1968 NBA Finals
TeamCoachWins
Boston Celtics Bill Russell 4
Los Angeles Lakers Butch van Breda Kolff 2
DatesApril 21–May 2
Hall of FamersCeltics:
Sam Jones (1984)
John Havlicek (1984)
Bill Russell (1975)
Bailey Howell (1997)
Lakers:
Elgin Baylor (1977)
Gail Goodrich (1996)
Jerry West (1980)
Coaches:
Bill Russell (2021)
Officials:
Mendy Rudolph (2007)
Earl Strom (1995)
Eastern FinalsCeltics defeated 76ers, 4–3
Western FinalsLakers defeated Warriors, 4–0
NBA Finals

The 1968 NBA World Championship Series pitted the Boston Celtics from the East, against the Los Angeles Lakers from the West, for the sixth time in ten years. The Celtics won their tenth NBA Championship in twelve seasons, by defeating the Lakers in six games. Significantly, Game 6 of the 1968 NBA Finals marked the first time that any NBA competition had taken place during the month of May. This was the last NBA Finals without a Finals MVP named as the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award was introduced the following year.

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 21 Boston Celtics 107–101 (1–0) Los Angeles Lakers
Game 2 April 24 Boston Celtics 113–123 (1–1) Los Angeles Lakers
Game 3 April 26 Los Angeles Lakers 119–127 (1–2) Boston Celtics
Game 4 April 28 Los Angeles Lakers 119–105 (2–2) Boston Celtics
Game 5 April 30 Boston Celtics 120–117 (OT) (3–2) Los Angeles Lakers
Game 6 May 2 Los Angeles Lakers 109–124 (2–4) Boston Celtics

Celtics win series 4–2

Team rosters

Boston Celtics

See also