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The National Basketball Association (NBA) (formerly Basketball Association of America (BAA) from 1946–49) Finals is the championship series for the NBA and the conclusion of the sport's postseason. All Finals have been played in a best-of-seven format, and contested between the winners of the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference (formerly Divisions before 1970), except in 1950 in which the Eastern Division champion faced the winner between the Western and Central Division champions. Prior to 1949, the playoffs were instituted a three-stage tournament where the two semifinal winners played each other in the finals.[1][2][3] The winning team of the series receives the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy.

The home-and-away format in the NBA Finals is in a 2–2–1–1–1 format (the team with the better regular season record plays on their home court in Games 1, 2, 5 and 7). It was previously in a 2–3–2 format (the team with the better regular season record plays on their home court in Games 1, 2, 6 and 7) during 1949, 19531955, and 19852013;[4][5][6][7][8][9] in a 1–1–1–1–1–1–1 format during 1956 and 1971;[10][11] in a 1–2–2–1–1 format during 1975 and 1978.[12][13]

The Eastern Conference/Division leads the Western Conference/Division in series won (37–29). The defunct Central Division won one championship. The Boston Celtics and the Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers alone own almost half of the titles, having won a combined 33 of 67 championships. The current NBA champions are the San Antonio Spurs.

Trophies

The original Walter A. Brown Trophy displayed at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Walter A. Brown Trophy

The trophy was originally referred to as the NBA Finals trophy,[14] but was renamed in 1964 after Walter A. Brown, the original owner of the Boston Celtics who was instrumental in merging the BAA and the National Basketball League into the NBA in 1949.[15][16]

The originally designed trophy was awarded to the BAA/NBA champions from 1947 to 1976. The trophy was kept by the winning team for one year and given to the winning team of the following year's finals, unless the previous team won again, much like the NHL's Stanley Cup, which continues that tradition to this day.

A new trophy design was created for the 1977 NBA Finals, although it retained the Walter A. Brown title. Unlike the original championship trophy, the new trophy was given permanently to the winning team and a new one was made every year. It was renamed the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy in 1984 to honor former NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien.[17][18][19]

The inaugural winner of the trophy were the Philadelphia Warriors, who defeated the Chicago Stags.[20] The Boston Celtics won the trophy 14 times, the most in league history. From 1957 to 1969, they won the NBA Finals 11 out of 13 times, including eight consecutive wins. The final recipient of the trophy was the Philadelphia 76ers, who defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1983 NBA Finals.

The Championship Trophy showcased at the 2008 NBA Playoffs Symposium in Taiwan

Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy

As mentioned above, the trophy was renamed to the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy in 1984 in honor of Larry O'Brien, who served as the NBA commissioner from 1975 to 1983.[17] The trophy is made out of 14.5 pounds of sterling silver and vermeil with a 24 karat gold overlay, and stands 2 feet (0.61 m) tall. It is designed to look like a basketball about to enter a net. The year and team names are engraved on the trophies, and are often prominently displayed in the team's arena.[18][19][21]

The Boston Celtics were the inaugural winner of the renamed trophy in 1984 defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games (4–3) in the 1984 NBA Finals.[22] The Los Angeles Lakers have won the trophy eight times, and the Chicago Bulls have won it six times.[23]

Champions

Legend

BoldWinning team of the NBA Finals
daggerHad or tied for the best regular season record for that season

BAA champions

YearWestern championResultEastern championReference
1947Chicago Stags1–4Philadelphia Warriors[24]
1948Baltimore Bullets4–2Philadelphia Warriors[25]
1949Minneapolis Lakers4–2Washington Capitols[26]

NBA champions

YearCentral championResultEastern championReference
1950Minneapolis Lakers[a]4–2Syracuse Nationalsdagger[27][28]
YearWestern championResultEastern championReference
1951Rochester Royals4–3New York Knicks[29]
1952Minneapolis Lakers4–3New York Knicks[30]
1953Minneapolis Lakersdagger4–1New York Knicks[31]
1954Minneapolis Lakersdagger4–3Syracuse Nationals[32]
1955Fort Wayne Pistonsdagger3–4Syracuse Nationalsdagger[33]
1956Fort Wayne Pistons1–4Philadelphia Warriorsdagger[34]
1957St. Louis Hawks3–4Boston Celticsdagger[35]
1958St. Louis Hawks4–2Boston Celticsdagger[36]
1959Minneapolis Lakers0–4Boston Celticsdagger[37]
1960St. Louis Hawks3–4Boston Celticsdagger[38]
1961St. Louis Hawks1–4Boston Celticsdagger[39]
1962Los Angeles Lakers3–4Boston Celticsdagger[40]
1963Los Angeles Lakers2–4Boston Celticsdagger[41]
1964[b]San Francisco Warriors1–4Boston Celticsdagger[42]
1965Los Angeles Lakers1–4Boston Celticsdagger[43]
1966Los Angeles Lakers3–4Boston Celtics[44]
1967San Francisco Warriors2–4Philadelphia 76ersdagger[45]
1968Los Angeles Lakers2–4Boston Celtics[46]
1969Los Angeles Lakers3–4Boston Celtics[47]
1970Los Angeles Lakers3–4New York Knicksdagger[48]
1971Milwaukee Bucksdagger4–0Baltimore Bullets[49]
1972Los Angeles Lakersdagger4–1New York Knicks[50]
1973Los Angeles Lakers1–4New York Knicks[51]
1974Milwaukee Bucksdagger3–4Boston Celtics[52]
1975Golden State Warriors4–0Washington Bulletsdagger[53]
1976Phoenix Suns2–4Boston Celtics[54]
1977[c]Portland Trail Blazers4–2Philadelphia 76ers[55]
1978Seattle SuperSonics3–4Washington Bullets[56]
1979Seattle SuperSonics4–1Washington Bulletsdagger[57]
1980Los Angeles Lakers4–2Philadelphia 76ers[58]
1981Houston Rockets2–4Boston Celticsdagger[59]
1982Los Angeles Lakers4–2Philadelphia 76ers[60]
1983Los Angeles Lakers0–4Philadelphia 76ersdagger[61]
1984[d]Los Angeles Lakers3–4Boston Celticsdagger[22]
1985Los Angeles Lakers4–2Boston Celticsdagger[62]
1986Houston Rockets2–4Boston Celticsdagger[63]
1987Los Angeles Lakersdagger4–2Boston Celtics[64]
1988Los Angeles Lakersdagger4–3Detroit Pistons[65]
1989Los Angeles Lakers0–4Detroit Pistonsdagger[66]
1990Portland Trail Blazers1–4Detroit Pistons[67]
1991Los Angeles Lakers1–4Chicago Bulls[68]
1992Portland Trail Blazers2–4Chicago Bullsdagger[69]
1993Phoenix Sunsdagger2–4Chicago Bulls[70]
1994Houston Rockets4–3New York Knicks[71]
1995Houston Rockets4–0Orlando Magic[72]
1996Seattle SuperSonics2–4Chicago Bullsdagger[73]
1997Utah Jazz2–4Chicago Bullsdagger[74]
1998Utah Jazzdagger2–4Chicago Bullsdagger[75]
1999[e]San Antonio Spursdagger4–1New York Knicks[77]
2000Los Angeles Lakersdagger4–2Indiana Pacers[78]
2001Los Angeles Lakers4–1Philadelphia 76ers[79]
2002Los Angeles Lakers4–0New Jersey Nets[80]
2003San Antonio Spursdagger4–2New Jersey Nets[81]
2004Los Angeles Lakers1–4Detroit Pistons[82]
2005San Antonio Spurs4–3Detroit Pistons[83]
2006Dallas Mavericks2–4Miami Heat[84]
2007San Antonio Spurs4–0Cleveland Cavaliers[85]
2008Los Angeles Lakers2–4Boston Celticsdagger[86]
2009Los Angeles Lakers4–1Orlando Magic[87]
2010Los Angeles Lakers4–3Boston Celtics[88]
2011Dallas Mavericks4–2Miami Heat[89]
2012[f]Oklahoma City Thunder1–4Miami Heat[92]
2013San Antonio Spurs3–4Miami Heatdagger[93]
2014San Antonio Spursdagger4–1Miami Heat[94]

Results by teams

TeamsWinLossTotalYear(s) wonYear(s) lost
Boston Celtics174211957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, 20081958, 1985, 1987, 2010
Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers1615311949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 20101959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1991, 2004, 2008
Chicago Bulls6061991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998
San Antonio Spurs5161999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 20142013
Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers3691955, 1967, 19831950, 1954, 1977, 1980, 1982, 2001
Fort Wayne/Detroit Pistons3471989, 1990, 20041955, 1956, 1988, 2005
Philadelphia/San Francisco/Golden State Warriors3361947, 1956, 19751948, 1964, 1967
Miami Heat3252006, 2012, 20132011, 2014
New York Knicks2681970, 19731951, 1952, 1953, 1972, 1994, 1999
Houston Rockets2241994, 19951981, 1986
Washington Bullets/Wizards13419781971, 1975, 1979
St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks13419581957, 1960, 1961
Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder13419791978, 1996, 2012
Portland Trail Blazers12319771990, 1992
Dallas Mavericks11220112006
Milwaukee Bucks11219711974
Rochester Royals/Sacramento Kings1011951
Baltimore Bullets (original) (folded in 1954)[a]1011948
New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets0222002, 2003
Orlando Magic0221995, 2009
Phoenix Suns0221976, 1993
New Orleans/Utah Jazz0221997, 1998
Cleveland Cavaliers0112007
Indiana Pacers0112000
Chicago Stags (folded in 1950)0111947
Washington Capitols (folded in 1951)0111949

Notes

  1. ^ Due to the NBA's realignment into three divisions, the team with the best regular season record after the Divisional Finals advanced automatically to the NBA Finals while the other two teams faced off in the NBA Semifinals to determine the other finalist. Eastern Division champion Syracuse had the best regular season record among the division champions, causing Central Division (no relation to the current Central Division) champion Minneapolis to face Western Division champion Anderson Packers in the NBA Semifinals.[27]
  2. ^ The trophy was renamed for Walter A. Brown.
  3. ^ The trophy was replaced by a new design.[18][19]
  4. ^ The trophy was renamed for Larry O'Brien.
  5. ^ Due to a lockout, the season did not start until February 5, 1999, and all 29 teams played a shortened 50 game regular season schedule.[76]
  6. ^ Due to a lockout, the season did not start until December 25, 2011 and all 30 teams played a shortened 66-game regular season schedule.[90][91]

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