Celtics defeat Lakers
1969 NBA Finals
In Bill Russell's final season as a player (he also served as head coach), Boston won its 11th title in 13 seasons only after erasing a 2-0 deficit and winning Game 7 in Los Angeles 108-106. The Celtics overcame the presence of first-year Laker Wilt Chamberlain and a scintillating series from Jerry West, who collected 42 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in the finale despite playing with a leg injury. West was named Finals MVP, the only player from the losing team ever to receive the award.