The NBA championship is one of the most coveted titles in professional basketball. Every year, teams battle it out in the regular season and playoffs to try and earn a spot in the Finals. And every year, only one team can come out on top.
So, who won the NBA championship for the 2018-19 season? That would be the Toronto Raptors, who defeated the Golden State Warriors in six games. It was an epic series, and the Raptors were deserved champions.
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The Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers have won the 2020 NBA Championship! This is their 17th championship title overall, and their first one since 2010. The Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in 6 games, with a final score of 106-93 in Game 6. LeBron James was named the Finals MVP.
The Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors won the 2017 NBA Championship.
The Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors are the 2019 NBA champions! The Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in six games to take home their first ever NBA title.
The Milwaukee Bucks
After an incredible regular season, the Milwaukee Bucks took home the NBA championship title this year. Led by superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks dominated their opponents throughout the playoffs and ultimately triumphed over the Toronto Raptors in the Finals. It was a historic victory for the Bucks, and one that will be remembered for years to come.
The Houston Rockets
In 1994, the Houston Rockets won their first NBA championship. The Rockets defeated the New York Knicks in seven games to win the title. Hakeem Olajuwon was named Finals MVP.
The Boston Celtics
In 2008, the Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers in six games to win their seventeenth NBA championship. The victory gave the Celtics their first title since 1986 and ended a streak of three straight championships for the Lakers.
The Miami Heat
This was the 2nd NBA championship for the Miami Heat. They previously won in 2006. The Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in 5 games.
The Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are an American professional basketball team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Northwest Division. The team plays its home games at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder was established in 1967 as the Seattle SuperSonics, an expansion team that joined the NBA for the 1967–68 season. The SuperSonics moved to OKC in 2008 after a settlement was reached between the ownership group led by Clay Bennett and lawmakers in Seattle, Washington following a lawsuit. In Seattle, the SuperSonics qualified for the NBA playoffs 22 times, won their division six times, advanced to six NBA Finals, winning the 1979 NBA Championship. In Oklahoma City, the Thunder made five playoff appearances since relocating in 2008 and won their division once in 2013–14. They reached the Finals once more in 2012, losing to Miami Heat 4-1.
The San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
The Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz are an American professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Northwest Division. Since 1991, the team has played its home games at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The franchise began play as an expansion team in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz. The Jazz were one of the least successful teams in the league in their early years. In 1985, they traded star player Adrian Dantley to the Detroit Pistons for Mark Eaton and fired Frank Layden, who was replaced by former Boston Celtics coach Jerry Sloan.
Under Sloan, who served as the team’s head coach from 1988 to 2016, they made the playoffs every year except for 1994–95 and became one of the most successful teams in NBA history; they qualified for 18 consecutive post-season tournaments between 1989 and 2006 with 19 playoff appearances overall, had only seven losing seasons during that time frame (five of which were non-playoff seasons), and won two NBA Finals under Sloan while he was head coach. However, they failed to capture a championship despite becoming serious title contenders several times during Karl Malone and John Stockton’s careers (particularly after acquiring Jeff Hornacek, Byron Russell and Antoine Carr midway through the 1996–97 season), having some of the best regular season records during Karl Malone’s 18-year tenure with 1,517 wins and 13 seasons of 50 or more wins between 1987–88 and 2004–05;Stockton is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time and Malone as one of the greatest power forwards. Both Stockton and Malone moved on in 2003 after reaching retirement age.
After missing the playoffs for three consecutive seasons under Tyrone Corbin from 2011 to 2014, Utah retooled its roster via trades and free agency; after acquiring George Hill from Indiana while signing Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw among other players during free agency in 2016 off-season, Quin Snyder was hired as head coach. Although Rudy Gobert had led a massive turnaround defensively during his second year with Utah that resulted in him winning Defensive Player of The Year that season as well leading them back to the playoffs for first time since 2012 where they were swept by San Antonio Spurs 4-0 that same year . They would not make it back to postseason play until 2017 where they would suffer another first round sweep this time at hands of Golden State Warriors 4-0. They finally broke through in 2018 ,beating out Houston Rockets for 3rd seed in Western Conference , where they went on to win their first ever playoff series 4-1 over Oklahoma City Thunder led by MVP Russell Westbrook & Paul George which resulted them making it to semi finals for first time since 1998 losing to Houston Rockets 4-1 again with Chris Paul & James Harden leading way only to see James Ennis hit game winner with 0:10 seconds left giving Houston 3-2 series lead which would be eventually win series 4-2 over Jazz .