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The 1959 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1958-1959 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Conference champion Minneapolis Lakers, four games to none in the NBA Finals. It was the Celtics' second NBA championship.

This was the first NBA Finals matchup between the Lakers and Celtics; as of 2008 the franchises have met in the championship series 11 times. Boston won the first eight NBA Finals series of the rivalry, spanning three decades-- the 1950s, 1960s and 1980s-- before the Lakers finally defeated the Celtics for the title in 1985 and again in 1987, with Boston topping the Lakers again in 2008.

This was also the only Celtics/Lakers NBA Finals series that would take place while the latter team was based in Minneapolis. Indeed, the Lakers would only remain in Minneapolis one more year before moving to their current home of Los Angeles.

  Division Semifinals Division Finals NBA Finals
                           
   
  1  St. Louis 2  
Western Division
    2  Minneapolis 4  
3  Detroit 1
  2  Minneapolis 2  
    W2  Minneapolis 0
  E1  Boston 4
     
   
1  Boston 4
Eastern Division
    3  Syracuse 3  
3  Syracuse 2
  2  New York 0  

Postseason appearance streaks (including 1959 NBA Playoffs)

  • Boston - 9th consecutive playoff season
  • Detroit - 10th consecutive playoff season (previous eight as Ft. Wayne)
  • Minneapolis - 1st season
  • New York - 1st season
  • St. Louis - 4th consecutive playoff season
  • Syracuse - 10th consecutive playoff season

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