NBA Championship in History

Events in Sport

  • 1947-04-22 1st Basketball Association of America Finals: Philadelphia Warriors beat Chicago Stags, 83-80 to take inaugural series, 4 games to 2
  • 1948-04-21 Basketball Association of America Finals: Baltimore Bullets beat Philadelphia Warriors, 88-73 to take series, 4 games to 2
  • 1949-04-13 Basketball Association of America Finals: Minneapolis Lakers beat Washington Capitols, 77-56 to take series, 4 games to 2; BAA and National Basketball League merge later that year to create the NBA
  • 1950-04-23 NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 110-95 to take series, 4 games to 2
  • 1951-04-21 NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat New York Knicks, 79-75 to take series 4 games to 3; first Finals appearance for both teams
  • 1952-04-25 6th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • 1953-04-10 NBA Championship Finals, Minneapolis Auditorium, Minnesota, MN: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 91-84 for a 4-1 series victory; Lakers' 5th title in 6 years
  • 1954-04-12 8th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3
  • 1955-04-10 9th NBA Championship: Syrac Nats beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 3
  • 1956-04-07 10th NBA Championship: Philadelphia Warriors beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 1
  • 1957-04-13 11th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3
  • 1958-04-12 12th NBA Championship: St Louis Hawks beat Bost Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • 1959-04-09 13th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics sweep Minnesota Lakers in 4 games, first of Boston Celtics record 8 straight titles
  • 1960-04-09 14th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3
  • 1961-04-11 15th NBA Championship: Bos Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • 1962-04-18 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3

  • 1963-04-24 17th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • 1964-04-26 18th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat SF Warriors, 4 games to 1
  • 1965-04-25 19th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • 1966-04-28 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1967-04-24 21st NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers beat SF Warriors, 4 games to 2
  • 1968-05-02 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • 1969-05-05 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1970-05-03 24th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1970-05-08 NBA championship: Knicks beat Lakers, 113-99
  • 1971-04-30 25th NBA Championship: Milwaukee beat Balt Bullets in 4 games
  • 1972-05-07 26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • 1973-05-10 27th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • 1974-05-12 28th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Milwaukee, 4 games to 3
  • 1975-05-25 29th NBA Championship: Golden Warriors sweep Wash Bullets in 4 games
  • 1976-06-06 30th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Phoenix Suns, 4 games to 2
  • 1977-06-05 31st NBA Championship: Port Trailblazers beat Philadelphia 76er, 4 games to 2
  • 1978-05-02 NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 games
  • 1978-06-07 32nd NBA Championship: Wash Bullets beat Sea Supersonics, 4 games to 3
  • 1979-06-01 33rd NBA Championship: Sea Supersonics beat Wash Bullets, 4 games to 1
  • 1980-05-16 34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2

  • 1981-05-14 35th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat Houston Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • 1982-06-08 36th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2
  • 1983-05-31 37th NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers sweep LA Lakers in 4 games
  • 1984-06-10 38th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1985-06-09 39th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • 1986-06-08 40th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Hous Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • 1987-06-14 41st NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • 1988-06-21 42nd NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3
  • 1989-06-13 43rd NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons sweeps LA Lakers in 4 games
  • 1990-06-14 44th NBA Championship: Det Pistons beat Por Trailblazers, 4 games to 1
  • 1991-06-12 45th NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • 1992-06-14 46th NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Port Trailblazers, 4 games to 2
  • 1993-06-20 47th NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Phoenix Suns, 4 games to 2

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1994-06-22 48th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon
  • 1995-06-14 49th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets sweep Orlando Magic in 4 games
  • 1996-06-16 50th NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Seat Supersonic, 4 games to 2
  • 1997-06-13 51st NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 4, games to 2
  • 1998-06-14 52nd NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz, 4 games to 2
  • 1999-06-25 53rd NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 1

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2000-06-19 54th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 2, Shaquille O'Neal MVP

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • 2001-06-15 55th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 1
  • 2002-06-12 Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets 4-0 in NBA finals MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, L.A.
  • 2003-06-15 57th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 4 games to 2
  • 2004-06-15 58th NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 1

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2005-06-23 59th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3, Tim Duncan MVP

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
  • 2006-06-20 60th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat Dallas Mavericks, 4 games to 2
  • 2007-06-14 61st NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 games to 0
  • 2008-06-17 62nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • 2009-06-14 63rd NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Orlando Magic, 4 games to 1
  • 2010-06-17 64th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 3
  • 2011-06-12 65th NBA Championship: Dallas Mavericks beat Miami Heat, 4 games to 2
  • 2012-06-21 Miami Heat win the 2012 NBA finals after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 4 games to one
  • 2012-06-21 66th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat Oklahoma City Thunder, 4 games to 1

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2013-06-20 67th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs, 4 games to 3, LeBron James MVP for second straight year

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 2014-06-15 68th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Miami Heat, 4 games to 1
  • 2015-06-16 69th NBA Championship: Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 games to 2
  • 2016-06-19 NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers win first title beating defending champion Golden State Warriors, 93-89 for a 4–3 series victory; 1st team to overcome 3–1 deficit; MVP LeBron James 27 points
  • 2017-06-12 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors beat defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120 for a 4-1 series victory; MVP Kevin Durant scores 39 points

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2018-06-03 Golden State guard Stephen Curry breaks Ray Allen's NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers with 9 in the Warriors 19 point Game 2 win over Cleveland

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • 2018-06-08 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors win their 3rd title in 4 years with a 108-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 4-nil sweep. Kevin Durant MVP
  • 2019-06-13 NBA Finals: Toronto Raptors beat defending champion Golden State Warriors, 114-110 to win franchise's first Championship; last game at Oracle Arena, Oakland; Kawhi Leonard MVP