The Last 10 NBA Finals Winners, From the Celtics to the Warriors

The previous 10 years of the NBA Finals were constantly filled with generational talent and team dynasties.Β Let’s check out the previous 10 NBA Final Champions and select highlights from the series below.

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2023–24 NBA Finals Champions: Boston Celtics

After going a league-best 64-18 in the regular season, the Boston Celtics entered the postseason as favorites to win the championship. They lived up to the hype. Boston lost only two games en route to making the NBA Finals, where they faced the Dallas Mavericks. The upstart Mavericks became just the second No. 5 seed to ever make the NBA finals, but the Celtics, led by Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, proved too much to handle. The Celtics only lost one game to Dallas: Game 4, which the Mavericks won, 122-84. On June 17, 2024, Boston won their NBA-record 18th title with a 106-88 victory in Game 5. Brown was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after averaging 20.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and five assists in the series.

2022–23 NBA Finals Champions: Denver Nuggets


Led by superstar center Nikola Jokic, the Denver Nuggets battled their way through a tough Western Conference to reach the NBA Finals, where they faced off against the Miami Heat, winning the title 4 games to 1. Winning the fifth game, 94-89, after a second-half comeback, the Nuggets hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy on June 12, 2023 for the first time in franchise history. Nikola Jokic was unanimously named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.

2021–22 NBA Finals Champions: Golden State Warriors


The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics, 4–2, to win the 2021–22 NBA Finals. The final game was played at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 16, 2022, with the Warriors winning, 103–90. Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors received the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award for the first time in his career. This was the Golden State Warriors fourth championship in eight years.

2020–21 NBA Finals Champions: Milwaukee Bucks


The Milwaukee Bucks became NBA Finals Champions when they defeated the Phoenix Suns, 4–2, at home at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 20, 2021. The Bucks defeated the Suns in Game 6, 105–98. This was the second championship win for the Bucks and their first since 1971. This was also the first championship since 2010 that did not feature NBA superstars LeBron James or Steph Curry.

2019–20 NBA Finals Champions: Los Angeles Lakers


The Los Angeles Lakers, led by LeBron James, defeated the Miami Heat to win the 2020 NBA Finals, 4–2, at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Kissimmee, Florida, on October 11, 2020, with a Game 6 score of 106–93. James was the recipient of the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award. With a season stoppage in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular season resumed in July, pushing the NBA Finals back to September/October. During the 2020 NBA Playoffs, teams resided in an NBA bubble behind closed doors with all games being played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.

2018–19 NBA Finals Champions: Toronto Raptors


The Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors, 4–2, on June 13, 2019, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The final score of Game 6 was 114–110. This was the fifth consecutive time the Golden State Warriors appeared in the NBA Finals. Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors was named the Finals MVP. This was also the first NBA Finals to not include LeBron James since 2010.

2017–18 NBA Finals Champions: Golden State Warriors


The Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers, 4–0, to become the NBA Finals Champions on June 8, 2018, at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. This was the Warriors’ second consecutive NBA Finals victory. LeBron James of the Cavaliers scored an astounding 51 points in the first game only, for the Cavs to lose 107–106. Kevin Durant of the Warriors won the Finals MVP for the second consecutive year. The Warriors’ Steph Curry also had a terrific NBA Finals performance, averaging 27.5 points during the series.

2016–17 NBA Finals Champions: Golden State Warriors


The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 4–1, to become the 2017 NBA Finals Champions on June 12, 2017, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. This was the first NBA Finals to feature the same two teams for the third consecutive year. The Warriors were the first team in the history of the NBA to enter the Finals with a 12–0 playoff record.

2015–16 NBA Finals Champions: Cleveland Cavaliers


The Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Finals Championship after defeating the Golden State Warriors, 4–3, on June 19, 2016, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The Cavaliers were led by LeBron James, who was unanimously decided as the Finals MVP. The Cavaliers became only the fourth team in NBA history to win the NBA Finals Championship after being down 2–0 and the first team to win after being down 3–1 in the Finals.

2014–15 NBA Finals Champions: Golden State Warriors


The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 4–2, to become NBA Finals Champions on June 16, 2015, at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouseΒ in Cleveland, Ohio. LeBron James of the Cavaliers became the first player in NBA history to lead both teams in points, rebounds and assists, averaging 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists throughout the series. However, Andre Iguodala of the Warriors was named the Finals MVP. This marked the first championship for the Warriors since 1975.

Previous NBA Finals Champions

YearResultWestern ChampionEastern Champion  
20244-1Dallas MavericksBoston Celtics
20234-1Denver NuggetsMiami Heat
20224–2Golden State Warriors Boston Celtics
20212–4Phoenix Suns Milwaukee Bucks
20204–2Los Angeles Lakers Miami Heat
20192–4Golden State Warriors Toronto Raptors
20184–0Golden State Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers
20174–1Golden State Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers
20163–4Golden State Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers
20154–2Golden State Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers
20144–1San Antonio Spurs Miami Heat
20133–4San Antonio Spurs Miami Heat
20121–4Oklahoma City Thunder Miami Heat
20114–2Dallas Mavericks Miami Heat
20104–3Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
20094–1Los Angeles Lakers Orlando Magic
20082–4Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
20074–0San Antonio Spurs Cleveland Cavaliers
20062–4Dallas Mavericks Miami Heat
20054–3San Antonio Spurs Detroit Pistons
20041–4Los Angeles Lakers Detroit Pistons
20034–2San Antonio Spurs New Jersey Nets
20024–0Los Angeles Lakers New Jersey Nets
20014–1Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers
20004–2Los Angeles Lakers Indiana Pacers
19994–1San Antonio Spurs New York Knicks
19982–4Utah Jazz Chicago Bulls
19972–4Utah Jazz Chicago Bulls
19962–4Seattle SuperSonics Chicago Bulls
19954–0Houston Rockets Orlando Magic
19944–3Houston Rockets New York Knicks
19932–4Phoenix Suns Chicago Bulls
19922–4Portland Trail Blazers Chicago Bulls
19911–4Los Angeles Lakers Chicago Bulls
19901–4Portland Trail Blazers Detroit Pistons
19890–4Los Angeles Lakers Detroit Pistons
19884–3Los Angeles Lakers Detroit Pistons
19874–2Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
19862–4Houston Rockets Boston Celtics
19854–2Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
19843–4Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
19830–4Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers
19824–2Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers
19812–4Houston Rockets Boston Celtics
19804–2Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers
19794–1Seattle SuperSonics Washington Bullets
19783–4Seattle SuperSonics Washington Bullets
19774–2Portland Trail Blazers Philadelphia 76ers
19762–4Phoenix Suns Boston Celtics
19754–0Golden State Warriors Washington Bullets
19743–4Milwaukee Bucks Boston Celtics
19731–4Los Angeles Lakers New York Knicks
19724–1Los Angeles Lakers New York Knicks
19714–0Milwaukee Bucks Baltimore Bullets
19703–4Los Angeles Lakers New York Knicks
19693–4Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
19682–4Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
19672–4San Francisco Warriors Philadelphia 76ers
19663–4Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
19651–4Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
19641–4San Francisco Warriors Boston Celtics
19632–4Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
19623–4Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
19611–4St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics
19603–4St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics
19590–4Minneapolis Lakers Boston Celtics
19584–2St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics
19573–4St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics
19561–4Fort Wayne Pistons Philadelphia Warriors
19553–4Fort Wayne Pistons Syracuse Nationals
19544–3Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nationals
19534–1Minneapolis Lakers New York Knicks
19524–3Minneapolis Lakers New York Knicks
19514–3Rochester Royals New York Knicks
19504–2Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nationals

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