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1957 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Boston Celtics Red Auerbach 4
St. Louis Hawks Alex Hannum 3
Dates: March 30–April 13
Eastern Finals: Celtics defeated Nationals, 3–0
Western Finals: Hawks defeated Lakers, 3–0

The 1957 NBA World Championship Series was the championship series of the 1956–57 National Basketball Association season, and was the conclusion of the 1957 NBA Playoffs.

The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Division champion St. Louis Hawks and the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics. This was the first trip to the Finals for each team, the first Finals in which both teams competing were making their first appearances since 1951. Red Auerbach became the first head coach to have taken two separate teams to the NBA Finals, having done so with Washington in 1949. The Celtics won the series over the Hawks 4–3 to win their first of 17 NBA championships. It remains the only Game 7 in NBA history to be decided in double-overtime.

1957 NBA Playoffs

St. Louis Hawks (Western Division Champion) Boston Celtics (Eastern Division Champion)
34–38 (.472)

1st Western (tied), 4th Overall

Regular season 44–28 (.611)

1st Eastern, 1st Overall

Earned first-round bye Division Semifinals Earned first-round bye
Defeated the (2) Minneapolis Lakers, 3–0 Division Finals Defeated the (2) Syracuse Nationals, 3–0

Series summary

Game Date Away Team Result Home Team
Game 1 March 30 St. Louis 125–123 (2OT) Boston
Game 2 March 31 St. Louis 99–119 Boston
Game 3 April 6 Boston 98–100 St. Louis
Game 4 April 7 Boston 123–118 St. Louis
Game 5 April 9 St. Louis 109–124 Boston
Game 6 April 11 Boston 94–96 St. Louis
Game 7 April 13 St. Louis 123–125 (2OT) Boston
Preceded by
1956
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1957
Succeeded by
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