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NBA Finals 2019: Most NBA championships won by a franchise

Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy.
Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. (NBA Getty Images)

Heading into each season, winning an NBA championship is the ultimate goal for every team.

Two franchises - the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers - have alone combined for 33 of the 72 previous NBA titles.

The Celtics' dynasty of the 1960s is considered to be among the greatest ever, as they won eight straight and 11 titles total in 13 years (1957-1969).

On the other hand, the Lakers' 15 titles are more evenly spaced as they won four or more championships in a single decade three separate times.

Only three franchises have ever won three titles in a row - Boston Celtics (eight straight from 1959 to 1966), Chicago Bulls (twice), and Los Angeles Lakers (twice)

Here's the list of all NBA franchises with multiple championships:

Teams Finals' appearances Championships Years won
Boston Celtics 21 17 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2008
Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers 31 16 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010
Chicago Bulls 6 6 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998
Philadelphia/San Francisco/Golden State Warriors 10 6 1947, 1956, 1975, 2015, 2017, 2018
San Antonio Spurs 6 5 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014
Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers 9 3 1955, 1967, 1983
Fort Wayne/Detroit Pistons 7 3 1989, 1990, 2004
Miami Heat 5 3 2006, 2012, 2013
Houston Rockets 4 2 1994, 1995
New York Knicks 8 2 1970, 1973

Nine teams have one NBA championship to their name - Cleveland Cavaliers (2016), Dallas Mavericks (2011), Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder (1979), Baltimore/Washington Bullets/Washington Wizards (1978), Portland Trail Blazers (1977), Milwaukee Bucks (1971), St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks (1958), Baltimore Bullets (1948; folded in 1954), and Rochester/Cincinnati Royals/Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (1951).

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