In a rematch of the 1962 Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers gave the Boston Celtics another spirited contest. Although this series went six games instead of seven, it was no easier for Boston to win than the year before.
The Lakers’ two wins came by 20 points and seven points.
The Celtics’ four wins were mostly tight. Three of their victories were by three points each. Only in Game 2 did they have some separation with a seven-point win.
Elgin Baylor was great once again: 33.8 PPG, 15.0 RPG, 4.3 APG, .466 FG%, .836 FT%
Jerry West was fantastic as well: 29.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 4.5 APG, .490 FG%, .758 FT%
For Boston, Sam Jones (25 PPG) and Tom Heinsohn (23 PPG) were powerful offensive forces. 34-year-old Bob Cousy hooped it up for the final time in the NBA averaging 12 PPG and 8.5 APG in the series.
But come on.
We all know, who this series was about.
Unlike previous Finals, Russell did not have a jaw-dropping closeout game performance. This year he merely had 12 points, 24 rebounds, and nine assists in …