The 1962 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1961-62 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Division champion Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.
The Celtics won their 4th straight title to become the first (and as of 2016, only) NBA team to do so. Boston's Game 7 victory occurred in OT, with Bill Russell tying his own Finals record with 40 rebounds.
This was the second NBA Finals played between the Celtics and Lakers, but it was the first one the Lakers played in since they moved to Los Angeles.
Though the NBA has existed since 1947, this is the earliest NBA Finals played between two teams that still reside in their present (2017) locations.
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Champion: Los Angeles Lakers
(1) Los Angeles Lakers have division semifinals byes.
Last Playoffs meeting: 1958 Eastern Division Semifinals (Detroit won 2-0).
Last Playoffs meeting: 1961 Western Division Semifinals (Los Angeles won 3-2).
Champion: Boston Celtics
(1) Boston Celtics have division semifinals byes.
Last Playoffs meeting: 1961 Eastern Division Semifinals (Syracuse won 3-0).
Last Playoffs meeting: 1960 Eastern Division Finals (Boston won 4-2).
Last Playoffs meeting: 1959 NBA Finals (Boston won 4-0; Lakers were in Minneapolis at the time).
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