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1965 NBA Finals


1965 NBA Finals

1965 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Boston Celtics Red Auerbach 4
Los Angeles Lakers Fred Schaus 1
Television ABC (U.S.)
Announcers Chris Schenkel and Bob Cousy
Radio network KNX
Announcers Chick Hearn
Game 1: Richie Powers and Earl Strom
Game 2: Joe Gushue and Mendy Rudolph
Game 4: Norm Drucker and Mendy Rudolph
Game 5: Norm Drucker and Mendy Rudolph
Hall of Famers

Boston Celtics:
K.C. Jones
Sam Jones
John Havlicek
Satch Sanders
Bill Russell
John Thompson (as a coach)
Tom Heinsohn (as a player and coach)

Los Angeles Lakers:
Jerry West
Don Nelson (as a coach)
Elgin Baylor
Red Auerbach
Eastern Finals Boston defeated Philadelphia 4–3
Western Finals Los Angeles defeats Baltimore 4–2

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 managed to make their 9th 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 1
    • Game 4 1.1
  • Team rosters 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Series summary

The Celtics' average margin of victory in this series was 21 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

Game 4

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

Team rosters


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External links

  • 1965 Finals at
  • 1965 NBA Playoffs at
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