For each round of the playoffs, HoopsHabit has taken a ride in the wayback machine to examine some of the biggest upsets in the history of the NBA Playoffs, including the first round, conference semifinals and conference finals.
The series concludes with the seven biggest upsets in the NBA Finals. Why seven? For starters, it’s a smaller pool to choose from than the earlier rounds—for as long as the NBA has been around, there are only 65 Finals on record.
Plus, last year’s thrilling Miami Heat-San Antonio Spurs battle went the full seven games—the first Finals to go the distance since the Lakers and Celtics in 2010 and just the third time in the 21st century (Detroit and San Antonio in 2005 was the other).
With that, here are the seven biggest NBA Finals upsets: