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NBA Finals

NBA Finals is the best-of-seven championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) between the Eastern and Western Conference Champions.


Prior to the merger in 1949 between the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and National Basketball League (NBL), this series was known as the BAA Finals. From 1950 to 1982, the series was given the name - NBA World Championship Series. It was then changed to Showdown till 1986 before finally settling on NBA Finals.


A total of 19 franchises have been victorious at the NBA Finals stage, led by the prestigious franchise of the Boston Celtics that has 17 titles to its name. The Los Angeles Lakers are in a close second spot with 16 championships, however, they do lead the way with respect to number of appearances in the NBA Finals - 31. It's not a huge difference but the Eastern Conference has bragging rights over their counterparts in the West having won more championships - 38 times via 10 different franchise as compared to 34 by 9 different teams.


Up until 1985, the Finals harbored a format of 2-2-1-1-1 with the first two games and the final game being played at the area of the team with the home court advantage (better regular season record). To reduce the cross country-travel and thus the load on the players, the format was switched to 2-3-2 with the first and the last two games being played at the arena of the team with the better regular season record.


From 2015 to 2018, the Finals' match-up has been the Golden State Warriors versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. They are the only team to meet in the Finals, four years in a row, a testament to the competitive nature and greatness of this ongoing rivalry.


The 2019 NBA Finals will be played between the Warriors and the Toronto Raptors with the latter appearing in the Finals for the first time in franchise history.

"Steph is kind of our Magic Johnson, our Tim Duncan.... I will always think of this title as Steph's crowning glory" - Steve Kerr gives Dubs star his flowers after Warriors' title win
"Steph is kind of our Magic Johnson, our Tim Duncan.... I will always think of this title as Steph's crowning glory" - Steve Kerr gives Dubs star his flowers after Warriors' title win

"Steph is kind of our Magic Johnson, our Tim Duncan.... I will always think of this title as Steph's crowning glory" - Steve Kerr gives Dubs star his flowers after Warriors' title win

"We have such strong bonds ... Steph, Klay, Draymond; we’ve got something special" - Steve Kerr reflects on his future with Golden State Warriors
"We have such strong bonds ... Steph, Klay, Draymond; we’ve got something special" - Steve Kerr reflects on his future with Golden State Warriors

"We have such strong bonds ... Steph, Klay, Draymond; we’ve got something special" - Steve Kerr reflects on his future with Golden State Warriors

"Do I give Steph extra legacy credit for how he changed the game?" - Nick Wright gives an intriguing take on Steph Curry's legacy debate
"Do I give Steph extra legacy credit for how he changed the game?" - Nick Wright gives an intriguing take on Steph Curry's legacy debate

"Do I give Steph extra legacy credit for how he changed the game?" - Nick Wright gives an intriguing take on Steph Curry's legacy debate

"All things considered, this is the best basketball I've played" - Steph Curry reflects on his magnanimous NBA Finals performance
"All things considered, this is the best basketball I've played" - Steph Curry reflects on his magnanimous NBA Finals performance

"All things considered, this is the best basketball I've played" - Steph Curry reflects on his magnanimous NBA Finals performance

Listing Steph Curry's top 5 performances in the 2021-22 NBA Playoffs
Listing Steph Curry's top 5 performances in the 2021-22 NBA Playoffs

Listing Steph Curry's top 5 performances in the 2021-22 NBA Playoffs

"Imagine if Kerr walks with Steph, Klay, and Draymond in same offseason", "Governor of California" - Fans react to Kenny Atkinson turning down Hornets job to stay with Golden State Warriors
"Imagine if Kerr walks with Steph, Klay, and Draymond in same offseason", "Governor of California" - Fans react to Kenny Atkinson turning down Hornets job to stay with Golden State Warriors

"Imagine if Kerr walks with Steph, Klay, and Draymond in same offseason", "Governor of California" - Fans react to Kenny Atkinson turning down Hornets job to stay with Golden State Warriors

ICYMI: Steph Curry shares an emotional moment with his father Dell Curry at the Warriors after party
ICYMI: Steph Curry shares an emotional moment with his father Dell Curry at the Warriors after party

ICYMI: Steph Curry shares an emotional moment with his father Dell Curry at the Warriors after party

5 adjustments Steve Kerr made to outcoach Ime Udoka and win the NBA championship
5 adjustments Steve Kerr made to outcoach Ime Udoka and win the NBA championship

5 adjustments Steve Kerr made to outcoach Ime Udoka and win the NBA championship

"We all enjoyed watching you play my brother!" - NBA legend praises Stephen Curry after winning his fourth NBA chip
"We all enjoyed watching you play my brother!" - NBA legend praises Stephen Curry after winning his fourth NBA chip

"We all enjoyed watching you play my brother!" - NBA legend praises Stephen Curry after winning his fourth NBA chip

“There ain’t no way, we should be burying this kid just yet” - Stephen A. Smith believes 3-time All-Star should not be getting so much heat despite his struggles in the NBA Finals
“There ain’t no way, we should be burying this kid just yet” - Stephen A. Smith believes 3-time All-Star should not be getting so much heat despite his struggles in the NBA Finals

“There ain’t no way, we should be burying this kid just yet” - Stephen A. Smith believes 3-time All-Star should not be getting so much heat despite his struggles in the NBA Finals

"He owned this series... He is a top 10 player of all-time, got to be" - NBA analyst emphatically puts Steph Curry among the best ever, debunks multiple myths about him
"He owned this series... He is a top 10 player of all-time, got to be" - NBA analyst emphatically puts Steph Curry among the best ever, debunks multiple myths about him

"He owned this series... He is a top 10 player of all-time, got to be" - NBA analyst emphatically puts Steph Curry among the best ever, debunks multiple myths about him

"Steph ultimately is why this run has happened much like Timmy in San Antonio" - Steve Kerr gives majority of credit to Steph Curry for Dubs' 4th title in 8 years, compares him to Tim Duncan
"Steph ultimately is why this run has happened much like Timmy in San Antonio" - Steve Kerr gives majority of credit to Steph Curry for Dubs' 4th title in 8 years, compares him to Tim Duncan

"Steph ultimately is why this run has happened much like Timmy in San Antonio" - Steve Kerr gives majority of credit to Steph Curry for Dubs' 4th title in 8 years, compares him to Tim Duncan

"Stephen Curry reminds me a lot of Rafael Nadal, his humbleness and amazing play" - Brad Gilbert
"Stephen Curry reminds me a lot of Rafael Nadal, his humbleness and amazing play" - Brad Gilbert

"Stephen Curry reminds me a lot of Rafael Nadal, his humbleness and amazing play" - Brad Gilbert

"You can hear a mouse urinate on spilled clam chowder all over an autographed, authentic Larry Bird home jersey" - NBA analyst provides hilarious assessment of Boston Celtics' NBA Finals loss
"You can hear a mouse urinate on spilled clam chowder all over an autographed, authentic Larry Bird home jersey" - NBA analyst provides hilarious assessment of Boston Celtics' NBA Finals loss

"You can hear a mouse urinate on spilled clam chowder all over an autographed, authentic Larry Bird home jersey" - NBA analyst provides hilarious assessment of Boston Celtics' NBA Finals loss

"Don’t talk about Steph again unless it’s in a convo with the time great players" - Ultimate bromance moment as Seth Curry shows appreciation for brother Steph Curry
"Don’t talk about Steph again unless it’s in a convo with the time great players" - Ultimate bromance moment as Seth Curry shows appreciation for brother Steph Curry

"Don’t talk about Steph again unless it’s in a convo with the time great players" - Ultimate bromance moment as Seth Curry shows appreciation for brother Steph Curry

"I'm sorry Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green for disrespect this season" - Kendrick Perkins apologizes after Golden State Warriors win NBA Finals against Boston Celtics
"I'm sorry Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green for disrespect this season" - Kendrick Perkins apologizes after Golden State Warriors win NBA Finals against Boston Celtics

"I'm sorry Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green for disrespect this season" - Kendrick Perkins apologizes after Golden State Warriors win NBA Finals against Boston Celtics

Revisited: “They f****D up mentally and physically” - LeBron James sends a message to the Cavaliers room after winning Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals vs the Warriors, on this day 6 years ago
Revisited: “They f****D up mentally and physically” - LeBron James sends a message to the Cavaliers room after winning Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals vs the Warriors, on this day 6 years ago

Revisited: “They f****D up mentally and physically” - LeBron James sends a message to the Cavaliers room after winning Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals vs the Warriors, on this day 6 years ago

"I realize I'm on a really good streak right now of Game 6s; I don't know how long that will last" - Klay Thompson on his "Game 6 Klay" moniker ahead of facing Boston Celtics, gets further adulation from Steph Curry
"I realize I'm on a really good streak right now of Game 6s; I don't know how long that will last" - Klay Thompson on his "Game 6 Klay" moniker ahead of facing Boston Celtics, gets further adulation from Steph Curry

"I realize I'm on a really good streak right now of Game 6s; I don't know how long that will last" - Klay Thompson on his "Game 6 Klay" moniker ahead of facing Boston Celtics, gets further adulation from Steph Curry

“He’s taking that shot, LeBron is his guy” - Vince Carter says Draymond Green is not going to give Boston Celtics any credit after comments comparing them to LeBron James
“He’s taking that shot, LeBron is his guy” - Vince Carter says Draymond Green is not going to give Boston Celtics any credit after comments comparing them to LeBron James

“He’s taking that shot, LeBron is his guy” - Vince Carter says Draymond Green is not going to give Boston Celtics any credit after comments comparing them to LeBron James

“I see Giannis, I see Joel Embiid and not to mention Kevin Durant” - Chris Broussard believes 3x All-Star has to perform better because there’s no guarantee he’ll get back to the NBA Finals
“I see Giannis, I see Joel Embiid and not to mention Kevin Durant” - Chris Broussard believes 3x All-Star has to perform better because there’s no guarantee he’ll get back to the NBA Finals

“I see Giannis, I see Joel Embiid and not to mention Kevin Durant” - Chris Broussard believes 3x All-Star has to perform better because there’s no guarantee he’ll get back to the NBA Finals

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