1960 NBA playoffs

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The 1960 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1959-60 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Division champion St. Louis Hawks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

1960 NBA playoffs
DatesMarch 11–April 9, 1960
Season1959–60
Teams6
ChampionsBoston Celtics (3rd title)
Runners-upSt. Louis Hawks (3rd finals appearance)
Semifinalists

This was the second straight and third overall NBA title for Boston, who got revenge for the Hawks' win over them in 1958. The 1960 Finals was the third Celtics–Hawks Finals in the past four years.

BracketEdit

  Division Semifinals Division Finals NBA Finals
                           
E3 Syracuse 1     E1 Boston 4
E2 Philadelphia 2     E2 Philadelphia 2  
Eastern Division
  E1 Boston 4
  W1 St. Louis 3
W3 Minneapolis 2     W1 St. Louis 4
W2 Detroit 0     W3 Minneapolis 3
Western Division

Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage in NBA Finals


Division SemifinalsEdit

Eastern Division SemifinalsEdit

(2) Philadelphia Warriors vs. (3) Syracuse NationalsEdit

March 11
Syracuse Nationals 92, Philadelphia Warriors 115
Scoring by quarter: 26–33, 20–22, 28–28, 18–32
Pts: Dick Barnett 19
Rebs: Barney Cable 13
Asts: Larry Costello 4
Pts: Paul Arizin 40
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 27
Asts: Tom Gola 7
Philadelphia leads series, 1–0
March 13
Philadelphia Warriors 119, Syracuse Nationals 125
Scoring by quarter: 24–23, 28–33, 33–32, 34–37
Pts: Paul Arizin 29
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 18
Asts: Guy Rodgers 6
Pts: Dolph Schayes 40
Rebs: Dolph Schayes 22
Asts: Larry Costello 9
Series tied, 1–1
March 14
Syracuse Nationals 112, Philadelphia Warriors 132
Scoring by quarter: 28–31, 26–38, 28–34, 30–29
Pts: Dolph Schayes 31
Rebs: Dolph Schayes 14
Asts: Larry Costello 7
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 53
Rebs: Tom Gola 23
Asts: Tom Gola 11
Philadelphia wins series, 2–1


This was the seventh playoff meeting between these two teams, with the 76ers/Nationals winning four of the first six meetings.

Western Division SemifinalsEdit

(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (3) Minneapolis LakersEdit

March 12
Minneapolis Lakers 113, Detroit Pistons 112
Scoring by quarter: 25–26, 32–25, 23–38, 33–23
Pts: Elgin Baylor 40 Pts: Bailey Howell 29
Minneapolis leads series, 1–0
March 13
Detroit Pistons 99, Minneapolis Lakers 114
Scoring by quarter: 25–22, 28–34, 21–35, 25–23
Pts: Gene Shue 27 Pts: Frank Selvy 30
Minneapolis wins series, 2–0


This was the seventh playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning five of the first six meetings.

Division FinalsEdit

Eastern Division FinalsEdit

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) Philadelphia WarriorsEdit

March 16
Philadelphia Warriors 105, Boston Celtics 111
Scoring by quarter: 24–37, 29–27, 28–25, 24–22
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 42
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 29
Asts: Paul Arizin 5
Pts: Bill Sharman 25
Rebs: Bill Russell 30
Asts: Bob Cousy 13
Boston leads series, 1–0
March 18
Boston Celtics 110, Philadelphia Warriors 115
Scoring by quarter: 27–31, 26–32, 32–27, 25–25
Pts: Tom Heinsohn 26
Rebs: Bill Russell 20
Asts: Bob Cousy 6
Pts: Paul Arizin 30
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 28
Asts: Guy Rodgers 9
Series tied, 1–1
March 19
Philadelphia Warriors 90, Boston Celtics 120
Scoring by quarter: 23–22, 16–28, 25–37, 26–33
Pts: Woody Sauldsberry 22
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 15
Asts: Wilt Chamberlain 6
Pts: Bill Russell 26
Rebs: Bill Russell 39
Asts: Bob Cousy 8
Boston leads series, 2–1
March 20
Boston Celtics 112, Philadelphia Warriors 104
Scoring by quarter: 38–22, 20–29, 22–25, 32–28
Pts: Tom Heinsohn 28
Rebs: Bill Russell 21
Asts: Bob Cousy 8
Pts: Paul Arizin 35
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 34
Asts: Guy Rodgers 5
Boston leads series, 3–1
March 22
Philadelphia Warriors 128, Boston Celtics 107
Scoring by quarter: 33–18, 32–27, 32–30, 31–32
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 50
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 35
Asts: Tom Gola 10
Pts: Bill Russell 22
Rebs: Bill Russell 27
Asts: Bob Cousy 7
Boston leads series, 3–2
March 24
Boston Celtics 119, Philadelphia Warriors 117
Scoring by quarter: 24–33, 27–17, 33–34, 35–33
Pts: Bill Russell 25
Rebs: Bill Russell 25
Asts: Bob Cousy 4
Pts: Guy Rodgers 31
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 24
Asts: Guy Rodgers 9
Boston wins series, 4–2


This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning the first meeting.

Western Division FinalsEdit

(1) St. Louis Hawks vs. (3) Minneapolis LakersEdit

March 16
Minneapolis Lakers 99, St. Louis Hawks 112
Scoring by quarter: 19–27, 23–28, 28–31, 29–26
Pts: Elgin Baylor 19
Rebs: Baylor, Hundley 9 each
Pts: Cliff Hagan 29
Rebs: Bob Pettit 19
St. Louis leads series, 1–0
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 8,377
Referees: Arnie Heft, Richie Powers
March 17
Minneapolis Lakers 120, St. Louis Hawks 113
Scoring by quarter: 24–31, 29–29, 33–30, 34–23
Pts: Elgin Baylor 40
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 14
Pts: Clyde Lovellette 30
Rebs: Bob Pettit 15
Series tied, 1–1
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 8,614
Referees: Arnie Heft, Richie Powers
March 19
St. Louis Hawks 93, Minneapolis Lakers 89
Scoring by quarter: 26–15, 22–31, 24–24, 21–19
Pts: Bob Pettit 35 Pts: Elgin Baylor 27
St. Louis leads series, 2–1
March 20
St. Louis Hawks 101, Minneapolis Lakers 103
Scoring by quarter: 32–22, 27–25, 20–25, 22–31
Pts: Cliff Hagan 28
Rebs: Clyde Lovellette 15
Pts: Elgin Baylor 39
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 16
Series tied, 2–2
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 6,852
Referees: Sid Borgia, Richie Powers
March 22
Minneapolis Lakers 117, St. Louis Hawks 110 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 14–26, 33–21, 28–26, 28–30Overtime: 14–7
Pts: Elgin Baylor 40
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 18
Pts: Bob Pettit 25
Rebs: Bob Pettit 19
Minneapolis leads series, 3–2
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 10,043
Referees: Arnie Heft, Richie Powers
March 24
St. Louis Hawks 117, Minneapolis Lakers 96
Scoring by quarter: 30–19, 26–32, 26–17, 35–28
Pts: Bob Pettit 30
Rebs: Bob Pettit 18
Pts: Elgin Baylor 38
Rebs: Frank Selvy 12
Series tied, 3–3
March 26
Minneapolis Lakers 86, St. Louis Hawks 97
Scoring by quarter: 19–26, 19–25, 26–24, 22–22
Pts: Elgin Baylor 33
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 13
Pts: Bob Pettit 28
Rebs: Bob Pettit 20
St. Louis wins series, 4–3
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 6,195
Referees: Arnie Heft, Mendy Rudolph


This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Hawks winning two of the first three meetings.

NBA Finals: (E1) Boston Celtics vs. (W1) St. Louis HawksEdit

March 27
St. Louis Hawks 122, Boston Celtics 140
Scoring by quarter: 25–30, 26–46, 34–38, 37–26
Pts: Cliff Hagan 25
Rebs: Bob Pettit 17
Asts: Johnny McCarthy 6
Pts: Tom Heinsohn 24
Rebs: Bill Russell 19
Asts: Bob Cousy 12
Boston leads series, 1–0
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 10,002
March 29
St. Louis Hawks 113, Boston Celtics 103
Scoring by quarter: 25–21, 24–35, 34–23, 30–24
Pts: Bob Pettit 35
Rebs: Bob Pettit 22
Asts: Bob Pettit 7
Pts: Bill Sharman 30
Rebs: Bill Russell 40
Asts: Bob Cousy 8
Series tied, 1–1
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 13,909
  • Bill Russell's 40 rebounds set a single-game Finals record for an individual player.
April 2
Boston Celtics 102, St. Louis Hawks 86
Scoring by quarter: 31–32, 23–23, 23–17, 25–14
Pts: Tom Heinsohn 30
Rebs: Bill Russell 19
Asts: Bob Cousy 13
Pts: Bob Pettit 23
Rebs: Bob Pettit 18
Asts: Green, Lovellette 6 each
Boston leads series, 2–1
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 10,612
Referees: Sid Borgia, Arnie Heft
April 3
Boston Celtics 96, St. Louis Hawks 106
Scoring by quarter: 18–28, 21–22, 24–31, 33–25
Pts: Ramsey, Sharman 20 each
Rebs: Bill Russell 19
Asts: Bob Cousy 4
Pts: Bob Pettit 32
Rebs: Bob Pettit 11
Asts: Johnny McCarthy 8
Series tied, 2–2
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 10,612
Referees: Jim Duffy, Mendy Rudolph
April 5
St. Louis Hawks 102, Boston Celtics 127
Scoring by quarter: 26–34, 27–31, 25–30, 24–32
Pts: Cliff Hagan 28
Rebs: Cliff Hagan 12
Asts: Si Green 8
Pts: Tom Heinsohn 34
Rebs: Bill Russell 26
Asts: Bob Cousy 10
Boston leads series, 3–2
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 13,909
April 7
Boston Celtics 102, St. Louis Hawks 105
Scoring by quarter: 16–24, 36–30, 12–36, 38–15
Pts: Bill Russell 17
Rebs: Bill Russell 16
Asts: Bob Cousy 9
Pts: Cliff Hagan 36
Rebs: Clyde Lovellette 15
Asts: Johnny McCarthy 9
Series tied, 3–3
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 10,612
Referees: Jim Duffy, Mendy Rudolph
April 9
St. Louis Hawks 103, Boston Celtics 122
Scoring by quarter: 30–29, 23–41, 25–26, 25–26
Pts: Bob Pettit 22
Rebs: Bob Pettit 14
Asts: Si Green 5
Pts: Frank Ramsey 24
Rebs: Bill Russell 35
Asts: Bob Cousy 14
Boston wins series, 4–3
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 13,909


This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with both teams splitting the first two meetings.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Detroit Pistons versus Los Angeles Lakers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Boston Celtics versus Golden State Warriors (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  4. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Atlanta Hawks versus Los Angeles Lakers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
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