Here are the other 15 teams that won 65+ games, listed with their finish in the postseason:
|1967||PHI||68||13||Won NBA Finals|
|1971||MIL||66||16||Won NBA Finals|
|1972||LAL||69||13||Won NBA Finals|
|1973||BOS||68||14||Lost Eastern Finals|
|1983||PHI||65||17||Won NBA Finals|
|1986||BOS||67||15||Won NBA Finals|
|1987||LAL||65||17||Won NBA Finals|
|1992||CHI||67||15||Won NBA Finals|
|1996||CHI||72||10||Won NBA Finals|
|1997||CHI||69||13||Won NBA Finals|
|2000||LAL||67||15||Won NBA Finals|
|2007||DAL||67||15||Lost First Round|
|2008||BOS||66||16||Won NBA Finals|
|2009||LAL||65||17||Won NBA Finals|
|Lost Eastern Finals
Won NBA Finals
Included among the 15 are a dozen of the NBA's greatest champions. The 1996 and 1997 Bulls are first and tied for second on this list, respectively. It's worth noting that the Sonics and Jazz teams they beat in the Finals both won 64 games and missed this list by one win. Talk about earning your titles.
Three of these 65-win teams fell short of the championship.
The 1973 Celtics lost to the third-seeded 57-win Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals 4-3.
2007 brought one of the greatest upsets in NBA history. The Mavericks were stunned by the 42-40 eighth-seeded Warriors in the first round 4-2.
We expected a Kobe-LeBron Final in 2009 after both the Lakers and Cavs cracked 65+ wins. It was the first season in which two teams reached that mark, but the 59-win third-seeded Magic upended Cleveland in the Eastern Finals 4-2.