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The Celtics are 7-0 all-time in NBA Finals Game 7s, including 4-0 against the Lakers. A look at the series:
Tom Heinsohn led Boston with 37 points, and Bill Russell, just a rookie at the time, had 19 points and a rookie-record 32 rebounds. Bob Pettit led all scorers with 39 points. Cliff Hagan added 24 and Slater Martin had 23 for the Hawks.
1960: Celtics 122, Hawks 103
After trailing 30-29 after one quarter, the Celtics took charge. The Celtics eventually built their lead to over 20 points in the second half. Frank Ramsey tied his series high with 24 points. Bill Russell dominated on the glass, pulling down 35 rebounds to go with his 22 points.
With the score tied at 100, Frank Selvy missed a short shot from the baseline that would have won the game with about 3 seconds left. Sam Jones scored 5 of the Celtics’ 10 points in overtime, as they would go on to win their 4th straight NBA title. Bill Russell had 30 points and tied his own NBA Finals record with 40 rebounds in the win.
The Lakers rallied from a large deficit to cut the deficit to 2 points with 4 seconds left, but Boston held on to win. The Celtics won their 8th consecutive title, sending off legendary coach Red Auerbach in style in his final game on the Boston bench.
The Lakers had put thousands of balloons in the rafters in anticipation of a win on their home court, but the Celtics prevailed despite a triple double from Jerry West (42 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists). West won Finals MVP despite being a member of the losing team, but the Celtics got the ring, as Bill Russell earned his record 11th NBA championship in his final game.
1974: Celtics 102, Bucks 87
Dave Cowens finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead five Celtics in double figures. Boston held Abdul-Jabbar to just 26 points, matching his lowest point total of the Finals. Oscar Robertson went just 2 for 13 from the floor and managed just six points.
Boston’s Cedric Maxwell told his team before the game to “get on my back”, and he delivered, posting a line of 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in the Celtics’ win. Finals MVP Larry Bird had 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Celtics held on to win despite the Lakers cutting their lead to 3 points with just over a minute left.