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Past NBA Championship History, Game Results and MVP's



A complete list of the NBA Finals Champions along with the runner up and MVP's since the first NBA Championship held in 1947.

Year Champion Loser Games MVP Winning CoachEast Finals LoserWest Finals Loser
2014San Antonio SpursMiami Heat4-1Kawhi LeonardGregg PopovichIndiana PacersOklahoma City Thunder
2013Miami HeatSan Antonio Spurs4-3LeBron JamesErik SpoelstraIndiana PacersMemphis Grizzlies
2012Miami HeatOklahoma City Thunder4-1LeBron JamesErik SpoelstraBoston CelticsSan Antonio Spurs
2011Dallas MavericksMiami Heat4-2Dirk NowitzkiRick CarlisleChicago BullsOklahoma City Thunder
2010Los Angeles LakersBoston Celtics4-3Kobe BryantPhil JacksonOrlando MagicPhoenix Suns
2009Los Angeles LakersOrlando Magic4-1Kobe BryantPhil JacksonCleveland CavaliersDenver Nuggets
2008Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-2Paul PierceDoc RiversDetroit PistonsSan Antonio Spurs
2007San Antonio SpursCleveland Cavaliers4-0Tony ParkerGregg PopovichDetroit PistonsUtah Jazz
2006Miami HeatDallas Mavericks4-2Dwyane WadePat RileyDetroit PistonsPhoenix Suns
2005San Antonio SpursDetroit Pistons4-3Tim DuncanGregg PopovichMiami HeatPhoenix Suns
2004Detroit PistonsLos Angeles Lakers4-1Chauncey BillupsLarry BrownIndiana PacersMinnesota Timberwolves
2003San Antonio SpursNew Jersey Nets4-2Tim DuncanGregg PopovichDetroit PistonsDallas Mavericks
2002Los Angeles LakersNew Jersey Nets4-0Shaquille O'NealPhil JacksonBoston CelticsSacramento Kings
2001Los Angeles LakersPhiladelphia 76ers4-1Shaquille O'NealPhil JacksonMilwaukee BucksSan Antonio Spurs
2000Los Angeles LakersIndiana Pacers4-2Shaquille O'NealPhil JacksonNew York KnicksPortland Trail Blazers
1999San Antonio SpursNew York Knicks4-1Tim DuncanGregg PopovichIndiana PacersPortland Trail Blazers
1998Chicago BullsUtah Jazz4-2Michael JordanPhil JacksonIndiana PacersLos Angeles Lakers
1997Chicago BullsUtah Jazz4-2Michael JordanPhil JacksonMiami HeatHouston Rockets
1996Chicago BullsSeattle SuperSonics4-2Michael JordanPhil JacksonOrlando MagicUtah Jazz
1995Houston RocketsOrlando Magic4-0Hakeem OlajuwonRudy TomjanovichIndiana PacersSan Antonio Spurs
1994Houston RocketsNew York Knicks4-3Hakeem OlajuwonRudy TomjanovichIndiana PacersUtah Jazz
1993Chicago BullsPhoenix Suns4-2Michael JordanPhil JacksonNew York KnicksSeattle Supersonics
1992Chicago BullsPortland Trail Blazers4-2Michael JordanPhil JacksonCleveland CavaliersUtah Jazz
1991Chicago BullsLos Angeles Lakers4-1Michael JordanPhil JacksonDetroit PistonsPortland Trail Blazers
1990Detroit PistonsPortland Trail Blazers4-1Isiah ThomasChuck DalyChicago BullsPhoenix Suns
1989Detroit PistonsLos Angeles Lakers4-0Joe DumarsChuck DalyChicago BullsPhoenix Suns
1988Los Angeles LakersDetroit Pistons4-3James WorthyPat RileyBoston CelticsDallas Mavericks
1987Los Angeles LakersBoston Celtics4-2Magic JohnsonPat RileyDetroit PistonsSeattle Supersonics
1986Boston CelticsHouston Rockets4-2Larry BirdK.C. JonesMilwaukee BucksLos Angeles Lakers
1985Los Angeles LakersBoston Celtics4-2Kareem Abdul-JabbarPat RileyPhiladelphia 76ersDenver Nuggets
1984Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-3Larry BirdK.C. JonesMilwaukee BucksPhoenix Suns
1983Philadelphia 76ersLos Angeles Lakers4-0Moses MaloneBilly CunninghamMilwaukee BucksSan Antonio Spurs
1982Los Angeles LakersPhiladelphia 76ers4-2Magic JohnsonPat RileyBoston CelticsSan Antonio Spurs
1981Boston CelticsHouston Rockets4-2Cedric MaxwellBill FitchPhiladelphia 76ersKansas City Kings
1980Los Angeles LakersPhiladelphia 76ers4-2Magic JohnsonPaul WestheadBoston CelticsSeattle Supersonics
1979Seattle SuperSonicsWashington Bullets4-1Dennis JohnsonLenny WilkensSan Antonio SpursPhoenix Suns
1978Washington BulletsSeattle SuperSonics4-3Wes UnseldDick MottaPhiladelphia 76ersDenver Nuggets
1977Portland Trail BlazersPhiladelphia 76ers4-2Bill WaltonJack RamsayHouston RocketsLos Angeles Lakers
1976Boston CelticsPhoenix Suns4-2Jo Jo WhiteTom HeinsohnCleveland CavaliersGolden State Warriors
1975Golden State WarriorsWashington Bullets4-0Rick BarryAl AttlesBoston CelticsChicago Bulls
1974Boston CelticsMilwaukee Bucks4-3John HavlicekTom HeinsohnNew York KnicksChicago Bulls
1973New York KnicksLos Angeles Lakers4-1Willis ReedRed HolzmanBoston CelticsGolden State Warriors
1972Los Angeles LakersNew York Knicks4-1Wilt ChamberlainBill SharmanBoston CelticsMilwaukee Bucks
1971Milwaukee BucksBaltimore Bullets4-0Lew AlcindorLarry CostelloNew York KnicksLos Angeles Lakers
1970New York KnicksLos Angeles Lakers4-3Willis ReedRed HoltzmanMilwaukee BucksAtlanta Hawks
1969Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-3Jerry WestBill RussellNew York KnicksAtlanta Hawks
1968Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-2Bill RussellPhiladelphia 76ersSan Francisco Warriors
1967Philadelphia 76ersSan Francisco Warriors4-2Alex HannumBoston CelticsSt. Louis Hawks
1966Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-3Red AuerbachPhiladelphia 76ersSt. Louis Hawks
1965Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-1Red AuerbachPhiladelphia 76ersBaltimore Bullets
1964Boston CelticsSan Francisco Warriors4-1Red AuerbachCincinnati RoyalsSt. Louis Hawks
1963Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-2Red AuerbachCincinnati RoyalsSt. Louis Hawks
1962Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-3Red AuerbachPhiladelphia WarriorsDetroit Pistons
1961Boston CelticsSt. Louis Hawks4-1Red AuerbachSyracuse NationalsLos Angeles Lakers
1960Boston CelticsSt. Louis Hawks4-3Red AuerbachPhiladelphia WarriorsMinneapolis Lakers
1959Boston CelticsMinneapolis Lakers4-0Red AuerbachSyracuse NationalsSt. Louis Hawks
1958St. Louis HawksBoston Celtics4-2Alex HannumPhiladelphia WarriorsDetroit Pistons
1957Boston CelticsSt. Louis Hawks4-3Red AuerbachSyracuse NationalsMinneapolis Lakers
1956Philadelphia WarriorsFort Wayne Pistons4-1George SeneskySyracuse NationalsSt. Louis Hawks
1955Syracuse NationalsFort Wayne Pistons4-3Al CerviBoston CelticsMinneapolis Lakers
1954Minneapolis LakersSyracuse Nationals4-3John KundlaBoston CelticsCincinnati Royals
1953Minneapolis LakersNew York Knickerbockers4-1John KundlaBoston CelticsFort Wayne Pistons
1952Minneapolis LakersNew York Knickerbockers4-3John KundlaSyracuse NationalsCincinnati Royals
1951Rochester RoyalsNew York Knickerbockers4-3Les HarrisonSyracuse NationalsMinneapolis Lakers
1950Minneapolis LakersSyracuse Nationals4-2John KundlaNew York KnickerbockersAnderson Packers
1949Minneapolis LakersWashington Capitols4-2John KundlaNew York KnickerbockersCincinnati Royals
1948Baltimore BulletsPhiladelphia Warriors4-2Buddy JeannetteSt. Louis BombersChicago Stags
1947Philadelphia WarriorsChicago Stags4-1Edward GottliebNew York KnickerbockersWashington Capitols



Championship History NBA All-Time Rankings!!

Rankings are determined as:
  • 5 points for 1st place finish (Championship Points)
  • 3 points for 2nd place finish
  • 1 point each for the two teams that lost in the conference finals

Team Total All Time Points Championships (5)   Lost Championships (3)   Western/Eastern Conference Losses (1)   Franchise Started   Franchise Names
Los Angeles Lakers 134 16 15 9 1948 Minneapolis Lakers
Boston Celtics 109 17 4 12 1946
Philadelphia 76ers 45 3 6 12 1949 Syracuse Nationals
Detroit Pistons 36 3 4 9 1948 Fort Wayne Pistons
New York Knicks 36 2 6 8 1946
Chicago Bulls 35 6 0 5 1966
San Antonio Spurs 35 5 1 7 1976
Golden State Warriors 30 3 3 6 1946 Philadelphia Warriors, San Francisco Warriors
Miami Heat 23 3 2 2 1988
Atlanta Hawks 22 1 3 8 1949 St. Louis Hawks
Washington Wizards 20 2 3 1 1961 Washington Bullets, Baltimore Bullets
Oklahoma City Thunder 19 1 3 5 1967 Seattle SuperSonics
Houston Rockets 18 2 2 2 1967
Milwaukee Bucks 14 1 1 6 1968
Portland Trail Blazers14 1 2 3 1970
Phoenix Suns 13 0 2 7 1968
Sacramento Kings 12 1 0 7 1948 Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City Kings, Rochester Royals
Utah Jazz 10 0 2 4 1974
Dallas Mavericks 10 1 1 2 1980
Indiana Pacers 10 0 1 7 1976
Orlando Magic 8 0 2 2 1989
Cleveland Cavaliers 6 0 1 3 1970
Brooklyn Nets 6 0 2 0 1976 New Jersey Nets
Chicago Stags 3 0 1 1 1946-1950
Denver Nuggets 3 0 0 3 1976
Washington Capitols 5 0 1 1 1946-1951
Minnesota Timberwolves*1 0 0 1 1989
Memphis Grizzlies* 1 0 0 1 1995
Los Angeles Clippers* 0 0 0 0 1970 Buffalo Braves, San Diego Clippers
New Orleans Pelicans* 0 0 0 0 2002 New Orleans Hornets
Charlotte Hornets* 0 0 0 0 1988 Charlotte Bobcats
Toronto Raptors* 0 0 0 0 1995
Charlotte Bobcats* 0 0 0 0 2004

An asterisk (*) denotes a franchise that has NEVER made it to the conference finals or beyond.


Good NBA Reference Links

NBA.com has NBA Finals History information for 2003 Spurs, 2002 Lakers and more from their All-Time Champions page.

NBA Finals page on Wikipedia has a great history of the NBA, including "The Boston Celtics Dynasty" and "The Chicago Bulls Dynasty".

The Sporting News has pretty good NBA playoffs articles.


NBA Championships History, NBA MVP's and NBA Chapionship Game Results provided by ChampionshipHistory.com



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