|Eastern Finals||Celtics defeated Nationals, 4–1|
|Western Finals||Hawks defeated Lakers, 4–3|
The 1961 NBA World Championship Series was the championship series of the 1961 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1960–61 season. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Conference champion St. Louis Hawks and the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. This was the fourth and final World Championship Series meeting between the two teams. It was also Celtics' fifth straight trip to the championship series, and they won the series against the Hawks, 4–1.
As of the 2021-22 season[update], this remains the Hawks franchise’s[note 1] last appearance in the NBA Finals, the second-longest drought behind the Kings franchise who last played in the NBA Finals in 1951.
|Game||Date||Home team||Result||Road team|
|Game 1||April 2||Boston Celtics||129–95 (1–0)||St. Louis Hawks|
|Game 2||April 5||Boston Celtics||116–108 (2–0)||St. Louis Hawks|
|Game 3||April 8||St. Louis Hawks||124–120 (1–2)||Boston Celtics|
|Game 4||April 9||St. Louis Hawks||104–119 (1–3)||Boston Celtics|
|Game 5||April 11||Boston Celtics||121–112 (4–1)||St. Louis Hawks|
Celtics win series 4–1