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Boston Celtics

One of the few constants in the 1960's was the success of the Boston Celtics. This incredible juggernaut won nine of 10 NBA championships during the Sixties, compiling the most impressive title streak in American sports history with eight in succession beginning in 1959. The Celtics, who earned NBA crowns twice during the 1950s, claimed five more championships from 1974 to 1986. Beginning play in the Basketball Association of America in 1946, Boston entered the NBA three years later. The team won its first playoff series in 1953 and became the first NBA squad to average 100-plus points per game in 1954-55. Boston captured three of its four NBA Finals encounters with the St. Louis Hawks from 1957 through 1961 before defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals four times in five seasons from 1962 to 1966, and again in both 1968 and 1969. First the Philadelphia Warriors, then the Philadelphia 76ers, were Boston's main rivals in the East, and the Celtics prevailed almost every time. During the 1970s and 1980s, Boston emerged victorious over Milwaukee, Phoenix, Houston (twice) and the Lakers in the NBA Finals. The Celtics acquired perennial All-Stars Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett prior to the 2007-08 season, then recorded the largest single-season turnaround in NBA history with a 66-16 mark (42 games better than 2006-07). With NBA Finals MVP Paul Pierce leading the way, the Celtics captured their unprecedented 17th NBA championship by defeating the Lakers in six games. Boston then won its 27th division title in 2008-09. The Highland Mint produces a vast array of products licensed by NBA.

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