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1954 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Minneapolis Lakers John Kundla 4
Syracuse Nationals Al Cervi 3
Dates: March 31–April 12
Eastern Finals: Nationals defeated Celtics, 2–0
Western Finals: Lakers defeated Royals, 2–1

The 1954 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1954 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1953–54 season.

The Western Division champion Minneapolis Lakers faced the Eastern Division champion Syracuse Nationals in a best-of-seven series with Minneapolis having home-court advantage. The Lakers won their third consecutive NBA championship and their fifth title in seven years dating from 1948, the club's final season as a member of the National Basketball League.

Minneapolis won game one and the teams thereafter alternated victories, with the Lakers winning the decisive game by a seven-point margin at home. The seven games were played in thirteen days, beginning Wednesday, March 31 and concluding Monday, April 12. The entire postseason tournament spanned 28 days in which both Minneapolis and Syracuse played 13 games.

1954 NBA Playoffs

Minneapolis Lakers (Western Division Champion) Syracuse Nationals (Eastern Division Champion)
46–26 (.639)

1st Western, 2nd Overall

Regular season 42–30 (.583)

2nd Eastern (tied), 1st Overall

(1) Minneapolis Lakers (3–0)
(2) Rochester Royals (2–1)
(3) Fort Wayne Pistons (0–4)
Division Round Robin Semifinals (1) New York Knicks (0–4)
(2) Boston Celtics (2–2)
(3) Syracuse Nationals (4–0)
Defeated the (2) Rochester Royals, 2–1 Division Finals Defeated the (2) Boston Celtics, 2–0
Preceded by
1953
NBA Finals
1954
Succeeded by
1955
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