The NBA Finals are the biggest basketball event of the year, in any country. It pits the best team in the Western Conference against the top team in the Eastern Conference to see who will raise the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Like the playoffs, the Finals are a seven-game series and are staged on both teams’ home courts.
Since professional basketball has been played in the United States, there have been the Finals, also known as the NBA World Championship Series up until 1986. Before the NBA was formed in 1949, there was the BAA (Basketball Association of America) and the NBL (National Basketball League). Both competitions had their own Finals tournament, with Philadelphia Warriors, now the Golden State Warriors, winning the inaugural BAA title in 1947 while the Akron Wingfoots won the first ever NBL title in 1938. When the merger occurred in 1949, it was the Minneapolis Lakers, who are now the Los Angeles Lakers, who claimed victory and kick started the first every NBA dynasty, winning five championships in six years.
Throughout the years, there have been many dynasties which have taken the NBA by storm. After the Lakers, it was the Boston Celtics turn. With the likes of Bill Russell, Tom Heinsohn and Sam Jones, the Celtics went on to win ten NBA titles in 11 years (1959-1969). After that, it was the Lakers turn again. This time, they won five titles from seven appearances between 1980 and 1989. Then who could forget the Chicago Bulls of the early 90’s, where ‘his Airness’ Michael Jordon, alongside Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, would go on perform the first ‘three-peat’ winning three championships in a row on two separate occasions.
|YEAR||WINNER||RUNNERS UP||SERIES SCORE|
|2015/2016||CLEVELAND CAVALIERS||GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS||4-3|
|2014/2015||GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS||CLEVELAND CAVALIERS||4-2|
|2013/2014||SAN ANTONIO SPURS||MIAMI HEAT||4-1|
|2012/2013||MIAMI HEAT||SAN ANTONIO SPURS||4-3|
|2011/2012||MIAMI HEAT||OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER||4-1|
|2010/2011||DALLAS MAVERICKS||MIAMI HEAT||4-2|
|2009/2010||LOS ANGELES LAKERS||BOSTON CELTICS||4-3|
|2008/2009||LOS ANGELES LAKERS||ORLANDO MAGIC||4-1|
|2007/2008||BOSTON CELTICS||LOS ANGELES LAKERS||4-2|
|2006/2007||SAN ANTONIO SPURS||CLEVELAND CAVALIERS||4-0|
|2005/2006||MIAMI HEAT||DALLAS MAVERICKS||4-2|