On this day: Boston Celtics beat St. Louis Hawks for 1961 champion


On this day in Boston Celtics history, the Celtics won the NBA champion in 1961. The win was the last video game of a five-game series in between the then- St. Louis Hawks and Boston, which the Celtics won 4-1.

The series-clinching win was a 121-112 success that saw famous Boston huge male Bill Russell score 30 points and 38 rebounds to protect the win, with 18 points and 12 helps from point player star Bob Cousy. Wing Sam Jones included 16 points and 10 boards, forward Tommy Heinsohn broke in 19 points and 7 rebounds, and shooting guard Frank Ramsey scored 16 points for great step.

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It would be the last time the 2 groups took on in the NBA Finals, and the last time the opposing franchise– now based out of Atlanta, Georgia– made a Finals look.


Indiana’s Calbert Cheaney, center, pulls a rebound from the hands of Xavier’s Larry Sykes, right, as Damon Bailey prepares to get the loose ball throughout the NCAA Midwest Regional round 2 in the Indianapolis Hoosier Dome March 21, 1993. Indiana advanced to the round of 16 with a 73-70 win. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)

It is likewise previous Celtics power forward Larry Sykes’ birthday, who was born today in 1973 in Toledo, Ohio.

He played his college ball with Xavier University, and would have the briefest Celtics period possible– simply one video game, in which he tape-recorded 2 rebounds; he was waived by the franchise soon after.

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