It is one of the most fierce and storied rivalries in the history of sports. No matter when they played; in the 60s, 70s or 80s ­ the players, coaches and fans all braced themselves for an all-out war. Now on the verge of yet another playoff showdown, Celtics.com revisits the rivalry between Boston and Philadelphia ­through the eyes of the men who lived it.



The Celtics and 76'ers faced one another 9 times in the playoffs­ including four times in five years from 1980 to 1985.
Photo By Steve Lipofsky

The rivalry began anew on Sunday with Dikembe Motumbo and Tony Battie handling the jump.
Photo By Steve Lipofsky

Celtics vs. Philly - Playoff History
Year Round Winner Result
1964-65 Division Finals Celtics 4-1
1966-67 Division Finals 76'ers 4-1
1967-68 Division Finals Celtics 4-3
1968-69 Division Semi-Finals Celtics 4-1
1976-77 Conference Semi-Finals 76'ers 4-3
1979-80 Conference Finals 76'ers 4-1
1980-81 Conference Finals Celtics 4-3
1981-82 Conference Finals 76'ers 4-3
1984-85 Conference Finals Celtics 4-1


Click on the names below to check out their memories of the classic Boston-Philly battles:

JOHN HAVLICEK
BOB COUSY
CHARLIE SCOTT
CEDRIC MAXWELL
RED AUERBACH
M.L. CARR