1959–60 St. Louis Hawks season

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1959–60 St. Louis Hawks season
Division Champions
Head coach Ed Macauley
Arena Kiel Auditorium
Results
Record 46–29 (.613)
Place Division: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(Eliminated 3–4)
Local media
Television KTVI
Radio KMOX
< 1958–59 1960–61 >

The 1959–60 NBA season was the franchise's 14th season in the NBA. The Hawks claimed their 4th straight division title. They won the division by 16 games with a 46–29 record.[1] Bob Pettit, Cliff Hagan, and Clyde Lovellette all averaged more than 20 points per game.[1] In the Western Finals, the Hawks faced the Minneapolis Lakers and needed a win in Game 6 to stay alive. Game 6 was played in Minneapolis and the Hawks dominated the Lakers, as they won the match by 21 points to force a 7th game.[1] In St. Louis, the Hawks won 97–86 to earn a trip to the NBA Finals. The Hawks challenged the Boston Celtics for the 3rd time in 4 years. The Hawks and Celtics alternated wins as the series went to a 7th game. In Game 7 the Celtics would claim the title as Bill Russell scored 18 points in the 2nd Quarter.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Division Wins Losses PCT GB  Home   Road  Neutral Division
x-St. Louis Hawks 46 29 .613 28–5 12–20 6–4 27–12
x-Detroit Pistons 30 45 .400 16 17–14 6–21 7–10 20–19
x-Minneapolis Lakers 25 50 .333 21 9–15 9–21 7–14 17–22
Cincinnati Royals 19 56 .253 27 9–22 2–20 8–14 14–25


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1959-60 NBA Records
Team BOS CIN DET MIN NYK PHI STL SYR
Boston 8–1 9–0 8–1 12–1 8–5 6–3 8–5
Cincinnati 1–8 5–8 5–8 2–7 0–9 4–9 2–7
Detroit 0–9 8–5 7–6 4–5 2–7 5–8 4–5
Minneapolis 1–8 8–5 6–7 4–5 2–7 3–10 1–8
New York 1–12 7–2 5–4 5–4 4–9 3–6 2–11
Philadelphia 5–8 9–0 7–2 7–2 9–4 4–5 8–5
St. Louis 3–6 9–4 8–5 10–3 6–3 5–4 5–4
Syracuse 5–8 7–2 5–4 8–1 11–2 5–8 4–5

Playoffs[edit]

West Division Semifinals[edit]

The Hawks had a division semifinal bye.

West Division Finals[edit]

(1) St. Louis Hawks vs. (2) Minneapolis Lakers: Hawks win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 112, Minneapolis 99
  • Game 2 @ St. Louis: Minneapolis 120, St. Louis 113
  • Game 3 @ Minneapolis: St. Louis 93, Minneapolis 89
  • Game 4 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 103, St. Louis 101
  • Game 5 @ St. Louis: Minneapolis 117, St. Louis 110 (OT)
  • Game 6 @ Minneapolis: St. Louis 117, Minneapolis 96
  • Game 7 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 97, Minneapolis 86

NBA Finals[edit]

(E1) Boston Celtics vs. (W1) St. Louis Hawks: Celtics win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 140, St. Louis 122
  • Game 2 @ Boston: St. Louis 113, Boston 103
  • Game 3 @ St. Louis: Boston 102, St. Louis 86
  • Game 4 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 106, Boston 96
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 127, St. Louis 102
  • Game 6 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 105, Boston 102
  • Game 7 @ Boston: Boston 122, St. Louis 103

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]