1966 NBA Playoffs

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The 1966 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1965-66 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Division champion Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

The Celtics won their 8th straight and 9th overall NBA title, defeating the Lakers in the Finals for a fifth straight time.

This was the last NBA playoffs under the "top team in each division gets a first-round bye" format established in the 1955 NBA Playoffs; the 1967 NBA Playoffs featured an 8-team tournament with no first-round byes.

  Division Semifinals Division Finals NBA Finals
                           
   
  1  L.A. Lakers 4  
Western Division
    3  St. Louis 3  
3  St. Louis 3
  2  Baltimore 0  
    W1  L.A. Lakers 3
  E2  Boston 4
     
   
1  Philadelphia 1
Eastern Division
    2  Boston 4  
3  Cincinnati 2
  2  Boston 3  


Western Division[edit]

Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

Division Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers have division semifinals byes.

(2) Baltimore Bullets vs. (3) St. Louis Hawks: Hawks win series 3-0

  • Game 1 @ Baltimore: St. Louis 113, Baltimore 111
  • Game 2 @ Baltimore: St. Louis 105, Baltimore 100
  • Game 3 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 121, Baltimore 112

Division Finals

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

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 129, St. Louis 106
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 125, St. Louis 116
  • Game 3 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 120, Los Angeles 113
  • Game 4 @ St. Louis: Los Angeles 107, St. Louis 95
  • Game 5 @ Los Angeles: St. Louis 112, Los Angeles 100
  • Game 6 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 131, Los Angeles 127
  • Game 7 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 130, St. Louis 121

Eastern Division[edit]

Champion: Boston Celtics

Division Semifinals

(1) Philadelphia 76ers have division semifinals byes.

(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

Division Finals

(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]

Main article: 1966 NBA Finals

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

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Los Angeles 133, Boston 129 (OT)
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Boston 129, Los Angeles 109
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles: Boston 120, Los Angeles 106
  • Game 4 @ Los Angeles: Boston 122, Los Angeles 117
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Los Angeles 121, Boston 117
  • Game 6 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 123, Boston 115
  • Game 7 @ Boston: Boston 95, Los Angeles 93 (The Celtics win their 8th straight title)

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