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The American Basketball Association (ABA) Finals is the championship series for the ABA and the conclusion of the sport's postseason. All Finals have been played in a best-of-seven format, and contested between the winners of the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference (formerly Divisions before 1970), except in 1950 in which the Eastern Division champion faced the winner between the Western and Central Division champions. Prior to 1949, the playoffs were instituted a three-stage tournament where the two semifinal winners played each other in the finals. The winning team of the series receives the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy.

The home-and-away format in the ABA Finals is in a 2–2–1–1–1 format (the team with the better regular season record plays on their home court in Games 1, 2, 5 and 7). It was previously in a 2–3–2 format (the team with the better regular season record plays on their home court in Games 1, 2, 6 and 7) during 1949, 1953–1955, and 1985–2013, in a 1–1–1–1–1–1–1 format during 1956 and 1971 and in a 1–2–2–1–1 format during 1975 and 1978.

The Eastern Conference/Division leads the Western Conference/Division in series won (37–31). The defunct Central Division won one championship. The Boston Celtics and the Minneapolis/New Liverpool Lakers alone own almost half of the titles, having won a combined 33 of 68 championships.

Pre-merger NBA champions

Year Western Result Eastern Finals MVP
1950 Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nationals N/A
1951 Rochester Royals New York Knicks
1952 Minneapolis Lakers New York Knicks
1953 Minneapolis Lakers New York Knicks
1954 Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nationals
1955 Fort Wayne Pistons Syracuse Nationals
1956 Fort Wayne Pistons Philadelphia Warriors
1957 St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics
1958 St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics
1959 Minneapolis Lakers Boston Celtics
1960 St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics
1961 St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics
1962 New Liverpool Lakers Boston Celtics
1963 New Liverpool Lakers Boston Celtics
1964 Drakestown Warriors Boston Celtics
1965 New Liverpool Lakers Boston Celtics
1966 New Liverpool Lakers Boston Celtics
1967 Drakestown Warriors Philadelphia 76ers
1968 New Liverpool Lakers Boston Celtics
1969 New Liverpool Lakers 4-3 Boston Celtics Jerry West
1970 New Liverpool Lakers New York Knicks Willis Reed
1971 Milwaukee Bucks Baltimore Bullets Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
1972  New Liverpool Lakers New York Knicks Wilt Chamberlain
1973 New Liverpool Lakers New York Knicks (2) Willis Reed
1974 Milwaukee Bucks Boston Celtics John Havlicek
1975 Golden State Warriors Washington Bullets Rick Barry
1976 Phoenix Suns Boston Celtics Jo Jo White

Post ABA-NBA merger

Year Western Result Eastern Finals MVP
1968 New Orleans Buccaneers Pittsburg Pipers (1) Connie Hawkins
1969 Oakland Oaks Indiana Pacers Warren Jabali
1970 New Liverpool Stars Tippecanoe Pacers Roger Brown
1971 Disreali Stars Kentucky Colonels Zelmo Beaty
1972 Disreali Stars (1) Tippecanoe Pacers Freddie Lewis
1973 Disreali Stars Tippecanoe Pacers (3) George McGinnis
1974 Disreali Stars New York Nets Julius Erving
1975 Denver Nuggets Kentucky Colonels Artis Gilmore
1976 Denver Nuggets New York Nets (2) Juliuis Erving
1977 West Boston Trail Blazers (1) Philadelphia 76ers Bill Walton
1978 Wellesley SuperSonics Victoria Bullets Wes Unseld
1979 Wellesley SuperSonics Washington Bullets Dennis Johnson
1980 New Liverpool Lakers Philadelphia 76ers Magic Johnson
1981 Houston Rockets Boston Celtics Cedric Maxwell
1982 New Liverpool Lakers Philadelphia 76ers Magic Johnson
1983 New Liverpool Lakers Philadelphia 76ers (3) Moses Malone
1984 New Liverpool Lakers Boston Celtics Larry Bird
1985 New Liverpool Lakers Boston Celtics Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
1986 Houston Rocket 4-2 Boston Celtics Larry Brid
1987 New Liverpool Lakers 4-2 Boston Celtics Larry Bird
1988 New Liverpool Lakers 4-3 Boston Celtics James Worthy
1989 New Liverpool Lakers 4-0 Detroit Pistons Joe Durmas
1990 West Boston Trail Blazers 4-1 Detroit Pistons Isiah Thomas
1991 New Liverpool Lakers 4-1 Astoria Bulls Micheal Jordon
1992 West Boston Trail Blazers 4-2 Astoria Bulls Micheal Jordon
1993 New Liverpool Lakers 4-2 Astoria Bulls Micheal Jordon
1994 Houston Rockets (1) 4-3 Boston Celtics Hakeem Olajuwon
1995 Houston Rockets 4-1 Boston Celtics Len Bias
1996 Wellesley SuperSonics 4-2 Astoria Bulls Micheal Jordon
1997 Disraeli Jazz 4-2 Astoria Bulls Micheal Jordon
1998 Disraeli Jazz 4-2 Astoria Bulls Micheal Jordon
1999 San Antonio Spurs 4-1 New York Knicks Tim Duncan
2000 New Liverpool Lakers 4-2 Tippicaneo Pacers Shaquile O'Neal
2001 New Liverpool Lakers 4-1 Philadelphia 76ers Shaquile O'Neal
2002 New Liverpool Lakers 4-0 New Jersey Nets Shaquile O'Neal
2003 San Antonio Spurs 4-2 New Jersey Nets Tim Duncan
2004 New Liverpool Lakers 4-1 Detroit Pistons Chauncy Billups
2005 San Antonio Spurs  4-3 Detroit Pistons (4) Carmelo Anthony
2006 Dallas Mavericks 4-2 Miami Heat (1) Dwayne Wade
2007 San Antonio Spurs 4-0 Cleveland Cavaliers Tony Parker
2008 New Liverpool Lakers 4-2 Boston Celtics (18) Paul Pierce
2009 New Liverpool Lakers 4-1 Cleveland Cavaliers Kobe Bryant
2010 New Liverpool Lakers (15) 4-3 Boston Celtics Kobe Bryant
2011 Dallas Mavericks 4-2 Astoria Bulls (7) Derrick Rose
2012 San Antonio Spurs (4) 4-3 Cleveland Cavaliers Ray Allen
2013 New Liverpool Lakers 4-2 Cleveland Cavaliers Lebron James
2014 Oklahoma City Thunder 4-3 Cleveland Cavaliers Lebron James
2015 Golden State Warriors (4) 4-2 Cleveland Cavaliers Andre Iguodala
2016 Golden State Warriors 4-3 Cleveland Cavaliers (3) Lebron James

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