After losing to the Hawks in the 1958 NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics came back with a vengeance in the 1958-1959 season.
The Celtics blitzed through the regular season, finishing an NBA-best 52-20 for the season. They pushed the tempo more than ever, running a vaunted fast break that resulted in the Celtics scoring 116.4 points per game, including six players averaging double figures.
K.C. Jones was 1958-1959’s new addition, as the rookie provided valuable minutes from a sixth-man role. Bill Russell led the league in rebounds (23.0 rpg), Bob Cousy led the league in assists (8.6 apg), and the Celtics were officially an NBA juggernaut.
In the 1958-1959 playoffs, the Boston Celtics defeated the St. Louis Hawks four games to three in the Easter Division Finals, then easily swept the Minneapolis Lakers in the finals.