1967 NBA playoffs

The 1967 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1966-67 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Philadelphia 76ers defeating the Western Division champion San Francisco Warriors 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.

It was the 76ers' second NBA title in franchise history; their first had come in 1955 as the Syracuse Nationals.

The Boston Celtics were denied the chance to win their ninth straight championship, though they would win the title the following two seasons.

The expansion Chicago Bulls made the playoffs in their debut season, and the New York Knicks returned to the postseason for the first time since 1959. It is the longest gap in Knicks franchise history, a record they matched when they missed the playoffs starting in 2004 and ending in 2011.

The 1967 NBA playoffs marked a change in the league's playoff format; every tournament since 1955 had given the top-ranked team in each division a first-round bye, but starting this season, the NBA upped the number of playoff teams to eight, thereby eliminating a first-round bye for the regular-season division champions.

Bracket

 Division SemifinalsDivision FinalsNBA Finals
              
E1Philadelphia3 
E3Cincinnati1 
 E1Philadelphia4
Eastern Division
 E2Boston1 
E4New York1
E2Boston3 
 E1Philadelphia4
 W1San Francisco2
W1San Francisco3
W3Los Angeles0 
 W1San Francisco4
Western Division
 W2St. Louis2
W4Chicago0
W2St. Louis3

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


Division Semifinals

Eastern Division Semifinals

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (3) Cincinnati Royals

March 21
Cincinnati Royals 120, Philadelphia 76ers 116
Scoring by quarter: 33–31, 30–26, 33–28, 24–31
Pts: Oscar Robertson 33
Rebs: Dierking, Lucas 18 each
Asts: Oscar Robertson 16
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 41
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 22
Asts: Chamberlain, Greer 5 each
Cincinnati leads series, 1–0
March 22
Philadelphia 76ers 123, Cincinnati Royals 102
Scoring by quarter: 35–22, 23–27, 33–26, 32–27
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 37
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 27
Asts: Wilt Chamberlain 11
Pts: Oscar Robertson 29
Rebs: Connie Dierking 17
Asts: Oscar Robertson 9
Series tied, 1–1
March 24
Cincinnati Royals 106, Philadelphia 76ers 121
Scoring by quarter: 26–39, 23–25, 22–23, 35–34
Pts: Oscar Robertson 25
Rebs: Jerry Lucas 23
Asts: Oscar Robertson 130
Pts: Hal Greer 33
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 30
Asts: Wilt Chamberlain 19
Philadelphia leads series, 2–1
March 25
Philadelphia 76ers 112, Cincinnati Royals 94
Scoring by quarter: 31–29, 34–27, 23–25, 24–13
Pts: Hal Greer 30
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 27
Asts: Wilt Chamberlain 9
Pts: Happy Hairston 26
Rebs: Jerry Lucas 25
Asts: Oscar Robertson 7
Philadelphia wins series, 3–1


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

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (4) New York Knicks

March 21
New York Knicks 110, Boston Celtics 140
Scoring by quarter: 28–34, 23–37, 30–32, 29–37
Pts: Willis Reed 23
Rebs: Walt Bellamy 10
Asts: Dick Van Arsdale 8
Pts: Sam Jones 38
Rebs: Bill Russell 23
Asts: Bill Russell 8
Boston leads series, 1–0
March 25
Boston Celtics 115, New York Knicks 108
Scoring by quarter: 15–25, 36–28, 37–28, 27–27
Pts: Sam Jones 26
Rebs: Bill Russell 18
Pts: Willis Reed 30
Rebs: Willis Reed 21
Boston leads series, 2–0
March 26
New York Knicks 123, Boston Celtics 112
Scoring by quarter: 27–26, 34–25, 38–26, 24–35
Pts: Willis Reed 38
Rebs: Bellamy, Reed 16 each
Asts: Howard Komives 5
Pts: John Havlicek 29
Rebs: Bill Russell 24
Asts: K. C. Jones 5
Boston leads series, 2–1
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 10,738
March 28
Boston Celtics 118, New York Knicks 109
Scoring by quarter: 31–22, 29–35, 30–22, 28–30
Pts: Sam Jones 51
Rebs: Bill Russell 16
Asts: K. C. Jones 7
Pts: Freddie Crawford 26
Rebs: Walt Bellamy 20
Asts: Freddie Crawford 6
Boston wins series, 3–1


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

Western Division Semifinals

(1) San Francisco Warriors vs. (3) Los Angeles Lakers

March 21
Los Angeles Lakers 108, San Francisco Warriors 124
Scoring by quarter: 25–33, 20–32, 22–29, 41–30
Pts: Archie Clark 26
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 12
Asts: Clark, Imhoff 4 each
Pts: Jim King 22
Rebs: Nate Thurmond 20
Asts: King, Barry 6 each
San Francisco leads series, 1–0
March 23
San Francisco Warriors 113, Los Angeles Lakers 102
Scoring by quarter: 22–24, 29–18, 33–28, 29–32
Pts: Rick Barry 26
Rebs: Nate Thurmond 24
Asts: Nate Thurmond 7
Pts: Archie Clark 24
Rebs: Darrall Imhoff 10
Asts: three players 5 each
San Francisco leads series, 2–0
March 26
Los Angeles Lakers 115, San Francisco Warriors 122
Scoring by quarter: 26–36, 24–26, 40–30, 25–30
Pts: Elgin Baylor 37
Rebs: Elgin Baylor 18
Asts: Walt Hazzard 8
Pts: Rick Barry 37
Rebs: Nate Thurmond 21
Asts: Rick Barry 7
San Francisco wins series, 3–0


This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams.

(2) St. Louis Hawks vs. (4) Chicago Bulls

March 21
Chicago Bulls 100, St. Louis Hawks 114
Scoring by quarter: 21–27, 29–29, 28–31, 22–27
Pts: Kojis, Boozer 18 each
Rebs: Bob Boozer 13
Asts: Rodgers, Clemens 2 each
Pts: Lou Hudson 26
Rebs: Bridges, Silas 14 each
Asts: Lenny Wilkens 6
St. Louis leads series, 1–0
March 23
St. Louis Hawks 113, Chicago Bulls 107
Scoring by quarter: 35–26, 25–27, 19–34, 34–20
Pts: Lou Hudson 29
Rebs: Bill Bridges 12
Asts: Richie Guerin 6
Pts: Bob Boozer 25
Rebs: Kojis, Boozer 11 each
Asts: Guy Rodgers 11
St. Louis leads series, 2–0
March 25
Chicago Bulls 106, St. Louis Hawks 119
Scoring by quarter: 28–30, 32–35, 21–24, 25–30
Pts: McCoy McLemore 18
Rebs: Bob Boozer 11
Asts: Guy Rodgers 5
Pts: Lenny Wilkens 27
Rebs: Bill Bridges 28
Asts: Lenny Wilkens 8
St. Louis wins series, 3–0


This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams.

Division Finals

Eastern Division Finals

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (2) Boston Celtics

March 31
Boston Celtics 113, Philadelphia 76ers 127
Scoring by quarter: 26–32, 23–34, 31–28, 33–33
Pts: Sam Jones 24
Rebs: Bill Russell 15
Asts: Sam Jones 12
Pts: Hal Greer 39
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 32
Asts: Wilt Chamberlain 13
Philadelphia leads series, 1–0
April 2
Philadelphia 76ers 107, Boston Celtics 102
Scoring by quarter: 21–21, 34–37, 29–17, 23–27
Pts: Chet Walker 23
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 29
Asts: Chamberlain, Greer 5 each
Pts: John Havlicek 26
Rebs: Bill Russell 24
Asts: K. C. Jones 7
Philadelphia leads series, 2–0
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 13,909
April 5
Boston Celtics 104, Philadelphia 76ers 115
Scoring by quarter: 26–24, 26–35, 29–25, 23–31
Pts: John Havlicek 33
Rebs: Bill Russell 29
Asts: Bill Russell 9
Pts: Hal Greer 30
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 41
Asts: Wilt Chamberlain 9
Philadelphia leads series, 3–0
April 9
Philadelphia 76ers 117, Boston Celtics 121
Scoring by quarter: 32–34, 28–32, 28–25, 29–30
Pts: Luke Jackson 29
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 22
Asts: Wilt Chamberlain 10
Pts: Sam Jones 32
Rebs: Bill Russell 28
Asts: Larry Siegfried 11
Philadelphia leads series, 3–1
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 13,909
April 11
Boston Celtics 116, Philadelphia 76ers 140
Scoring by quarter: 37–26, 33–39, 24–35, 22–40
Pts: John Havlicek 38
Rebs: Bill Russell 21
Asts: Larry Siegfried 8
Pts: Hal Greer 32
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 36
Asts: Wilt Chamberlain 13
Philadelphia wins series, 4–1
  • K.C. Jones's final NBA game.
  • Sixers snap Boston's NBA record playoff series winning streak at 18, and their championship reign at eight years.


This was the 11th playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning six of the first 10 meetings.

Western Division Finals

(1) San Francisco Warriors vs. (2) St. Louis Hawks

March 30
St. Louis Hawks 115, San Francisco Warriors 117
Scoring by quarter: 25–40, 30–27, 28–32, 32–18
Pts: Lou Hudson 36
Rebs: Bill Bridges 21
Asts: Lenny Wilkens 6
Pts: Rick Barry 38
Rebs: Nate Thurmond 14
Asts: Jeff Mullins 7
San Francisco leads series, 1–0
April 1
St. Louis Hawks 136, San Francisco Warriors 143
Scoring by quarter: 32–38, 33–27, 38–44, 33–34
Pts: Bill Bridges 26Pts: Rick Barry 47
San Francisco leads series, 2–0
April 5
San Francisco Warriors 109, St. Louis Hawks 115
Scoring by quarter: 27–23, 31–30, 28–42, 23–20
Pts: Rick Barry 31
Rebs: Nate Thurmond 21
Asts: Jeff Mullins 6
Pts: Bill Bridges 25
Rebs: Bill Bridges 32
Asts: Lenny Wilkens 7
San Francisco leads series, 2–1
April 8
San Francisco Warriors 104, St. Louis Hawks 109
Scoring by quarter: 29–30, 33–28, 21–27, 21–24
Pts: Jeff Mullins 40
Rebs: Nate Thurmond 21
Asts: Jeff Mullins 4
Pts: Joe Caldwell 24
Rebs: Bill Bridges 17
Asts: Lenny Wilkens 11
Series tied, 2–2
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 10,016
April 10
St. Louis Hawks 102, San Francisco Warriors 123
Scoring by quarter: 22–32, 23–30, 30–27, 27–34
Pts: Richie Guerin 19
Rebs: Bill Bridges 17
Asts: Lenny Wilkens 7
Pts: Rick Barry 25
Rebs: Nate Thurmond 27
Asts: Fred Hetzel 6
San Francisco leads series, 3–2
April 12
San Francisco Warriors 112, St. Louis Hawks 107
Scoring by quarter: 21–39, 30–21, 34–20, 27–27
Pts: Rick Barry 41
Rebs: Nate Thurmond 21
Asts: Rick Barry 5
Pts: Zelmo Beaty 28
Rebs: Zelmo Beaty 16
Asts: Lenny Wilkens 6
San Francisco wins series, 4–2


This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Warriors winning the first meeting.

NBA Finals: (E1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (W1) San Francisco Warriors

April 14
San Francisco Warriors 135, Philadelphia 76ers 141 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 30–43, 35–30, 28–34, 35–21, Overtime: 7–13
Pts: Rick Barry 37
Rebs: Nate Thurmond 31
Asts: Rick Barry 7
Pts: Hal Greer 32
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 33
Asts: Wilt Chamberlain 10
Philadelphia leads series, 1–0
April 16
San Francisco Warriors 95, Philadelphia 76ers 126
Scoring by quarter: 17–26, 29–31, 23–28, 26–41
Pts: Rick Barry 30
Rebs: Nate Thurmond 29
Asts: Jim King 6
Pts: Hal Greer 30
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 38
Asts: Wilt Chamberlain 10
Philadelphia leads series, 2–0
April 18
Philadelphia 76ers 124, San Francisco Warriors 130
Scoring by quarter: 35–32, 28–37, 29–29, 32–32
Pts: Wilt Chamberlain 26
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 26
Asts: Wali Jones 7
Pts: Rick Barry 55
Rebs: Nate Thurmond 25
Asts: Jim King 6
Philadelphia leads series, 2–1
April 20
Philadelphia 76ers 122, San Francisco Warriors 108
Scoring by quarter: 34–27, 26–22, 31–29, 31–30
Pts: Hal Greer 38
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 27
Asts: Wilt Chamberlain 8
Pts: Rick Barry 43
Rebs: Nate Thurmond 25
Asts: Nate Thurmond 5
Philadelphia leads series, 3–1
April 23
San Francisco Warriors 117, Philadelphia 76ers 109
Scoring by quarter: 31–32, 30–32, 23–32, 33–13
Pts: Rick Barry 36
Rebs: Nate Thurmond 28
Asts: Al Attles 6
Pts: Chet Walker 25
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 24
Asts: Hal Greer 7
Philadelphia leads series, 3–2
April 24
Philadelphia 76ers 125, San Francisco Warriors 122
Scoring by quarter: 43–41, 25–31, 28–30, 29–20
Pts: Wali Jones 27
Rebs: Wilt Chamberlain 23
Asts: Hal Greer 7
Pts: Rick Barry 44
Rebs: Nate Thurmond 22
Asts: Jim King 7
Philadelphia wins series, 4–2


This was the 10th playoff meeting between these two teams, with the 76ers/Nationals winning five of the first nine meetings while based in Syracuse and the Warriors were the original NBA franchise based in Philadelphia.

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