1959–60 NBA season

The 1959–60 NBA season was the 14th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning their 2nd straight NBA Championship, beating the St. Louis Hawks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

  • On November 7, 1959 in a game between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia Warriors, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain played the first game of their 10-year professional rivalry.
  • The 1960 NBA All-Star Game was played in Philadelphia, with the East beating the West 125–115. Rookie Wilt Chamberlain of the local Philadelphia Warriors won the game's MVP award.
  • The Minneapolis Lakers played their final season in the Twin Cities. There would not be another NBA team in Minnesota until the birth of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1989–90.
  • In an interesting quirk in the schedule, the Philadelphia Warriors and Minneapolis Lakers play a two-game series in California on January 31 – February 1, 1960, with the first game being played in San Francisco (the Warriors' future home) and the second in Los Angeles (the Lakers' future home).
  • The NBA schedule was expanded from 72 games per team to 75.

Final standings

Eastern Division

Western Division

x – clinched playoff spot


 Division SemifinalsDivision FinalsNBA Finals
E3Syracuse1  E1Boston4
E2Philadelphia2  E2Philadelphia2 
Eastern Division
 W1St. Louis3
W3Minneapolis2  W1St. Louis4
W2Detroit1  W3Minneapolis3
Western Division

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

Statistics leaders

Note: Prior to the 1969–70 season, league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.

NBA awards


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