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1961–62 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Regular season
Season MVP Bill Russell (Boston)
Top scorer Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Philadelphia Warriors
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up Detroit Pistons
Finals
Finals champions Boston Celtics
  Runners-up Los Angeles Lakers
NBA seasons
← 1960–61

1962–63 →

The 1961–62 NBA season was the 16th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning their 4th straight NBA Championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

  • The Chicago Packers entered the league, bringing the number of teams to nine.
  • The NBA schedule was expanded for the third consecutive season. This time it went from 79 games per team, to 80.
  • The 1962 NBA All-Star Game was played in St. Louis, Missouri, with the West beating the East 150-130. Local favorite Bob Pettit wins the game's MVP award.
  • In a game played in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Wilt Chamberlain made history by scoring 100 points in the Philadelphia Warriors 169-147 win over the New York Knicks. It still stands as one of the greatest individual feats in sports history. Chamberlain would go on to average 50 points per game this season, another record.
  • This year witnessed the only occurrence of a player averaging a triple-double throughout a season when Oscar Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 11.4 assists, and 12.5 rebounds per game.
  • This was the last season of the NBA on NBC, however it would return in 1990.

Final standings

Eastern Division

Team W L PCT. GB
Boston Celtics C 60 20 .750 -
Philadelphia Warriors 49 31 .613 11
Syracuse Nationals 41 39 .513 19
New York Knicks 29 51 .363 31

Western Division

Team W L PCT. GB
Los Angeles Lakers 54 26 .675 -
Cincinnati Royals 43 37 .538 11
Detroit Pistons 37 43 .463 17
St. Louis Hawks 29 51 .363 25
Chicago Packers 18 62 .225 36

C - NBA Champions

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors 4,029
Rebounds Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors 2,052
Assists Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals 899
FG% Walt Bellamy Chicago Packers 51.9
FT% Dolph Schayes Syracuse Nationals 89.9

Note: Prior to the 1969-70 season, league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.

NBA awards

Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on NBA.com

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