The 1965–66 Boston Celtics season was their 20th in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

1965–66 Boston Celtics season
NBA champions
Head coachRed Auerbach
ArenaBoston Garden
Results
Record54–26 (.675)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finishNBA Champions
(Defeated Lakers 4–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWHDH-TV
RadioWHDH
< 1964–65 1966–67 >

On October 29, 1965, Sam Jones set a Celtics single-game scoring record with 51, against the Detroit Pistons. His record would last until Larry Bird's 53 in 1983. The Celtics won their 8th title in a row, which still stands as a record for the most titles in a row. The Celtics defeated the Lakers 4 games to 3.

OffseasonEdit

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 8 Ollie Johnson SF   United States San Francisco

RosterEdit

Boston Celtics 1965–66 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
SG 21   Bonham, Ron 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Cincinnati
C 11   Counts, Mel 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Oregon State
G/F 28   Green, Si 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Duquesne
G/F 17   Havlicek, John 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Ohio State
PG 25   Jones, K. C. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) San Francisco
SG 24   Jones, Sam 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 198 lb (90 kg) North Carolina Central
SF 12   Naulls, Willie 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) UCLA
F 19   Nelson, Don 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Iowa
C 6   Russell, Bill 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) San Francisco
SF 16   Sanders, Satch 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) New York
PF 18   Sauldsberry, Woody 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Texas Southern University
C/G 20   Siegfried, Larry 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Ohio State
C 5   Thompson, John 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Providence
F 12   Watts, Ron 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Wake Forest
Head coach

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

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Philadelphia 76ers 55 25 .688 22–3 20–17 13–5 20–10
x-Boston Celtics 54 26 .675 1 26–5 19–18 9–3 19–11
x-Cincinnati Royals 45 35 .563 10 25–6 11–23 9–6 16–14
New York Knicks 30 50 .375 25 20–14 4–30 6–6 5–25


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1965-66 NBA Records
Team BAL BOS CIN DET LAL NYK PHI SFW STL
Baltimore 3–7 3–7 5–5 4–6 7–3 5–5 4–6 7–3
Boston 7–3 5–5 6–4 7–3 10–0 4–6 8–2 7–3
Cincinnati 7–3 5–5 8–2 4–6 7–3 4–6 5–5 5–5
Detroit 5–5 4–6 2–8 2–8 2–8 3–7 2–8 2–8
Los Angeles 6–4 3–7 6–4 8–2 5–5 2–8 7–3 8–2
New York 3–7 0–10 3–7 8–2 5–5 2–8 5–5 4–6
Philadelphia 5–5 6–4 6–4 7–3 8–2 8–2 8–2 7–3
San Francisco 6–4 2–8 5–5 8–2 3–7 5–5 2–8 4–6
St. Louis 3–7 3–7 5–5 8–2 2–8 6–4 3–7 6–4

Game logEdit

Several of the Celtics games were played in neutral sites, such as Providence, Rhode Island. The games in Providence occurred on November 9 and 26, December 30, February 10 and March 4. Games were also played in Fort Wayne, Indiana (against Detroit on January 27) and in Syracuse, New York (against Philadelphia on February 12) and Memphis, Tennessee (against St. Louis on March 7).[1]

1965–66 Game Log
1965–66 Schedule

PlayoffsEdit

East Division SemifinalsEdit

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Cincinnati Royals: Celtics win series 3–2

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Cincinnati 107, Boston 103
  • Game 2 @ Cincinnati: Boston 132, Cincinnati 125
  • Game 3 @ Boston: Cincinnati 113, Boston 107
  • Game 4 @ Cincinnati: Boston 120, Cincinnati 103
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 112, Cincinnati 103

East Division FinalsEdit

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (2) Boston Celtics: Celtics win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Boston 115, Philadelphia 96
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Boston 114, Philadelphia 93
  • Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 111, Boston 105
  • Game 4 @ Boston: Boston 114, Philadelphia 108 (OT)
  • Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Boston 120, Philadelphia 112

NBA FinalsEdit

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 17 Boston 129–133 Los Angeles
Game 2 April 19 Boston 129–109 Los Angeles
Game 3 April 20 Los Angeles 106–120 Boston
Game 4 April 22 Los Angeles 117–122 Boston
Game 5 April 24 Boston 117–121 Los Angeles
Game 6 April 26 Los Angeles 123–115 Boston
Game 7 April 28 Boston 95–93 Los Angeles

Celtics win series 4–3

Awards, records and milestonesEdit

AwardsEdit

  • John Havlicek, All-NBA Second Team
  • Sam Jones, All-NBA Second Team
  • Bill Russell, All-NBA Second Team

ReferencesEdit