1964–65 Boston Celtics season

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1964–65 Boston Celtics season
NBA champions
Head coachRed Auerbach
Owner(s)Walter Brown
ArenaBoston Garden
Results
Record62–18 (.775)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finishNBA Champions
(Defeated Lakers 4–1)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWHDH-TV
WIHS-TV
RadioWHDH
< 1963–64 1965–66 >

The 1964–65 NBA season was the Celtics' 19th season in the NBA. The Celtics finished the season by winning their eighth NBA Championship, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in five games; the team was named one of the 10 greatest teams in NBA history. In addition five players were inducted into the Hall of Fame - K.C. Jones, Sam Jones, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Russell, and John Havlicek. Sam Jones, Havlicek, and Russell were selected as among the NBA's 50 greatest players. Both Red Auerbach and John Thompson were elected into the Hall of Fame as coaches.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

The 1965 NBA Draft took place on May 4, 1964.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 7 Mel Counts Center / Forward  United States Oregon State
2 16 Ron Bonham Forward  United States Cincinnati

Roster[edit]

Boston Celtics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 21 United States Bonham, Ron 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Cincinnati
C 11 United States Counts, Mel 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Oregon State
G/F 17 United States Havlicek, John 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Ohio State
F 15 United States Heinsohn, Tom 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Holy Cross
G 25 United States Jones, K. C. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) San Francisco
G/F 24 United States Jones, Sam 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 198 lb (90 kg) North Carolina Central
F 12 United States Naulls, Willie 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) UCLA
C 6 United States Russell, Bill 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) San Francisco
F 16 United States Sanders, Satch 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) New York
G 20 United States Siegfried, Larry 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Ohio State
F/C 17 United States Thompson, John 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Providence
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Boston Celtics 62 18 .775 27–3 27–11 8–4 20–10
x-Cincinnati Royals 48 32 .600 14 25–7 17–21 6–4 16–14
x-Philadelphia 76ers 40 40 .500 22 13–12 9–21 18–7 14–16
New York Knicks 31 49 .388 31 15–20 9–21 7–8 10–20


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1964-65 NBA Records
Team BAL BOS CIN DET LAL NYK PHI SFW STL
Baltimore 3–7 6–4 6–4 4–6 2–8 4–6 7–3 5–5
Boston 7–3 8–2 10–0 7–3 7–3 5–5 9–1 9–1
Cincinnati 4–6 2–8 6–4 6–4 8–2 6–4 8–2 8–2
Detroit 4–6 0–10 4–6 3–7 5–5 4–6 8–2 3–7
Los Angeles 6–4 3–7 4–6 7–3 10–0 7–3 8–2 4–6
New York 8–2 3–7 2–8 5–5 0–10 5–5 7–3 1–9
Philadelphia 6–4 5–5 4–6 6–4 3–7 5–5 6–4 5–5
San Francisco 3–7 1–9 2–8 2–8 2–8 3–7 4–6 0–10
St. Louis 5–5 1–9 2–8 7–3 6–4 9–1 5–5 10–0

Playoffs[edit]

East Division Semifinals[edit]

The Celtics had a division semifinal bye.

East Division Finals[edit]

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: Celtics win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 108, Philadelphia 98
  • Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 109, Boston 103
  • Game 3 @ Boston: Boston 112, Philadelphia 94
  • Game 4 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 134, Boston 131 (OT)
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 114, Philadelphia 108
  • Game 6 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 112, Boston 106
  • Game 7 @ Boston: Boston 110, Philadelphia 109

NBA Finals[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 18 Boston 142–110 Los Angeles
Game 2 April 19 Boston 129–123 Los Angeles
Game 3 April 21 Los Angeles 126–105 Boston
Game 4 April 23 Los Angeles 99–112 Boston
Game 5 April 25 Boston 129–96 Los Angeles

Celtics win series 4–1

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]