1965 NBA Playoffs

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The 1965 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1964-65 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Division champion Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.

Boston won its 7th straight and 8th overall NBA title, and handed the Lakers their fourth straight Finals loss in the process.

This was the first playoff appearance for the Baltimore Bullets, who had begun play in the 1961-62 season as the Chicago Packers.

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


Western Division[edit]

Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

Division Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers have division semifinals byes.

(2) St. Louis Hawks vs. (3) Baltimore Bullets: Bullets win series 3-1

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis: Baltimore 108, St. Louis 105
  • Game 2 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 129, Baltimore 105
  • Game 3 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 131, St. Louis 99
  • Game 4 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 109, St. Louis 103 (Bob Pettit’s last NBA game)

Division Finals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Baltimore Bullets: Lakers win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 121, Baltimore 115
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 118, Baltimore 115
  • Game 3 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 122, Los Angeles 115
  • Game 4 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 114, Los Angeles 112
  • Game 5 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 120, Baltimore 112
  • Game 6 @ Baltimore: Los Angeles 117, Baltimore 115

Eastern Division[edit]

Champion: Boston Celtics

Division Semifinals

(1) Boston Celtics have division semifinals byes.

(2) Cincinnati Royals vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: 76ers win series 3-1

  • Game 1 @ Cincinnati: Philadelphia 119, Cincinnati 117 (OT)
  • Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Cincinnati 121, Philadelphia 120
  • Game 3 @ Cincinnati: Philadelphia 109, Cincinnati 94
  • Game 4 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 119, Cincinnati 112

Division Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: Celtics win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 108, Philadelphia 98
  • Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 109, Boston 103
  • Game 3 @ Boston: Boston 112, Philadelphia 94
  • Game 4 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 134, Boston 131 (OT)
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 114, Philadelphia 108
  • Game 6 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 112, Boston 106
  • Game 7 @ Boston: Boston 110, Philadelphia 109 (John Havlicek steals the inbounds pass by Hal Greer)

NBA Finals[edit]

Main article: 1965 NBA Finals

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

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 142, Los Angeles 110
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Boston 129, Los Angeles 123
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 126, Boston 105
  • Game 4 @ Los Angeles: Boston 112, Los Angeles 99
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 129, Los Angeles 96 (Tom Heinsohn's final NBA game)

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