List of NBA champions

The National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals is the championship series for the NBA and the end of its postseason. All Finals have been played in a best-of-seven format, and are contested between the champions of the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference (previously Divisions earlier 1970), except in 1950 when the Eastern Division champion faced the winner between the Western and Central Division winners. From 1946 through 1949, when the league was called the Basketball Association of America (BAA), the playoffs were a three-stage tournament where the two semifinal winners played each other in the finals. [1][2][3] this series’ winning group receives the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
The current home-and-away format at the NBA Finals is 2—2—1—1—1 (the team with the superior regular-season record plays on their home court in Games 1, 2, 5, and 7), that has been utilized in 1947—1948, 1950—1952, 1957—1970, 1972—1974, 1976—1977, 1979—1984, and 2014—present. It was formerly in a 2—3—2 format (the team with the better regular season record plays on their home court in Games 1, 2, 6, and 7) during 1949, 1953—1955, and 1985—2013,[4][5][6][7][8][9] in a 1—1—1—1—1—1—1 format during 1956 and 1971,[10][11] and at a 1—2—2—1—1 — 1 format throughout 1975 and 1978. [12][13] The Eastern Conference/Division directs the Western Conference/Division in series won (39—34). The defunct Central Division, when the present Eastern Division was upgraded as a conference in presence during the 1949 — 50 NBA year when the NBA was divided into three divisions and separate from the Central Division created in 1970, won one tournament. The Boston Celtics and the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers alone own nearly half of those titles, having won a combined 33 of 73 championships. As of 2019, the defending champions are.

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