NBA Finals

NBA Finals: Most NBA championships won by a franchise

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 34 of the 74 championships in NBA history..

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' 17 titles - including their most recent 2020 championships - 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 32 17 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2020
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
Milwaukee Bucks 3 2 1971, 2021

Nine teams have one NBA championship to their name - Toronto Raptors (2019), Cleveland Cavaliers (2016), Dallas Mavericks (2011), Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder (1979), Baltimore/Washington Bullets/Washington Wizards (1978), Portland Trail Blazers (1977), St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks (1958), Baltimore Bullets (1948; folded in 1954), and Rochester/Cincinnati Royals/Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (1951).

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