The competition oversaw further name changes to NBA World Championship Series from 1950 to 1985, as well as a brief stint as the Showdown, before settling on NBA Finals in 1986.

Won the first championship and another title in Philadelphia, before eventually winning four more as the Golden State Warriors, including three in four years between 2015 and 2018. Miami won all three of their home games, two of which were sparked by fourth quarter comebacks led by Wade; the Heat won their first championship in game six. In the waning moments of Game 3, with the series tied, Jerry West hit a basket from 60 feet to tie the game, a shot which became one of the most famous ever. This rival of Wilt Chamberlain does not have enough fingers to put all (11) of his rings on.

The Eastern Conference has provided the most champions, with 38 wins from 10 franchises; the Western Conference has 34, from 9 franchises. (*) As a result of the original franchise's relocation to New Orleans, the NBA team in Charlotte suspended operations for the 2002–03 and the 2003–04 seasons, before a new team, named the Bobcats, was established for the 2004–05 season.

In 2007, Tony Parker was named MVP, becoming the first European-born player to win the award.

The game, hosted by the Kansas City Chiefs, was a playoff game between the Chiefs and the Dolphins. 10.412: Lost 4–2 in their last Finals appearance in 1992.

[5] This period marks the largest stretch of seasons that a single team made up over 65% of Finals appearances, and also includes the only ever time the NBA Finals was decided in double overtime. In 1970, a classic final featured the Knicks against the Lakers. Recorded the first ever sweep in the Finals. In Game 4, Johnson hit a hook shot with two seconds left to give the Lakers a 107–106 win and a 3–1 series lead. 2020 NBA Playoffs. Other franchises that won their first titles in the 1970s included the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977, and the Washington Bullets, who defeated the SuperSonics in 1978. Lost 4–0 in their last Finals appearance in 2018, as well as becoming the only team in the Finals to overcome a 3–1 deficit in 2016. Despite encountering some difficulty when up against teams led by Wilt Chamberlain, for most of the late 1950s and 1960s, the Celtics and Russell managed to have an upper hand on Chamberlain's teams.

The 2006 NBA Finals were the only Finals during this time not to feature the Spurs or Lakers, instead featuring the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks. [50][51] They became the first NBA Champion to clinch all their playoff series on the road since the 1999 San Antonio Spurs, as well as the first road team to win a Finals Game 7 since the 1978 Washington Bullets. Won one title in. [37][38], James scored 18 straight points for Cleveland from the end of the third quarter to the 7:00 mark of the fourth. [71] The Warriors won the final two meetings in 2017 and 2018 after adding Kevin Durant, who was named the Finals' MVP in both series. In 1975, after compiling a 48–34 regular season record, the Golden State Warriors swept the Washington Bullets 4–0 in the 1975 NBA Finals. Such consistency speaks for him quite legibly when we talk about the finest NBA scorers.

In case you missed it, the IRL NBA actually suspended the rest of this season after testing a player positive for the COVID-19 virus.

He played the role of the president of the National Basketball Players Association from 1958 to 1965. In the 2015 playoffs, the West was won by the upstart Golden State Warriors, known for their unconventional small-ball, three-point shooting offense, spearheaded by 2014–15 MVP Stephen Curry.
Privacy Policy | Accessibility and Closed Caption | Terms of Use | Do Not Sell My Personal Information. The Houston Rockets were down 3 games to 1 to the Phoenix Suns in the Semi-Finals and won 2 out of 3 games on the road, including game 7 to advance to the Conference Finals. Led by a Hall of Fame back court in Joe Dumars and Isiah Thomas and a rugged front court in Dennis Rodman and Bill Laimbeer, the Pistons attained great success. Upon losing their past three NBA Finals appearances, the 76ers decided that they needed one more piece to become champions, and enlisted Malone as their premier target. [36] LeBron James led the Cavs with a historic performance of 41 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks whilst only committing 1 turnover. Jerry West is the only example whose depth of success can’t be fathomed with the number of championship titles. Without James, the Cavaliers struggled and did not return to the playoffs. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 5–1 in Minneapolis and 12–14 in Los Angeles. After six games, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat to win the 2020 NBA Finals on Sunday night … In the 1985 NBA Finals, the Lakers made amends for their previous eight losses to the Celtics by defeating them in six games.

/ Links. They then advanced to the Finals after sweeping both the Detroit Pistons in the first round and the Atlanta Hawks in the second round, and defeating the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games. Los Angeles Lakers (1) (10, 5–5) Fred Schaus: 3–4: Boston Celtics (2) (10, 9–1) Red Auerbach: 1967: San Francisco Warriors (1) (5, 2–3) Bill Sharman: 2–4: Philadelphia 76ers (1) (4, 2–2) Alex Hannum: 1968: Los Angeles Lakers (2) (11, 5–6) Butch van Breda Kolff: 2–4: Boston Celtics (2) (11, 10–1) Bill Russell: 1969: Los Angeles Lakers (1) (12, 5–7) The Warriors continued their success and reached their fifth straight Finals in 2019, becoming the first team since the 1960s Celtics to make it to five straight Finals, and the first Western Conference team to ever do so. The Celtics lead the NBA with 17 championships, including a remarkable eight straight from 1959-66.

This would be the fifth championship in six years for the Lakers and their last title won in Minneapolis. He was really born as K.C. They won eight straight NBA championships from 1959 through 1966. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a familiar name on a lot of lists that highlight the best or most significant NBA events.

The Eastern and Western Conference champions play the seven-best game series to determine the league champions. Stephen Curry received the ensuing inbounds pass, pump faked and shot a three-pointer over Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert.

[47] Kyrie Irving added 26 points for Cleveland. With these championship victories, Jackson surpassed Red Auerbach's record for most NBA titles of all time. It was the 14th rematch of the previous NBA Finals in history, and the first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in each conference met. Lost 4–1 in their last Finals appearance in 2001.

Won 4–2 in their last Finals appearance in 1998. The 10 best NBA Finals of the last 30 years ... Dallas won Game 5 at home and then wrapped it up in Miami with a … In 1955 the Syracuse Nationals would win their only title before becoming the Philadelphia 76ers, and in 1956 the Warriors won their second and last title in Philadelphia before eventually moving to California. The Celtics, who defeated the Lakers 4–2, were led by their "Big Three" superstars of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce, who was also named Finals MVP.
Havlicek played 16 seasons and won eight NBA championship titles. He got his way into the All-NBA First and Second Teams a dozen times. [31] Green watched the game from a luxury box in the nearby Oakland Alameda Coliseum, where the Oakland Athletics were also playing a game at the same time, hosting the Texas Rangers. It also attracted the largest TV rating ever for an NCAA Championship game, as 38 percent of all television viewers that night tuned in. [15], With their victory, the Warriors posted the highest winning margin in the first two Finals games with a 48-point differential. The Heat returned to the finals in the following year against an Oklahoma City Thunder team featuring future MVPs Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and 3-time NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant. Boston reached the 1981 NBA Finals led by the "Big Three" of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish. With a defensive squad led by David Robinson and Tim Duncan, San Antonio's 84.7 points allowed per game was the fewest average points allowed in the postseason in the last 30 years.

Copyright 2020. - All rights reserved. [52][53] He also was the overall leader in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks during the series, a feat that had never been accomplished in an NBA playoff series. In the Finals that year, the Spurs held the New York Knicks, the first #8 seed team to reach the finals in NBA history, to an average of 79.8 points per game.

Your email address will not be published. Lost 1–4 their last Finals appearance in 2012. One game Miami won in 2 overtime period. The Boston Celtics went 11–1 in the NBA Finals during 12 seasons (1956–57 to 1968–69). In 2014, the 2–2–1–1–1 format was restored. Cavs Can Shoot 3s, Too", "Durant, Westbrook power Thunder past Warriors 108–102", "Kerr battles lingering spinal-fluid issues, but coaches through pain", "Warriors Silence the Thunder in Game 7, Series", "Warriors up 1–0 as Draymond Green, supporting cast key win", "NBA finals, Game 1: Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers – as it happened", "Warriors whip Cavaliers 110–77 to take 2–0 NBA Finals lead", "Warriors, Resilient at Home, Cruise Against the Cavaliers", "The Warriors are setting NBA Finals records by crushing the Cavs", "Golden State Warriors humiliate Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA finals Game 2", "Golden State Warriors 90–120 Cleveland Cavaliers – as it happened", "LeBron James scores 32 as Cavs wallop Warriors, pull to 2–1", "Love not medically cleared, will not play in Game 3", "Cavaliers roar back to crush Warriors as Steph Curry's struggles continue", "Warriors Win and Move a Game Away From the N.B.A. And goes up from there. In both series, Chicago won by hitting winning shots in the sixth game, the first by Steve Kerr in 1997 in Chicago, and the second by Jordan in Utah in 1998.

During the 2019 offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers obtained All-Star forward Anthony Davis via trade from the New Orleans Pelicans. With their win in Game 7, the Rockets denied New York from winning both the NBA and NHL titles in the same year, as the New York Rangers won the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. Known as Satch Sanders, Tom Sanders was one of the most underrated Boston Celtics legends. Cleveland returned home and responded with a 120–90 win in Game 3, but the Warriors won Game 4 to take a 3–1 series lead. Includes a record of 4–8 while in Fort Wayne, and 18–10 while in Detroit. Duncan won the Finals MVP in 1999, 2003 and 2005. Basketball: Boston Celtics K,C, Jones (25) in action vs Cincinnati Royals Jon McGlocklin (11), Boston. Late in the game with the Cavaliers up by 13, he blocked a Curry shot from behind, and afterward had some words for him. Love stayed throughout the remainder of the period but did not play the second half. Team: Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-2010, 2014-2018), Miami Heat (2010-2014), Los Angeles Lakers (2018-Present). During the 1980 NBA draft, the Celtics traded two first round picks to the Warriors for Parish and a first round pick later spent on McHale.

The Warriors started strong with a 3–0 lead over the Cavs, eventually winning the series in five games with Durant being named Finals MVP.