During the series, Lakers forward Elgin Baylor scored a Finals record 61 points in Game 5. Celtics center Bill Russell set a still-standing record for rebounds in a 7-game series with 189, and tied his own record for rebounds in a single game with 40 in Game 7.
In the last 5 seconds of regulation in Game 7, Laker Frank Selvy missed an open 12-footer from the baseline that would have won the championship for Los Angeles and ended the Celtics dynasty. Instead, the game went into OT in which the Celtics then won the game and thus the title. For the Lakers, it would start the pattern of not winning the big games in the NBA Finals, something that lasted until 1972 when the Lakers finally won their first title in Los Angeles. The Lakers would not defeat the Celtics in the NBA Finals until 1985, which they did on the Celtics' home floor.; they came up short against Boston in 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1984 and 2008. Besides 1985, The Lakers would beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals again in 1987 and 2010, both times in California.