11 Facts About NBA Finals


NBA Finals is the annual championship series of the National Basketball Association .

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Boston reached the 1981 NBA Finals led by the "Big Three" of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish.

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The Houston Rockets were down 3 games to 1 to the Phoenix Suns in the Semi-NBA Finals and won 2 out of 3 games on the road, including game 7 to advance to the Conference NBA Finals.

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Between 1999 and 2014, the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, or San Antonio Spurs appeared in every NBA Finals, winning a combined 13 championships over 16 seasons.

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In Game 6, Duncan was two blocks short of recording the first quadruple-double in NBA Finals history, finishing with 21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, and 8 blocks.

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Now established as one of the powerhouses of the East, the Pistons returned to the NBA Finals the following year, before losing to the Spurs in seven games.

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The Heat were subsequently considered heavy title favorites and appeared in the next four NBA Finals, starting in 2011 against the Dallas Mavericks in a rematch from five years earlier.

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Kawhi Leonard was named NBA Finals MVP, becoming the third-youngest NBA Finals MVP after Duncan and Magic Johnson.

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The Cavaliers slipped to the second seed going into the playoffs, but they only lost one game en route to the 2017 NBA Finals, setting up a third straight match with the Warriors.

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Toronto's Kawhi Leonard was named NBA Finals MVP, becoming the first player to win the award while representing teams from both conferences, having previously won it with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.

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LeBron James returned to his tenth Finals with the Los Angeles Lakers against the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals, marking the first time in NBA history that two teams that missed the playoffs the year before met in the Finals.

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