On This Date In History... First NBA Championship


On April 22, 1947, the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the Chicago Stags 83-80 in Game 5 to take the NBA's first championship series 4-1. The 1947 BAA Finals was the championship round of the Basketball Association of America's 1946-47 season. The 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 Philadelphia having the home court advantage.

Joe Fulks, Hall of Fame inductee, played for the Warriors in this series. Fulks scored 37 points in the first game. In Game 5, he racked up 34 points. His average for the series was 26.2 points per game, but it was forward Howie Dallmar who was the unlikely hero for Philadelphia. Dallmar, who just shot 28 percent from the field over the course of his career, hit his only field goal of the game with less than a minute remaining and the score tied at 80.

Chicago's Max Zaslofsky and Don Carlson scored 20 and 18 points respectively, but it wasn't enough for the Stags to win. Philadelphia center, Art Hillhouse, fouled out after scoring just 9 points, which would not have been notable except for the fact that Hillhouse also fouled out of Games 1 through 4. To this day, Hillhouse is the only player inleague history to foul out of every game in a Finals series.

For winning the title, each Philadelphia Warriors team member received a $2,000 bonus and a ring with a diamond chip in it. 


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