Celtics-Lakers (Related Stories)
Celtics-Lakers stories from the SI Vault
Short, Sweet Series For Slick Celtics
By Jeremiah Tax, April 20, 1959
Two of pro basketball's weaker franchises were greatly strengthened in the playoffs won by the squad of superstars from Boston.
Too Much To Beat This Year
By Arlie W. Schardt, April 30, 1962
By the narrowest of margins and with some high-jumping help the Celtics beat the Lakers, but in the process identified a formidable future foe.
The Playoff Was Child's Play
By Frank Deford, May 3, 1965
Against a Los Angeles squad depleted by injuries, the Boston Celtics coasted to their seventh straight world title and their eighth in nine years -- an awesome, if monotonous, series of performances.
This One Was Worth Shouting About
By Frank Deford, May 13, 1968
With a coach at center who has mastered his job and a remarkable lieutenant who whirls around him, the Celtics do it again.
The Last Drop In The Bucket
By Frank Deford, May 12, 1969
John Havlicek and Jerry West were the stars as the Celtics and the Lakers, showing the wear and tear of a long season, took their desperate battle for the world basketball championship to the seventh game.
Two For The Show
By Daniel S. Looney, October 15, 1979
The Celtics' Larry Bird and Lakers' Magic Johnson have the hottest hands to hit the beleaguered NBA in a long time.
Green And White And Red All Over
By Anthony Cotton, June 25, 1984
The Boston Celtics, the team Red Auerbach built, beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the seventh game to capture Red's 15th world championship.
Finally, A Happy Laker Landing
By Alexander Wolff, June 17, 1985
Los Angeles overcame its history of failure against the Celtics and won the NBA championship in Boston.
By Jack McCallum, December 22, 1986
L.A.'s rejuvenated Lakers snapped the Celtics' Garden winning streak, exposing a barren Boston bench.
Your Ball, L.A.
By Jack McCallum, June 22, 1987
With a Magical fast break and inspired play from a revered center, Los Angeles beat Boston for the NBA championship.
By Tim Crothers, May 8, 1995
The Celtics, the Cavs and the Lakers took brutal playoff lickings and came back ticking.
By Steve Rushin, April 15, 2002
With the Celtics in the hunt and the Lakers in town, Boston fans have plenty to get fired up about.
By Jack McCallum, June 25, 2008
The renewal of an epic rivalry lived up to the hype as the Celtics won the NBA Championship for the first time in 22 years.