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What are the NBA Finals?
They’re sometimes simply called the Finals.
The NBA Finals features a matchup between the NBA’s Eastern Conference champions and the Western Conference champions (the winners of each conference’s playoffs). Like the other playoff rounds, it’s a best-of-seven series of games (in which the winner is the first team to win four games).
The most valuable player in the series is named the NBA Finals MVP.
Where does NBA Finals come from?
In 1949, the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America merged to create the NBA. However, the name NBA Finals was first used in 1986. Before that, the final series was called the NBA World Championship Series, or, in 1983 and 1984, Showdown.
The word Finals is used in the name of the two NBA conference championship series (Eastern Conference Finals and Western Conference Finals) as well as championship series in other leagues, including the WNBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Finals (in professional hockey).
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Who uses NBA Finals?
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- The first champions of the league known as the NBA were the Rochester Royals, in 1951.
- Los Angeles Lakers player Jerry West is the only player from the losing team to be named MVP of the championship series.
- The NBA championship trophy is officially named the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy, after a former NBA Commissioner.
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