- 1962 NBA Finals
The 1962 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 1961-62 National Basketball Association season, and was the conclusion of the
1962 NBA Playoffs. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakersand the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. This was the Celtics' 6th straight trip to the championship series, and they won the series over the Lakers, 4-3. It featured the latest Game 7 of an NBA finals to be decided in overtime.
"Boston Celtics defeated Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 3"
During the series, Lakers forward
Elgin Baylorscored an NBA finals record of 61 points, in a game 5 Lakers victory. Celtics center Bill Russellset a still-standing record for rebounds in a 7-game NBA finals series with 189, and tied his own record for rebounds in a single NBA finals game with 40 in the final game of the series.cite book | title = The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia, | publisher = Villard Books | date = 1994 | pages = pp. 413-414, 416 | isbn = 0-679-43293-8]
The missed shot
In the final seconds of regulation of Game 7 of the Finals, L.A. Laker
Frank Selvymissed an easy 10-footer that would have won the game. Instead, the game went into overtime--the Celtics won the game and the series. For the Lakers, it would start the pattern of not winning the big games in the NBA Finals, something that would last until 1972 when the Lakers finally won their first NBA Championship in Los Angeles. The Lakers would not defeat the Celtics in the NBA Finals until 1985; they came up short against Boston in 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, and 1984.
1962 NBA Playoffs
* [http://www.nba.com/history/finals/19611962.html NBA History]
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