1961 NBA playoffs

The 1961 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1960-61 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Division champion St. Louis Hawks 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.

The Lakers made the playoffs for the first time after moving to Los Angeles. They were one game away from their first Finals in L.A. as the St. Louis Hawks defeat them.

For the Celtics, it was their third straight NBA title and fourth overall. This would be the last Finals appearance for the Hawks franchise to date; though they still exist in the NBA as the Atlanta Hawks, they have yet to return to the Finals as of 2020.

Bracket

 Division SemifinalsDivision FinalsNBA Finals
              
E3Syracuse3  E1Boston4
E2Philadelphia0  E3Syracuse1 
Eastern Division
 E1Boston4
 W1St. Louis1
W3Detroit2  W1St. Louis4
W2Los Angeles3  W2Los Angeles3
Western Division

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


Division Semifinals

Eastern Division Semifinals

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

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia (March 14): Syracuse 115, Philadelphia 107
  • Game 2 @ Syracuse (March 16): Syracuse 115, Philadelphia 114
  • Game 3 @ Philadelphia (March 18): Syracuse 106, Philadelphia 103

Nationals win series 3-0


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

Western Division Semifinals

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Detroit Pistons

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles (March 14): Los Angeles 120, Detroit 102
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles (March 15): Los Angeles 127, Detroit 118
  • Game 3 @ Detroit (March 17): Detroit 124, Los Angeles 113
  • Game 4 @ Detroit (March 18): Detroit 123, Los Angeles 114
  • Game 5 @ Los Angeles (March 19): Los Angeles 137, Detroit 120

Lakers win series 3-2


This was the eighth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning six of the first seven meetings when the Lakers were in Minneapolis.

Division Finals

Eastern Division Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Syracuse Nationals

  • Game 1 @ Boston (March 19): Boston 128, Syracuse 115
  • Game 2 @ Syracuse (March 21): Syracuse 115, Boston 98
  • Game 3 @ Boston (March 23): Boston 133, Syracuse 110
  • Game 4 @ Syracuse (March 25): Boston 120, Syracuse 107
  • Game 5 @ Boston (March 26): Boston 123, Syracuse 101

Celtics win series 4-1


This was the eighth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Nationals winning four of the first seven meetings.

Western Division Finals

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

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis (March 21): Los Angeles 122, St. Louis 118
  • Game 2 @ St. Louis (March 22): St. Louis 121, Los Angeles 106
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles (March 24): Los Angeles 118, St. Louis 112
  • Game 4 @ Los Angeles (March 25): St. Louis 118, Los Angeles 117
  • Game 5 @ St. Louis (March 27): Los Angeles 121, St. Louis 112
  • Game 6 @ Los Angeles (March 29): St. Louis 114, Los Angeles 113 (OT)
  • Game 7 @ St. Louis (April 1): St. Louis 105, Los Angeles 103

Hawks win series 4-3


This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Hawks winning three of the first four meetings while the Lakers were based in Minneapolis.

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

  • Game 1 @ Boston (April 2): Boston 129, St. Louis 95
  • Game 2 @ Boston (April 5): Boston 116, St. Louis 108
  • Game 3 @ St. Louis (April 8): St. Louis 124, Boston 120
  • Game 4 @ St. Louis (April 9): Boston 119, St. Louis 104
  • Game 5 @ Boston (April 11): Boston 121, St. Louis 112 (Bill Sharman's final NBA game)

Celtics win series 4-1


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

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