1965–66 Boston Celtics season

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1965–66 Boston Celtics season
Ninth NBA Championship
Head coach Red Auerbach
Arena Boston Garden
Results
Record 54–26 (.675)
Place Division: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WHIS
Radio WHDH
< 1964–65 1966–67 >

The 1965–66 Boston Celtics season was their 20th in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

On October 29, 1965, Sam Jones set a Celtics single-game scoring record with 51, against the Detroit Pistons. His record would last until Larry Bird's 53 in 1983.

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 8 Ollie Johnson SF  United States San Francisco

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Bill Russell Mel Counts John Thompson
PF Satch Sanders Willie Naulls Woody Sauldsberry
SF John Havlicek Don Nelson Ron Bonham Ron Watts
SG Sam Jones Si Green
PG K. C. Jones Larry Siegfried

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Philadelphia 76ers 55 25 .688 22–3 20–17 13–5 20–10
x-Boston Celtics 54 26 .675 1 26–5 19–18 9–3 19–11
x-Cincinnati Royals 45 35 .563 10 25–6 11–23 9–6 16–14
New York Knicks 30 50 .375 25 20–14 4–30 6–6 5–25


Game log[edit]

Several of the Celtics games were played in neutral sites, such as Providence, Rhode Island. The games in Providence occurred on November 9 and 26, December 30, February 10 and March 4. Games were also played in Fort Wayne, Indiana (against Detroit on January 27) and in Syracuse, New York (against Philadelphia on February 12) and Memphis, Tennessee (against St. Louis on March 7).[1]

1965–66 Game Log
1965-66 Schedule

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
 GP  Games played  GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3FG%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Playoffs[edit]

East Division Semifinals[edit]

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Cincinnati Royals: Celtics win series 3-2

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Cincinnati 107, Boston 103
  • Game 2 @ Cincinnati: Boston 132, Cincinnati 125
  • Game 3 @ Boston: Cincinnati 113, Boston 107
  • Game 4 @ Cincinnati: Boston 120, Cincinnati 103
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 112, Cincinnati 103

East Division Finals[edit]

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (2) Boston Celtics: Celtics win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Boston 115, Philadelphia 96
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Boston 114, Philadelphia 93
  • Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 111, Boston 105
  • Game 4 @ Boston: Boston 114, Philadelphia 108 (OT)
  • Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Boston 120, Philadelphia 112

NBA Finals[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 17 Boston 129-133 Los Angeles
Game 2 April 19 Boston 129-109 Los Angeles
Game 3 April 20 Los Angeles 106-120 Boston
Game 4 April 22 Los Angeles 117-122 Boston
Game 5 April 24 Boston 117-121 Los Angeles
Game 6 April 26 Los Angeles 123-115 Boston
Game 7 April 28 Boston 95-93 Los Angeles

Celtics win series 4-3

Awards, records and milestones[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • John Havlicek, All-NBA Second Team
  • Sam Jones, All-NBA Second Team
  • Bill Russell, All-NBA Second Team

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

References[edit]