Wednesday, April 13, 2011

This Day in Sports History - 4/13/1957

Paced by rookies Tommy Heinsohn and Bill Russell, the Boston Celtics win their first NBA title by outlasting the St. Louis Hawks in double overtime of Game 7. The score is tied at 103 at the end of regulation and 113 at the close of the first overtime period. With one second left in the second OT, Jim Loscutoff hits a free throw to put the Celtics up 125 - 123. Hawks player-coach Alex Hannum takes the ball out of bounds and heaves it the length of the court, but it clanks off the backboard. Bob Pettit grabs the carom and takes a shot. The ball bounces off the rim, and Boston prevails.

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