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1963–64 Boston Celtics season

season Boston Celtics
Seventh NBA Championship
Head coach Red Auerbach
Arena Boston Garden
Record 59–21 (.738)
Place Division: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Local media
Television WHDH-TV
Radio WHDH

The 1963–64 NBA season was the Celtics' 18th season in the NBA. The Celtics finished the season by winning their seventh NBA Championship.


  • Offseason 1
    • NBA Draft 1.1
  • Roster 2
    • Depth chart 2.1
  • Regular season 3
    • Season standings 3.1
  • Playoffs 4
    • East Division Semifinals 4.1
    • East Division Finals 4.2
    • NBA Finals 4.3
  • Awards and honors 5
  • References 6


NBA Draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 8 Bill Green Forward  United States Colorado State


Depth chart

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Bill Russell Clyde Lovellette
PF Satch Sanders Tom Heinsohn
Willie Naulls
SF John Havlicek Frank Ramsey Jim Loscutoff
SG Sam Jones Larry Siegfried
PG K. C. Jones Johnny McCarthy

Regular season

The Celtics were one of the dominant teams in the leagues. The team established its legacy as one of the game's greatest dynasties ever. 1950s superstar Bob Cousy had retired, yet Red Auerbach's club barely slowed down with his absence. Cousy's replacement was a defensive specialist named K. C. Jones, who continued Auerbach's emphasis on defense along with forward Tom 'Satch' Sanders and Center (basketball) Bill Russell. While Boston could surely still pass and score, it was their defensive emergence, led by the incredible Russell, that was now leading a streak of NBA titles. Russell led the league in rebounds and was one of two high-volume shot blockers dominating the NBA. The Celtics had six scorers over ten-points per game and two more over eight. Auerbach's sixth man, John Havlicek, was the team's leading scorer at 20 per game. This combination of active defense and unselfish shooting got Boston a league-high 59 wins in 80 NBA games.

Season standings

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Boston Celtics 59 21 .738 26–4 21–17 12–0 25–11
x-Cincinnati Royals 55 25 .688 4 26–7 18–18 11–0 27–9
x-Philadelphia 76ers 34 46 .425 25 18–12 12–22 4–12 13–23
New York Knicks 22 58 .275 37 10–25 8–27 4–6 7–29


East Division Semifinals

The Celtics had a division semifinal bye.

East Division Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) Cincinnati Royals: Celtics win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 103, Cincinnati 87
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Boston 101, Cincinnati 90
  • Game 3 @ Cincinnati: Boston 102, Cincinnati 92
  • Game 4 @ Cincinnati: Cincinnati 102, Boston 93
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 109, Cincinnati 95

NBA Finals

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 18 Boston 108–96 San Francisco
Game 2 April 20 Boston 124–101 San Francisco
Game 3 April 22 San Francisco 115–91 Boston
Game 4 April 24 San Francisco 95–98 Boston
Game 5 April 26 Boston 105–99 San Francisco

Celtics won series 4–1

Awards and honors


  1. ^ 1964 NBA Playoff Summary –
  • Celtics on Database Basketball
  • Celtics on Basketball Reference
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