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?
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.
|1957||Celtics defeat St. Louis Hawks||4-3|
|1959||Celtics defeat Minneapolis Lakers||4-2|
|1960||Celtics defeat St. Louis Hawks||4-3|
|1961||Celtics defeat St. Louis Hawks||4-1|
|1962||Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers||4-3|
|1963||Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers||4-2|
|1964||Celtics defeat San Francisco Warriors||4-1|
|1965||Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers||4-1|
|1966||Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers||4-3|
|1968||Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers||4-2|
|1969||Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers||4-3|
|1974||Celtics defeat Milwaukee Bucks||4-3|
|1976||Celtics defeat Phoenix Suns||4-2|
|1981||Celtics defeat Houston Rockets||4-2|
|1984||Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers||4-3|
|1986||Celtics defeat Houston Rockets||4-2|
|2008||Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers||4-2|