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1959–60 NBA season


1959–60 NBA season

1959–60 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Number of games 75
Number of teams 8
TV partner(s) NBC
Regular season
Season MVP Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia)
Top scorer Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia)
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Philadelphia Warriors
Western champions St. Louis Hawks
  Western runners-up Minneapolis Lakers
Champions Boston Celtics
  Runners-up St. Louis Hawks

The 1959–60 NBA season was the 14th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning their 2nd straight NBA Championship, beating the St. Louis Hawks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.


  • Notable occurrences 1
  • Final standings 2
    • Eastern Division 2.1
    • Western Division 2.2

Notable occurrences

  • On November 7th 1959 in a game between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia Warriors, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain played the first game of their 10 year professional rivalry.
  • The 1960 NBA All-Star Game was played in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the East beating the West 125–115. Rookie Wilt Chamberlain of the local Philadelphia Warriors won the game's MVP award.
  • The Minneapolis Lakers played their final season in the Twin Cities. There would not be another NBA team in Minnesota until the birth of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1989–90.
  • In an interesting quirk in the schedule, the Philadelphia Warriors and Minneapolis Lakers play a two-game series in California on January 31 – February 1, 1960, with the first game being played in San Francisco (the Warriors' future home) and the second in Los Angeles (the Lakers' future home).
  • The NBA schedule was expanded from 72 games per team to 75.

Final standings

Eastern Division

Western Division

x – clinched

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