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The National Basketball Association Conference Finals are the Eastern and Western championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA), a major professional basketball league in North America. The NBA was founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The NBA adopted its current name at the start of the 1949–50 season when the BAA merged with the National Basketball League (NBL). The league currently consists of 30 teams, of which 29 are located in the United States and 1 in Canada. Each team plays 82 games in the regular season. After the regular season, eight teams from each of the league's two conferences qualify for the playoffs. At the end of the playoffs, the top two teams play each other in the Conference Finals, to determine the Conference Champions from each side, who then proceed to play in the NBA Finals.

Eastern Conference Finals

Year Champion Coach Result Runner-up Coach
1971 Baltimore Bullets Shue, GeneGene Shue 4–3 New York Knicks Holzman, RedRed Holzman
1972 New York Knicks Holzman, RedRed Holzman 4–1 Boston Celtics Heinsohn, TomTom Heinsohn
1973 New York Knicks Holzman, RedRed Holzman 4–3 Boston Celtics Heinsohn, TomTom Heinsohn
1974 Boston Celtics Heinsohn, TomTom Heinsohn 4–1 New York Knicks Holzman, RedRed Holzman
1975 Washington Bullets Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones 4–2 Boston Celtics Heinsohn, TomTom Heinsohn
1976 Boston Celtics Heinsohn, TomTom Heinsohn 4–2 Cleveland Cavaliers Fitch, BillBill Fitch
1977 Philadelphia 76ers Shue, GeneGene Shue 4–2 Houston Rockets Nissalke, TomTom Nissalke
1978 Washington Bullets Motta, DickDick Motta 4–2 Philadelphia 76ers Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham
1979 Washington Bullets Motta, DickDick Motta 4–3 San Antonio Spurs Moe, DougDoug Moe
1980 Philadelphia 76ers Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham 4–1 Boston Celtics Fitch, BillBill Fitch
1981 Boston Celtics Fitch, BillBill Fitch 4–3 Philadelphia 76ers Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham
1982 Philadelphia 76ers Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham 4–3 Boston Celtics Fitch, BillBill Fitch
1983 Philadelphia 76ers Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham 4–1 Milwaukee Bucks Nelson, DonDon Nelson
1984 Boston Celtics Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones 4–1 Milwaukee Bucks Nelson, DonDon Nelson
1985 Boston Celtics Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones 4–1 Philadelphia 76ers Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham
1986 Boston Celtics Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones 4–0 Milwaukee Bucks Nelson, DonDon Nelson
1987 Boston Celtics Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones 4–3 Detroit Pistons Daly, ChuckChuck Daly
1988 Detroit Pistons Daly, ChuckChuck Daly 4–2 Boston Celtics Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones
1989 Detroit Pistons Daly, ChuckChuck Daly 4–2 Chicago Bulls Collins, DougDoug Collins
1990 Detroit Pistons Daly, ChuckChuck Daly 4–3 Chicago Bulls Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson
1991 Chicago Bulls Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 4–0 Detroit Pistons Daly, ChuckChuck Daly
1992 Chicago Bulls Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 4–2 Cleveland Cavaliers Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens
1993 Chicago Bulls Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 4–2 New York Knicks Riley, PatPat Riley
1994 New York Knicks Riley, PatPat Riley 4–3 Indiana Pacers Brown, LarryLarry Brown
1995 Orlando Magic Hill, BrianBrian Hill 4–3 Indiana Pacers Brown, LarryLarry Brown
1996 Chicago Bulls Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 4–0 Orlando Magic Hill, BrianBrian Hill
1997 Chicago Bulls Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 4–1 Miami Heat Riley, PatPat Riley
1998 Chicago Bulls Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 4–3 Indiana Pacers Bird, LarryLarry Bird
1999 New York Knicks Van Gundy, JeffJeff Van Gundy 4–2 Indiana Pacers Bird, LarryLarry Bird
2000 Indiana Pacers Bird, LarryLarry Bird 4–2 New York Knicks Van Gundy, JeffJeff Van Gundy
2001 Philadelphia 76ers Brown, LarryLarry Brown 4–3 Milwaukee Bucks Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl
2002 New Jersey Nets Scott, ByronByron Scott 4–2 Boston Celtics O'Brien, JimJim O'Brien
2003 New Jersey Nets Scott, ByronByron Scott 4–0 Detroit Pistons Carlisle, RickRick Carlisle
2004 Detroit Pistons Brown, LarryLarry Brown 4–2 Indiana Pacers Carlisle, RickRick Carlisle
2005 Detroit Pistons Brown, LarryLarry Brown 4–3 Miami Heat Van Gundy, StanStan Van Gundy
2006 Miami Heat Riley, PatPat Riley 4–2 Detroit Pistons Saunders, FlipFlip Saunders
2007 Cleveland Cavaliers Brown, MikeMike Brown 4–2 Detroit Pistons Saunders, FlipFlip Saunders
2008 Boston Celtics Rivers, DocDoc Rivers 4–2 Detroit Pistons Saunders, FlipFlip Saunders
2009 Orlando Magic Van Gundy, StanStan Van Gundy 4–2 Cleveland Cavaliers Brown, MikeMike Brown
2010 Boston Celtics Rivers, DocDoc Rivers 4–2 Orlando Magic Van Gundy, StanStan Van Gundy
2011 Miami Heat Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra 4–1 Chicago Bulls Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau
2012 Miami Heat Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra 4–3 Boston Celtics Rivers, DocDoc Rivers
2013 Miami Heat Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra 4–3 Indiana Pacers Vogel, FrankFrank Vogel
2014 Miami Heat Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra 4–2 Indiana Pacers Vogel, FrankFrank Vogel
2015 Cleveland Cavaliers Blatt, DavidDavid Blatt 4–0 Atlanta Hawks Budenholzer, MikeMike Budenholzer
2016 Cleveland Cavaliers Lue, TyronnTyronn Lue 4–2 Toronto Raptors Casey, DwaneDwane Casey
2017 Cleveland Cavaliers Lue, TyronnTyronn Lue 4–1 Boston Celtics Stevens, BradBrad Stevens
2018 Cleveland Cavaliers Lue, TyronnTyronn Lue 4–3 Boston Celtics Stevens, BradBrad Stevens
2019 Toronto Raptors Nurse, NickNick Nurse 4–2 Milwaukee Bucks Budenholzer, MikeMike Budenholzer
2020 Miami Heat Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra 4–2 Boston Celtics Stevens, BradBrad Stevens
2021 Milwaukee Bucks Budenholzer, MikeMike Budenholzer 4–2 Atlanta Hawks McMillan, NateNate McMillan

Western Conference Finals

Year Champion Coach Result Runner-up Coach
1971 Milwaukee Bucks Costello, LarryLarry Costello 4–1 Los Angeles Lakers Mullaney, JoeJoe Mullaney
1972 Los Angeles Lakers Sharman, BillBill Sharman 4–2 Milwaukee Bucks Costello, LarryLarry Costello
1973 Los Angeles Lakers Sharman, BillBill Sharman 4–1 Golden State Warriors Attles, AlAl Attles
1974 Milwaukee Bucks Costello, LarryLarry Costello 4–0 Chicago Bulls Motta, DickDick Motta
1975 Golden State Warriors Attles, AlAl Attles 4–3 Chicago Bulls Motta, DickDick Motta
1976 Phoenix Suns MacLeod, JohnJohn MacLeod 4–3 Golden State Warriors Attles, AlAl Attles
1977 Portland Trail Blazers Ramsay, JackJack Ramsay 4–0 Los Angeles Lakers West, JerryJerry West
1978 Seattle SuperSonics Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens 4–2 Denver Nuggets Brown, LarryLarry Brown
1979 Seattle SuperSonics Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens 4–3 Phoenix Suns MacLeod, JohnJohn MacLeod
1980 Los Angeles Lakers Westhead, PaulPaul Westhead 4–1 Seattle SuperSonics Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens
1981 Houston Rockets Harris, DelDel Harris 4–1 Kansas City Kings Fitzsimmons, CottonCotton Fitzsimmons
1982 Los Angeles Lakers Riley, PatPat Riley 4–0 San Antonio Spurs Albeck, StanStan Albeck
1983 Los Angeles Lakers Riley, PatPat Riley 4–2 San Antonio Spurs Albeck, StanStan Albeck
1984 Los Angeles Lakers Riley, PatPat Riley 4–2 Phoenix Suns MacLeod, JohnJohn MacLeod
1985 Los Angeles Lakers Riley, PatPat Riley 4–1 Denver Nuggets Moe, DougDoug Moe
1986 Houston Rockets Fitch, BillBill Fitch 4–1 Los Angeles Lakers Riley, PatPat Riley
1987 Los Angeles Lakers Riley, PatPat Riley 4–0 Seattle SuperSonics Bickerstaff, BernieBernie Bickerstaff
1988 Los Angeles Lakers Riley, PatPat Riley 4–3 Dallas Mavericks MacLeod, JohnJohn MacLeod
1989 Los Angeles Lakers Riley, PatPat Riley 4–0 Phoenix Suns Fitzsimmons, CottonCotton Fitzsimmons
1990 Portland Trail Blazers Adelman, RickRick Adelman 4–2 Phoenix Suns Fitzsimmons, CottonCotton Fitzsimmons
1991 Los Angeles Lakers Dunleavy, MikeMike Dunleavy 4–2 Portland Trail Blazers Adelman, RickRick Adelman
1992 Portland Trail Blazers Adelman, RickRick Adelman 4–2 Utah Jazz Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan
1993 Phoenix Suns Westphal, PaulPaul Westphal 4–3 Seattle SuperSonics Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl
1994 Houston Rockets Tomjanovich, RudyRudy Tomjanovich 4–1 Utah Jazz Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan
1995 Houston Rockets Tomjanovich, RudyRudy Tomjanovich 4–2 San Antonio Spurs Hill, BobBob Hill
1996 Seattle SuperSonics Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl 4–3 Utah Jazz Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan
1997 Utah Jazz Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan 4–2 Houston Rockets Tomjanovich, RudyRudy Tomjanovich
1998 Utah Jazz Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan 4–0 Los Angeles Lakers Harris, DelDel Harris
1999 San Antonio Spurs Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich 4–0 Portland Trail Blazers Dunleavy, MikeMike Dunleavy
2000 Los Angeles Lakers Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 4–3 Portland Trail Blazers Dunleavy, MikeMike Dunleavy
2001 Los Angeles Lakers Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 4–0 San Antonio Spurs Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich
2002 Los Angeles Lakers Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 4–3 Sacramento Kings Adelman, RickRick Adelman
2003 San Antonio Spurs Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich 4–2 Dallas Mavericks Nelson, DonDon Nelson
2004 Los Angeles Lakers Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 4–2 \Minnesota Timberwolves Saunders, FlipFlip Saunders
2005 \San Antonio Spurs Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich 4–1 Phoenix Suns D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni
2006 Dallas Mavericks Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson 4–2 Phoenix Suns D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni
2007 San Antonio Spurs Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich 4–1 Utah Jazz Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan
2008 Los Angeles Lakers Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 4–1 San Antonio Spurs Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich
2009 Los Angeles Lakers Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 4–2 Denver Nuggets Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl
2010 Los Angeles Lakers Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 4–2 Phoenix Suns Gentry, AlvinAlvin Gentry
2011 Dallas Mavericks Carlisle, RickRick Carlisle 4–1 Oklahoma City Thunder Brooks, ScottScott Brooks
2012 Oklahoma City Thunder Brooks, ScottScott Brooks 4–2 San Antonio Spurs Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich
2013 San Antonio Spurs Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich 4–0 Memphis Grizzlies Hollins, LionelLionel Hollins
2014 San Antonio Spurs Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich 4–2 Oklahoma City Thunder Brooks, ScottScott Brooks
2015 Golden State Warriors Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr 4–1 Houston Rockets McHale, KevinKevin McHale
2016 Golden State Warriors Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr 4–3 Oklahoma City Thunder Donovan, BillyBilly Donovan
2017 Golden State Warriors Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr 4–0 San Antonio Spurs Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich
2018 Golden State Warriors Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr 4–3 Houston Rockets D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni
2019 Golden State Warriors Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr 4–0 Portland Trail Blazers Stotts, TerryTerry Stotts
2020 Los Angeles Lakers Vogel, FrankFrank Vogel 4–1 Denver Nuggets Malone, MichaelMichael Malone
2021 Phoenix Suns Williams, MontyMonty Williams 4–2 Los Angeles Clippers Lue, TyronnTyronn Lue
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