‘St. Louis Hawks – Playoffs’ Archives
Ritchie Guerin to Zelmo Beatty....game two of the 1966 Western semi's against the Baltimore Bullets...the Hawks got revenge that year for the Bullet's semi round victory in 4 games the previous year, ending Bob Petti's last season a bit premature. Hawks swept...and rolled into the final round against the Lakers......
Two games from retirement, the Hawk's Cliff Hagan says goodbye to the Laker's Rudy LaRusso in the fifth game of the 1966 Western Finals...a scuffle under the basket apparently infuriated Cliff and enough is enough. Funny thing, he and Rudy were friends off the court, but hey, it's the finals!!
Game one of the 1963 NBA Western Finals...Hawks and Lakers...Bill Bridges under the basket in L-A against Ron Horn...that's Lennie in the background...
The 1961 NBA Finals saw the Hawks and the Boston Celtics battle it out for the fourth time in five years...and for the third time, the Celtics came out on top, this year four games to one. Two of the Hawks Big Three are shown in this photo, as Cliff Hagan goes up and in with Pettit ready for a possible offensive rebound.
Then in the early and middle 60's, it was the Hawks and Lakers at it year after year for the top spot in the Western Division. It's Lennie Wilkens down the lane and scoring two under the guard of Jerry West in game three of the 1963 Western Finals. The Hawks took this game at Kiel...and trailed the series two games to one.
The semi-final round saw the Detroit Pistons hook up with St. Louis in a best of five, won by the Hawks in four games. Here in game two at home, Wilkens gets a screen from Mike Farmer and drives around native St. Louisian Bob Ferry of the Pistons. Lennie wore number 32 his first four years with the team, switching to number 14 in the Fall of [...]
Game two of the Western Finals....Los Angeles Sports Arena...Jerry West outbattles Mike Farmer for the ball in this first quarter action. West in that game would later lead a Laker rally in the final 90 seconds of play ...bringing the Lakers back from seven points down, and hit a 15 foot jumper with no time left on the clock to give Los Angeles a [...]
It's Bob Pettit down the lane for two over LeRoy Ellis and Elgin Baylor in game six of the '63 WCF...The Hawks win and tie the series at three games apiece, but would lose game seven two nights later to the Lakers, who would then go on and drop a six game NBA Final series to Boston in Bob Cousy's last season with the Celtics.
The Hawks got their revenge the next year as they opened the 1964 Western Semi-Finals with a best of five against those same Lakers. Here in game one, Rudy LaRusso of the Lakers and Bill Bridges of the Hawks look on as Hawk center Zelmo Beatty goes one on one with Leroy Ellis....jump ball....AND Hawk win...we're up one game to none.
Game four...Hawks up two games to one, but L.A. rallys from 10 down in the fourth quarter to pull out a five point win and tie the series. Ritchie Guerin bravely takes on four Lakers, driving the lane for two in this third quarter action at the Sports Arena.