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1961 NBA Playoffs Summary

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League Champion: Boston Celtics

1961 Playoff Leaders:
PTS: Elgin Baylor (457)
TRB: Bill Russell (299)
AST: Bob Cousy (91)
WS: Elgin Baylor (2.8)

League Playoffs

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Finals (4-1): Boston Celtics over St. Louis Hawks (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Division Finals (4-1): Boston Celtics over Syracuse Nationals (Series Stats)
Western Division Finals (4-3): St. Louis Hawks over Los Angeles Lakers (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Division Semifinals (3-0): Syracuse Nationals over Philadelphia Warriors (Series Stats)
Western Division Semifinals (3-2): Los Angeles Lakers over Detroit Pistons (Series Stats)

Team Stats

Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Boston Celtics 10 2400 451 1092 .413 451 1092 .413 305 422 .723 821 247 290 1207 120.7
2 Los Angeles Lakers 12 2905 526 1229 .428 526 1229 .428 359 481 .746 876 289 330 1411 117.6
3 Detroit Pistons 5 1200 218 536 .407 218 536 .407 151 202 .748 327 131 144 587 117.4
4 St. Louis Hawks 12 2905 517 1300 .398 517 1300 .398 309 427 .724 815 288 331 1343 111.9
5 Syracuse Nationals 8 1920 317 849 .373 317 849 .373 249 311 .801 604 160 252 883 110.4
6 Philadelphia Warriors 3 720 119 319 .373 119 319 .373 86 139 .619 210 62 86 324 108.0
League Average 8 2008 358 888 .403 358 888 .403 243 330 .736 609 196 239 959 115.1

Opponent Stats

Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Boston Celtics 10 2400 1091 109.1
2 Philadelphia Warriors 3 720 336 112.0
3 Los Angeles Lakers 12 2905 1387 115.6
4 Syracuse Nationals 8 1920 926 115.8
5 St. Louis Hawks 12 2905 1405 117.1
6 Detroit Pistons 5 1200 611 122.2
League Average 8 2008 959 115.1

Miscellaneous Stats

Offense Four Factors Defense Four Factors
Rk Team G W L W/L% PW PL ORtg DRtg Pace FTr 3PAr eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA
1 Boston Celtics 10 8 2 .800 8.0 2.0 .386 .413 .279
2 Los Angeles Lakers 12 6 6 .500 6.7 5.3 .391 .428 .292
3 St. Louis Hawks 12 5 7 .417 4.2 7.8 .328 .398 .238
4 Syracuse Nationals 8 4 4 .500 2.7 5.3 .366 .373 .293
5 Detroit Pistons 5 2 3 .400 1.8 3.2 .377 .407 .282
6 Philadelphia Warriors 3 0 3 .000 1.1 1.9 .436 .373 .270
League Average 8.3 4.2 4.2 .500 4.1 4.2 .372 .403 .274

Playoff Leaders

Minutes Played

1. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 540
2. Bob Pettit*-STL 526
3. Bill Russell*-BOS 462
4. Jerry West*-LAL 461
5. Cliff Hagan*-STL 455

Field Goals

1. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 170
2. Bob Pettit*-STL 117
3. Cliff Hagan*-STL 104
4. Jerry West*-LAL 99
5. Tom Heinsohn*-BOS 82

Field Goal Attempts

1. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 362
2. Bob Pettit*-STL 284
3. Cliff Hagan*-STL 235
4. Woody Sauldsberry-STL 206
5. Jerry West*-LAL 202

Free Throws

1. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 117
2. Bob Pettit*-STL 109
3. Jerry West*-LAL 77
4. Bob Cousy*-BOS 67
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 63

Free Throw Attempts

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 144
2. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 142
3. Jerry West*-LAL 106
4. Bob Cousy*-BOS 88
5. Bill Russell*-BOS 86

Total Rebounds

1. Bill Russell*-BOS 299
2. Bob Pettit*-STL 211
3. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 183
4. Ray Felix-LAL 125
5. Cliff Hagan*-STL 118

Assists

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 91
2. Jerry West*-LAL 63
3. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 55
4. Cliff Hagan*-STL 54
5. Larry Costello-SYR 52

Personal Fouls

1. Ray Felix-LAL 52
2. Woody Sauldsberry-STL 51
  Lenny Wilkens*-STL 51
4. Cliff Hagan*-STL 45
5. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 44

Points

1. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 457
2. Bob Pettit*-STL 343
3. Jerry West*-LAL 275
4. Cliff Hagan*-STL 264
5. Tom Heinsohn*-BOS 197

Field Goal Pct

1. Bill Sharman*-BOS .511
2. Tom Sanders-BOS .493
3. Jerry West*-LAL .490
4. Gene Shue-DET .486
5. Elgin Baylor*-LAL .470

Free Throw Pct

1. Dolph Schayes*-SYR .900
2. Bill Sharman*-BOS .889
3. Sam Jones*-BOS .886
4. Larry Costello-SYR .855
5. Bob Ferry-DET .837

Minutes Per Game

1. Bill Russell*-BOS 46.2
2. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 45.0
3. Bob Pettit*-STL 43.8
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 38.5
5. Jerry West*-LAL 38.4

Points Per Game

1. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 38.1
2. Wilt Chamberlain*-PHW 37.0
3. Bob Pettit*-STL 28.6
4. Jerry West*-LAL 22.9
5. Cliff Hagan*-STL 22.0

Rebounds Per Game

1. Bill Russell*-BOS 29.9
2. Wilt Chamberlain*-PHW 23.0
3. Bob Pettit*-STL 17.6
4. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 15.2
5. Bob Ferry-DET 12.6

Assists Per Game

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 9.1
2. Larry Costello-SYR 6.5
3. Jerry West*-LAL 5.2
4. Bill Russell*-BOS 4.8
5. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 4.6

Player Efficiency Rating

1. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 28.0
2. Bob Pettit*-STL 22.3
3. Bill Russell*-BOS 22.0
4. Jerry West*-LAL 21.3
5. Bob Ferry-DET 20.9

True Shooting Pct

1. Bill Sharman*-BOS .564
2. Jerry West*-LAL .553
3. Gene Shue-DET .549
4. Elgin Baylor*-LAL .538
5. Bob Ferry-DET .528

Effective Field Goal Pct

1. Bill Sharman*-BOS .511
2. Tom Sanders-BOS .493
3. Jerry West*-LAL .490
4. Gene Shue-DET .486
5. Elgin Baylor*-LAL .470

Assist Pct

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 34.1
2. Larry Costello-SYR 28.9
3. Jerry West*-LAL 19.8
4. Hot Rod Hundley-LAL 19.6
5. Si Green-STL 18.8

Offensive Win Shares

1. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 2.5
2. Jerry West*-LAL 1.7
3. Bob Pettit*-STL 1.2
4. Bill Sharman*-BOS 1.1
5. Cliff Hagan*-STL 1.0

Defensive Win Shares

1. Bill Russell*-BOS 1.6
2. Bob Cousy*-BOS 0.8
3. Tom Heinsohn*-BOS 0.6
4. Bob Pettit*-STL 0.5
5. Frank Ramsey*-BOS 0.5

Win Shares

1. Elgin Baylor*-LAL 2.8
2. Jerry West*-LAL 1.9
3. Bill Russell*-BOS 1.9
4. Bob Pettit*-STL 1.7
5. Cliff Hagan*-STL 1.4

Win Shares Per 48 Minutes

1. Bill Sharman*-BOS .257
2. Elgin Baylor*-LAL .248
3. Jerry West*-LAL .203
4. Bill Russell*-BOS .201
5. Frank Ramsey*-BOS .196