1949 BAA Finals
|Hall of Famers||Coaches: |
Red Auerbach (1969)
John Kundla (1995)
George Mikan (1959)
Jim Pollard (1978)
Vern Mikkelsen (1995)
|Eastern Finals||Capitols defeat Knickerbockers, 2–1|
|Western Finals||Lakers defeat Royals, 2–0|
The 1949 BAA Finals was the championship round following the Basketball Association of America (BAA)'s 1948–49 season, its third and last. Later that year the BAA and National Basketball League merged to create the National Basketball Association (NBA).
6'10" George Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers proved dominant. They routed the Washington Capitols in six games. This was the first of several successive NBA titles for the Lakers. It was the beginning of the George Mikan and the Lakers Dynasty.
The six games of the final series were played in ten days – Monday, April 4, to Wednesday, April 13 – with one day off except after game three, the first of three played in Washington (Minneapolis led 3–0). Prior to its start, however, Minneapolis had been idle for five days, having qualified on the preceding Tuesday; Washington idle for only one day, having qualified on Saturday. The entire playoff tournament extended 23 days. This is the earliest NBA championship with a living player, Arnie Ferrin.
|Game||Date||Home Team||Result||Road Team|
|Game 1||April 4||Minneapolis Lakers||88–84 (1–0)||Washington Capitols|
|Game 2||April 6||Minneapolis Lakers||76–62 (2–0)||Washington Capitols|
|Game 3||April 8||Washington Capitols||74–94 (0–3)||Minneapolis Lakers|
|Game 4||April 9||Washington Capitols||83–71 (1–3)||Minneapolis Lakers|
|Game 5||April 11||Washington Capitols||74–65 (2–3)||Minneapolis Lakers|
|Game 6||April 13||Minneapolis Lakers||77–56 (4–2)||Washington Capitols|
Lakers win series 4–2
"1948–49 BAA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-03-02.
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