On This Day (April 28)
Notable events from NBA history that occurred on April 28.
Eight Is Enough
On this day in 1966, the Boston Celtics’ Bill Russell scored 25 points and hauled in 32 rebounds in a 95-93 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. It was the last of eight consecutive NBA titles for the Celtics. No other franchise has won more than three straight championships.
This was also the last of 10 consecutive NBA Finals appearances for the Celtics. No other franchise has participated in more than five straight Finals (Golden State Warriors, 2015-2019).
There have been 14 Finals games in which a player recorded at least 25 points and 25 rebounds. Russell is responsible for half of them:
7 — Bill Russell
6 — Wilt Chamberlain
1 — Bob Pettit
Russell is the only player to record at least 25 points and 25 rebounds in a Game 7 in the NBA Finals. This was the second time he achieved the feat; the first came on April 18, 1962.
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