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NBA Season Recaps


Posted Jul 1, 2014 2:38 PM

A look back at every season from the league's inception in 1946 to today.

Season Champion Runner-up Result Season MVP Finals MVP
2013-14 San Antonio Spurs Miami Heat 4-1 Kevin Durant, Thunder Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
2012-13 Miami Heat San Antonio Spurs 4-3 LeBron James, Heat LeBron James, Heat
2011-12 Miami Heat OKC Thunder 4-1 LeBron James, Heat LeBron James, Heat
2010-11 Dallas Mavericks Miami Heat 4-2 Derrick Rose, Bulls Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs
2009-10 L.A. Lakers Boston Celtics 4-3 LeBron James, Cavs Kobe Bryant, Lakers
2008-09 L.A. Lakers Orlando Magic 4-1 LeBron James, Cavs Kobe Bryant, Lakers
2007-08 Boston Celtics L.A. Lakers 4-2 Kobe Bryant, Lakers Paul Pierce, Celtics
2006-07 San Antonio Spurs Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs Tony Parker, Spurs
2005-06 Miami Heat Dallas Mavericks 4-2 Steve Nash, Suns Dwyane Wade, Heat
2004-05 San Antonio Spurs Detroit Pistons 4-3 Steve Nash, Suns Tim Duncan, Spurs
2003-04 Detroit Pistons L.A. Lakers 4-1 Kevin Garnett, Wolves Chauncey Billups, Pistons
2002-03 San Antonio Spurs New Jersey Nets 4-2 Tim Duncan, Spurs Tim Duncan, Spurs
2001-02 L.A. Lakers New Jersey Nets 4-0 Tim Duncan, Spurs Shaquille O'Neal, Lakers
2000-01 L.A. Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 Allen Iverson, 76ers Shaquille O'Neal, Lakers
1999-00 L.A. Lakers Indiana Pacers 4-2 Shaquille O'Neal, Lakers Shaquille O'Neal, Lakers
1998-99 San Antonio Spurs New York Knicks 4-1 Karl Malone, Jazz Tim Duncan, Spurs
1997-98 Chicago Bulls Utah Jazz 4-2 Michael Jordan, Bulls Michael Jordan, Bulls
1996-97 Chicago Bulls Utah Jazz 4-2 Karl Malone, Jazz Michael Jordan, Bulls
1995-96 Chicago Bulls Seattle Sonics 4-2 Michael Jordan, Bulls Michael Jordan, Bulls
1994-95 Houston Rockets Orlando Magic 4-0 David Robinson, Spurs Hakeem Olajuwon, Rockets
1993-94 Houston Rockets New York Knicks 4-3 Hakeem Olajuwon, Rockets Hakeem Olajuwon, Rockets
1992-93 Chicago Bulls Phoenix Suns 4-2 Charles Barkley, Suns Michael Jordan, Bulls
1991-92 Chicago Bulls Portland Trail Blazers 4-2 Michael Jordan, Bulls Michael Jordan, Bulls
1990-91 Chicago Bulls L.A. Lakers 4-1 Michael Jordan, Bulls Michael Jordan, Bulls
1989-90 Detroit Pistons Portland Trail Blazers 4-1 Magic Johnson, Lakers Isiah Thomas, Pistons
1988-89 Detroit Pistons L.A. Lakers 4-0 Magic Johnson, Lakers Joe Dumars, Pistons
1987-88 L.A. Lakers Detroit Pistons 4-3 Michael Jordan, Bulls James Worthy, Lakers
1986-87 L.A. Lakers Boston Celtics 4-2 Magic Johnson, Lakers Magic Johnson, Lakers
1985-86 Boston Celtics Houston Rockets 4-2 Larry Bird, Celtics Larry Bird, Celtics
1984-85 L.A. Lakers Boston Celtics 4-2 Larry Bird, Celtics Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers
1983-84 Boston Celtics L.A. Lakers 4-3 Larry Bird, Celtics Larry Bird, Celtics
1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers L.A. Lakers 4-0 Moses Malone, 76ers Moses Malone, 76ers
1981-82 L.A. Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 4-2 Moses Malone, Rockets Magic Johnson, Lakers
1980-81 Boston Celtics Houston Rockets 4-2 Julius Erving, 76ers Cedric Maxwell, Celtics
1979-80 L.A. Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 4-2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers Magic Johnson, Lakers
1978-79 Seattle Sonics Washington Bullets 4-1 Moses Malone, Rockets Dennis Johnson, Sonics
1977-78 Washington Bullets Seattle Sonics 4-3 Bill Walton, Blazers Wes Unseld, Bullets
1976-77 Portland Trail Blazers Philadelphia 76ers 4-2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers Bill Walton, Blazers
1975-76 Boston Celtics Phoenix Suns 4-2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers Jo Jo White, Celtics
1974-75 Golden State Warriors Washington Bullets 4-0 Bob McAdoo, Braves Rick Barry, Warriors
1973-74 Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks 4-3 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bucks John Havlicek, Celtics
1972-73 New York Knicks L.A. Lakers 4-1 Dave Cowens, Celtics Willis Reed, Knicks
1971-72 L.A. Lakers New York Knicks 4-1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bucks Wilt Chamberlain, Lakers
1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks Baltimore Bullets 4-0 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bucks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bucks
1969-70 New York Knicks L.A. Lakers 4-3 Willis Reed, Knicks Willis Reed, Knicks
1968-69 Boston Celtics L.A. Lakers 4-3 Wes Unseld, Bullets Jerry West, Lakers
1967-68 Boston Celtics L.A. Lakers 4-2 Wilt Chamberlain, 76ers --
1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers San Francisco Warriors 4-2 Wilt Chamberlain, 76ers --
1965-66 Boston Celtics L.A. Lakers 4-1 Wilt Chamberlain, 76ers --
1964-65 Boston Celtics L.A. Lakers 4-1 Bill Russell, Celtics --
1963-64 Boston Celtics San Francisco Warriors 4-1 Oscar Robertson, Royals --
1962-63 Boston Celtics L.A. Lakers 4-2 Bill Russell, Celtics --
1961-62 Boston Celtics L.A. Lakers 4-3 Bill Russell, Celtics --
1960-61 Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks 4-1 Bill Russell, Celtics --
1959-60 Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks 4-3 Wilt Chamberlain, Warriors --
1958-59 Boston Celtics Minneapolis Lakers 4-0 Bob Pettit, Hawks --
1957-58 St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics 4-2 Bill Russell, Celtics --
1956-57 Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks 4-3 Bob Cousy, Celtics --
1955-56 Philadelphia Warriors Ft. Wayne Pistons 4-1 Bob Pettit, Hawks --
1954-55 Syracuse Nats Ft. Wayne Pistons 4-3 -- --
1953-54 Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nats 4-3 -- --
1952-53 Minneapolis Lakers New York Knicks 4-1 -- --
1951-52 Minneapolis Lakers New York Knicks 4-1 -- --
1950-51 Rochester Royals New York Knicks 4-3 -- --
1949-50 Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nats 4-2 -- --
1948-49 Minneapolis Lakers Washington Capitols 4-2 -- --
1947-48 Baltimore Bullets Philadelphia Warriors 4-2 -- --
1946-47 Philadelphia Warriors Chicago Stags 4-1 -- --

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