1955 NBA Finals

1955 NBA Finals

The 1955 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1954-55 NBA season. The best-of-seven series was won by the Syracuse Nationals, who defeated the Fort Wayne Pistons in the final game when Syracuse's George King made a free throw with 12 seconds left to put the Nationals up by one point. King then stole the ball from Fort Wayne's Andy Phillip with three seconds remaining to clinch the victory for Syracuse. ["City Hails Nats' World Title Triumph," Syracuse Herald Journal, April 11, 1955, pp. 1, 45.]

It has been alleged that some Fort Wayne players conspired with gamblers to throw the series to Syracuse. [The Wizard of Odds: How Jack Molinas Almost Destroyed the Game of Basketball. By Charley Rosen. p. 154. 2001 Seven Stories Press. ISBN 1583222685] The suspicious nature of the seventh game in particular has raised concerns about the legitimacy of the series. Fort Wayne led Syracuse 41-24 early in the second quarter, then allowed the Nationals to rally to win the game. ["Syracuse Five Defeats Pistons in N.B.A. Play-Off Final, 92-91," The New York Times, April 11, 1955, p. 31.] Andy Phillip, who turned the ball over with three seconds left in the game, was believed by at least one of his teammates, George Yardley, to have thrown the game. "There were always unwholesome implications about that ball game," Yardley told the author Charley Rosen. [Rosen, p. 154.] However, Phillip may not have acted alone. Other Pistons players were strongly believed to have thrown games during the 1953-54 and 1954-55 NBA seasons. [Rosen, pp. 108-154.] In fact, Yardley himself turned the ball over to Syracuse with a palming violation with 18 seconds remaining in Game 7. [Syracuse Herald Journal, April 11, 1955, p. 45.] The foul that gave Syracuse its winning free throw, meanwhile, was committed by Frankie Brian. [Syracuse Herald Journal, April 11, 1955, p. 45.]

eries Summary

"Nationals win series 4-3"

Team rosters

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title = Syracuse Nationals 1954-55 NBA Champions
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3 King !4 Schayes !5 Seymour !8 Osterkorn !10 Kerr !11 Lloyd !12 Farley !14 Tucker !15 Kenville !16 Rocha !-- Gabor !-- Simmons !Coach Cervi

Notes and sources

ee also

*1955 NBA Playoffs

External links

* [http://www.nba.com/history/finals/19541955.html NBA History]

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