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: Despite 30 points from Pistons forward George Yardley, Philadelphia Warriors beat Fort Wayne, 99-88; Warriors wrap up series, 4-1
  • 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
  • 1978-06-07 32nd NBA championship: Washington Bullets defeat Seattle Supersonics in 7 games
  • 1979-06-01 NBA Championship, Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland: Seattle Supersonics beat Washington Bullets, 97-93 for a 4-1 series victory; Seattle's first major pro sports championship win
  • 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
  • 1984-06-12 38th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3, to win the championship title

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1985-06-09 NBA Championship, Boston Garden: Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 111-100 for a 4 games to 2 series victory; Finals MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  • 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

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1990-06-14 NBA Finals: Defending champion Detroit Pistons beat Portland Trail Blazers, 92-90 in Game 5 for back-to-back titles; MVP: Isiah Thomas

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas

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1991-06-12 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls beat LA Lakers, 108-101 in Game 5 for first of 3 straight titles; MVP: Michael Jordan in his first NBA Finals appearance

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1992-06-14 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls beat Port Trail Blazers, 97-93 in Game 6 for back-to-back titles; MVP: Michael Jordan for second straight year
  • 1993-06-20 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls become first team since legendary Boston Celtics of the 1960s to win 3 consecutive titles, with a 99–98 victory in Game 6 over Phoenix Suns; MVP: Michael Jordan for third straight year

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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 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz, 87-86 in Game 6 for their 3rd consecutive title and 6th in 8 seasons; MVP: Michael Jordan for 3rd straight year and 6th time

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1999-06-25 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat New York Knicks, 78-77 in Game 5 for first title in franchise history; MVP: Tim Duncan

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan

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2000-06-19 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat Indiana Pacers, 116-111 in Game 6 to win the franchise's first title in 12 years; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • 2001-06-15 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 100-86 in Game 5 to win back-to-back titles; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal for second straight year

  • 2002-06-12 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets, 113-107 for a 4-0 sweep and 3rd straight title; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal for 3rd consecutive Finals series
  • 2003-06-15 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 88-77 in Game 6 for franchise's second title; MVP: Tim Duncan
  • 2004-06-15 NBA Finals: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 100-87 in Game 5 to complete one of the greatest upsets in NBA history; MVP: Chauncey Billups
  • 2005-06-23 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat defending champion Detroit Pistons, 81-74 in Game 7 for club's 3rd title; MVP: Tim Duncan, his 3rd MVP award
  • 2006-06-20 NBA Finals: Miami Heat beat Dallas Mavericks, 95-92 in Game 6 for first title in franchise history; MVP: Dwyane Wade
  • 2007-06-14 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs edge Cleveland Cavaliers, 83-82 for a 4-0 series sweep; MVP: Tony Parker
  • 2008-06-17 NBA Finals: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 131-92 in Game 6 for first title since 1986 and 17th overall; MVP: Paul Pierce

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2009-06-14 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat Orlando Magic, 99-86 in Game 5 for franchise's 15th NBA championship; MVP: Kobe Bryant

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 2010-06-17 NBA Finals: Depending champion Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 83-79 in Game 7 for franchise's 16th NBA title; MVP: Kobe Bryant
  • 2011-06-12 NBA Finals: Dallas Mavericks beat Miami Heat, 105-95 in Game 6 for first title in franchise history; MVP: Dirk Nowitzki

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2012-06-21 NBA Finals: Miami Heat win their second NBA title; beat Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106 in Game 5; MVP: LeBron James

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 2013-06-20 NBA Finals: Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs, 95-88 in Game 7 for back-to-back titles; MVP: LeBron James for second straight year
  • 2014-06-15 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat Miami Heat, 104-87 in Game 5 for 5th NBA Championship in franchise history; MVP: Kawhi Leonard
  • 2015-06-16 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-97 in Game 6 for first title in 40 years and their 4th in franchise history; MVP: Andre Iguodala
  • 2016-06-19 NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers win first title beating defending champion Golden State Warriors, 93-89 in Game 7; first team to overcome 3–1 deficit; MVP: LeBron James
  • 2017-06-12 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors beat defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120 in Game 5 to win series, 4-1; first time same teams had met for third consecutive year; MVP: Kevin Durant

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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 122-103 Game 2 win over Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • 2018-06-08 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors claim 3rd title in 4 years with a 108-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers for 4-0 sweep; MVP: Kevin Durant for second straight year
  • 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; MVP: Kawhi Leonard
  • 2020-10-11 NBA Finals: LA Lakers beat Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 to win record equalling 17th title; MVP: LeBron James; first to win the award with 3 different teams