63 Seasons: Ranking the Sixty-Three 60 Win+ NBA Teams
In the 63 years of NBA history, there have been exactly 63 teams that have finished with 60+ regular season wins. Here, they are ranked.
#63 - The 1995 Utah Jazz (second in West) finished 60-22 and yet lost in the first round to the eventual champs, Houston.
#62 - In 1994, the #1 in the West Sonics finished 63-19 and lost to Denver in the opening round.
#61 - The Dallas Mavericks lost in round one vs. G.S. in 2007 after going 67-15 in the regular season.
#60 - The Milwaukee Bucks of 1973 went 60-22 and lost in the Western Conference Semifinals.
#59 - In 2010, the Cavaliers finished 61-21 and then lost in the semi's.
#58 - In 2007, the Suns lost in the semi's despite a regular season record of 61-21.
#57 - The 1998 Sonics finished 61-21 and lost in the semi's.
#56 - San Antonio reached a regular season record of 63-19, and then proceeded to lose in the semi's in 2006.
#55 - The Dallas Mavericks finished 60-22 in 2003 and then lost in the Western Conference finals.
#54 - The Boston Celtics of 1975 finished 60-22, and then lost in the conference finals.
#53 - The Milwaukee Bucks surprised the basketball world in 1981 by going 60-22, but they predictably lost in the conf. finals.
#52 - The Orlando Magic finished 60-22 in 1996 and hoped to make it back to the finals, but lost to the eventual champs, the Bulls, in the conference finals, who they had eliminated the year before.
#51 - In 1993, the N.Y. Knicks lost to the eventual champion Bulls in the conference finals even though they had gone 60-22 in the regular season.
#50 - In 1967, Boston lost in the division finals and interrupted their title win streak. They had gone 60-21 in the regular season.
#49 - In 2002, the Sacramento Kings went 61-21, and then lost in the conference finals.
#48 - In 2004, the surprise Pacers finished 61-21, and then lost in the conference finals.
#47 - In 1980, Boston had rookie Larry Bird, which helped propel them to a 61-21 record. They lost in the conference finals.
#46 - The L.A. Lakers of 1998 already had Shaq and Kobe, but they still lost in the conference finals despite going 61-21 in the regular season.
#45 - In 1997, the Miami Heat had their winningest season ever with a 61-21 record yet lost to the Bulls in the conference finals.
#44 - Boston went 62-20 in 2009, and then lost to Orlando in the conference finals.
#43 - In 1968, Philadelphia lost in the conference finals after going 62-20 in the regular season.
#42 - In 1995, The Admiral led S.A. to the conference finals, where they lost to Houston. They had gone 62-20 in regular season.
#41 - A 62-20 Philadelphia team lost in the conference finals in 1981.
#40 - In 1986, the Lakers went 62-20, and then lost off a Sampson buzzer beater in the conference finals.
#39 - In 1972, the Bucks hoped to repeat as champs, and they did go 63-19 in the regular season but lost in the conference finals.
#38 - In 1982, Boston lost in the conference finals after going 63-19.
#37 - Portland went 63-19 in 1991, and then lost to L.A. in the conference finals.
#36 - In 2006, the Pistons went 64-18, and then lost to Miami in the conference finals.
#35 - In 2009, the Cavs were led by James to a 66-16 record, and then lost to Orlando in the conference finals.
#34 - In 1973, Boston became the greatest team to not make the finals. They won 68 games and lost 14 in the regular season but were beat by N.Y. in the conference finals.
#33 - The Washington Bullets of 1975 lost the finals 0-4 but finished 60-22 in the regular season.
#32 - In 2006, the Mavs lost to the Heat in the finals after a 60-22 season.
#31 - In 1973, the Lakers wanted to repeat but lost to the Knicks in the finals after a 60-22 season.
#30 - In 1998, the Jazz lost to the Bulls in the finals after having a successful regular season with a 62-20 record.
#29 - In 1993, Barkley and the Suns lost to the Bulls after a sensational 62-20 season.
#28 - In 1985, the Celtics lost in the finals to the Lakers after going 63-19 in the regular season.
#27 - In 1996, the Sonics went 64-18 and lost in the finals to the Bulls. They set a record, which was tied the next year, as the Bulls beat two 64 win teams in a row in the finals.
#26 - The best ever team to not win a title was the 1997 Utah Jazz. They tied the Sonics of the year before by finishing the regular season 64-18 and losing in the finals. The Bulls beat the two teams with the greatest regular season record to not win a title. That Michael Jordan, up to his antics again.
#25 - The 1970, the Knicks won it all after a 60-22 regular season.
#24 - In 2003, the Spurs won 60 and lost 22 and then took the title vs. N.J.
#23 - In Magic's rookie year (1980), the Lakers finished 60-22 and won the title with Magic as final's MVP.
#22 - In 1962, Boston was led by Russell to a title after a great 60-20 season.
#21 - Jordan's first title came off a 61-21 season for the Bulls in 1991.
#20 - In 2005, the Spurs went 62-20, and then beat Detroit in the finals.
#19 - In 1981, Larry Bird was in his second season, and the Celtics finished 62-20 and won the title too!
#18 - In 1984, the Celtics finished 62-20 and won the title.
#17 - In 1985, the Lakers won 62 and lost 20, but got the title to prove it was no fluke.
#16 - In 1988, the league was truly competitive, and the Lakers came out on top and won the title after a 62-20 season.
#15 - In 1998, the Bulls beat the Jazz after going 62-20 in the regular season. The title win capped off a double three-peat for the Jordan led Bulls.
#14 - In 1965 the Russell era Celtics had their best season with a 62-18 record and a title win.
#13 - In 1989, the 'Bad Boys' of Detroit went 63-19 and took the title from L.A. 4-0.
#12 - In 2009, the Lakers beat Orlando in the finals after an amazing 65-17 regular season.
#11 - In 1987, the Lakers won it all after a 65-17 record.
#10 - In 1983, Dr. J and Moses Malone teamed up to rule the league, right in the middle of the Bird-Magic era. They went 65-17 and won the title.
#9 - In 1971, the Milwaukee Bucks had Oscar Robertson and Jabbar on the same team, and of course, ran over the league finishing 66-16 and winning the title.
#8 - In 2008, the Celtics assembled a team right before the season that took them to a 66-16 record and the finals win over Kobe and L.A. They utterly destroyed L.A. in this one with the biggest final's finisher win ever.
#7 - In 2000, Shaq and the Lakers demolished the league by going 67-15, and then stomping the Pacers in the finals.
#6 - The 1986 Celtics were an amazing all-around team and finished 67-15 and won the title.
#5 - In 1992, the greatest final's performer ever was almost a one man team, and the Bulls went 67-15 and won the title. Jordan set the tone with 35 points in the first half of game one of the finals against Portland.
#4 - In 1967, the team that ended Boston's title wins run was Philadelphia with Wilt Chamberlain. They went 68-13 and won the title.
#3 - In 1972, the Lakers had Chamberlain and West, and they went an astonishing 69-13 in the regular season. They capped it off with an historic title win.
#2 - In 1997, the Bulls also went 69-13 in a much bigger league. They also beat the team with the greatest amount of wins that lost a title; the 1997 Utah Jazz, who finished 64-18.
#1 - In 1996, the Bulls were led by the greatest player of all-time. He came out of retirement to somehow lead the team to the greatest single season in NBA history with 72 wins and ten losses!
They also beat a Sonics team in the finals that finished 64-18, which ties a record. Jordan was named Final's MVP, and went on to a flawless 6-0 finals career. Is it a surprise that Jordan's Bulls hold three of the top five spots on this list?
No, he is the greatest player ever, and the Bulls won regular season games and titles to boot! These records cannot be changed, they are etched in basketball stone.
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