1957 NBA Finals

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1957 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Boston Celtics Red Auerbach 4
St. Louis Hawks Alex Hannum 3
Dates March 30 - April 13
Television NBC (U.S.)
Hall of Famers Coaches:
Red Auerbach (1969)
Bob Cousy (1971)
Tom Heinsohn (Player: 1986 and Coach: 2015)
Andy Phillip (1961)
Frank Ramsey (1982)
Arnie Risen (1998)
Bill Russell (1975)
Bill Sharman (Player: 1976 and Coach: 2004)
Bob Pettit (1970)
Slater Martin (1982)
Ed Macauley (1960)
Eastern Finals Celtics defeated the Syracuse Nationals 3–0
Western Finals Hawks defeated the Minneapolis Lakers 3–0
NBA Finals

The 1957 NBA World Championship Series was the championship series of the 1956-57 National Basketball Association season, and was the conclusion of the 1957 NBA Playoffs. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Division champion St. Louis Hawks and the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics. This was the first trip to the Finals for both team, the first Finals in which both teams competing were making their first appearances since 1951. The Celtics won the series over the Hawks, 4–3.

Series summary[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 March 30 Boston Celtics 123–125 (2OT) (0–1) St. Louis Hawks
Game 2 March 31 Boston Celtics 119–99 (1–1) St. Louis Hawks
Game 3 April 6 St. Louis Hawks 100–98 (2–1) Boston Celtics
Game 4 April 7 St. Louis Hawks 118–123 (2–2) Boston Celtics
Game 5 April 9 Boston Celtics 124–109 (3–2) St. Louis Hawks
Game 6 April 11 St. Louis Hawks 96–94 (3–3) Boston Celtics
Game 7 April 13 Boston Celtics 125–123 (2OT) (4–3) St. Louis Hawks

Celtics win series 4–3

Team rosters[edit]


Celtics center Bill Russell set a rookie record for rebounds in a single NBA finals game with 32 in game 7, and averaged an NBA finals rookie record of 22.9 rebounds per game for the entire series.[1]


  1. ^ The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia,. Villard Books. 1994. p. 414. ISBN 0-679-43293-0. 

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