1957 NBA Finals: Celtics vs. Hawks
The St. Louis Hawks had a relatively brief but successful run in the 18 years they spent in St. Louis. In 1956-57, the team made what would turn out to be one of the biggest trades in NBA history, as they acquired Cliff Hagan and Ed Macauley from the Celtics. The price? Second overall draft pick and future Celtics legend Bill Russell (seen here against the Philadelphia Warriors).
That season, the Hawks finished just 34-38, but won the Western Division on a tiebreaker, sending them to the Western Conference Finals, in which they swept the Minneapolis Lakers in three games.
In the NBA Finals, the Hawks took Game 1 in Boston, and held a 2-1 advantage going into Game 4. The Celtics would win the next two to go up 3-2, but the Hawks won Game 6 to force a Game 7 in Boston.
The game would be a tight match, but the Celtics came away with a two point win in double overtime to win their first NBA Championship.