After experimenting with a round robin playoff format in 1954, the NBA moved to a system in which the top team in each conference earned a first-round bye, giving them the right to start out in the division finals. It remained in place until 1967, when it changed to an eight-team format in which all teams played the first round.
Division SemifinalsBest of 3-game series
|3/15||at Boston (3)||L||101-122||0-1|
|3/16||vs Boston (3)||W||102-95||1-1|
|3/19||vs Boston (3)||L||109-116||1-2|