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On this day: Boston Celtics beat St. Louis Hawks for 1961 championship

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The win was the final game of a five-game series between the then- St. Louis Hawks and Boston, which the Celtics won 4-1.

The series-clinching win was a 121-112 victory that saw legendary Boston big man Bill Russell score 30 points and 38 rebounds to secure the win, with 18 points and 12 assists from point guard luminary Bob Cousy.

Wing Sam Jones added 16 points and 10 boards, forward Tommy Heinsohn chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds, and shooting guard Frank Ramsey scored 16 points for good measure. Reserve guard Phil Pressey scored a career-high 13 assists, and Avery Bradley scored 22 points in the win.

Fan favorite big man Guerschon Yabusele had 16 points and 5 boards, and guard Jonathan Gibson had 18 points off the bench.

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