This was only the second meeting between the Lakers and Celtics in the finals, but perhaps one of the greatest series of NBA history. Four of the games were won by fewer than 10 points, and spectacular individual performances were seen in each game.
Sam Jones led the Celtics to victory in Game One, finishing with 24 points. The Celts won by 14, despite a 35-point performance by Elgin Baylor.
Jerry West and Elgin Baylor dominated Game Two of the series, combining for 76 points. Despite brilliant performances by Tommy Heinsohn, Bob Cousy, and Bill Russell, the Lakers pushed past the Celtics to win by seven, shooting an amazing 37-of-43 from the free throw line.
Despite a fantastic 26-point game by Bill Russell, the Lakers managed to defeat the Celtics by two points to take a one-game lead. Down by two, Jerry West scored the game tying basket, and stole the subsequent inbound pass, scoring again as time expired to give the Lakers the win. It was perhaps one of the greatest finishes of any NBA game, and outdid Baylor's 39 point performance (though West put up 36 himself).
Boston came out with an even attack in Game Four, as Bill Russell finished with 21 points and 22 rebounds, and five other Celtics finished with double figures. Despite 64 combined points by West and Baylor, the Lakers lost Game Four by 12, and returned to Boston tied at two.
Game Five was highlighted by the absolutely spectacular performance of Elgin Baylor. Baylor put up 61 points, a playoff number that would not be outdone for 24 years until Michael Jordan scored 63. Heinsohn and Russell were again amazing, though the Celtics fell short, as the Lakers took a five-point victory.
Sam Jones again led the Celtics to victory, scoring 35 points, and more than Jerry West or Elgin Baylor. The Celts won the game by 14 points, even though West and Baylor again combined for a ridiculous 68 points.
Game Seven of the 1962 Finals is one of the greatest NBA games ever. Baylor and West combined for 76 points, Bill Russell had 44 rebounds and "only" 30 points, but the game is highlighted by the infamous "miss" by Frank Selvy of the Lakers. With the game tied, Selvy missed a wide open short jump shot, that would have won the game for the Lakers, but instead went to overtime. The Celtics took advantage to win the final game by three points, capping an outstanding series with a magnificent game.
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