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The 1991 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1990–91 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls defeating the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals. Michael Jordan was named NBA Finals MVP.

1991 NBA playoffs
DatesApril 25–June 12, 1991
Season1990–91
Teams16
ChampionsChicago Bulls (1st title)
Runners-upLos Angeles Lakers (24th finals appearance)
Semifinalists
A ticket for Game 2 of the 1991 Western Conference First Round at the Great Western Forum.

The Lakers reached the Finals despite not being the top seed in the Western Conference for the first time since 1981, and for just the second time since drafting Magic Johnson first overall in 1979.

After the Pistons had ended their season the last three years, the Bulls got revenge in the Eastern Conference Finals by sweeping the two-time defending NBA champions. It was the first time the Bulls won a playoff series over the Pistons since 1974, when both teams were still part of the Western Conference. Game 4 ended with some of the Pistons walking off the court before time expired, refusing to shake the Bulls' hands. In the 1989 NBA Finals, the Pistons themselves had swept the two-time defending champion Lakers. Detroit did not reach the conference finals again until 2003.

The seventh seeded Golden State Warriors stunned the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, defeating them 3 games to 1. It would be Golden State's last playoff series win until 2007.

The 76ers and the Bucks met in the first round of the playoffs where the 76ers swept the series. It would be both teams last playoff appearance until 1999.

Game 4 of the Blazers–Jazz series was the last game ever played at the Salt Palace.

The Spectrum hosted its final NBA playoff game in Game 4 of the Bulls–76ers series. When the 76ers returned to the playoffs in 1999, they had moved to the CoreStates Center, their home since the 1996–97 season.

This was the first year that NBC aired the NBA Playoffs.

Contents

BracketEdit

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
1 Chicago 3  
8 New York 0  
  1 Chicago 4  
  5 Philadelphia 1  
4 Milwaukee 0
5 Philadelphia 3  
  1 Chicago 4  
Eastern Conference
  3 Detroit 0  
3 Detroit 3  
6 Atlanta 2  
  3 Detroit 4
  2 Boston 2  
2 Boston 3
7 Indiana 2  
  E1 Chicago 4
  W3 LA Lakers 1
1 Portland 3  
8 Seattle 2  
  1 Portland 4
  5 Utah 1  
4 Phoenix 1
5 Utah 3  
  1 Portland 2
Western Conference
  3 LA Lakers 4  
3 LA Lakers 3  
6 Houston 0  
  3 LA Lakers 4
  7 Golden State 1  
2 San Antonio 1
7 Golden State 3  


Western ConferenceEdit

Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

1st Round

(1) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (8) Seattle SuperSonics: Blazers win series 3-2

This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the SuperSonics winning two of the first three meetings.

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Golden State Warriors: Warriors win series 3-1

This was the first playoff meeting between the Warriors and the Spurs.[2]

(3) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (6) Houston Rockets: Lakers win series 3-0

This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Rockets winning two of the first three meetings.

(4) Phoenix Suns vs. (5) Utah Jazz: Jazz win series 3-1

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Suns winning the first two meetings.

Conference Semifinals

(1) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (5) Utah Jazz: Blazers win series 4-1

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Jazz winning the first meeting.

(3) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (7) Golden State Warriors: Lakers win series 4-1

This was the seventh playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning five of the first six meetings.

Conference Finals

(1) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (3) Los Angeles Lakers: Lakers win series 4-2

This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning three of the first four meetings.

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Champion: Chicago Bulls

1st Round

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (8) New York Knicks: Bulls win series 3-0

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Bulls winning the first two meetings.

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (7) Indiana Pacers: Celtics win series 3-2

This was the first playoff meeting between the Celtics and the Pacers.[9]

(3) Detroit Pistons vs. (6) Atlanta Hawks: Pistons win series 3-2

This was the sixth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Hawks winning three of the first five meetings.

(4) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers: 76ers win series 3-0

  • Game 1 @ Bradley Center, Milwaukee (April 25): Philadelphia 99, Milwaukee 90
  • Game 2 @ Bradley Center, Milwaukee (April 27): Philadelphia 116, Milwaukee 112 (OT)
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (April 30): Philadelphia 121, Milwaukee 100 (Adrian Dantley's final NBA game)

This was the eighth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the 76ers winning four of the first seven meetings.

Conference Semifinals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers: Bulls win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 4): Chicago 105, Philadelphia 92
  • Game 2 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 6): Chicago 112, Philadelphia 100
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 10): Philadelphia 99, Chicago 97
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 12): Chicago 101, Philadelphia 85 (76ers final playoff game at The Spectrum)
  • Game 5 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 14): Chicago 100, Philadelphia 95

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Bulls winning the first meeting.

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Detroit Pistons: Pistons win series 4-2

This was the sixth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning three of the first five meetings.

Conference Finals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (3) Detroit Pistons: Bulls win series 4-0

This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Pistons winning three of the first four meetings.

NBA FinalsEdit

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (3) Los Angeles Lakers: Bulls win series 4-1

This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning the first four meetings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Oklahoma City Thunder versus Portland Trail Blazers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  2. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Golden State Warriors versus San Antonio Spurs (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  3. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Houston Rockets versus Los Angeles Lakers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  4. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Phoenix Suns versus Utah Jazz (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Portland Trail Blazers versus Utah Jazz (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  6. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Golden State Warriors versus Los Angeles Lakers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  7. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Los Angeles Lakers versus Portland Trail Blazers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  8. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Chicago Bulls versus New York Knicks (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  9. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Boston Celtics versus Indiana Pacers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  10. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Atlanta Hawks versus Detroit Pistons (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  11. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Milwaukee Bucks versus Philadelphia 76ers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  12. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Chicago Bulls versus Philadelphia 76ers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  13. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Boston Celtics versus Detroit Pistons (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  14. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Chicago Bulls versus Detroit Pistons (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  15. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Chicago Bulls versus Los Angeles Lakers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.

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