NBA Finals

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July 5, 2022

The NBA Finals is the final series of the NBA League in which the winning teams of the Eastern and Western Conference meet. The first team to reach 4 wins wins the NBA championship for that season and is awarded the Larry O'Brien Trophy. The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award is given to the basketball player who played the best game during this series. The home field advantage in the finals is given to the team that achieved a better score during the regular season. Since 2014, the 2-2-1-1-1 model has been applied, which means that the team with the better score hosts the first, second, fifth and seventh matches, while the team with the worse score plays the third, fourth and sixth matches on its home field.

Finals so far

Success of teams

Interesting facts and statistics

Teams from the Eastern Conference won a total of 40 titles, while representatives of the Western Conference won the trophy 36 times. The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers won the most titles (17 each), and the Los Angeles Lakers have the most participation in the finals (32). The Boston Celtics have the most consecutive wins in the finals — eight in the period from 1959 to 1966. Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls managed to achieve a hat-trick twice, while the title was defended once by the Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and Houston Rockets. Teams from the Western Conference won seven consecutive finals (from 1948 to 1954). Teams from the Eastern Conference won 12 consecutive finals (from 1959 to 1970). 4:3 was the result of 19 finals. With this result, the Boston Celtics won most often (7 times), and the Los Angeles Lakers lost (5 times). 4:2 was the result of 30 finals. With this result, the Los Angeles Lakers won most often (8 times), and the Philadelphia 76ers lost (4 times). 4:1 was the result of 18 finals. Los Angeles Lakers won and lost with this result most often (4 times each). 4:0 was the result of 9 finals. A total of five different teams lost in the finals by this score — once by the New Jersey Nets and Orlando Magic, twice by the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers. The negative record is held by the Los Angeles Lakers, who were defeated three times with 4:0.

The most common pairings in the NBA Finals

Game Records

During career

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