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The Minneapolis Lakers dominated the early years of the NBA, winning five titles between 1948-1954.
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NBA Top Moments: 1940s & 50s


Posted Feb 27 2013 9:10AM

Top Moments: 1940s & 50s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s

The NBA's Founding Years

1947: Dallmar, Warriors Win First Title
A big shot by the Warriors' Howie Dallmar in the final minute clinched the first title in the league that would later become known as the National Basketball Association.

1950: True Trail Blazers
Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper, and Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton may not have been able to eat in certain restaurants in 1950, but the trio entered the NBA that year and became pioneers for today's African-American basketball players.

1953: Celtics Down Nationals in Four Overtimes
Before the 24-second shot clock, in the stagnant era of the NBA, Bob Cousy and the Celtics outran Syracuse in an atypical postseason game.

1958: Pettit's Revenge
Bob Pettit turned in one of the finest performances in championship history when he scored 50 points in Game 6 against the Boston Celtics.

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