Division
Semi-Finals
Finals
IND 262
SBY 264
AND 258
TRI 224
MIN 2
CHI 0
ROC 0
FW 2
SYR 152
PHI 129
NYK 193
WAS 170
IND 1
AND 2
MIN 2
FW 0
SYR 2
NYK 1
MIN 2
AND 0
SYR Bye
 
MIN 4
SYR 2
Champ
MIN
1949-50 NBA Champion Minneapolis Lakers
The NBA was created in 1949 by merger of two competing professional basketball leagues, the BAA and NBL. For its first season only, the NBA teams were arranged in three divisions: Eastern, comprising the five surviving BAA Eastern Division teams plus Syracuse from the NBL; Central, comprising the five surviving BAA Western Division teams; and Western, comprising all the NBL teams except Syracuse. Within each division the top four teams were matched in two rounds of short series to generate a champion, after which the three division champions contended for the NBA title. With three contenders the third round of the tournament comprised a bye for one and a best-of-three match between the other two.

Central Division Tiebreaker

Single game matchup
Date    OpponentResultScoreOTSeries
3/21at Rochester (2)W  78-76 1-0

Central Division Semifinals

Best of 3-game series
Date    OpponentResultScoreOTSeries
3/22vs Chicago (4)W  85-75 1-0
3/25at Chicago (4)W  75-67 2-0

Central Division Finals

Best of 3-game series
Date    OpponentResultScoreOTSeries
3/27vs Fort Wayne (3)W  93-79 1-0
3/28at Fort Wayne (3)W  89-82 2-0

NBA Semifinals

Best of 3-game series
The three Division Champions were re-seeded based on their respective
regular season records, with the top seed earning a bye into the NBA Finals.
Date    OpponentResultScoreOTSeries
4/5vs Anderson (2)W  75-50 1-0
4/6at Anderson (2)W  90-71 2-0

NBA Finals

Best of 7-game series
Date    OpponentResultScoreOTSeries
4/8at Syracuse (1)W  68-66 1-0
4/9at Syracuse (1)L  85-91 1-1
4/14vs Syracuse (1)W  91-77 2-1
4/16vs Syracuse (1)W  77-69 3-1
4/20at Syracuse (1)L  76-83 3-2
4/23vs Syracuse (1)W  110-95 4-2
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