Semi-Finals
Division
Finals
NYK 1
BOS 2
MIN 2
ROC 1
SYR 3
BOS 1
FW 3
MIN 1
FW 3
SYR 4
Champ
SYR
1954-55 NBA Champion Syracuse Nationals
After experimenting with a round robin playoff format in 1954, the NBA moved to a system in which the top team in each conference earned a first-round bye, giving them the right to start out in the division finals. It remained in place until 1967, when it changed to an eight-team format in which all teams played the first round.

Division Semifinals

Best of 3-game series
DateAwayScoreHomeSeries
3/16 Rochester 78-82 Minneapolis MIN 1-0
3/18 Minneapolis 92-94 Rochester Tied 1-1
3/19 Rochester 110-119 Minneapolis MIN 2-1

Division Semifinals

Best of 3-game series
DateAwayScoreHomeSeries
3/15 New York 101-122 Boston BOS 1-0
3/16 Boston 95-102 New York Tied 1-1
3/19 Boston 116-109 New York BOS 2-1

Division Finals

Best of 5-game series
DateAwayScoreHomeSeries
3/20 Minneapolis 79-96 Fort Wayne FW 1-0
3/22 Minneapolis 97-98
OT
Fort Wayne FW 2-0
3/23 Fort Wayne 91-99
OT
Minneapolis FW 2-1
3/27 Fort Wayne 105-96 Minneapolis FW 3-1

Division Finals

Best of 5-game series
DateAwayScoreHomeSeries
3/22 Boston 100-110 Syracuse SYR 1-0
3/24 Boston 110-116 Syracuse SYR 2-0
3/26 Syracuse 97-100
OT
Boston SYR 2-1
3/27 Syracuse 110-94 Boston SYR 3-1

NBA Finals

Best of 7-game series
DateAwayScoreHomeSeries
3/31 Fort Wayne 82-86 Syracuse SYR 1-0
4/2 Fort Wayne 84-87 Syracuse SYR 2-0
4/3 Syracuse 89-96 Fort Wayne SYR 2-1
4/5 Syracuse 102-109 Fort Wayne Tied 2-2
4/7 Syracuse 71-74 Fort Wayne FW 3-2
4/9 Fort Wayne 104-109 Syracuse Tied 3-3
4/10 Fort Wayne 91-92 Syracuse SYR 4-3