Sports History: Boston Tops Los Angeles, Wins Sixth NBA Championship

By NoontimeSports.com 

It was on this date 57 years ago (April 24, 1963) when the Boston Celtics captured yet another NBA Championship by beating the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. Boston outlasted Los Angles, 112-109, in the sixth and final contest of the best of seven game series after capturing the first two meetings in Massachusetts. 

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The Boston Celtics celebrated their sixth NBA Championships on April 24, 1963, by beating the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. (PHOTO COURTESY: NBA.com/Celtics)

Boston was led by the league’s Most Valuable Player Bill Russell, who guided the Green and White to a 58-22 record, as well as the team’s sixth NBA title in seven seasons. The 58 wins was the most victories recorded by any team during the 1962-63 season.

The Celtics postseason run began with an exciting seven-game series against the Cincinnati Royals, who secured a spot in the Eastern Finals after beating the Syracuse Nationals in the Eastern Semifinals (3-2). Sam Jones highlighted his team’s game seven victory over the Royals by scoring a team-high 47 points on 18 of 27 shooting while Tom Heinsohn added 31 points. 

Boston led Cincinnati, 68-64, at the break before outscoing the visitors, 74-67, in the final two sessions to clinch the series and secure a date with Los Angeles.

The Celtics, which beat the Lakers one year earlier in seven contests, won the first two games before Los Angeles won games three and five. Boston won the fourth game, which was held in California, before winning the sixth contest in the same state five days later.

Tom Heinsohn led the Green and White with 22 points on 8 of 18 shooting to go with nine rebounds and two assists while Tom SandersBob Cousy, and John Havlicek each scored 18 points. Los Angeles’ Jerry West led all scorers with 32 points and Elgin Baylor recorded 28 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.

Boston’s winning ways would continue throughout the decade as they would win five more championships, including the 1969 NBA Finals against the Lakers. Boston needed to win the final two games to clinch the series after Los Angeles won three of five contests.


NoontimeSports.com’s Mia Len contributed to today’s ‘On This Date in History’ sports history post. 

On This Date In History: Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Happy Tuesday, everyone – we can say “happy” every day, right?

The sun is shining. The weather is decent – it is pretty nice out (to be blunt!) – and we have a feeling that it will be another good day (fingers crossed, of course!).

As usual, continue to be well and stay safe while enjoying a brand new ‘On This Date in History.’


On This Date in History: April 14th, 2020 

  • 1962: Elgin Baylor paced the Los Angeles Lakers with a game-high 61 points on 22 of 46 shooting which helped the visitors win the fifth game of the 1962 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics.

    Boston would rebound, however, winning the next two games, including a game six on the west coast, to clinch the series in seven games.

  • 1967: Boston Red Sox rookie pitcher Billy Rohome came close to recording a no-hitter against the New York Yankees in the Bronx. New York’s Elston Howard broke up the “no-no” with a single to right field in the bottom of the ninth. The hit, however, would be followed by a flyball by Charley Smith.

    Rohome concluded the 3-0 victory with five walks and two strikeouts.

  • 1969: The Montreal Expos won their first-ever home game by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-7.

    The April 14th affair between the Cardinals and Expos marked the first time an MLB game had been played in Canada.

    Montreal would conclude its initial season in sixth place in the National League East with a record of 52-110.

  • 1996: The Detroit Red Wings win their 62nd (and final) regular season contest with a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

    Detroit, which finished first in the NHL‘s Central Division with 131 points, would go onto win two playoff series before falling to the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Finals.

  • 2002: Tiger Woods wins his third-straight Masters Tournament with a score of 276 (-12). Woods edged Retief Goosen for the victory by three strokes.

Daily Noontime: Friday, March 20th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Friday (or as we like to call it, Fri-yay!).

It has been quite the week – when will the new normal end? – but like I did yesterday, I will continue to produce a ‘Daily Noontime’ going forward with hopes of putting a smile on everyone’s faces during this unique time (and the life we’re living these days).

Alright, it is official: Tom Brady is officially a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In a release (and story this morning from the Buccaneers’ website), the team’s General Manager Jason Licht said Brady will “immediately impact our entire organization.”

Indeed, Brady will make an impact on the Bucs, who finished their 2019 season with seven wins and nine losses.

But doesn’t it seem strange (or bizarre) to think Brady will end his historic career with the Buccaneers? I mean, I think so, but Joe Montana ended his career, not with the San Francisco 49ers, but the Kansas City Chiefs. Again, this just seems weird, but again, we’re living in unusual times.

So, with no Brady under center, it is time to embrace Jarrett Stidham, but maybe we should also Jameis Winston, too. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler thinks (and believes) that the former Buccaneers quarterback could be an ideal replacement for the Patriots, but do we really want a quarterback that threw 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions last season?

In other National Football League (NFL) news, the “stay at home” order in California could impact the completion of SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The new home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams was supposed to be ready for the upcoming season, but due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the “stay at home” order could mean a delay on the league’s new crown jewel.

In an interesting op-ed piece from the Los Angeles Times, there is a thought of building a people mover to the stadium, along with the shops and office space, which will be built nearby. Not a bad idea and it would decrease traffic, too.

Let’s switch gears to some quick hitters (and what occurred on this date in the past few months, years, and decades), beginning with wishing Bobby Orr a happy birthday!

On This Date in History: 

  • 1934: Babe Didrikson Zaharias pitched one inning in a Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training game for the Philadelphia Athletics. She gave up one walk but not hits in a single frame against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 1965: UCLA beat Michigan in the 27th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
  • 1973: Roberto Clemente was elected to the MLB 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash.
  • 1989: Baseball announced former Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation for betting on baseball games.
  • 1990: The Los Angeles Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s number (No. 33).

As usual, please be well and be safe, take care of your family, and we’ll have more content on Brady (and some other topics) later today and this weekend! 

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Tuesday – yippee!

It is a tad bit cloudy (and overcast) outside my window, but that won’t stop us from having a great morning (and day, of course).

Spring is right around the corner – we experienced an April-like day yesterday, which was awesome – but that also means a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ is here, too. So, let’s have a great day, everyone, and remember to smile, laugh, and be happy about life!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • The Boston Bruins return to the ice this evening – let’s hope they can erase the memories of a six-goal setback from this past weekend when they compete against the Calgary Flames at 7 p.m.
  • The Boston Celtics will be in Oregon this evening to take on the Portland Trail Blazers with tip-off scheduled for 10 p.m. Boston lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, but fans in Boston believe the Green and White should be fine going forward and can compete for an NBA championship this spring.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Hear what Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney had to say about the two new forwards he acquired for the stretch run. (NESN.com)

  • The NFL Combine is this week, which means its time to highlight five storylines to watch for our hometown New England Patriots(WEEI.com)

  • Danny Amendola is not going to be a free agent or return to the area. Instead, he is going back to the Detroit Lions, which could be another hint that Tom Brady will be interested in going elsewhere this offseason. (NBC Sports Boston)
  • What did we learn from watching Romeo Langford on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers? (Boston.com)

  • The Boston Red Sox will need Nate Eovaldi this season. Just saying! (Boston Globe)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Learn how to freestyle like a pro with Jimmy FallonThe Roots, and Rev Run

Daily Noontime: Monday, February 24th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you ALL had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the spring-like temperatures, especially yesterday. It is almost spring here in Boston (and New England), which means warm weather, spring sports, and dinner (and coffee) outside, not inside.

Let’s kick off a brand new week with the ‘Daily Noontime’ by smiling, laughing, and loving life!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • Jayson Tatum scored 41 points in 37 minutes but it wasn’t enough to lift the Boston Celtics to victory on Sunday. Instead, Boston lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-112, snapping a three-game winning streak.

    Luckily, the Green and White will have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 25th) when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers for a 10 p.m. tip-off.

  • The Boston Bruins will look to return to their winning ways tomorrow when they host the Calgary Flames for a 7 p.m. puck drop. Boston beat Calgary on Friday, 4-3, but then lost to the Vancouver Canucks, 9-3, one day later.
  • Finally, the Boston Red Sox will play some exhibition baseball today against the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • LeBron James saluted Jayson Tatum on Instagram following the Lakers’ two-point win over the Celtics on Sunday. (MassLive.com)
  • The Boston Celtics altered their travel plans so they can attend Kobe Bryant‘s Memorial. (CBS Boston)

  • Sunday’s loss to the Lakers was a tough pill to swallow, but it certainly seemed like a game the Celtics should have won. (Boston Globe)

  • Will the Boston Bruins make a move before the NHL Trade Deadline ends at 3 p.m. today? (NESN.com)

  • The Boston Bruins should not pursue Joe Thornton, says one hockey writer. (Yahoo.com)

  • Tom Brady was the fourth-ranked quarterback on the ‘101 NFL free agent‘ list on NFL.com.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The St. Louis BattleHawks recorded the first XFL kickoff return of the 2002 season yesterday.