1963 NBA playoffs

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The 1963 NBA playoffs were the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1962-63 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Division champion Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.

1963 NBA playoffs
DatesMarch 19–April 24, 1963
Season1962–63
Teams6
ChampionsBoston Celtics (6th title)
Runners-upLos Angeles Lakers (8th finals appearance)
Semifinalists

The Celtics won their 5th straight and 6th overall, NBA title. Boston defeated L.A. in the NBA Finals for the second straight year, something that happened regularly in the 1960s.

The Cincinnati Royals advanced to the Division Finals for the first time since 1952, extending the Celtics to seven games.

This was the last playoff appearance for the Syracuse Nationals under that name; they moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the following season and became known as the Philadelphia 76ers.

This was the first time that both Division Finals series went to a deciding Game 7, and will be the last until 1979 and again until 2018.

BracketEdit

  Division Semifinals Division Finals NBA Finals
                           
E3 Cincinnati 3     E1 Boston 4
E2 Syracuse 2     E3 Cincinnati 3  
Eastern Division
  E1 Boston 4
  W1 Los Angeles 2
W3 Detroit 1     W1 Los Angeles 4
W2 St. Louis 3     W2 St. Louis 3
Western Division

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


Division SemifinalsEdit

Eastern Division SemifinalsEdit

(2) Syracuse Nationals vs. (3) Cincinnati RoyalsEdit

March 19
Cincinnati Royals 120, Syracuse Nationals 123
Scoring by quarter: 38–36, 30–34, 23–24, 29–29
Pts: Oscar Robertson 29 Pts: Hal Greer 32
Syracuse leads series, 1–0
March 21
Syracuse Nationals 115, Cincinnati Royals 133
Scoring by quarter: 21–33, 29–29, 31–27, 34–44
Pts: Chet Walker 24 Pts: Oscar Robertson 41
Series tied, 1–1
March 23
Cincinnati Royals 117, Syracuse Nationals 121
Scoring by quarter: 33–31, 20–34, 39–31, 25–25
Pts: Embry, Twyman 24 each Pts: Lee Shaffer 34
Syracuse leads series, 2–1
March 24
Syracuse Nationals 118, Cincinnati Royals 125
Scoring by quarter: 24–31, 35–29, 32–35, 27–30
Pts: Lee Shaffer 32 Pts: Oscar Robertson 29
Series tied, 2–2
March 26
Cincinnati Royals 131, Syracuse Nationals 127 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 29–29, 26–31, 28–28, 31–26, Overtime: 17–13
Pts: Oscar Robertson 32 Pts: Lee Shaffer 45
Cincinnati wins series, 3–2


This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams.[1]

Western Division SemifinalsEdit

(2) St. Louis Hawks vs. (3) Detroit PistonsEdit

March 20
Detroit Pistons 99, St. Louis Hawks 118
Scoring by quarter: 27–15, 32–40, 15–28, 25–35
Pts: Dave DeBusschere 30
Rebs: Dave DeBusschere 18
Asts: Don Ohl 6
Pts: Pettit, Hagan 31 each
Rebs: Bob Pettit 15
Asts: Wilkens, Barnhill 6 each
St. Louis leads series, 1–0
March 22
Detroit Pistons 108, St. Louis Hawks 122
Scoring by quarter: 29–30, 20–24, 30–25, 29–43
Pts: Scott, Ohl 29 each
Rebs: Scott, Howell 9 each
Asts: Don Ohl 6
Pts: Bob Pettit 42
Rebs: Bob Pettit 18
Asts: Pettit, Farmer 5 each
St. Louis leads series, 2–0
March 24
St. Louis Hawks 103, Detroit Pistons 107
Scoring by quarter: 20–28, 26–27, 26–29, 31–23
Pts: Bob Pettit 36
Rebs: Bob Pettit 22
Asts: Lenny Wilkens 10
Pts: DeBusschere, Ferry 23 each
Rebs: Dave DeBusschere 26
Asts: Jones, Ohl 4 each
St. Louis leads series, 2–1
Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 3,232
March 26
St. Louis Hawks 104, Detroit Pistons 100
Scoring by quarter: 25–24, 29–23, 29–27, 21–26
Pts: Bob Pettit 35
Rebs: Bill Bridges 15
Asts: Chico Vaughn 9
Pts: Don Ohl 32
Rebs: Ray Scott 14
Asts: Ray Scott 6
St. Louis wins series, 3–1
Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 3,257


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

Division FinalsEdit

Eastern Division FinalsEdit

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Cincinnati RoyalsEdit

March 28
Cincinnati Royals 135, Boston Celtics 132
Scoring by quarter: 27–36, 35–36, 41–32, 32–28
Pts: Oscar Robertson 43
Rebs: Oscar Robertson 14
Asts: Oscar Robertson 10
Pts: Sam Jones 30
Rebs: Bill Russell 24
Asts: Bob Cousy 9
Cincinnati leads series, 1–0
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 13,798
March 29
Boston Celtics 125, Cincinnati Royals 102
Scoring by quarter: 30–27, 24–29, 38–23, 33–23
Pts: Bill Russell 26
Rebs: Bill Russell 24
Pts: Oscar Robertson 28
Rebs: Wayne Embry 16
Series tied, 1–1
Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 11,102
March 31
Cincinnati Royals 121, Boston Celtics 116
Scoring by quarter: 26–27, 41–35, 26–27, 28–27
Pts: Oscar Robertson 23
Rebs: Bob Boozer 14
Asts: Oscar Robertson 8
Pts: Tom Heinsohn 28
Rebs: Bill Russell 28
Asts: Bob Cousy 7
Cincinnati leads series, 2–1
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 13,909
April 3
Boston Celtics 128, Cincinnati Royals 110
Scoring by quarter: 34–25, 36–30, 27–31, 31–24
Pts: Bill Russell 26
Rebs: Bill Russell 21
Pts: Oscar Robertson 25
Rebs: Robertson, Embry 15 each
Series tied, 2–2
April 6
Cincinnati Royals 120, Boston Celtics 125
Scoring by quarter: 34–32, 25–33, 27–37, 34–23
Pts: Oscar Robertson 36
Rebs: Wayne Embry 14
Asts: Oscar Robertson 10
Pts: Tom Heinsohn 34
Rebs: Bill Russell 26
Asts: Bob Cousy 8
Boston leads series, 3–2
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 13,909
April 7
Boston Celtics 99, Cincinnati Royals 109
Scoring by quarter: 25–25, 23–26, 28–34, 23–24
Pts: Sam Jones 22
Rebs: Bill Russell 23
Pts: Oscar Robertson 36
Rebs: Wayne Embry 22
Series tied, 3–3
April 10
Cincinnati Royals 131, Boston Celtics 142
Scoring by quarter: 30–35, 34–33, 29–40, 38–34
Pts: Oscar Robertson 43
Rebs: Embry, Hawkins 7 each
Asts: Oscar Robertson 6
Pts: Sam Jones 47
Rebs: Bill Russell 24
Asts: Bob Cousy 16
Boston wins series, 4–3
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 13,909


This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams.[3]

Western Division FinalsEdit

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (2) St. Louis HawksEdit

March 31
St. Louis Hawks 104, Los Angeles Lakers 112
Scoring by quarter: 14–24, 29–21, 27–33, 34–34
Pts: Bob Pettit 38
Rebs: Bob Pettit 14
Asts: Pettit, Barnhill 6 each
Pts: Jerry West 27
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 12
Asts: Elgin Baylor 8
Los Angeles leads series, 1–0
April 2
St. Louis Hawks 99, Los Angeles Lakers 101
Scoring by quarter: 19–24, 29–19, 22–27, 29–31
Pts: Cliff Hagan 34
Rebs: Bob Pettit 16
Asts: Lenny Wilkens 7
Pts: Elgin Baylor 29
Rebs: three players 14 each
Asts: Baylor, Selvy 6 each
Los Angeles leads series, 2–0
April 4
Los Angeles Lakers 112, St. Louis Hawks 125
Scoring by quarter: 14–21, 29–29, 33–43, 36–32
Pts: Elgin Baylor 34
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 12
Asts: three players 2 each
Pts: Bob Pettit 33
Rebs: Zelmo Beaty 15
Asts: Lenny Wilkens 10
Los Angeles leads series, 2–1
April 6
Los Angeles Lakers 114, St. Louis Hawks 124
Scoring by quarter: 28–18, 31–28, 22–45, 33–33
Pts: Jerry West 33
Rebs: Baylor, Ellis 13 each
Asts: three players 2 each
Pts: Cliff Hagan 33
Rebs: Bob Pettit 15
Asts: Lenny Wilkens 10
Series tied, 2–2
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 10,614
April 7
St. Louis Hawks 96, Los Angeles Lakers 123
Scoring by quarter: 15–30, 28–27, 23–39, 30–27
Pts: Chico Vaughn 16
Rebs: Mike Farmer 10
Pts: Elgin Baylor 37
Rebs: Baylor, Wiley 13 each
Los Angeles leads series, 3–2
April 9
Los Angeles Lakers 113, St. Louis Hawks 121
Scoring by quarter: 28–27, 24–33, 29–32, 32–29
Pts: Elgin Baylor 39
Rebs: Rudy LaRusso 11
Asts: Jerry West 4
Pts: Bob Pettit 36
Rebs: Bob Pettit 20
Asts: Lenny Wilkens 11
Series tied, 3–3
April 11
St. Louis Hawks 100, Los Angeles Lakers 115
Scoring by quarter: 24–30, 26–27, 22–30, 28–28
Pts: Bob Pettit 31
Rebs: Bob Pettit 13
Asts: Cliff Hagan 4
Pts: Elgin Baylor 35
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 15
Asts: Baylor, West 7 each
Los Angeles wins series, 4–3


This was the sixth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Hawks winning four of the first five meetings.

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

April 14
Los Angeles Lakers 114, Boston Celtics 117
Scoring by quarter: 30–21, 24–34, 32–30, 28–32
Pts: Elgin Baylor 33
Rebs: Rudy LaRusso 14
Asts: three players 3 each
Pts: Sam Jones 29
Rebs: Bill Russell 29
Asts: Bob Cousy 11
Boston leads series, 1–0
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 13,909
April 16
Los Angeles Lakers 106, Boston Celtics 113
Scoring by quarter: 25–19, 21–31, 24–31, 36–32
Pts: Elgin Baylor 30
Rebs: Rudy LaRusso 12
Asts: Elgin Baylor 4
Pts: Sam Jones 27
Rebs: Bill Russell 38
Asts: Bob Cousy 11
Boston leads series, 2–0
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 13,909
April 17
Boston Celtics 99, Los Angeles Lakers 119
Scoring by quarter: 22–25, 29–30, 29–28, 19–36
Pts: Sam Jones 30
Rebs: Bill Russell 19
Asts: Bill Russell 5
Pts: Jerry West 42
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 23
Asts: Elgin Baylor 8
Boston leads series, 2–1
April 19
Boston Celtics 108, Los Angeles Lakers 105
Scoring by quarter: 31–20, 27–32, 27–18, 23–35
Pts: Tom Heinsohn 35
Rebs: Bill Russell 19
Asts: three players 5 each
Pts: Elgin Baylor 31
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 19
Asts: Jerry West 5
Boston leads series, 3–1
April 21
Los Angeles Lakers 126, Boston Celtics 119
Scoring by quarter: 22–25, 33–27, 35–40, 36–27
Pts: Elgin Baylor 43
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 20
Asts: Jerry West 6
Pts: Sam Jones 36
Rebs: Bill Russell 27
Asts: Bob Cousy 14
Boston leads series, 3–2
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 13,909
April 24
Boston Celtics 112, Los Angeles Lakers 109
Scoring by quarter: 33–35, 33–17, 26–28, 20–29
Pts: Tom Heinsohn 22
Rebs: Bill Russell 24
Asts: Bill Russell 9
Pts: Jerry West 32
Rebs: Gene Wiley 14
Asts: Jerry West 9
Boston wins series, 4–2


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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Philadelphia 76ers versus Sacramento Kings (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  2. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Atlanta Hawks versus Detroit Pistons (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Boston Celtics versus Sacramento Kings (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.
  5. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Boston Celtics versus Los Angeles Lakers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 19, 2021.

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