1959 NBA Playoffs

The 1959 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1958-59 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Division champion Minneapolis Lakers 4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals. It was the Celtics' second NBA championship.

This was the first NBA Finals matchup between the Lakers and Celtics; as of 2012, they have met in the Finals 11 times. Boston won the first eight NBA Finals series of the rivalry, spanning 3 decades – the 1950s, 1960s and 1980s – before the Lakers finally defeated Boston for the title in 1985 and again in 1987, with Boston topping the Lakers again in 2008.

See also: Celtics–Lakers rivalry

This was the only Celtics/Lakers NBA Finals series that took place while the Lakers were based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They remained in Minneapolis one more year before moving to their current home of Los Angeles, California.

Division Semifinals Division Finals NBA Finals
1 St. Louis 2
Western Division
2 Minneapolis 4
3 Detroit 1
2 Minneapolis 2
W2 Minneapolis 0
E1 Boston 4
1 Boston 4
Eastern Division
3 Syracuse 3
3 Syracuse 2
2 New York 0

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