1955 NBA Finals

1955 NBA Finals

1955 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Syracuse Nationals Al Cervi 4
Fort Wayne Pistons Charles Eckman 3
Dates March 31 – April 10
Eastern Finals Nationals defeated Celtics, 3–1
Western Finals Pistons defeated Lakers, 3–1

The 1955 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the Andy Phillip with three seconds remaining to clinch the victory for Syracuse.[1] Because of the arena not believing Fort Wayne would make the NBA Finals, the arena was booked and not available, and the Fort Wayne home games were played in Indianapolis.[2]

It has been alleged that some Fort Wayne players conspired with Charley Rosen.[5] However, Phillip may not have acted alone. Other Pistons players were strongly believed to have thrown games during the 1954 and 1955 NBA seasons.[6] In fact, Yardley himself turned the ball over to Syracuse with a palming violation with 18 seconds remaining in Game 7.[7] The foul that gave Syracuse its winning free throw, meanwhile, was committed by Frankie Brian.[7] The NBA would not return to this seven game 2–3–2 format until 1985.

Contents

  • Series summary 1
  • Team rosters 2
  • Notes and sources 3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 March 31 Syracuse 86–82 (1–0) Fort Wayne
Game 2 April 2 Syracuse 87–84 (2–0) Fort Wayne
Game 3 April 3 Fort Wayne* 96–89 (1–2) Syracuse
Game 4 April 5 Fort Wayne* 109–102 (2–2) Syracuse
Game 5 April 7 Fort Wayne* 74–71 (3–2) Syracuse
Game 6 April 9 Syracuse 109–104 (3–3) Fort Wayne
Game 7 April 10 Syracuse 92–91 (4–3) Fort Wayne

Nationals win series 4–3

  • - Games played in Indianapolis

Team rosters

Notes and sources

  1. ^ "City Hails Nats' World Title Triumph," Syracuse Herald Journal, April 11, 1955, pp. 1, 45.
  2. ^ "Nats Win First Title of Shot-Clock Era ", NBA.com
  3. ^ The Wizard of Odds: How Jack Molinas Almost Destroyed the Game of Basketball. By Charley Rosen. p. 154. 2001 Seven Stories Press. ISBN 1-58322-268-5
  4. ^ "Syracuse Five Defeats Pistons in N.B.A. Play-Off Final, 92-91," The New York Times, April 11, 1955, p. 31.
  5. ^ Rosen, p. 154.
  6. ^ Rosen, pp. 108-154.
  7. ^ a b Syracuse Herald Journal, April 11, 1955, p. 45.

See also

External links

  • NBA History