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This Date in NBA History: Wilt Chamberlain and the Philadelphia 76ers snap the Boston Celtics' eight-year reign as NBA Champions in 1967 and more

On April 11 in 1967, the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Boston Celtics 140-116 in Game 5 of their Eastern Division Finals series.

In the process, they eliminated the Celtics and snapped their eight-year reign on the league as NBA Champions.

In the blowout victory in Game 5, Wilt Chamberlain led from the front by recording a monster triple-double of 29 points, 36 rebounds and 13 assists in 47 minutes. Four other 76ers scored 21 or more, led by Hal Greer's 32 points.

For the Celtics, John Havlicek was the top-scorer with 38 points as he played all 48 minutes of the game. Centre Bill Russell finished with four points, 21 rebounds and seven assists.

In the five-game series, Chamberlain averaged a triple-double of 21.6 points, 32.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists in 47.8 minutes.

The 76ers progressed to the NBA Finals and defeated the Golden State Warriors in six games for the second championship in franchise history and the first in 12 years.

Other notable events on April 11

  • In 1961, the Boston Celtics clinched their fourth title in franchise history by defeating the St. Louis Hawks 121-112 in Game 5 of the 1961 NBA Finals.
  • In 1991, Adrian Dantley scored just five points and moved into the ninth spot on the all-time scoring list as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 111-92.
  • In 1998, Michael Jordan dished out his 5,000th career assist as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Orlando Magic 87-78.
  • In 1999, the New Jersey Nets retired Buck Williams' #52.
  • In 1999, Miami Heat's head coach Pat Riley recorded his 938th career win, tying Red Auerbach for third all-time.
  • In 2004, Jamal Crawford, of the Chicago Bulls, scores 50 points in a 114-108 win against the New York Knicks. He eventually became the first and only player in NBA history to score at least 50 points for four different franchises.
  • In 2014, Corey Brewer shatters his previous career-high of 27 by going off for 51 against the Houston Rockets. His points tally tied Kevin Love's franchise record for most points scored in a single game. This record was later broken by Mo Williams (52 in 2015) and then by Karl-Anthony Towns.

Game-winning buzzer-beaters on April 11

John Long vs. New Jersey Nets in 1988

Cliff Hagan vs. Boston Celtics in 1957

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