|Dates||March 14–April 11, 1961|
|Champions||Boston Celtics (4th title)|
|Runners-up||St. Louis Hawks (4th finals appearance)|
The 1961 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1960-61 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Division champion St. Louis Hawks 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.
The Lakers made the playoffs for the first time after moving to Los Angeles. They were one game away from their first Finals in L.A. as the St. Louis Hawks defeat them.
For the Celtics, it was their third straight NBA title and fourth overall. This would be the last Finals appearance for the Hawks franchise to date; though they still exist in the NBA as the Atlanta Hawks, they have yet to return to the Finals as of 2018.
|Division Semifinals||Division Finals||NBA Finals|
Champion: St. Louis Hawks
(1) St. Louis Hawks have division semifinals byes.
Champion: Boston Celtics
(1) Boston Celtics have division semifinals byes.
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