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1946-1949 Basketball Association of America
Through the 2015-16  Season

Team Records    NBA Champions  West Champions  East Champions
RANK
TEAM
W
L
PCT.
GP
1
Los Angeles Lakers
3234
2136
.602
5369
2
Boston Celtics
3221
2257
.588
5478
3
Philadelphia 76ers
2725
2579
.514
5304
4
New York Knicks
2700
2715
.499
5415
5
Atlanta Hawks
2650
2646
.499
5306
6
Detroit Pistons
2615
2753
.487
5368
7
Golden State Warriors
2589
2885
.473
5474
8
Sacramento Kings
2464
2905
.459
5369
9
Oklahoma City Thunder
2138
1832
.539
3970
10
Phoenix Suns
2123
1765
.546
3888
11
Chicago Bulls
2114
1937
.522
4051
12
Houston Rockets
2052
1918
.517
3970
13
San Antonio Spurs
2006
1226
.621
3232
14
Washington Wizards
2004
2447
.450
4451
15
Portland Trail Blazers
1991
1733
.535
3724
16
Milwaukee Bucks
1983
1905
.510
3888
17
Utah Jazz
1815
1581
.534
3396
18
Cleveland Cavaliers
1727
1997
.464
3724
19
Indiana Pacers
1606
1625
.497
3231
20
Denver Nuggets
1563
1669 .484
3232
21
Dallas Mavericks
1482
1421
.511
2903
22
Los Angeles Clippers
1469
2254
.395
3723
23
Brooklyn Nets
1361
1871
.421
3232
24
Miami Heat
1170
1078
.520
2248
25
Orlando Magic
1062
1104
.490
2166
26
Charlotte Hornets
916
1168
.440
2084
27
Minnesota Timberwolves
847
1319
.391
2166
28
Toronto Raptors
735
939
.439
1674
29
Memphis Grizzlies
694
980
.415
1674
30
New Orleans Pelicans
527
595
.466
1132

NBA Champions   Team Records  West Champions  East Champions
YEAR
WINNER
LOSER
GAMES
1946-47
Philadelphia Warriors Chicago Stags
4-1
1947-48
Baltimore Bullets Philadelphia Warriors
4-1
1948-49
Minneapolis Lakers Washington Capitols
4-2
1949-50
Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nationals
4-2
1950-51
Rochester Royals New York Knickerbockers
4-3
1951-52
Minneapolis Lakers New York Knickerbockers
4-3
1952-53
Minneapolis Lakers New York Knickerbockers
4-1
1953-54
Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nationals
4-3
1954-55
Syracuse Nationals Fort Wayne Pistons
4-3
1955-56
Philadelphia Warriors Fort Wayne Pistons
4-1
1956-57
Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks
4-3
1957-58
St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics
4-2
1958-59
Boston Celtics Minneapolis Lakers
4-0
1959-60
Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks
4-3
1960-61
Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks
4-1
1961-62
Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers
4-3
1962-63
Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers
4-2
1963-64
Boston Celtics San Francisco Warriors
4-1
1964-65
Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers
4-1
1965-66
Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers
4-3
1966-67
Philadelphia 76ers San Francisco Warriors
4-2
1967-68
Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers
4-2
1968-69
Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers
4-3
1969-70
New York Knickerbockers Los Angeles Lakers
4-3
1970-71
Milwaukee Bucks Baltimore Bullets
4-3
1971-72
Los Angeles Lakers New York Knickerbockers
4-1
1972-73
New York Knickerbockers Los Angeles Lakers
4-1
1973-74
Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks
4-3
1974-75
Golden State Warriors Washington Bullets
4-0
1975-76
Boston Celtics Phoenix Suns
4-2
1976-77
Portland Trail Blazers Philadelphia 76ers
4-2
1977-78
Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics
4-3
1978-79
Seattle SuperSonics Washington Bullets
4-1
1979-80
Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers
4-2
1980-81
Boston Celtics Houston Rockets
4-2
1981-82
Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers
4-2
1982-83
Philadelphia 76ers Los Angeles Lakers
4-0
1983-84
Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers
4-3
1984-85
Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
4-2
1985-86
Boston Celtics Houston Rockets
4-2
1986-87
Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
4-2
1987-88
Los Angeles Lakers Detroit Pistons
4-2
1988-89
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
4-0
1989-90
Detroit Pistons Portland Trail Blazers
4-1
1990-91
Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Lakers
4-1
1991-92
Chicago Bulls Portland Trail Blazers
4-2
1992-93
Chicago Bulls Phoenix Suns
4-2
1993-94
Houston Rockets New York Knicks
4-3
1994-95
Houston Rockets Orlando Magic
4-0
1995-96
Chicago Bulls Seattle SuperSonics
4-2
1996-97
Chicago Bulls Utah Jazz
4-2
1997-98
Chicago Bulls Utah Jazz
4-2
1998-99
San Antonio Spurs New York Knicks
4-1
1999-2000
Los Angeles Lakers Indiana Pacers
4-2
2000-01
Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers
4-1
2001-02
Los Angeles Lakers New Jersey Nets
4-0
2002-03
San Antonio Spurs
New Jersey Nets
4-2
2003-04
Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Lakers
4-1
2004-05
San Antonio Spurs
Detroit Pistons
4-3
2005-06
Miami Heat
Dallas Mavericks
4-2
2006-07
San Antonio Spurs
Cleveland Cavaliers
4-0
2007-08
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
4-2
2008-09
Los Angeles Lakers
Orlando Magic
4-1
2009-10
Los Angeles Lakers
Boston Celtics
4-3
2010-11
Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat
4-2
2011-12
Miami Heat
Oklahoma City Thunder
4-1
2012-13
Miami Heat
San Antonio Spurs
4-3
2013-14
San Antonio Spurs
Miami Heat
4-1
2014-15
Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers
4-2
2015-16
Cleveland Cavaliers
Golden State Warriors
4-3

West Conference Champions Team Records NBA Champions
WEST CONFERENCE
YEAR
CHAMPION
RUNNER-UP
GAMES
1946-47
Philadelphia Warriors
New York Knickerbockers
2-0
1947-48
Baltimore Bullets
Chicago Stags
2-0
1948-49
Minneapolis Lakers
Rochester Royals
2-0
1949-50
Anderson Packers
Indianapolis Olympians
2-1
1949-50 NBA Semifinals
Minneapolis Lakers
Anderson Packers
2-0
1950-51
Rochester Royals
Minneapolis Lakers
3-1
1951-52
Minneapolis Lakers
Rochester Lakers
3-1
1952-53
Minneapolis Lakers
Fort Wayne Pistons
3-2
1953-54
Minneapolis Lakers
Rochester Royals
2-1
1954-55
Fort Wayne Pistons
Minneapolis Lakers
3-1
1955-56
Fort Wayne Pistons
St. Louis Hawks
3-2
1956-57
St. Louis Hawks
Minneapolis Lakers
3-0
1957-58
St. Louis Hawks
Detroit Pistons
4-1
1958-59
Minneapolis Lakers
St. Louis Hawks
4-2
1959-60
St. Louis Hawks
Minneapolis Lakers
4-3
1960-61
St. Louis Hawks
Los Angeles Lakers
4-3
1961-62
Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons
4-2
1962-63
Los Angeles Lakers
St. Louis Hawks
4-3
1963-64
San Francisco Warriors
St. Louis Hawks
4-3
1964-65
Los Angeles Lakers
Baltimore Bullets
4-2
1965-66
Los Angeles Lakers
St. Louis Hawks
4-3
1966-67
San Francisco Warriors
St. Louis Hawks
4-2
1967-68
Los Angeles Lakers
San Francisco Warriors
4-0
1968-69
Los Angeles Lakers
Atlanta Hawks
4-1
1969-70
Los Angeles Lakers
Atlanta Hawks
4-0
1970-71
Milwaukee Bucks
Los Angeles Lakers
4-1
1971-72
Los Angeles Lakers
Milwaukee Bucks
4-2
1972-73
Los Angeles Lakers
Golden State Warriors
4-1
1973-74
Milwaukee Bucks
Chicago Bulls
4-0
1974-75
Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls
4-3
1975-76
Phoenix Suns
Golden State Warriors
4-3
1976-77
Portland Trail Blazers
Los Angeles Lakers
4-0
1977-78
Seattle SuperSonics
Denver Nuggets
4-2
1978-79
Seattle SuperSonics
Phoenix Suns
4-3
1979-80
Los Angeles Lakers
Seattle SuperSonics
4-1
1980-81
Houston Rockets
Kansas City Kings
4-1
1981-82
Los Angeles Lakers
San Antonio Spurs
4-0
1982-83
Los Angeles Lakers
San Antonio Spurs
4-2
1983-84
Los Angeles Lakers
Phoenix Suns
4-2
1984-85
Los Angeles Lakers
Denver Nuggets
4-1
1985-86
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Lakers
4-1
1986-87
Los Angeles Lakers
Seattle SuperSonics
4-0
1987-88
Los Angeles Lakers
Dallas Mavericks
4-3
1988-89
Los Angeles Lakers
Phoenix Suns
4-0
1989-90
Portland Trail Blazers
Phoenix Suns
4-2
1990-91
Los Angeles Lakers
Portland Trail Blazers
4-2
1991-92
Portland Trail Blazers
Utah Jazz
4-2
1992-93
Phoenix Suns
Seattle SuperSonics
4-3
1993-94
Houston Rockets
Utah Jazz
4-1
1994-95
Houston Rockets
San Antonio Spurs
4-2
1995-96
Seattle SuperSonics
Utah Jazz
4-3
1996-97
Utah Jazz
Houston Rockets
4-2
1997-98
Utah Jazz
Los Angeles Lakers
4-0
1998-99
San Antonio Spurs
Portland Trail Blazers
4-0
1999-2000
Los Angeles Lakers
Portland Trail Blazers
4-3
2000-01
Los Angeles Lakers
San Antonio Spurs
4-0
2001-02
Los Angeles Lakers
Sacramento Kings
4-3
2002-03
San Antonio Spurs
Dallas Mavericks
4-2
2003-04
Los Angeles Lakers
Minnesota Timberwolves
4-2
2004-05
San Antonio Spurs
Phoenix Suns
4-1
2005-06
Dallas Mavericks
Phoenix Suns
4-2
2006-07
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
4-1
2007-08
Los Angeles Lakers
San Antonio Spurs
4-1
2008-09
Los Angeles Lakers
Denver Nuggets
4-2
2009-10
Los Angeles Lakers
Phoenix Suns
4-2
2010-11
Dallas Mavericks
Oklahoma City Thunder
4-1
2011-12
Oklahoma City Thunder
San Antonio Spurs
4-2
2012-13
San Antonio Spurs
Memphis Grizzlies
4-0
2013-14
San Antonio Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder
4-2
2014-15
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
4-1
2015-16
Golden State Warriors
Oklahoma City Thunder
4-3

East Conference Champions Team Records NBA Champions
EAST CONFERENCE
YEAR
CHAMPION
RUNNER-UP
GAMES
1946-47
Chicago Stags
Washington Capitols
4-2
1947-48
Philadelphia Warriors
St. Louis Bombers
4-3
1948-49
Washington Capitols
New York Knickerbockers
2-1
1949-50
Minneapolis Lakers
Fort Wayne Pistons
2-0
1949-50 NBA Semifinals
Minneapolis Lakers
Anderson Packers
2-0
1950-51
New York Knickerbockers
Syracuse Nationals
3-2
1951-52
New York Knickerbockers
Syracuse Nationals
3-1
1952-53
New York Knickerbockers
Boston Celtics
3-1
1953-54
Syracuse Nationals
Boston Celtics
2-0
1954-55
Syracuse Nationals
Boston Celtics
3-1
1955-56
Philadelphia Warriors
Syracuse Nationals
3-2
1956-57
Boston Celtics
Syracuse Nationals
3-0
1957-58
Boston Celtics
Philadelphia Warriors
4-1
1958-59
Boston Celtics
Syracuse Nationals
4-3
1959-60
Boston Celtics
Philadelphia Warriors
4-2
1960-61
Boston Celtics
Syracuse Nationals
4-1
1961-62
Boston Celtics
Philadelphia Warriors
4-3
1962-63
Boston Celtics
Cincinnati Royals
4-3
1963-64
Boston Celtics
Cincinnati Royals
4-1
1964-65
Boston Celtics
Philadelphia 76ers
4-3
1965-66
Boston Celtics
Philadelphia 76ers
4-1
1966-67
Philadelphia 76ers
Boston Celtics
4-1
1967-68
Boston Celtics
Philadelphia 76ers
4-3
1968-69
Boston Celtics
New York Knickerbockers
4-2
1969-70
New York Knickerbockers
Milwaukee Bucks
4-1
1970-71
Baltimore Bullets
New York Knickerbockers
4-3
1971-72
New York Knickerbockers
Boston Celtics
4-1
1972-73
New York Knickerbockers
Boston Celtics
4-3
1973-74
Boston Celtics
New York Knickerbockers
4-1
1974-75
Washington Bullets
Boston Celtics
4-2
1975-76
Boston Celtics
Cleveland Cavaliers
4-2
1976-77
Philadelphia 76ers
Houston Rockets
4-2
1977-78
Washington Bullets
Philadelphia 76ers
4-2
1978-79
Washington Bullets
San Antonio Spurs
4-3
1979-80
Philadelphia 76ers
Boston Celtics
4-1
1980-81
Boston Celtics
Philadelphia 76ers
4-3
1981-82
Philadelphia 76ers
Boston Celtics
4-3
1982-83
Philadelphia 76ers
Milwaukee Bucks
4-1
1983-84
Boston Celtics
Milwaukee Bucks
4-1
1984-85
Boston Celtics
Philadelphia 76ers
4-1
1985-86
Boston Celtics
Milwaukee Bucks
4-0
1986-87
Boston Celtics
Detroit Pistons
4-3
1987-88
Detroit Pistons
Boston Celtics
4-2
1988-89
Detroit Pistons
Chicago Bulls
4-2
1989-90
Detroit Pistons
Chicago Bulls
4-3
1990-91
Chicago Bulls
Detroit Pistons
4-0
1991-92
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
4-2
1992-93
Chicago Bulls
New York Knicks
4-2
1993-94
New York Knicks
Indiana Pacers
4-3
1994-95
Orlando Magic
Indiana Pacers
4-3
1995-96
Chicago Bulls
Orlando Magic
4-0
1996-97
Chicago Bulls
Miami Heat
4-1
1997-98
Chicago Bulls
Indiana Pacers
4-3
1998-99
New York Knicks
Indiana Pacers
4-2
1999-2000
Indiana Pacers
New York Knicks
4-2
2000-01
Philadelphia 76ers
Milwaukee Bucks
4-3
2001-02
New Jersey Nets
Boston Celtics
4-2
2002-03
New Jersey Nets
Detroit Pistons
4-0
2003-04
Detroit Pistons
Indiana Pacers
4-2
2004-05
Detroit Pistons
Miami Heat
4-3
2005-06
Miami Heat
Detroit Pistons
4-2
2006-07
Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons
4-2
2007-08
Boston Celtics
Detroit Pistons
4-2
2008-09
Orlando Magic
Cleveland Cavaliers
4-2
2009-10
Boston Celtics
Orlando Magic
4-2
2010-11
Miami Heat
Chicago Bulls
4-1
2011-12
Miami Heat
Boston Celtics
4-3
2012-13
Miami Heat
Indiana Pacers
4-3
2013-14
Miami Heat
Indiana Pacers
4-2
2014-15
Cleveland Cavaliers
Atlanta Hawks
4-0
2015-16
Cleveland Cavaliers
Toronto Raptors
4-2

NBA Finals Appearances
RANK
TEAM
NBA TITLES
FINALS APPEARANCES
LAST WIN
LAST FINALS APPEARANCE
1
Boston Celtics
17
21
2007-2008
2009-2010
2
Los Angeles Lakes
16
30
2009-2010
2009-2010
3
Chicago Bulls
6
6
1997-1998
1997-1998
4
San Antonio Spurs
5
6
2013-2014
2013-2014
5
Golden State Warriors
4
8
2014-2015
2015-2016
6
Philadelphia 76ers
3
9
1982-1983
2000-2001
7
Detroit Pistons
3
6
2003-2004
2004-2005
8
Miami Heat
3
5
2012-2013
2013-2014
9
New York Knicks
2
8
1972-1973
1998-1999
10
Houston Rockets
2
4
1994-1995
1994-1995
11
Sacramento Kings
1
1
1950-1951
1950-1951
12
Atlanta Hawks
1
3
1957-1958
1960-1961
13
Milwaukee Bucks
1
2
1970-1971
1973-1974
14
Portland Trail Blazers
1
3
1976-1977
1991-1992
15
Washington Wizards
1
3
1977-1978
1978-1979
16
Oklahoma City Thunder
1
4
1978-1979
2011-2012
17
Dallas Mavericks
1
2
2010-2011
2010-2011
18
Cleveland Cavaliers
1
3
2015-2016
2015-2016
19
Phoenix Suns
0
2
--
1992-1993
20
Utah Jazz
0
2
--
1997-1998
21
Brooklyn Nets
0
2
--
2002-2003
22
Orlando Magic
0
2
--
2008-2009
23
Indiana Pacers
0
1
--
1999-2000