Apr. 18, 1962 - The Boston Celtics captured their fourth consecutive NBA championship tonight by vanquishing the Los Angeles Lakers, 110-107, in overtime on the heroics of Sam Jones and Bill Russell. Boston led most of the game, played before a capacity crowd of 13,909 fans in Boston Garden. But the Celtics had to beat down the tenacious Lakers in a 5-minute overtime session after Frank Selvy had brought Los Angeles even in the final 40 seconds of regulation play. Selvy barely missed on what would have been the winner with three seconds to go. Sam Jones scored 5 of Boston’s 10 points in the extra session and Russell added 4. Bob Cousy got the other point. Probably the greatest single contribution in the game was made by the 6-foot-10-inch Russell, the league’s most valuable player. He hauled in 44 rebounds, tying a postseason record, and scored 30 points as the Celtics won the 7-game series, 4-3. The Lakers’ Elgin Baylor, who must report back to his Army duties at Fort Lewis, Wash., led all scorers with 41 points. Jerry West, who with Baylor sparked the Lakers’ fourth-period comeback, had 35. The Lakers won 3 straight NBA crowns from 1952 to 1954, when the franchise was in Minneapolis. But never before had a team put four titles together.
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