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The Boston Celtics were a Basketball Association of America and National Basketball Association team in Boston. The franchise was founded in the Basketball Association of America in Boston in 1946-47 as the Boston Celtics and joined the National Basketball Association in 1949-50 when its previous league merged with the National Basketball League. The team moved to San Diego as the San Diego Clippers in 1978-79, while the Buffalo Braves became the new Boston Celtics. The team moved to Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Clippers in 1984-85 and was renamed the LA Clippers in 2015-16.

Historical Overview

Name League Primary Venue Municipality Start End
LA Clippers National Basketball Association STAPLES Center Los Angeles 2015-16
Los Angeles Clippers 1999-2000 2014-15
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 1984-85 1999
San Diego Clippers Pechanga Arena San Diego San Diego 1978-79 1983-84
Boston Celtics Boston Garden Boston 1949-50 1977-78
Basketball Association of America 1946-47 1948-49

Trophy Case

  • Basketball Association of America Championships: 0
  • National Basketball Association Championships: 13 (1956-57, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1973-74, 1975-76)
  • Eastern Conference (NBA) Championships: 2 (1973-74, 1975-76)
  • Eastern Division (BAA) Championships: 0
  • Eastern Division (NBA) Championships: 12 (1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1967-68, 1968-69)
  • Atlantic Division (NBA) Championships: 5 (1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76)
  • Playoff Berths: 26 (1947-48, 1950-51, 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77)

Seasons and Venues

Season Win Loss GB Finish Postseason Venues
Basketball Association of America
1946-47 22 38 27 5th in Eastern Division Did not qualify Boston Garden, Boston (23 regular season games)
Matthews Arena, Boston (seven regular season games)
1947-48 20 28 7 3rd in Eastern Division Defeated by Chicago Stags 2-1 (best-of-three) Boston Garden, Boston (20 regular season games)
Matthews Arena, Boston (four regular season games + three postseason games)
1948-49 25 35 13 5th in Eastern Division Did not qualify Boston Garden, Boston (19 regular season games)
Matthews Arena, Boston (10 regular season games)
Chicago Stadium, Chicago (one regular season game)
National Basketball Association
1949-50 22 46 31 6th in Eastern Division Did not qualify Boston Garden, Boston (20 regular season games)
Matthews Arena, Boston (six regular season games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (six regular season games)
Chicago Stadium, Chicago (one regular season games)
Wharton Field House, Moline, Illinois (one regular season game)
1950-51 39 30 2.5 2nd in Eastern Division Defeated by New York Knickerbockers 2-0 (best-of-three) Boston Garden, Boston (19 regular season games + one postseason game)
Matthews Arena, Boston (11 regular season games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (three regular season games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (one regular season game)
1951-52 39 27 1 2nd in Eastern Division Defeated by New York Knickerbockers 2-1 (best-of-three) Boston Garden, Boston (25 regular season games + two postseason games)
Matthews Arena, Boston (three regular season games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (two regular season games)
Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, North Carolina (one regular season game)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (one regular season game)
Webster Square Arena, Worcester, Massachusetts (one regular season game)
1952-53 46 25 1.5 3rd in Eastern Division Defeated Syracuse Nationals 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated by New York Knickerbockers 3-1 (best-of-five)
Boston Garden, Boston (19 regular season games + three postseason games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (six regular season games)
Matthews Arena, Boston (five regular season games)
Webster Square Arena, Worcester, Massachusetts (two regular season games)
Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia (one regular season game)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (one regular season game)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (one regular season game)
1953-54 42 30 2 2nd in Eastern Division Finished 2nd, 2-2 against Syracuse Nationals and New York Knickerbockers (double round-robin)
Defeated by Syracuse Nationals 2-0 (best-of-three)
Boston Garden, Boston (21 regular season games + three postseason games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (three regular season games)
Baltimore Coliseum, Baltimore (two regular season games)
New Haven Arena (1927), New Haven, Connecticut (two regular season games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (two regular season games)
Curry Hicks Physical Education Building, Amherst, Massachusetts (one regular season game)
New London High School Gymnasium, New London, Connecticut (one regular season game)
Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York (one regular season game)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (one regular season game)
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Milwaukee (one regular season game)
Webster Square Arena, Worcester, Massachusetts (one regular season game)
1954-55 36 36 7 3rd in Eastern Division Defeated New York Knickerbockers 2-1 (best-of-three)
Defeated by Syracuse Nationals 3-1 (best-of-five)
Boston Garden, Boston (22 regular season games + one expunged game + two postseason games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (five regular season games)
Matthews Arena, Boston (four regular season games + one postseason game)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (two regular season games)
Curry Hicks Physical Education Building, Amherst, Massachusetts (one regular season game)
1955-56 39 33 6 2nd in Eastern Division Defeated by Syracuse Nationals 2-1 (best-of-three) Boston Garden, Boston (23 regular season games + two postseason games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (four regular season games)
Matthews Arena, Boston (four regular season games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (three regular season games)
Bangor Auditorium, Bangor, Maine (one regular season game)
Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia (one regular season game)
1956-57 44 28 0 1st in Eastern Division Defeated Syracuse Nationals 3-0 (best-of-five)
Defeated St. Louis Hawks 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (25 regular season games + six postseason games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (four regular season games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (three regular season games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (three regular season games)
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York (one regular season game)
1957-58 49 23 0 1st in Eastern Division Defeated Philadelphia Warriors 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by St. Louis Hawks 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (29 regular season games + six postseason games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (three regular season games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (two regular season games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (two regular season games)
1958-59 52 20 0 1st in Eastern Division Defeated Syracuse Nationals 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Minneapolis Lakers 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (30 regular season games + six postseason games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (three regular season games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (two regular season games)
Webster Square Arena, Worcester, Massachusetts (one regular season game)
1959-60 59 16 0 1st in Eastern Division Defeated Philadelphia Warriors 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated St. Louis Hawks 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (26 regular season games + seven postseason games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (five postseason games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (two regular season games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
Cole Field House, College Park, Maryland (one regular season game)
Matthews Arena, Boston (one regular season game)
1960-61 57 22 0 1st in Eastern Division Defeated Syracuse Nationals 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated St. Louis Hawks 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (28 regular season games + six postseason games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (four regular season games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (four regular season games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York (one regular season game)
1961-62 60 20 0 1st in Eastern Division Defeated Philadelphia Warriors 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Los Angeles Lakers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (28 regular season games + eight postseason games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (four regular season games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (four regular season games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (two regular season games)
Cole Field House, College Park, Maryland (one regular season game)
St. Louis Arena, St. Louis (one regular season game)
1962-63 58 22 0 1st in Eastern Division Defeated Cincinnati Royals 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (30 regular season games + seven postseason games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (four regular season games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (three regular season games)
Cobo Arena, Detroit (one regular season games)
Cole Field House, College Park, Maryland (one regular season game)
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis (one regular season game)
1963-64 59 21 0 1st in Eastern Division Defeated Cincinnati Royals 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated San Francisco Warriors 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (30 regular season games + six postseason games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (five regular season games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (three regular season games)
Civic Arena, Pittsburgh (one regular season game)
Cole Field House, College Park, Maryland (one regular season game)
1964-65 62 18 0 1st in Eastern Division Defeated Philadelphia 76ers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (30 regular season games + seven postseason games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (five regular season games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (three regular season games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
1965-66 54 26 1 2nd in Eastern Division Defeated Cincinnati Royals 3-2 (best-of-five)
Defeated Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Los Angeles Lakers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (31 regular season games + nine postseason games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (five regular season games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (two regular season games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
1966-67 60 21 8 2nd in Eastern Division Defeated New York Knickerbockers 3-1 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (31 regular season games + four postseason games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (four regular season games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina (one regular season games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (one regular season game)
Minneapolis Auditorium (1927), Minneapolis (one regular season game)
1967-68 54 28 8 2nd in Eastern Division Defeated Detroit Pistons 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Philadelphia 76ers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (37 regular season games + nine postseason games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (two regular season games)
Spectrum, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
1968-69 48 34 9 4th in Eastern Division Defeated Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated New York Knickerbockers 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Los Angeles Lakers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (36 regular season games + eight postseason games)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (two regular season games)
Spectrum, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
NRG Astrodome, Houston (one regular season game)
1969-70 34 48 26 6th in Eastern Division Did not qualify Boston Garden, Boston (37 regular season games)
Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (two regular season games)
Cleveland Arena, Cleveland (one regular season game)
Spectrum, Philadelphia (one regular season game)
1970-71 44 38 8 3rd in Atlantic Division
5th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Boston Garden, Boston (39 regular season games)
Spectrum, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
1971-72 56 26 0 1st in Atlantic Division
1st in Eastern Conference
Defeated Atlanta Hawks 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by New York Knickerbockers 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (41 regular season games + six postseason games)
1972-73 68 14 0 1st in Atlantic Division
1st in Eastern Conference
Defeated Atlanta Hawks 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by New York Knickerbockers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (39 regular season games + seven postseason games)
Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island (two regular season games)
1973-74 56 26 0 1st in Atlantic Division
1st in Eastern Conference
Defeated Buffalo Braves 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated New York Knickerbockers 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Milwaukee Bucks 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (32 regular season games + nine postseason games)
Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island (nine regular season games)
1974-75 60 22 0 1st in Atlantic Division
1st in Eastern Conference
Defeated Houston Rockets 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Washington Bullets 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (34 regular season games + six postseason games)
Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island (three regular season games)
XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut (three regular season games)
MassMutual Center, Springfield, Massachusetts (one regular season game)
1975-76 54 28 0 1st in Atlantic Division
1st in Eastern Conference
Defeated Buffalo Braves 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Phoenix Suns 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (36 regular season games + nine postseason games)
XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut (five regular season games)
1976-77 44 38 6 2nd in Atlantic Division
4th in Eastern Conference
Defeated San Antonio Spurs 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated by Philadelphia 76ers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Boston Garden, Boston (35 regular season games + four postseason games)
XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut (six regular season games)
1977-78 32 50 23 3rd in Atlantic Division
8th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Boston Garden, Boston (36 regular season games)
XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut (three regular season games)
Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island (one regular season game)
MassMutual Center, Springfield, Massachusetts (one regular season game)