1950 NBA Playoffs

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The 1950 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1949-50 season. The tournament concluded with the Central Division champion Minneapolis Lakers defeating the Eastern Division champion Syracuse Nationals 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals. 1950 was the NBA's first year.

Minneapolis defeated Rochester in a 1-game playoff for first place in the Central Division. Fort Wayne defeated Chicago in a 1-game playoff for third place in the Central Division.

Bracket[edit]

With the BAA–NBL merger, the new NBA utilized an unusual 3-Division format. The top 4 teams in the 3 Divisions qualified for the playoffs, were seeded 1-4, and played off for the Division Championships.

Eastern Division[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
1 Syracuse 2
4 Philadelphia 0
1 Syracuse 2
2 New York 1
2 New York 2
3 Washington 0

Central Division[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
1 Minneapolis 2
4 Chicago 0
1 Minneapolis 2
3 Fort Wayne 0
2 Rochester 0
3 Fort Wayne 2

Western Division[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
1 Indianapolis 2
4 Sheboygan 1
1 Indianapolis 1
2 Anderson 2
2 Anderson 2
3 Tri-Cities 1

League Finals[edit]

The three Division Champions were seeded 1-3 based on their respective regular season records, with the top seed earning a bye into the NBA Finals.

  Semifinals     Finals
                 
    1  Syracuse 2
  2  Minneapolis 2     2  Minneapolis 4
  3  Anderson 0  

Central Division Tiebreakers[edit]

Rochester Royals vs. Minneapolis Lakers: Lakers win series 1-0

  • Game 1 @ Rochester: Minneapolis 78, Rochester 76

Fort Wayne Pistons vs. Chicago Stags: Pistons win series 1-0

  • Game 1 @ Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne 86, Chicago 69

Minneapolis gets #1 seed, Rochester gets #2 seed, Fort Wayne gets #3 seed, Chicago gets #4 seed.

Divisional Semifinals[edit]

Western Division[edit]

  • (1) Indianapolis Olympians vs. (4) Sheboygan Red Skins: Olympians win series 2-1
  • Game 1 @ Indianapolis: Indianapolis 86, Sheboygan 85
  • Game 2 @ Sheboygan: Sheboygan 95, Indianapolis 85
  • Game 3 @ Indianapolis: Indianapolis 91, Sheboygan 84

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Olympians and Red Skins.

  • (2) Anderson Packers vs. (3) Tri-Cities Blackhawks: Packers win series 2-1
  • Game 1 @ Anderson: Anderson 89, Tri-Cities 77
  • Game 2 @ Tri-Cities: Tri-Cities 76, Anderson 75
  • Game 3 @ Anderson: Anderson 94, Tri-Cities 71

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Packers and Blackhawks.

Eastern Division[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Nationals and Warriors.

Last Playoff Meeting: 1949 Eastern Division Finals (Washington won 2-1)

Central Division[edit]

  • (1) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (4) Chicago Stags: Lakers win series 2-0
  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 85, Chicago 75
  • Game 2 @ Chicago: Minneapolis 75, Chicago 67

Last Playoff Meeting: 1949 Western Division Semifinals (Minneapolis won 2-0)

  • (2) Rochester Royals vs. (3) Fort Wayne Pistons: Pistons win series 2-0
  • Game 1 @ Rochester: Fort Wayne 90, Rochester 84
  • Game 2 @ Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne 79, Rochester 78 (OT)

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Royals and Pistons.

Divisional Finals[edit]

  • Western Division: (1) Indianapolis Olympians vs. (2) Anderson Packers: Packers win series 2-1
  • Game 1 @ Indianapolis: Indianapolis 77, Anderson 74
  • Game 2 @ Anderson: Anderson 84, Indianapolis 67
  • Game 3 @ Indianapolis: Anderson 67, Indianapolis 65

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Olympians and Packers.

  • Eastern Division: (1) Syracuse Nationals vs. (2) New York Knicks: Nationals win series 2-1
  • Game 1 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 91, New York 83 (OT)
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 80, Syracuse 76
  • Game 3 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 91, New York 80

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Nationals and Knicks.

  • Central Division: (1) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (3) Fort Wayne Pistons: Lakers win series 2-0
  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 93, Fort Wayne 79
  • Game 2 @ Fort Wayne: Minneapolis 89, Fort Wayne 82

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Lakers and Pistons.

NBA Semifinals[edit]

(1) Syracuse Nationals have Division semifinals byes.

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Lakers and Packers.

NBA Finals[edit]

Main article: 1950 NBA Finals
  • (1) Syracuse Nationals vs. (1) Minneapolis Lakers: Lakers win series 4-2
  • Game 1 @ Syracuse: Minneapolis 68, Syracuse 66 (Bob Harrison hits the game-winning shot from 40 feet at the buzzer)
  • Game 2 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 91, Minneapolis 85
  • Game 3 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 91, Syracuse 77
  • Game 4 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 77, Syracuse 69
  • Game 5 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 83, Minneapolis 76
  • Game 6 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 110, Syracuse 95

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Nationals and Lakers.

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