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The 1963–64 NBA season was the Celtics' 18th season in the NBA. The Celtics finished the season by winning their seventh NBA Championship.

1963–64 Boston Celtics season
NBA champions
Head coachRed Auerbach
ArenaBoston Garden
Results
Record59–21 (.738)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finishNBA Champions
(Defeated Warriors 4–1)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWHDH-TV
RadioWHDH
< 1962–63 1964–65 >

OffseasonEdit

NBA DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 8 Bill Green Forward   United States Colorado State

RosterEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The Celtics were one of the dominant teams in the leagues. The team established its legacy as one of the game's greatest dynasties ever. 1950s superstar Bob Cousy had retired, yet Red Auerbach's club barely slowed down with his absence. Cousy's replacement was a defensive specialist named K. C. Jones, who continued Auerbach's emphasis on defense along with forward Tom 'Satch' Sanders and center Bill Russell. While Boston could surely still pass and score, it was their defensive emergence, led by the incredible Russell, that was now leading a streak of NBA titles. Russell led the league in rebounds and was one of two high-volume shot blockers dominating the NBA. The Celtics had six scorers over ten-points per game and two more over eight. Auerbach's sixth man, John Havlicek, was the team's leading scorer at 20 per game. This combination of active defense and unselfish shooting got Boston a league-high 59 wins in 80 NBA games.

Season standingsEdit

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Boston Celtics 59 21 .738 26–4 21–17 12–0 25–11
x-Cincinnati Royals 55 25 .688 4 26–7 18–18 11–0 27–9
x-Philadelphia 76ers 34 46 .425 25 18–12 12–22 4–12 13–23
New York Knicks 22 58 .275 37 10–25 8–27 4–6 7–29


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1963–64 NBA records
Team BAL BOS CIN DET LAL NYK PHI SFW STL
Baltimore 1–9 2–8 7–3 3–7 7–3 5–5 3–7 3–7
Boston 9–1 5–7 7–1 6–3 10–2 10–2 5–3 7–2
Cincinnati 8–2 7–5 7–2 4–4 11–1 9–3 5–4 4–4
Detroit 3–7 1–7 2–7 5–7 4–5 3–5 3–9 2–10
Los Angeles 7–3 3–6 4–4 7–5 6–2 5–4 5–7 5–7
New York 3–7 2–10 1–11 5–4 2–6 4–8 1–8 4–4
Philadelphia 5–5 2–10 3–9 5–3 4–5 8–4 4–4 3–6
San Francisco 7–3 3–5 4–5 9–3 7–5 8–1 4–4 6–6
St. Louis 7–3 2–7 4–4 10–2 7–5 4–4 6–3 6–6

PlayoffsEdit

East Division SemifinalsEdit

The Celtics had a division semifinal bye.

East Division FinalsEdit

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) Cincinnati Royals: Celtics win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 103, Cincinnati 87
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Boston 101, Cincinnati 90
  • Game 3 @ Cincinnati: Boston 102, Cincinnati 92
  • Game 4 @ Cincinnati: Cincinnati 102, Boston 93
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 109, Cincinnati 95

NBA FinalsEdit

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 18 Boston 108–96 San Francisco
Game 2 April 20 Boston 124–101 San Francisco
Game 3 April 22 San Francisco 115–91 Boston
Game 4 April 24 San Francisco 95–98 Boston
Game 5 April 26 Boston 105–99 San Francisco

[1]

Celtics won series 4–1

Awards and honorsEdit

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