1952 NBA Finals
|Hall of Famers||Lakers:|
George Mikan (1959)
Jim Pollard (1978)
Slater Martin (1982)
Vern Mikkelsen (1995)
Harry Gallatin (1991)
Al McGuire (1992, coach)
Dick McGuire (1993)
Nat Clifton (2014)
Joe Lapchick (1966, player)
John Kundla (1995)
|Eastern Finals||Knicks defeated Nationals, 3–1|
|Western Finals||Lakers defeated Royals, 3–1|
The 1952 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1952 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1951–52 season. The Western Division champion Minneapolis Lakers faced the Eastern Division champion New York Knicks in a best-of-seven series with Minneapolis having home-court advantage.
Minneapolis won game one and the teams thereafter alternated victories, Minneapolis winning the decisive game by a 17-point margin at home on Friday, April 25.
All but Game 7 were played in the teams' secondary arenas: the Lakers played at the Saint Paul Auditorium, while the Barnum circus bumped the Knicks from Madison Square Garden to the 69th Regiment Armory.
The seven games were played in fourteen days, beginning Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, in Minneapolis/St. Paul and returning to Minneapolis/St. Paul for games five and seven on the following Saturday and Friday. Meanwhile, three Wednesday or Friday games were played in New York City. The entire postseason tournament spanned 39 days in which Minneapolis played 13 games and New York 14.
|Game||Date||Home team||Result||Road team|
|Game 1||April 12||Minneapolis Lakers||83–79 (OT) (1–0)||New York Knicks|
|Game 2||April 13||Minneapolis Lakers||72–80 (1–1)||New York Knicks|
|Game 3||April 16||New York Knicks||77–82 (1–2)||Minneapolis Lakers|
|Game 4||April 18||New York Knicks||90–89 (OT) (2–2)||Minneapolis Lakers|
|Game 5||April 20||Minneapolis Lakers||102–89 (3–2)||New York Knicks|
|Game 6||April 23||New York Knicks||76–68 (3–3)||Minneapolis Lakers|
|Game 7||April 25||Minneapolis Lakers||82–65 (4–3)||New York Knicks|
Lakers win series 4–3
New York Knicks
"1951–52 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
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