1965 NBA Finals
|Announcers||Chris Schenkel and Bob Cousy|
|Hall of Famers||
Don Nelson (as a coach)
|Eastern Finals||Boston defeated Philadelphia 4–3|
|Western Finals||Los Angeles defeats Baltimore 4–2|
The 1965 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1965 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1964–65 season. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers and the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. The Celtics made their ninth-straight trip to the championship finals after beating the Philadelphia 76ers in a highly contested Eastern Division Finals that ended on John Havlicek's steal of the ball. The Lakers made it to their third Finals in four seasons after beating Baltimore in six games, though it came at a cost as Elgin Baylor suffered a knee injury that would sideline him for the rest of the playoffs. The Celtics won the series over the Lakers, 4–1.
The Celtics' average margin of victory in this series was 12.6 points, as they averaged 123.4 points a game, in contrast to the Lakers' 110.8 points per game.
|Game||Date||Home Team||Result||Road Team|
|Game 1||April 18||Boston Celtics||142–110 (1–0)||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Game 2||April 19||Boston Celtics||129–123 (2–0)||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Game 3||April 21||Los Angeles Lakers||126–105 (1–2)||Boston Celtics|
|Game 4||April 23||Los Angeles Lakers||99–112 (1–3)||Boston Celtics|
|Game 5||April 25||Boston Celtics||129–96 (4–1)||Los Angeles Lakers|
Celtics win series 4–1
Boston beat the Lakers 112 to 99. In the closing minutes of the game, ABC cut away to a previously scheduled program.