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1952 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Minneapolis Lakers John Kundla 4
New York Knicks Joe Lapchick 3
Dates: April 12–25
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.

1952 NBA Playoffs

Minneapolis Lakers (Western Division Champion) New York Knicks (Eastern Division Champion)
40–26 (.606)

2nd Western, 1st Overall

Regular season 37–29 (.561)

3rd Eastern, 5th Overall

Defeated the (3) Indianapolis Olympians, 2–1 Division Semifinals Defeated the (2) Boston Celtics, 2–1
Defeated the (1) Rochester Royals, 3–1 Division Finals Defeated the (1) Syracuse Nationals, 3–1
Preceded by
1951
NBA Finals
1952
Succeeded by
1953
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