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1969 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Boston Celtics Bill Russell 4
Los Angeles Lakers Butch van Breda Kolff 3
Dates: April 23–May 5
MVP: Jerry West
(Los Angeles Lakers)
Eastern Finals: Celtics defeat Knicks, 4–2
Western Finals: Lakers defeat Hawks, 4–1

The 1969 NBA World Championship Series to determine the champion of the 1968–69 NBA season was played between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, with the Lakers being heavily favored due to the presence of three formidable stars: Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, and Jerry West. In addition, Boston was an aging team; they made the playoffs as the 4th place team in the Eastern Division, and were not favored to make it to the finals. The Celtics' finals victory – the last championship of the Bill Russell dynasty – is considered one of the great upsets in NBA history.

This series is also notable in that West, with an average of nearly 38 points a game, won the Finals Most Valuable Player award, despite being on the losing team. This was the first year a Finals MVP award was given, and it remains the only time in NBA Finals history that the MVP was awarded to a player on the losing team. It also marked the first time in NBA Finals history that a Game 7 was won by the road team.

1969 NBA Playoffs

Los Angeles Lakers (Western Division Champion) Boston Celtics (Eastern Division Champion)
55–27 (.671)

1st Western, 3rd Overall

Regular season 48–34 (.585)

4th Eastern, 5th Overall

Defeated the (3) San Francisco Warriors, 4–2 Division Semifinals Defeated the (2) Philadelphia 76ers, 4–1
Defeated the (2) Atlanta Hawks, 4–1 Division Finals Defeated the (3) New York Knicks, 4–2

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 23 Los Angeles 120–118 Boston
Game 2 April 25 Los Angeles 118–112 Boston
Game 3 April 27 Boston 111–105 Los Angeles
Game 4 April 29 Boston 89–88 Los Angeles
Game 5 May 1 Los Angeles 117–104 Boston
Game 6 May 3 Boston 99–90 Los Angeles
Game 7 May 5 Los Angeles 106–108 Boston
Preceded by
1968
NBA Finals
1969
Succeeded by
1970
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