Boston Celtics Final Appearances

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Boston Celtics Final Appearances
Boston Celtics after winning the 2024 NBA Finals


The Boston Celtics were established in 1946 and have a rich history. The team is part of the Eastern Conference in the NBA and more specifically, belongs to the Atlantic Division. The Celtics have consistently been a powerhouse in professional basketball, often considered to be one of the strongest teams in the NBA and constantly seeing the rise of stars in their team.


The Touchdown Garden, the Home Center of the Boston Celtics has a seating capacity of 19,580 spectators and is known to be one of the most hostile environments for rival teams to play in due to the support given by the home team. The Celtics are known to have a strong ownership composed of personalities committed to winning championships.


The Celtics with their 18th championship in 2024 overtook the Los Angeles Lakers to stand alone atop the NBA as the most successful franchise. These championships have been won by legends of the game like Bill Russell, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Larry Bird. The team’s legacy is now being carried on by stars like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.


How many championships have the Boston Celtics won?

The Boston Celtics have won 18 NBA championships in their history. The team won its first NBA championship in 1957, marking the beginning of an era. Under the leadership of NBA legend Bill Russell, the Celtics won 11 championships over a period of 13 seasons, making them the most dominant team of the era. Of these 11 championships, eight were won consecutively.


The team's latest championship came in 2024 when they defeated the Dallas Mavericks who were led by Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. This title was won through excellent teamwork as all players on the roster stepped up and contributed to the victory. Jaylen Brown won the Finals MVP on the back of an amazing run throughout the Finals series.



Team NameHead CoachAgainstFinal Date and YearVenue‘Team Name’ Wins/Losses by Game in Series
Boston CelticsRed AuerbachAtlanta HawksApril 13, 1957TD GardenCeltics won 4-3
Boston CelticsRed AuerbachLos Angeles LakersApril 9, 1959TD GardenCeltics won 4-0
Boston CelticsRed AuerbachAtlanta HawksApril 9, 1960TD GardenCeltics won 4-3
Boston CelticsRed AuerbachAtlanta HawksApril 9, 1961TD GardenCeltics won 4-1
Boston CelticsRed AuerbachLos Angeles LakersApril 12, 1962TD GardenCeltics won 4-3
Boston CelticsRed AuerbachLos Angeles LakersApril 14, 1963TD GardenCeltics won 4-2
Boston CelticsRed AuerbachGolden State WarriorsApril 18, 1964TD GardenCeltics won 4-1
Boston CelticsRed AuerbachLos Angeles LakersApril 25, 1965TD GardenCeltics won 4-1
Boston CelticsRed AuerbachLos Angeles LakersApril 28, 1966TD GardenCeltics won 4-3
Boston CelticsBill RussellLos Angeles LakersApril 26, 1968TD GardenCeltics won 4-2
Boston CelticsBill RussellLos Angeles LakersApril 24, 1969The ForumCeltics won 4-3
Boston CelticsTom HeinsohnMilwaukee BucksMay 12, 1974Fiserv ForumCeltics won 4-3
Boston CelticsTom HeinsohnPhoenix SunsMay 16, 1976TD GardenCeltics won 4-2
Boston CelticsBill FitchHouston RocketsMay 14, 1981TD GardenCeltics won 4-2
Boston CelticsKC JonesLos Angeles LakersJune 12, 1984TD GardenCeltics won 4-3
Boston CelticsKC JonesHouston RocketsJune 8, 1986The SummitCeltics won 4-2
Boston CelticsDoc RiversLos Angeles LakersJune 17, 2008TD GardenCeltics won 4-2
Boston CelticsJoe MazzullaDallas MavericksJune 17, 2024TD GardenCeltics won 4-1


Boston Celtics Finals Appearance History

The Boston Celtics have appeared in the final stage for the Larry O'Brien trophy 23 times in their franchise history. Winning the title 18 times has solidified their status as the league's most successful franchise. The Celtics have however tasted defeat on five trips to the finals.


Despite these defeats, the team’s winning culture and dedication to excellence have known no bounds. The organization has always bounced back in the face of adversity and has come out stronger. From their early years of dominance to their current endeavors to get back to winning ways, the Celtics have been known to be highly successful in the NBA.


YearHead CoachAgainstVenueResult
1957Red AuerbachSt. Louis Hawks TD GardenCeltics win 4-3
1958Red AuerbachSt. Louis HawksTD GardenCeltics lost 4-2
1959Red AuerbachLos Angeles LakersTD GardenCeltics win 4-0
1960Red AuerbachSt. Louis HawksTD GardenCeltics won 4-3
1961Red AuerbachSt. Louis HawksTD GardenCeltics won 4-1
1962Red AuerbachLos Angeles LakersTD GardenCeltics won 4-3
1963Red AuerbachLos Angeles LakersTD GardenCeltics won 4-2
1964Red AuerbachGolden State WarriorsTD GardenCeltics won 4-1
1965Red AuerbachLos Angeles LakersTD GardenCeltics won 4-1
1966Red AuerbachLos Angeles LakersTD GardenCeltics won 4-3
1968Bill RussellLos Angeles LakersTD GardenCeltics won 4-2
1969Bill RusellLos Angeles LakersThe ForumCeltics lost 3-4
1974Tom HeisohnMilwaukee BucksFiserv ForumCeltics won 4-3
1976Tom
Heisohn
Phoenix SunsTD GardenCeltics won 4-2
1981Bill FitchHouston RocketsTD GardenCeltics won 4-2
1984KC JonesLos Angeles LakersTD GardenCeltics won 4-3
1985KC JonesLos Angeles LakersTD GardenCeltics lost 2-4
1986KC JonesHouston RocketsThe SummitCeltics won 4-2
1987KC JonesLos Angeles LakersTD GardenCeltics lost 2-4
2008Doc RiversLos Angeles LakersTD GardenCeltics won 4-2
2010Doc RiversLos Angeles LakersStaples Center. TD GardenCeltics lost 3-4
2022Ime UdokaGolden State WarriorsTD Garden, Chase CenterCeltics lost 2-4
2024Joe MazzullaDallas MavericksTD Garden, American Airlines ArenaCeltics won 4-1


What teams did the Boston Celtics lose the Championship Finals against?

The Boston Celtics have lost the NBA finals 4 times in their history. The team has lost the finals against the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors:

  1. Celtics lost the finals against the St. Louis Hawks 2-4, 1958
  2. Celtics lost the finals against the Lakers 2-4, 1985
  3. Celtics lost the finals against the Lakers 2-4, 1987
  4. Celtics lost the finals against the Lakers 3-4, 2010
  5. Celtics lost the finals against the Golden State Warriors 2-4, 2022

The team has made it to the finals 23 times of which the five losses came from just three teams in the NBA.


Boston Celtics Last Finals Appearance

The Boston Celtics made their last NBA finals appearance in the 2023-24 NBA season. They finished the regular season with a record of 64 wins to 18 losses and were placed 1st in the Eastern Conference Standings.


The team faced off against the Dallas Mavericks in the finals and won the series 4-1 after taking complete control of the series by going up 3-0. The teamwork and gameplay of the role players were the key between the two teams as the Celtics completely shutdown the Mavericks for most of the series.



FAQ's On Boston Celtics Final Appearances

A. The Boston Celtics appeared in the NBA finals 23 times. Most of these were achieved in a span of 13 years. 

A. The Boston Celtics have won the NBA finals 18 times. The team has lost only five Finals matchups in their history.

A. The Boston Celtics have 18 championship rings to their name and are the most successful franchise in the NBA.

A. The Boston Celtics have been defeated by the Saint Louis Hawks (now Atlanta Hawks), Los Angeles Lakers, and Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals.

A. The Boston Celtics last won the NBA finals in the 2023-24 NBA season.

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