The American Basketball Association (ABA) Finals were the championship series of the ABA, a professional basketball league, in which two teams played each other for the title. The ABA was formed in the fall of 1967, and the first ABA Finals were played at the end of the league's first season in the spring of 1968.[1][2] The league ceased operations in 1976 with the ABA-NBA merger and four teams from the ABA continued play in the National Basketball Association.[3]

All ABA Finals were in best-of-seven format and were contested between the winners of the Eastern Division and the Western Division finals. The only teams to win the championship more than once were the Indiana Pacers and the New York Nets. The Indiana Pacers initially played in the ABA Finals in 1969, which they lost to the Oakland Oaks, but they won the championship the next year against the Los Angeles Stars.[4][5] They won in the ABA Finals again in 1972, their first after moving to the Western Division, against the New York Nets and won their final ABA championship against the Kentucky Colonels in 1973.[6][7] The New York Nets won their first championship in 1974 against the Utah Stars, and their second against the Denver Nuggets in 1976.[8][9]

The last ABA Finals were in 1976, after which the ABA-NBA merger took place; three of the four teams that continued into the NBA made it to or won the ABA Finals.[3]


Bold Winning team of the ABA Finals
Had or tied for the best regular season record for that season
Team (X) Denotes the number of times the team has won


Year Western Champion Result Eastern Champion Reference
1968 Pittsburgh Pipers 4–3 New Orleans Buccaneers [2]
1969 Indiana Pacers 1–4 Oakland Oaks [4]
1970 Indiana Pacers 4–2 Los Angeles Stars [5]
1971 Kentucky Colonels 3–4 Utah Stars [10]
1972 New York Nets 2–4 Indiana Pacers (2)[a] [6]
1973 Kentucky Colonels 3–4 Indiana Pacers (3) [7]
1974 New York Nets 4–1 Utah Stars [8]
1975 Kentucky Colonels 4–1 Indiana Pacers [11]
1976 New York Nets (2) 4–2 Denver Nuggets [9]

Results by teams

ChampionshipsRunners-upYears wonYears runners-up
Indiana Pacers5321970, 1972, 1973 1969, 1975
New York Nets3211974, 1976 1972
Kentucky Colonels3121975 1971, 1973
Los Angeles / Utah Stars3121971 1970, 1974
Oakland Oaks1101969
Pittsburgh Pipers1101968
Denver Nuggets1011976
New Orleans Buccaneers1011968


  • a The Indiana Pacers moved from the Eastern Division to the Western Division between the 1969–1970 and 1970–1971 seasons.[12]</span>


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