1958 NBA Finals: Celtics vs. Hawks
After their NBA Finals appearance the previous season, the Hawks won the Western Division easily in 1957-58. The Hawks went on to beat the Detroit Pistons in five games to win the Western Conference title and set up an NBA Finals rematch with the Celtics.
In the Finals, the Hawks won Game 1 again and came home to take Game 3 and have a 2-1 lead in the series, a game in which the Celtics lost Bill Russell to an ankle injury. The Celtics took Game 4 to send the series back to Boston tied, but the Hawks won Game 5 to come home and have a chance to win the Finals. The Hawks’ Bob Pettit scored 50 points in a 110-109 win in Game 6, giving Slater Martin (pictured) and the Hawks their first NBA title.