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How many NBA championships have the Boston Celtics won?

The Boston Celtics made it to the NBA finals after a hard-fought battle against the Miami Heat. How successful have they been at winning championships?

Gidget Alikpala
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The Boston Celtics made it to the NBA finals after a hard-fought battle against the Miami Heat. How successful have they been at winning championships?
Eric EspadaAFP

The Boston Celtics have earned an appearance at the NBA finals after defeating the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Conference final series. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown led the Celtics to their first NBA finals appearance since 2010.

After this drought of more than a decade, Boston will have a chance to add to their large collection of trophies. After all, they are the team with the most NBA championships won, tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for the number one spot.

Celtics and Lakers at the top

Boston and Los Angeles have both won 17 titles, but the Celtics’ successes have not been very recent. The high number of titles belies the struggles of Boston to make a mark this century.

The franchise last won an NBA championship in 2008 which they won against the Lakers. Prior to that victory, however, they last won during the Larry Bird era in the 1980s.

Boston’s glory days came in the early days of the NBA. They won eight consecutive trophies from 1959 to 1966, led by head coach Red Auerbach. In comparison, they won only two titles in the 70s. They were able to regain some of their earlier glory in the 80s when they won three championships.

Here is the full list of the Boston Celtics NBA championship wins.

YEARTEAMSSERIES TALLY
1957Celtics defeat St. Louis Hawks4-3
1959Celtics defeat Minneapolis Lakers4-2
1960Celtics defeat St. Louis Hawks4-3
1961Celtics defeat St. Louis Hawks4-1
1962Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-3
1963Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-2
1964Celtics defeat San Francisco Warriors4-1
1965Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-1
1966Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-3
1968Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-2
1969Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-3
1974Celtics defeat Milwaukee Bucks4-3
1976Celtics defeat Phoenix Suns4-2
1981Celtics defeat Houston Rockets4-2
1984Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-3
1986Celtics defeat Houston Rockets4-2
2008Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers4-2
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