1957 NBA Finals
Boston Celtics Red Auerbach 4
St. Louis Hawks Alex Hannum 3
DatesMarch 30–April 13
Hall of FamersCeltics:
Bob Cousy (1971)
Tom Heinsohn (1986)
Andy Phillip (1961)
Frank Ramsey (1982)
Arnie Risen (1998)
Bill Russell (1975)
Bill Sharman (1976)
Bob Pettit (1970)
Slater Martin (1982)
Ed Macauley (1960)
Red Auerbach (1969)
Alex Hannum (1998)
Eastern FinalsCeltics defeated Nationals, 3–0
Western FinalsHawks defeated Lakers, 3–0
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The 1957 NBA World Championship Series was the championship series of the 1956–57 National Basketball Association season, and was the conclusion of the 1957 NBA Playoffs. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Division champion St. Louis Hawks and the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics. This was the first trip to the Finals for each team, the first Finals in which both teams competing were making their first appearances since 1951. Red Auerbach became the first head coach to have taken two separate teams to the NBA Finals, having done so with Washington in 1949. The Celtics won the series over the Hawks, 4–3. It remains the only Game 7 in NBA history to be decided in double-overtime.

Game summaries

Game Date Home team Result Road team
Game 1 March 30 Boston Celtics 123–125 (2OT) (0–1) St. Louis Hawks
Game 2 March 31 Boston Celtics 119–99 (1–1) St. Louis Hawks
Game 3 April 6 St. Louis Hawks 100–98 (2–1) Boston Celtics
Game 4 April 7 St. Louis Hawks 118–123 (2–2) Boston Celtics
Game 5 April 9 Boston Celtics 124–109 (3–2) St. Louis Hawks
Game 6 April 11 St. Louis Hawks 96–94 (3–3) Boston Celtics
Game 7 April 13 Boston Celtics 125–123 (2OT) (4–3) St. Louis Hawks

Celtics win series 4–3

Team rosters

Boston Celtics

St. Louis Hawks


Celtics center Bill Russell set a rookie record for rebounds in a single NBA finals game with 32 in game 7, and averaged an NBA finals rookie record of 22.9 rebounds per game for the entire series.[1]


  1. ^ The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia. Villard Books. 1994. p. 414. ISBN 0-679-43293-0.