1947 BAA Finals

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1947 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Philadelphia Warriors Edward Gottlieb 4
Chicago Stags Harold Olsen 1
Dates: June 3–14
Radio network: WGN (CHS)
WCAU (PHW)
Referees:
Game 1:
Game 2:
Game 3:
Game 4:
Hall of Famers: Joe Fulks (1978)
Eastern Finals: Warriors defeat Knicks 2-0
Western Finals: Stags defeat Capitols, 4-2
  NBA Finals

The 1947 BAA Finals was the championship round of the Basketball Association of America's 1946–47 season. Basketball Association of America (BAA) would eventually become the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Philadelphia Warriors of the Eastern Division faced the Chicago Stags of the Western Division for the inaugural championship, with the Philadelphia having home court advantage. Hall of Fame inductee Joe Fulks played for the Warriors in the series.

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 16 Philadelphia 84-71 Chicago
Game 2 April 17 Philadelphia 85-75 Chicago
Game 3 April 19 Chicago 72-75 Philadelphia
Game 4 April 20 Chicago 74-73 Philadelphia
Game 5 April 22 Philadelphia 83-80 Chicago

Warriors win series 4-1

Game 1

Around 7,900 people attended Game 1. The Warriors led at halftime 34–20. Fulks then scored 29 points in the second half, including 21 in the fourth quarter. Angelo Musi, a guard out of Temple University, scored 19 points himself for Philadelphia as well. The Stags took an astounding 129 shots, but only knocked down 26 of them, a 20.2 percent shooting percentage which made it easy for the Warriors to win, 84–71.

Game 2

Fulks was not the scorer he was in Game 1, but he did not have to be, because five other Warrior players scored in double figures, including 18 points from forward Howie Dallmar and 16 from guard/forward Fleishman. Chicago did take a brief 69-68 lead until Philadelphia center Art Hillhouse came alive in the fourth quarter. He scored 7 out of the last 10 points for the Warriors, en route to a second Philadelphia win, 85–74.

Game 5

With less than a minute remaining, Dallmar snapped an 80–80 tie by nailing a jump shot to seal the very first championship for the Warriors.

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