1965 NBA Finals
TeamCoachWins
Boston Celtics Red Auerbach 4
Los Angeles Lakers Fred Schaus 1
DatesApril 18–25
Hall of FamersCeltics:
John Havlicek (1984)
Tom Heinsohn (1986, player - 2015, coach)
K.C. Jones (1989)
Sam Jones (1984)
Bill Russell (1975, player - 2021, coach)
Satch Sanders (2011)
Lakers:
Elgin Baylor (1977)
Jerry West (1980)
Coaches:
Red Auerbach (1969)
Officials:
Mendy Rudolph (2007)
Earl Strom (1995)
Eastern FinalsCeltics defeated 76ers, 4–3
Western FinalsLakers defeated Bullets, 4–2
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The 1965 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1965 NBA playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1964–65 season. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers and the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. The Celtics made their ninth-straight trip to the championship finals after beating the Philadelphia 76ers in a highly contested Eastern Division Finals that ended on John Havlicek's steal of the ball. The Lakers made it to their third Finals in four seasons after beating Baltimore in six games, though it came at a cost as Elgin Baylor suffered a knee injury that would sideline him for the rest of the playoffs. The Celtics won the series over the Lakers, 4–1.[1]

Series summary

The Celtics' average margin of victory in this series was 12.6 points, as they averaged 123.4 points a game, in contrast to the Lakers' 110.8 points per game.

Game Date Home team Result Road team
Game 1 April 18 Boston Celtics 142–110 (1–0) Los Angeles Lakers
Game 2 April 19 Boston Celtics 129–123 (2–0) Los Angeles Lakers
Game 3 April 21 Los Angeles Lakers 126–105 (1–2) Boston Celtics
Game 4 April 23 Los Angeles Lakers 99–112 (1–3) Boston Celtics
Game 5 April 25 Boston Celtics 129–96 (4–1) Los Angeles Lakers

Celtics win series 4–1

Source:[2]

Game 4

Boston beat the Lakers 112 to 99. In the closing minutes of the game, ABC cut away to a previously scheduled program.[citation needed]

Player statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game


Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics statistics
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Sam Jones 5 39.8 .470 .879 4.8 2.6 27.8
John Havlicek 5 30.2 .391 .864 5.6 2.2 18.2
Bill Russell 5 44.2 .702 .575 25.0 5.8 17.8
Satch Sanders 5 31.2 .391 .682 8.8 2.0 13.8
Tom Heinsohn 5 20.8 .361 .556 6.4 1.8 11.4
K. C. Jones 5 31.0 .460 .786 2.6 6.6 11.4
Willie Naulls 5 17.4 .396 .750 4.2 1.0 9.6
Larry Siegfried 5 13.6 .341 .786 1.6 2.4 7.8
John Thompson 3 7.0 .286 1.000 4.0 0.3 3.7
Ron Bonham 3 3.7 .375 .800 3.7 0.0 3.3
Mel Counts 3 9.0 .250 1.000 3.0 0.0 2.3
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers statistics
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Jerry West 5 42.0 .424 .864 5.6 3.4 33.8
LeRoy Ellis 5 39.8 .421 .676 11.0 0.8 17.8
Rudy LaRusso 5 32.0 .531 .656 6.8 2.4 14.6
Dick Barnett 5 24.4 .483 .700 3.0 2.2 14.0
Walt Hazzard 5 20.0 .326 .778 3.0 5.2 8.8
Gene Wiley 5 35.4 .516 .545 17.8 2.0 7.8
Don Nelson 5 20.6 .438 .667 5.4 1.4 7.2
Jim King 5 11.0 .429 1.000 2.0 1.4 4.2
Darrall Imhoff 5 10.8 .222 .500 2.4 0.6 1.4
Bill McGill 5 10.0 .500 1.000 3.0 1.0 3.5

Source:[2]

Team rosters

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

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See also

References

  1. ^ "NBA History: 1965 Finals". NBA.com. Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "1965 NBA Finals summary". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 4 July 2017.