NBA Finals

Jump ball between Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers and Robert Parish of the Boston Celtics

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To date, there have been a total of 68 NBA Finals series, including the three finals series of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), the precursor to the NBA.  Nearly half of those series have been won by either the Boston Celtics (17) or the Los Angeles Lakers (16).  The NBA Finals have gone to a championship-deciding seventh game 18 times.  Eight champions earned the NBA title by sweeping their Finals opponent in four straight games.  The tables below provide the results of all 68 NBA Finals, including the BAA Finals of 1947, 1948 and 1949.

BAA Champions

 

Year Champion Result Runner-Up
1947 Philadelphia Warriors 4-1 Chicago Stags
1947 Baltimore Bullets 4-2 Philadelphia Warriors
1949 Minneapolis Lakers 4-2 Washington Capitols

 

 

NBA Champions

Year Champion Result Runner-Up
1950 Minneapolis Lakers 4-2 Syracuse Nationals
1951 Rochester Royals 4-3 New York Knicks
1952 Minneapolis Lakers 4-3 New York Knicks
1953 Minneapolis Lakers 4-1 New York Knicks
1954 Minneapolis Lakers 4-3 Syracuse Nationals
1955 Syracuse Nationals 4-3 Fort Wayne Pistons
1956 Philadelphia Warriors 4-1 Fort Wayne Pistons
1957 Boston Celtics 4-3 St. Louis Hawks
1958 St. Louis Hawks 4-2 Boston Celtics
1959 Boston Celtics 4-0 Minneapolis Lakers
1960 Boston Celtics 4-3 St. Louis Hawks
1961 Boston Celtics 4-1 St. Louis Hawks
1962 Boston Celtics 4-3 Los Angeles Lakers
1963 Boston Celtics 4-2 Los Angeles Lakers
1964 Boston Celtics 4-1 San Francisco Warriors
1965 Boston Celtics 4-1 Los Angeles Lakers
1966 Boston Celtics 4-3 Los Angeles Lakers
1967 Philadelphia 76ers 4-2 San Francisco Warriors
1968 Boston Celtics 4-2 Los Angeles Lakers
1969 Boston Celtics 4-3 Los Angeles Lakers
1970 New York Knicks 4-3 Los Angeles Lakers
1971 Milwaukee Bucks 4-0 Baltimore Bullets
1972 Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 New York Knicks
1973 New York Knicks 4-1 Los Angeles Lakers
1974 Boston Celtics 4-3 Milwaukee Bucks
1975 Golden State Warriors 4-0 Washington Bullets
1976 Boston Celtics 4-2 Phoenix Suns
1977 Portland Trail Blazers 4-2 Philadelphia 76ers
1978 Washington Bullets 4-3 Seattle Supersonics
1979 Seattle SuperSonics 4-1 Washington Bullets
1980 Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 Philadelphia 76ers
1981 Boston Celtics 4-2 Houston Rockets
1982 Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 Philadelphia 76ers
1983 Philadelphia 76ers 4-0 Los Angeles Lakers
1984 Boston Celtics 4-3 Los Angeles Lakers
1985 Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 Boston Celtics
1986 Boston Celtics 4-2 Houston Rockets
1987 Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 Boston Celtics
1988 Los Angeles Lakers 4-3 Detroit Pistons
1989 Detroit Pistons 4-0 Los Angeles Lakers
1990 Detroit Pistons 4-1 Portland Trail Blazers
1991 Chicago Bulls 4-1 Los Angeles Lakers
1992 Chicago Bulls 4-2 Portland Trail Blazers
1993 Chicago Bulls 4-2 Phoenix Suns
1994 Houston Rockets 4-3 New York Knicks
1995 Houston Rockets 4-0 Orlando Magic
1996 Chicago Bulls 4-2 Seattle SuperSonics
1997 Chicago Bulls 4-2 Utah Jazz
1998 Chicago Bulls 4-2 Utah Jazz
1999 San Antonio Spurs 4-1 New York Knicks
2000 Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 Indiana Pacers
2001 Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 Philadelphia 76ers
2002 Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 New Jersey Nets
2003 San Antonio Spurs 4-2 New Jersey Nets
2004 Detroit Pistons 4-1 Los Angeles Lakers
2005 San Antonio Spurs 4-3 Detroit Pistons
2006 Miami Heat 4-2 Dallas Mavericks
2007 San Antonio Spurs 4-0 Cleveland Cavaliers
2008 Boston Celtics 4-2 Los Angeles Lakers
2009 Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 Orlando Magic
2010 Los Angeles Lakers 4-3 Boston Celtics
2011 Dallas Mavericks 4-2 Miami Heat
2012 Miami Heat 4-1 Oklahoma City Thunder
2013 Miami Heat 4-3 San Antonio Spurs
2014 San Antonio Spurs 4-1 Miami Heat
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