1964–65 Boston Celtics season

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. In 1996, 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.

NBA basketball team season (won championship)
1964–65 Boston Celtics season
NBA champions
Division champions
Head coach Red Auerbach
Owners Walter Brown
Arena Boston Garden
Results
Record 6218 (.775)
Place Division: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
(Defeated Lakers 4–1)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Local media
Television WHDH-TV
WIHS-TV
Radio WHDH
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This season is best noted for Havlicek’s heroic “steal” of the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7 of the Eastern Division final, immortalized in a commentary by Johnny Most where he exclaims that “Havlicek stole the ball.” This is considered one of the greatest NBA moments, and its importance over time overshadowed the subsequent final between the Celtics and Lakers (of which there were many played in that era).

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The 1965NBA 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

Boston Celtics roster

Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 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 17 Havlicek, John 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Ohio State
F 15 Heinsohn, Tom 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Holy Cross
G 25 Jones, K. C. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) San Francisco
G/F 24 Jones, Sam 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 198 lb (90 kg) North Carolina Central
F 12 Naulls, Willie 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) UCLA
C 6 Russell, Bill 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) San Francisco
F 16 Sanders, Satch 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) New York
G 20 Siegfried, Larry 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Ohio State
F/C 18 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

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