifinals byes.

(2) Syracuse Nationals vs. (3) Cincinnati Royals: Royals win series 3-2

  • Game 1 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 123, Cincinnati 120
  • Game 2 @ Cincinnati: Cincinnati 133, Syracuse 115
  • Game 3 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 121, Cincinnati 117
  • Game 4 @ Cincinnati: Cincinnati 125, Syracuse 118
  • Game 5 @ Syracuse: Cincinnati 131, Syracuse 127 (OT)

Division Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Cincinnati Royals: Celtics win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Cincinnati 135, Boston 132
  • Game 2 @ Cincinnati: Boston 125, Cincinnati 102
  • Game 3 @ Boston: Cincinnati 121, Boston 116
  • Game 4 @ Cincinnati: Boston 128, Cincinnati 110
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 125, Cincinnati 120
  • Game 6 @ Cincinnati: Cincinnati 109, Boston 99
  • Game 7 @ Boston: Boston 142, Cincinnati 131

NBA Finals[edit]

Main article: 1963 NBA Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (1) Los Angeles Lakers: Celtics win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 117, Los Angeles 114
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Boston 113, Los Angeles 106
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 119, Boston 99
  • Game 4 @ Los Angeles: Boston 108, Los Angeles 105
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Los Angeles 126, Boston 119
  • Game 6 @ Los Angeles: Boston 112, Los Angeles 109 (Bob Cousy’s final NBA game)

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