1967 NBA Playoffs

1967 NBA playoffs

The 1967 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1966-67 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Philadelphia 76ers defeating the Western Division champion San Francisco Warriors 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.

It was the 76ers' second NBA title in franchise history; their first had come in 1955 as the Syracuse Nationals.

The Boston Celtics were denied the chance to win their ninth straight championship, though they would win the title the following two seasons.

The expansion Chicago Bulls made the playoffs in their debut season, and the New York Knicks returned to the postseason for the first time since 1959. It is the longest gap in Knicks franchise history, a record they matched when they missed the playoffs starting in 2004 and ending in 2011.

The 1967 NBA Playoffs marked a change in the league's playoff format; every tournament since 1955 had given the top-ranked team in each division a first-round bye, but starting this season, the NBA upped the number of playoff teams to eight, thereby eliminating a first-round bye for the regular-season division champions.

  Division Semifinals Division Finals NBA Finals
  1  San Francisco 3  
3  L.A. Lakers 0  
  1  San Francisco 4  
Western Division
    2  St. Louis 2  
4  Chicago 0
  2  St. Louis 3  
    W1  San Francisco 2
  E1  Philadelphia 4
  1  Philadelphia 3  
3  Cincinnati 1  
1  Philadelphia 4
Eastern Division
    2  Boston 1  
4  New York 1
  2  Boston 3  

Western Division

Champion: San Francisco Warriors

Division Semifinals

(1) San Francisco Warriors vs. (3) Los Angeles Lakers: Warriors win series 3-0

(2) St. Louis Hawks vs. (4) Chicago Bulls: Hawks win series 3-0

Division Finals

(1) San Francisco Warriors vs. (2) St. Louis Hawks: Warriors win series 4-2

Eastern Division

Champion: Philadelphia 76ers

Division Semifinals

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (3) Cincinnati Royals: 76ers win series 3-1

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (4) New York Knicks: Celtics win series 3-1

Division Finals

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (2) Boston Celtics: 76ers win series 4-1

NBA Finals

Main article: 1967 NBA Finals

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (1) San Francisco Warriors: 76ers win series 4-2

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