1961 NBA Finals: Celtics vs. Hawks
Coming off another trip to the NBA Finals, the Hawks won the Western Division by 15 games with a record of 51-28. Facing the now-Los Angeles Lakers in the Conference Finals, the Hawks fell behind 3-2 and needed a Game 6 win in Los Angeles to force a Game 7 at home. They were able to capture their fourth Western Conference title in five years with a two-point Game 7 win.
This NBA Finals against the Celtics would not be as close as the previous ones, as Bob Cousy (pictured here) and the Celtics won all but Game 3 en route to an easy 4-1 series win over St. Louis for their fourth NBA title in five seasons. This would be the last time the Hawks would reach the Finals, spending seven more seasons in St. Louis before moving to Atlanta in 1968, where the franchise still exists today.