1950 NBA Playoffs
The 1950 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the inaugural National Basketball Association 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.
Twelve teams qualified for the playoffs. Including tiebreaker games that preceded two of the six first-round series, they began play on Monday to Wednesday, March 20 to 22, and the best-of-seven Finals concluded in game six on Sunday, April 23. The champions played the greatest number of games, 13 in a span of 34 days, on a schedule including both back-to-back games and as many as six days off.
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 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.
- Eastern Division
- Central Division
- Western Division
- League Finals
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.
Central Division tiebreakers
- Game 1 @ Rochester: Minneapolis 78, Rochester 76
- 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.
- Western Division
- (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
This was the first playoff meeting[a] 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
This was the first playoff meeting[a] between the Packers and Blackhawks.
- Eastern Division
- (1) Syracuse Nationals vs. (4) Philadelphia Warriors: Nationals win series 2-0
- Game 1 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 93, Philadelphia 76
- Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Syracuse 59, Philadelphia 53
This was the first playoff meeting[a] between the Nationals and Warriors.
- (2) New York Knicks vs. (3) Washington Capitols: Knicks win series 2-0
- Game 1 @ Washington: New York 90, Washington 87
- Game 2 @ New York: New York 103, Washington 83
- Central Division
- (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
- (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)
This was the first playoff meeting[a] between the Royals and Pistons.
- 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
This was the first playoff meeting[a] 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
This was the first playoff meeting[a] 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
This was the first playoff meeting[a] between the Lakers and Pistons.
(1) Syracuse Nationals have Division semifinals byes.
- (1) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (2) Anderson Packers: Lakers win series 2-0
- Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 75, Anderson 50
- Game 2 @ Anderson: Minneapolis 90, Anderson 71
This was the first playoff meeting[a] between the Lakers and Packers.
- (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
This was the first playoff meeting[a] between the Nationals and Lakers.
- Notes identifying the "last playoff meeting" (latest previous meeting) or "first playoff meeting" between two teams refer to BAA and NBA playoffs only—for this inaugural NBA season, that is, only to the BAA playoffs of 1946–47 to 1948–49. (This follows NBA recognition of BAA history as part of its own.) All of the Western teams were new to the NBA; so was Syracuse, which participated in all but one of the Eastern playoff matches. As Syracuse advanced from the East, two of the three division champions who composed the two-round League Finals were new to the NBA. Furthermore, only Chicago among the three Central Division playoff teams had been a member of the BAA for more than one season (compare 1947–48) as the other three had moved from NBL to BAA in 1948.
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