1952 NBA Playoffs

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The 1952 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1951-52 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Minneapolis Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

The first NBA dynasty, the Lakers won their third NBA title in the last 4 years and what would become their first of 3 straight titles. If not for their division finals loss to the Rochester Royals the previous season, Minneapolis would have won 6 straight titles.

  Division Semifinals Division Finals NBA Finals
                           
  1  Rochester 2  
4  Fort Wayne 0  
  1  Rochester 1  
Western Division
    2  Minneapolis 3  
3  Indianapolis 0
  2  Minneapolis 2  
    W2  Minneapolis 4
  E3  New York 3
  1  Syracuse 2  
4  Philadelphia 1  
1  Syracuse 1
Eastern Division
    3  New York 3  
3  New York 2
  2  Boston 1  


Western Division[edit]

Champion: Minneapolis Lakers

Division Semifinals

(1) Rochester Royals vs. (4) Fort Wayne Pistons: Royals win series 2-0

  • Game 1 @ Rochester: Rochester 95, Fort Wayne 78
  • Game 2 @ Fort Wayne: Rochester 92, Fort Wayne 86

Last Playoff Meeting: 1951 NBA Western Division Semifinals (Rochester won 2-1)

(2) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (3) Indianapolis Olympians: Lakers win series 2-0

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 78, Indianapolis 70
  • Game 2 @ Indianapolis: Minneapolis 94, Indianapolis 87

Last Playoff Meeting: 1951 NBA Western Division Semifinals (Minneapolis won 2-1)

Division Finals

(1) Rochester Royals vs. (2) Minneapolis Lakers: Lakers win series 3-1

  • Game 1 @ Rochester: Rochester 88, Minneapolis 78
  • Game 2 @ Rochester: Minneapolis 83, Rochester 78 (OT)
  • Game 3 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 77, Rochester 67
  • Game 4 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 82, Rochester 80

Last Playoff Meeting: 1951 NBA Western Division Finals (Rochester won 3-1)

Eastern Division[edit]

Champion: New York Knicks

Division Semifinals

(1) Syracuse Nationals vs. (4) Philadelphia Warriors: Nationals win series 2-1

  • Game 1 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 102, Philadelphia 83
  • Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 100, Syracuse 95
  • Game 3 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 84, Philadelphia 73

Last Playoff Meeting: 1951 NBA Eastern Division Semifinals (Syracuse won 2-0)

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (3) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 2-1

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 105, New York 94
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 101, Boston 97
  • Game 3 @ Boston: New York 88, Boston 87 (2OT)

Last Playoff Meeting: 1951 NBA Eastern Division Semifinals (New York won 2-0)

Division Finals

(1) Syracuse Nationals vs. (3) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 3-1

  • Game 1 @ Syracuse: New York 87, Syracuse 85
  • Game 2 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 102, New York 92
  • Game 3 @ New York: New York 99, Syracuse 92
  • Game 4 @ New York: New York 100, Syracuse 93

Last Playoff Meeting: 1951 NBA Eastern Division Finals (New York won 3-2)

NBA Finals[edit]

Main article: 1952 NBA Finals

(2) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (3) New York Knicks: Lakers win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 83, New York 79 (OT)
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis: New York 80, Minneapolis 72
  • Game 3 @ New York: Minneapolis 82, New York 77
  • Game 4 @ New York: New York 90, Minneapolis 89 (OT)
  • Game 5 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 102, New York 89
  • Game 6 @ New York: New York 76, Minneapolis 68
  • Game 7 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 82, New York 65

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

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