1962 NBA playoffs

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The 1962 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1961-62 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.

1962 NBA playoffs
DatesMarch 16–April 18, 1962
Season1961–62
Teams6
ChampionsBoston Celtics (5th title)
Runners-upLos Angeles Lakers (7th finals appearance)
Semifinalists

The Celtics won their 4th straight title to become the first (and as of 2020, only) NBA team to do so. Boston's Game 7 victory occurred in OT, with Bill Russell tying his own Finals record with 40 rebounds.

This was the second NBA Finals played between the Celtics and Lakers, but it was the first one the Lakers played in since they moved to Los Angeles.

Though the NBA has existed since 1947, this is the earliest NBA Finals played between two teams that still reside in their present (2020) locations.

BracketEdit

  Division Semifinals Division Finals NBA Finals
                           
E3 Syracuse 2     E1 Boston 4
E2 Philadelphia 3     E2 Philadelphia 3  
Eastern Division
  E1 Boston 4
  W1 Los Angeles 3
W3 Detroit 3     W1 Los Angeles 4
W2 Cincinnati 1     W3 Detroit 2
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 16
Syracuse Nationals 103, Philadelphia Warriors 110
Scoring by quarter: 21–26, 22–29, 28–35, 32–20
Pts: Larry Costello 23
Rebs: Red Kerr 15
Asts: Bianchi, Shaffer 4 each
Pts: Paul Arizin 43
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 25
Asts: Guy Rodgers 8
Philadelphia leads series, 1–0
March 18
Philadelphia Warriors 97, Syracuse Nationals 82
Scoring by quarter: 26–27, 28–16, 22–18, 21–21
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 28
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 26
Asts: Wilt Chamberlain 4
Pts: Red Kerr 18
Rebs: Lee Shaffer 13
Asts: Larry Costello 5
Philadelphia leads series, 2–0
March 19
Syracuse Nationals 101, Philadelphia Warriors 100
Scoring by quarter: 27–27, 34–35, 19–24, 21–14
Pts: Lee Shaffer 30
Rebs: Red Kerr 16
Asts: Larry Costello 10
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 40
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 25
Asts: Guy Rodgers 9
Philadelphia leads series, 2–1
March 20
Philadelphia Warriors 99, Syracuse Nationals 106
Scoring by quarter: 24–30, 24–28, 24–25, 27–23
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 29
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 20
Asts: Guy Rodgers 7
Pts: Red Kerr 27
Rebs: Red Kerr 22
Asts: Larry Costello 7
Series tied, 2–2
March 22
Syracuse Nationals 104, Philadelphia Warriors 121
Scoring by quarter: 28–35, 29–24, 20–31, 27–31
Pts: Lee Shaffer 30
Rebs: Red Kerr 15
Asts: Al Bianchi 5
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 56
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 35
Asts: Guy Rodgers 10
Philadelphia wins series, 3–2


This was the ninth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the 76ers/Nationals winning five of the first eight meetings.

Western Division SemifinalsEdit

(2) Cincinnati Royals vs. (3) Detroit PistonsEdit

March 16
Cincinnati Royals 122, Detroit Pistons 123
Scoring by quarter: 29–32, 29–27, 31–34, 33–30
Pts: Bockhorn, Robertson 24 each Pts: Ray Scott 34
Detroit leads series, 1–0
March 17
Detroit Pistons 107, Cincinnati Royals 129
Scoring by quarter: 25–31, 24–31, 29–30, 29–37
Pts: Ohl, Shue 18 each Pts: Oscar Robertson 33
Series tied, 1–1
March 18
Cincinnati Royals 107, Detroit Pistons 118
Scoring by quarter: 25–19, 24–29, 32–39, 26–31
Pts: Oscar Robertson 26 Pts: Bailey Howell 27
Detroit leads series, 2–1
March 20
Detroit Pistons 112, Cincinnati Royals 111
Scoring by quarter: 27–21, 36–34, 22–24, 27–32
Pts: Don Ohl 33 Pts: Oscar Robertson 32
Detroit wins series, 3–1


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

Division FinalsEdit

Eastern Division FinalsEdit

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

March 24
Philadelphia Warriors 89, Boston Celtics 117
Scoring by quarter: 15–24, 20–26, 29–36, 25–31
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 33
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 31
Asts: Chamberlain, Arizin 3 each
Pts: Sam Jones 20
Rebs: Bill Russell 30
Asts: Bob Cousy 8
Boston leads series, 1–0
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 10,274
March 27
Boston Celtics 106, Philadelphia Warriors 113
Scoring by quarter: 26–27, 34–22, 25–30, 21–34
Pts: Tom Heinsohn 24
Rebs: Bill Russell 20
Asts: Bill Russell 6
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 42
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 37
Asts: Guy Rodgers 10
Series tied, 1–1
March 28
Philadelphia Warriors 114, Boston Celtics 129
Scoring by quarter: 29–35, 26–41, 26–33, 33–20
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 35
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 29
Asts: Wilt Chamberlain 6
Pts: Russell, Heinsohn 31 each
Rebs: Bill Russell 31
Asts: Bob Cousy 10
Boston leads series, 2–1
March 31
Boston Celtics 106, Philadelphia Warriors 110
Scoring by quarter: 25–23, 29–32, 23–23, 29–32
Pts: Bill Russell 31
Rebs: Bill Russell 30
Asts: Bob Cousy 10
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 41
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 34
Asts: Guy Rodgers 10
Series tied, 2–2
April 1
Philadelphia Warriors 104, Boston Celtics 119
Scoring by quarter: 26–36, 23–36, 19–18, 36–29
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 30
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 14
Asts: Guy Rodgers 9
Pts: Bill Russell 29
Rebs: Bill Russell 26
Asts: Russell, S. Jones 7 each
Boston leads series, 3–2
April 3
Boston Celtics 99, Philadelphia Warriors 109
Scoring by quarter: 22–34, 30–28, 26–25, 21–22
Pts: Heinsohn, Cousy 22 each
Rebs: Bill Russell 22
Asts: Bob Cousy 12
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 32
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 21
Asts: Guy Rodgers 10
Series tied, 3–3
April 5
Philadelphia Warriors 107, Boston Celtics 109
Scoring by quarter: 23–34, 33–18, 25–28, 26–29
Pts: Tom Meschery 32
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 22
Asts: Guy Rodgers 8
Pts: Sam Jones 28
Rebs: Bill Russell 22
Asts: K. C. Jones 10
Boston wins series, 4–3


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

Western Division FinalsEdit

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Detroit PistonsEdit

March 24
Detroit Pistons 108, Los Angeles Lakers 132
Scoring by quarter: 27–28, 31–39, 30–32, 20–33
Pts: Bailey Howell 27
Rebs: Walter Dukes 12
Pts: Elgin Baylor 35
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 17
Los Angeles leads series, 1–0
March 25
Detroit Pistons 112, Los Angeles Lakers 127
Scoring by quarter: 24–29, 24–32, 35–38, 29–28
Pts: Don Ohl 33
Rebs: Bailey Howell 13
Pts: Jerry West 40
Rebs: West, Baylor 13 each
Los Angeles leads series, 2–0
March 27
Los Angeles Lakers 111, Detroit Pistons 106
Scoring by quarter: 35–24, 26–29, 26–27, 24–26
Pts: Elgin Baylor 34
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 17
Pts: Gene Shue 26
Rebs: Walter Dukes 25
Los Angeles leads series, 3–0
March 29
Los Angeles Lakers 117, Detroit Pistons 118
Scoring by quarter: 23–29, 36–35, 27–27, 31–27
Pts: Elgin Baylor 45
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 17
Pts: Bailey Howell 24
Rebs: Ray Scott 23
Los Angeles leads series, 3–1
March 31
Detroit Pistons 132, Los Angeles Lakers 125
Scoring by quarter: 30–19, 38–33, 34–22, 30–51
Pts: Willie Jones 27
Rebs: Ray Scott 13
Pts: Elgin Baylor 37
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 19
Los Angeles leads series, 3–2
April 3
Los Angeles Lakers 123, Detroit Pistons 117
Scoring by quarter: 31–27, 33–18, 33–39, 26–33
Pts: Baylor, West 38 each Pts: Ray Scott 22
Los Angeles wins series, 4–2


This was the ninth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning seven of the first eight meetings.

NBA Finals: (E1) Boston Celtics vs. (W1) Los Angeles LakersEdit

April 7
Los Angeles Lakers 108, Boston Celtics 122
Scoring by quarter: 32–29, 20–31, 22–35, 34–27
Pts: Elgin Baylor 35
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 17
Asts: Jerry West 4
Pts: Sam Jones 24
Rebs: Bill Russell 28
Asts: Bob Cousy 7
Boston leads series, 1–0
April 8
Los Angeles Lakers 129, Boston Celtics 122
Scoring by quarter: 30–36, 43–23, 29–39, 27–24
Pts: Jerry West 40
Rebs: Jim Krebs 13
Asts: Frank Selvy 6
Pts: Tom Heinsohn 27
Rebs: Bill Russell 23
Asts: Bob Cousy 11
Series tied, 1–1
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 12,364
April 10
Boston Celtics 115, Los Angeles Lakers 117
Scoring by quarter: 27–24, 23–30, 28–33, 37–30
Pts: Bill Russell 26
Rebs: Bill Russell 32
Asts: Bob Cousy 8
Pts: Elgin Baylor 39
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 23
Asts: Frank Selvy 5
Los Angeles leads series, 2–1
  • Jerry West steals Sam Jones' inbound pass and hit the game winning buzzer-beater.
April 11
Boston Celtics 115, Los Angeles Lakers 103
Scoring by quarter: 32–20, 28–31, 31–25, 24–27
Pts: Bill Russell 21
Rebs: Bill Russell 22
Asts: Bob Cousy 13
Pts: Elgin Baylor 38
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 14
Asts: Elgin Baylor 6
Series tied, 2–2
April 14
Los Angeles Lakers 126, Boston Celtics 121
Scoring by quarter: 31–30, 35–38, 27–31, 33–22
Pts: Elgin Baylor 61
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 22
Asts: Frank Selvy 5
Pts: Tom Heinsohn 30
Rebs: Bill Russell 29
Asts: Bob Cousy 10
Los Angeles leads series, 3–2
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 13,909
  • Elgin Baylor's 61 points sets a Finals record for an individual scorer in a game.
April 16
Boston Celtics 119, Los Angeles Lakers 105
Scoring by quarter: 33–34, 24–31, 34–16, 28–24
Pts: Sam Jones 35
Rebs: Bill Russell 24
Asts: Bill Russell 10
Pts: West, Baylor 34 each
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 15
Asts: West, LaRusso 5 each
Series tied, 3–3
April 18
Los Angeles Lakers 107, Boston Celtics 110 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 22–22, 25–31, 28–22, 25–25, Overtime: 7–10
Pts: Elgin Baylor 41
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 22
Asts: three players 4 each
Pts: Bill Russell 30
Rebs: Bill Russell 40
Asts: Bob Cousy 9
Boston wins series, 4–3
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 13,909
  • Frank Selvy misses the championship-winning shot in regulation; Bill Russell's 40 rebounds ties his own Finals record in a single game.[5]


This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning first meeting when the Lakers were in Minneapolis.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Golden State Warriors versus Philadelphia 76ers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  2. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Detroit Pistons versus Sacramento Kings (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 — Detroit Pistons versus Los Angeles Lakers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  5. ^ "Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics Box Score, April 18, 1962". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  6. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Boston Celtics versus Los Angeles Lakers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 19, 2021.

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