1999 NBA playoffs

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The 1999 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association’s 1998-99 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs defeating the Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks 4 games to 1. Tim Duncan was named NBA Finals MVP.

1999 NBA playoffs
Tournament details
DatesMay 8–June 25, 1999
Season1998–99
Teams16
Final positions
ChampionsSan Antonio Spurs (1st title)
Runner-upNew York Knicks
Semifinalists
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The 1999 Playoffs are memorable in that a #8 seed (the Knicks) made it to the Finals for the only time in history until 2023, and that came after a lockout–shortened 50–game season.

Overview

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The Philadelphia 76ers’ and Milwaukee Bucks returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1991 (coincidentally they faced each other in the opening round that year), and it was also the 76ers’ first appearance since drafting Allen Iverson with the #1 overall pick in 1996. Iverson later led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals.

After spending their first thirteen seasons in Sacramento in mediocrity, with no winning record and two playoff appearances in 1986 and 1996, the Kings franchise made the first of eight consecutive playoff appearances, which included a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2002.

The Bulls, despite being defending champions, missed the playoffs for the first time since 1984 (mostly due to the second retirement of Michael Jordan and the departures of Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman). They also became the first defending champion since the 1969–70 Boston Celtics to miss the playoffs.

With their first round sweep of the Phoenix Suns, the Portland Trail Blazers won a playoff series for the first time since 1992, when they last made the NBA Finals.

Game 4 of the Lakers–Rockets series was the final postseason appearance of Charles Barkley’s Hall of Fame career. It was also the final playoff game ever held at the Compaq Center.

Game 5 of the Hawks–Pistons series is the last NBA playoff game played in a college basketball-specific arena (Georgia Tech's then-named Alexander Memorial Coliseum), and among the final NBA games played in a college basketball-specific arena. Many teams formerly played playoff games on college campuses, especially in the NBA's early days, but the increasing professionalization and ownership of arena times made the practice obsolete.

Game 5 of the Heat–Knicks series was extremely notable for two reasons

Game 4 of the Spurs–Lakers series was the last regulation NBA game ever played in the Great Western Forum. The Lakers played a handful of preseason games leading up to the 1999–2000 season before Staples Center became the new home of the team for that season.

With their conference semifinals sweep of the Atlanta Hawks, the New York Knicks made the conference finals for the first time since 1994. The 1999 Knicks and the 2023 Miami Heat are the only eighth seeded teams (as of 2023) to advance past the conference semifinals. After losing to the Knicks, the Hawks did not return to the playoffs until 2008.

This was the last NBA postseason to feature back–to–backs in the conference semifinals until 2012.

Game 2 of the Spurs–Trail Blazers series was notable for the San Antonio Spurs overcoming an eighteen point deficit to win the game. The final shot, taken by Sean Elliott, completed what is called the “Memorial Day Miracle.”

With their Western Conference Finals sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers, the San Antonio Spurs made the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

Game 5 of the Knicks–Pacers series was the last meaningful NBA game ever played at Market Square Arena.

With their Game 6 win over the Indiana Pacers, the New York Knicks became the first eighth seeded team to make it to the NBA Finals.

With their Game 2 win over the New York Knicks, the San Antonio Spurs won their 12th straight playoff game. The streak included back to back sweeps of the Lakers and Trail Blazers (who would meet in next year’s Western Conference Finals). This playoff winning streak has since been beaten by the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors in 2017, although the Cavs started their streak by winning the final three games of the 2016 NBA playoffs.

With their Game 5 win against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the San Antonio Spurs became the first former ABA team to win an NBA Championship. The Spurs finished with a 15–2 postseason record, which tied that of the 1991 Chicago Bulls, for the best postseason record at the time. Subsequently, it has been bettered by the 15–1 playoff record of the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers, and the 16–1 playoff record by the 2017 Golden State Warriors. Interestingly, both of the Spurs losses came against #8 seeded teams. Also, although the Spurs had home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, they played more road games (nine) than home games (eight), as all their series were won on the road.

For the first time since 1991, no series went to seven games. As of 2023, this remains the most recent NBA postseason not to feature a Game 7.

This is the last time an 8 seed went to the Eastern Conference finals and the last time they made it to the NBA Finals until 2023, when the Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics in 7 games in the Eastern Conference finals, the New York Knicks in 6 games in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and the Milwaukee Bucks in 5 games the first round.

Bracket

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First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
            
E1 Miami* 2
E8 New York 3
E8 New York 4
E4 Atlanta 0
E4 Atlanta 3
E5 Detroit 2
E8 New York 4
Eastern Conference
E2 Indiana* 2
E3 Orlando 1
E6 Philadelphia 3
E6 Philadelphia 0
E2 Indiana* 4
E2 Indiana* 3
E7 Milwaukee 0
E8 New York 1
W1 San Antonio* 4
W1 San Antonio* 3
W8 Minnesota 1
W1 San Antonio* 4
W4 LA Lakers 0
W4 LA Lakers 3
W5 Houston 1
W1 San Antonio* 4
Western Conference
W2 Portland* 0
W3 Utah 3
W6 Sacramento 2
W3 Utah 2
W2 Portland* 4
W2 Portland* 3
W7 Phoenix 0
  • * Division winner
  • Bold Series winner
  • Italic Team with home-court advantage

First round

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All times are in Eastern Daylight Time. (UTC−04:00) If the venue is located in a different time zone, the local time is also given.

Eastern Conference first round

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May 8
12:30 PM
New York Knicks 95, Miami Heat 75
Scoring by quarter: 28–18, 20–13, 22–23, 25–21
Pts: Houston, Sprewell 22 each
Rebs: Patrick Ewing 15
Asts: Charlie Ward 6
Pts: Alonzo Mourning 27
Rebs: Dan Majerle 10
Asts: Tim Hardaway 3
New York leads series, 1–0
Miami Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 15,036
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
May 10
7:00 PM
New York Knicks 73, Miami Heat 83
Scoring by quarter: 15–23, 20–23, 20–17, 18–20
Pts: Patrick Ewing 16
Rebs: Patrick Ewing 15
Asts: Charlie Ward 5
Pts: Alonzo Mourning 26
Rebs: Majerle, Mourning 8 each
Asts: Tim Hardaway 11
Series tied, 1–1
Miami Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 15,200
Referees: Dan Crawford, Nolan Fine, Bernie Fryer
May 12
8:00 PM
Miami Heat 73, New York Knicks 97
Scoring by quarter: 25–20, 12–25, 11–28, 25–24
Pts: Alonzo Mourning 18
Rebs: P. J. Brown 8
Asts: Tim Hardaway 5
Pts: Latrell Sprewell 20
Rebs: Marcus Camby 9
Asts: Charlie Ward 4
New York leads series, 2–1
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Joe Forte, David Jones, Mike Mathis
May 14
8:00 PM
Miami Heat 87, New York Knicks 72
Scoring by quarter: 25–24, 15–20, 18–18, 29–10
Pts: Mourning, Porter 16 each
Rebs: Alonzo Mourning 13
Asts: Terry Porter 7
Pts: Houston, Ward 12 each
Rebs: Larry Johnson 12
Asts: Charlie Ward 4
Series tied, 2–2
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney, Tom Washington
May 16
12:30 PM
New York Knicks 78, Miami Heat 77
Scoring by quarter: 23–23, 14–18, 23–19, 18–17
Pts: Patrick Ewing 22
Rebs: Patrick Ewing 11
Asts: three players 3 each
Pts: Alonzo Mourning 21
Rebs: P. J. Brown 12
Asts: Tim Hardaway 8
New York wins series, 3–2
Miami Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 14,985
Referees: Jim Clark, Hugh Evans, Eddie F. Rush
  • Allan Houston hit the series-winning shot with 0.8 seconds left to complete the Knicks first-round upset against the Heat. By winning the decisive Game 5, the Knicks became the first team in NBA history to defeat a top 2 seed in the First Round in consecutive seasons (coincidentally, both times were against the Heat). Conversely, the Heat became the first team in NBA history to not get past the First Round as a top 2 seed in consecutive seasons while also becoming the second #1 seed to lose a playoff series against a #8 seed in the First Round.
  • Game 5 was the final playoff game played at Miami Arena.

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning one series apiece.

May 9
8:30 PM
Milwaukee Bucks 88, Indiana Pacers 110
Scoring by quarter: 24–27, 22–33, 26–21, 16–29
Pts: Ray Allen 22
Rebs: Glenn Robinson 7
Asts: three players 3 each
Pts: Jalen Rose 24
Rebs: Dale Davis 15
Asts: Mark Jackson 12
Indiana leads series, 1–0
Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 16,560
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Bennett Salvatore, Don Vaden
May 11
9:30 PM
Milwaukee Bucks 107, Indiana Pacers 108 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 28–23, 12–28, 32–17, 29–33Overtime: 6–7
Pts: Ray Allen 25
Rebs: Glenn Robinson 12
Asts: Sam Cassell 11
Pts: Reggie Miller 30
Rebs: Antonio Davis 8
Asts: Jalen Rose 9
Indiana leads series, 2–0
Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 16,608
Referees: Hue Hollins, Jack Nies, Greg Willard
May 13
9:00 PM
(8:00 PM CDT)
Indiana Pacers 99, Milwaukee Bucks 91
Scoring by quarter: 30–27, 23–25, 25–23, 21–16
Pts: Reggie Miller 33
Rebs: Dale Davis 7
Asts: Mark Jackson 10
Pts: Glenn Robinson 23
Rebs: Ray Allen 11
Asts: Sam Cassell 12
Indiana wins series, 3–0
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 18,717
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Terry Durham, Tommy Nunez Sr.

This was the first playoff meeting between the Pacers and the Bucks.[2]

May 9
12:30 PM
Philadelphia 76ers 104, Orlando Magic 90
Scoring by quarter: 31–22, 19–25, 20–22, 34–21
Pts: Allen Iverson 30
Rebs: George Lynch 12
Asts: Allen Iverson 7
Pts: Penny Hardaway 19
Rebs: Horace Grant 10
Asts: Armstrong, Hardaway 6 each
Philadelphia leads series, 1–0
Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 15,267
Referees: Joe Forte, Mike Mathis, Greg Willard
May 11
7:00 PM
Philadelphia 76ers 68, Orlando Magic 79
Scoring by quarter: 11–16, 16–20, 21–23, 20–20
Pts: Allen Iverson 13
Rebs: Theo Ratliff 8
Asts: George Lynch 6
Pts: Penny Hardaway 22
Rebs: Nick Anderson 8
Asts: three players 4 each
Series tied, 1–1
Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 16,345
Referees: Terry Durham, Jess Kersey, Tommy Nunez Sr.
May 13
6:30 PM
Orlando Magic 85, Philadelphia 76ers 97
Scoring by quarter: 15–23, 16–23, 24–29, 30–22
Pts: Nick Anderson 23
Rebs: Matt Harpring 10
Asts: Darrell Armstrong 7
Pts: Allen Iverson 33
Rebs: Tyrone Hill 9
Asts: Eric Snow 8
Philadelphia leads series, 2–1
First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 20,874
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Hue Hollins, Ken Mauer
May 15
12:30 PM
Orlando Magic 91, Philadelphia 76ers 101
Scoring by quarter: 18–23, 18–24, 35–30, 20–24
Pts: Nick Anderson 29
Rebs: Austin, Grant 8 each
Asts: Darrell Armstrong 8
Pts: Allen Iverson 37
Rebs: George Lynch 10
Asts: Allen Iverson 9
Philadelphia wins series, 3–1
First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 20,550
Referees: Ted Bernhardt, Ronnie Nunn, Bennett Salvatore

This was the first playoff meeting between the Magic and the 76ers.[3]

May 8
8:30 PM
Detroit Pistons 70, Atlanta Hawks 90
Scoring by quarter: 19–28, 24–21, 11–24, 16–17
Pts: Grant Hill 26
Rebs: Bison Dele 9
Asts: Grant Hill 8
Pts: Steve Smith 19
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 19
Asts: Mookie Blaylock 7
Atlanta leads series, 1–0
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 20,884
Referees: Mike Callahan, Bernie Fryer, Jess Kersey
May 10
8:00 PM
Detroit Pistons 69, Atlanta Hawks 89
Scoring by quarter: 20–18, 24–25, 9–26, 16–20
Pts: Grant Hill 15
Rebs: Grant Hill 10
Asts: Joe Dumars 5
Pts: Dikembe Mutombo 28
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 13
Asts: Mookie Blaylock 6
Atlanta leads series, 2–0
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 16,377
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
May 12
7:00 PM
Atlanta Hawks 63, Detroit Pistons 79
Scoring by quarter: 13–22, 14–22, 21–18, 15–17
Pts: Tyrone Corbin 16
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 10
Asts: Mookie Blaylock 5
Pts: Christian Laettner 15
Rebs: Jerome Williams 10
Asts: Grant Hill 5
Atlanta leads series, 2–1
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 14,812
Referees: Hugh Evans, Nolan Fine, Luis Grillo
May 14
7:00 PM
Atlanta Hawks 82, Detroit Pistons 103
Scoring by quarter: 19–27, 20–27, 21–26, 22–23
Pts: Steve Smith 21
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 8
Asts: Corbin, Johnson 4 each
Pts: Grant Hill 23
Rebs: Jerome Williams 8
Asts: Grant Hill 9
Series tied, 2–2
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 16,216
Referees: Jim Clark, Hue Hollins, Tommy Nunez Sr.
May 16
8:00 PM
Detroit Pistons 75, Atlanta Hawks 87
Scoring by quarter: 20–24, 20–19, 24–25, 11–19
Pts: Grant Hill 21
Rebs: Dele, Hill 7 each
Asts: Grant Hill 11
Pts: Grant Long 26
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 18
Asts: Blaylock, Smith 6 each
Atlanta wins series, 3–2
Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 8,460
Referees: Joe Crawford, Joe Forte, Derrick Stafford

This was the eighth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Hawks winning four of the first seven meetings. This playoff series marked the last game of long time Piston and NBA Hall-of-Famer Joe Dumars, who retired at the end of the season.

Western Conference first round

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May 9
3:00 PM
(2:00 PM CDT)
Minnesota Timberwolves 86, San Antonio Spurs 99
Scoring by quarter: 26–26, 23–24, 17–23, 20–26
Pts: Kevin Garnett 21
Rebs: Brandon, Garnett 8 each
Asts: Terrell Brandon 11
Pts: Tim Duncan 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 12
Asts: Avery Johnson 10
San Antonio leads series, 1–0
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 22,356
Referees: Luis Grillo, Hue Hollins, David Jones
May 11
8:00 PM
(7:00 PM CDT)
Minnesota Timberwolves 80, San Antonio Spurs 71
Scoring by quarter: 19–21, 18–10, 23–20, 20–20
Pts: Kevin Garnett 23
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 12
Asts: Terrell Brandon 9
Pts: Tim Duncan 18
Rebs: Tim Duncan 16
Asts: Mario Elie 4
Series tied, 1–1
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 22,494
Referees: Ted Bernhardt, Ken Mauer, Bennett Salvatore
May 13
7:00 PM
(6:00 PM CDT)
San Antonio Spurs 85, Minnesota Timberwolves 71
Scoring by quarter: 17–16, 27–12, 19–20, 22–23
Pts: Avery Johnson 24
Rebs: David Robinson 18
Asts: Duncan, Robinson 7 each
Pts: Kevin Garnett 23
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 12
Asts: three players 2 each
San Antonio leads series, 2–1
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 17,444
Referees: Jess Kersey, Jack Nies, Bill Spooner
May 15
3:00 PM
(2:00 PM CDT)
San Antonio Spurs 92, Minnesota Timberwolves 85
Scoring by quarter: 21–26, 23–16, 20–21, 28–22
Pts: David Robinson 19
Rebs: David Robinson 11
Asts: Avery Johnson 6
Pts: Terrell Brandon 27
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 16
Asts: Brandon, Garnett 6 each
San Antonio wins series, 3–1
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 15,898
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Terry Durham, Don Vaden

This was the first playoff meeting between the Timberwolves and the Spurs.[5]

May 8
3:00 PM
(12:00 PM PDT)
Phoenix Suns 85, Portland Trail Blazers 95
Scoring by quarter: 18–22, 23–18, 20–26, 24–29
Pts: Jason Kidd 17
Rebs: Tom Gugliotta 9
Asts: Jason Kidd 7
Pts: Isaiah Rider 25
Rebs: Brian Grant 10
Asts: Arvydas Sabonis 8
Portland leads series, 1–0
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,040
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Ted Bernhardt, Derrick Stafford
May 10
10:30 PM
(7:30 PM PDT)
Phoenix Suns 99, Portland Trail Blazers 110
Scoring by quarter: 17–33, 30–19, 20–23, 32–35
Pts: Garrity, McCloud 15 each
Rebs: Tom Gugliotta 9
Asts: Jason Kidd 12
Pts: Grant, Stoudamire 22 each
Rebs: Arvydas Sabonis 9
Asts: Damon Stoudamire 13
Portland leads series, 2–0
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,588
Referees: Jim Clark, Hugh Evans, Mark Wunderlich
May 12
9:30 PM
(6:30 PM MST)
Portland Trail Blazers 103, Phoenix Suns 93
Scoring by quarter: 36–23, 19–21, 14–28, 34–21
Pts: Brian Grant 20
Rebs: Arvydas Sabonis 11
Asts: Damon Stoudamire 7
Pts: Clifford Robinson 24
Rebs: Gugliotta, Robinson 7 each
Asts: Jason Kidd 12
Portland wins series, 3–0
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 17,306
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ronnie Nunn, Tom Washington

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

May 8
5:30 PM
(3:30 PM MDT)
Sacramento Kings 87, Utah Jazz 117
Scoring by quarter: 20–37, 24–26, 23–25, 20–29
Pts: Chris Webber 14
Rebs: Chris Webber 9
Asts: Chris Webber 3
Pts: Karl Malone 21
Rebs: Greg Ostertag 9
Asts: Karl Malone 9
Utah leads series, 1–0
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Jim Clark, Hue Hollins, Mark Wunderlich
May 10
9:30 PM
(7:30 PM MDT)
Sacramento Kings 101, Utah Jazz 90
Scoring by quarter: 31–24, 18–27, 29–25, 23–14
Pts: Chris Webber 20
Rebs: Vlade Divac 7
Asts: Vlade Divac 8
Pts: Karl Malone 33
Rebs: Karl Malone 10
Asts: Eisley, Stockton 6 each
Series tied, 1–1
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney, Tom Washington
May 12
10:30 PM
(7:30 PM PDT)
Utah Jazz 81, Sacramento Kings 84 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 17–28, 20–13, 19–19, 21–17, Overtime: 4–7
Pts: Karl Malone 22
Rebs: Karl Malone 13
Asts: Malone, Stockton 5 each
Pts: Vlade Divac 22
Rebs: Vlade Divac 14
Asts: Jason Williams 6
Sacramento leads series, 2–1
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Attendance: 17,317
Referees: Mike Callahan, Steve Javie, Eddie F. Rush
May 14
10:30 PM
(7:30 PM PDT)
Utah Jazz 90, Sacramento Kings 89
Scoring by quarter: 23–26, 20–18, 21–21, 26–24
Pts: Karl Malone 23
Rebs: Karl Malone 16
Asts: John Stockton 8
Pts: Chris Webber 18
Rebs: Vlade Divac 14
Asts: Jason Williams 6
Series tied, 2–2
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Attendance: 17,317
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ron Garretson, Greg Willard
May 16
5:30 PM
(3:30 PM MDT)
Sacramento Kings 92, Utah Jazz 99 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 21–28, 21–24, 25–20, 21–16, Overtime: 4–11
Pts: Vernon Maxwell 22
Rebs: Chris Webber 14
Asts: Vlade Divac 5
Pts: Karl Malone 20
Rebs: Karl Malone 12
Asts: John Stockton 14
Utah wins series, 3–2
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Hue Hollins, Jack Nies

This was the first playoff meeting between the Kings and the Jazz.[7]

May 9
5:30 PM
(2:30 PM PDT)
Houston Rockets 100, Los Angeles Lakers 101
Scoring by quarter: 22–15, 19–37, 29–25, 30–24
Pts: Charles Barkley 25
Rebs: Barkley, Pippen 10 each
Asts: Scottie Pippen 8
Pts: Glen Rice 29
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 11
Asts: Derek Fisher 6
LA Lakers lead series, 1–0
Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Attendance: 17,505
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Ted Bernhardt, Derrick Stafford
May 11
10:30 PM
(7:30 PM PDT)
Houston Rockets 98, Los Angeles Lakers 110
Scoring by quarter: 12–31, 28–24, 28–32, 30–23
Pts: Sam Mack 20
Rebs: Charles Barkley 13
Asts: Scottie Pippen 5
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 28
Rebs: Robert Horry 10
Asts: Shaquille O'Neal 7
LA Lakers lead series, 2–0
Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Attendance: 17,505
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney, Bill Spooner
May 13
9:30 PM
(8:30 PM CDT)
Los Angeles Lakers 88, Houston Rockets 102
Scoring by quarter: 27–20, 17–34, 25–22, 19–26
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 26
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 10
Asts: Derek Fisher 6
Pts: Scottie Pippen 37
Rebs: Charles Barkley 23
Asts: Brent Price 7
LA Lakers lead series, 2–1
Compaq Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 16,285
Referees: Ronnie Nunn, Bennett Salvatore, Don Vaden
May 15
5:30 PM
(4:30 PM CDT)
Los Angeles Lakers 98, Houston Rockets 88
Scoring by quarter: 25–21, 24–17, 22–26, 27–24
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 37
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 11
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
Pts: Charles Barkley 20
Rebs: Scottie Pippen 17
Asts: Charles Barkley 6
LA Lakers win series, 3–1
Compaq Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 16,285
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Jess Kersey, Ken Mauer

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

Conference semifinals

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Eastern Conference semifinals

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May 17
7:00 PM
Philadelphia 76ers 90, Indiana Pacers 94
Scoring by quarter: 20–19, 26–31, 20–24, 24–20
Pts: Allen Iverson 35
Rebs: Matt Geiger 11
Asts: Eric Snow 10
Pts: Jalen Rose 27
Rebs: Antonio Davis 10
Asts: Mark Jackson 6
Indiana leads series, 1–0
Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 16,723
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bob Delaney, Luis Grillo
May 19
7:00 PM
Philadelphia 76ers 82, Indiana Pacers 85
Scoring by quarter: 16–26, 16–19, 21–16, 29–24
Pts: Allen Iverson 23
Rebs: Theo Ratliff 12
Asts: Eric Snow 6
Pts: Rik Smits 25
Rebs: Dale Davis 14
Asts: Mark Jackson 14
Indiana leads series, 2–0
Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 16,795
Referees: Steve Javie, Jack Nies, Don Vaden
May 21
8:00 PM
Indiana Pacers 97, Philadelphia 76ers 86
Scoring by quarter: 28–22, 21–19, 26–25, 22–20
Pts: Reggie Miller 29
Rebs: Dale Davis 11
Asts: Mark Jackson 10
Pts: Allen Iverson 32
Rebs: Tyrone Hill 12
Asts: Eric Snow 9
Indiana leads series, 3–0
First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 20,930
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bernie Fryer, Derrick Stafford
May 23
12:30 PM
Indiana Pacers 89, Philadelphia 76ers 86
Scoring by quarter: 31–17, 19–24, 23–21, 16–24
Pts: Reggie Miller 23
Rebs: Dale Davis 13
Asts: Mark Jackson 13
Pts: Allen Iverson 25
Rebs: Matt Geiger 13
Asts: Eric Snow 7
Indiana wins series, 4–0
First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 20,844
Referees: Hugh Evans, Mike Mathis, Eddie F. Rush

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the 76ers winning the first meeting.

May 18
8:00 PM
New York Knicks 100, Atlanta Hawks 92
Scoring by quarter: 27–21, 21–29, 32–23, 20–19
Pts: Allan Houston 34
Rebs: Chris Dudley 9
Asts: Charlie Ward 7
Pts: Chris Crawford 26
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 13
Asts: Mookie Blaylock 4
New York leads series, 1–0
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 18,513
Referees: Ted Bernhardt, Jess Kersey, Bennett Salvatore
May 20
8:00 PM
New York Knicks 77, Atlanta Hawks 70
Scoring by quarter: 17–20, 21–16, 16–16, 23–18
Pts: Latrell Sprewell 31
Rebs: Marcus Camby 13
Asts: Chris Childs 5
Pts: Mookie Blaylock 17
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 17
Asts: Steve Smith 2
New York leads series, 2–0
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 22,558
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Tommy Nunez Sr., Ronnie Nunn
May 23
3:00 PM
Atlanta Hawks 78, New York Knicks 90
Scoring by quarter: 22–25, 24–27, 11–14, 21–24
Pts: Long, Smith 17 each
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 16
Asts: Mookie Blaylock 3
Pts: Houston, Sprewell 17 each
Rebs: Chris Dudley 12
Asts: Chris Childs 6
New York leads series, 3–0
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
May 24
8:00 PM
Atlanta Hawks 66, New York Knicks 79
Scoring by quarter: 18–25, 19–23, 14–18, 15–13
Pts: Steve Smith 14
Rebs: Long, Mutombo 11 each
Asts: three players 3 each
Pts: Allan Houston 19
Rebs: Patrick Ewing 9
Asts: Charlie Ward 6
New York wins series, 4–0
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ken Mauer, Derrick Stafford

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

Western Conference semifinals

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May 17
9:30 PM
(8:30 PM CDT)
Los Angeles Lakers 81, San Antonio Spurs 87
Scoring by quarter: 24–20, 17–27, 17–20, 23–20
Pts: three players 21 each
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 15
Asts: Kobe Bryant 6
Pts: Tim Duncan 25
Rebs: Will Perdue 9
Asts: Avery Johnson 8
San Antonio leads series, 1–0
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 25,297
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
May 19
9:30 PM
(8:30 PM CDT)
Los Angeles Lakers 76, San Antonio Spurs 79
Scoring by quarter: 16–26, 25–18, 18–17, 17–18
Pts: Kobe Bryant 28
Rebs: three players 8 each
Asts: Kobe Bryant 4
Pts: Tim Duncan 21
Rebs: Tim Duncan 8
Asts: Avery Johnson 10
San Antonio leads series, 2–0
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 33,293
Referees: Jim Clark, Joe Forte, Hue Hollins
May 22
5:30 PM
(2:30 PM PDT)
San Antonio Spurs 103, Los Angeles Lakers 91
Scoring by quarter: 22–20, 21–19, 24–27, 36–25
Pts: Tim Duncan 37
Rebs: Tim Duncan 14
Asts: Avery Johnson 7
Pts: Glen Rice 24
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 15
Asts: Derek Fisher 9
San Antonio leads series, 3–0
Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Attendance: 17,505
Referees: Ted Bernhardt, Jess Kersey, Bennett Salvatore
May 23
5:30 PM
(2:30 PM PDT)
San Antonio Spurs 118, Los Angeles Lakers 107
Scoring by quarter: 35–29, 30–22, 21–33, 32–23
Pts: Tim Duncan 33
Rebs: Tim Duncan 14
Asts: Avery Johnson 10
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 36
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 14
Asts: Fisher, Lue 6 each
San Antonio wins series, 4–0
Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Attendance: 17,505
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Terry Durham, Jack Nies

In Game 2, Tim Duncan hit a game-winning hook shot with 8.4 seconds remaining.

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

May 18
10:30 PM
(8:30 PM MDT)
Portland Trail Blazers 83, Utah Jazz 93
Scoring by quarter: 22–19, 28–29, 28–26, 5–19
Pts: Brian Grant 19
Rebs: Arvydas Sabonis 11
Asts: Damon Stoudamire 5
Pts: Karl Malone 25
Rebs: Karl Malone 12
Asts: John Stockton 7
Utah leads series, 1–0
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bernie Fryer, Eddie F. Rush
May 20
10:30 PM
(8:30 PM MDT)
Portland Trail Blazers 84, Utah Jazz 81
Scoring by quarter: 14–11, 18–20, 23–21, 29–29
Pts: Isaiah Rider 27
Rebs: Arvydas Sabonis 14
Asts: Damon Stoudamire 6
Pts: Karl Malone 23
Rebs: Karl Malone 17
Asts: John Stockton 9
Series tied, 1–1
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Bob Delaney, Hugh Evans, Ken Mauer
May 22
3:00 PM
(12:00 PM PDT)
Utah Jazz 87, Portland Trail Blazers 97
Scoring by quarter: 16–22, 14–25, 25–25, 32–25
Pts: Karl Malone 25
Rebs: Karl Malone 14
Asts: John Stockton 5
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 20
Rebs: Brian Grant 15
Asts: Isaiah Rider 8
Portland leads series, 2–1
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,720
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe Forte, Luis Grillo
May 23
8:30 PM
(5:30 PM PDT)
Utah Jazz 75, Portland Trail Blazers 81
Scoring by quarter: 11–20, 24–18, 23–18, 17–25
Pts: Malone, Russell 17 each
Rebs: Karl Malone 11
Asts: John Stockton 10
Pts: Isaiah Rider 24
Rebs: Arvydas Sabonis 15
Asts: Greg Anthony 3
Portland leads series, 3–1
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,720
Referees: Jim Clark, Hue Hollins, Ronnie Nunn
May 25
8:00 PM
(6:00 PM MDT)
Portland Trail Blazers 71, Utah Jazz 88
Scoring by quarter: 20–30, 22–19, 16–20, 13–19
Pts: Isaiah Rider 16
Rebs: Brian Grant 10
Asts: Damon Stoudamire 6
Pts: Karl Malone 23
Rebs: Ostertag, Russell 9 each
Asts: John Stockton 14
Portland leads series, 3–2
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Terry Durham, Ron Garretson
May 27
9:00 PM
(6:00 PM PDT)
Utah Jazz 80, Portland Trail Blazers 92
Scoring by quarter: 18–21, 24–21, 19–22, 19–28
Pts: Jeff Hornacek 21
Rebs: Karl Malone 7
Asts: John Stockton 10
Pts: Isaiah Rider 24
Rebs: Brian Grant 12
Asts: Jim Jackson 6
Portland wins series, 4–2
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,727
Referees: Steve Javie, Mike Mathis, Don Vaden

This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning two series apiece.

Conference finals

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Eastern Conference finals

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May 30
5:30 PM
New York Knicks 93, Indiana Pacers 90
Scoring by quarter: 25–21, 19–19, 26–23, 23–27
Pts: Allan Houston 19
Rebs: Patrick Ewing 10
Asts: Childs, Ward 5 each
Pts: Reggie Miller 19
Rebs: A. Davis, Jackson 7 each
Asts: Mark Jackson 11
New York leads series, 1–0
Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 16,575
Referees: Hugh Evans, Bernie Fryer, Bennett Salvatore
June 1
8:30 PM
New York Knicks 86, Indiana Pacers 88
Scoring by quarter: 22–28, 24–29, 22–14, 18–17
Pts: Larry Johnson 22
Rebs: Marcus Camby 13
Asts: three players 3 each
Pts: Mark Jackson 17
Rebs: Dale Davis 12
Asts: Mark Jackson 8
Series tied, 1–1
Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 16,586
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Joe Forte, Hue Hollins
June 5
6:30 PM
Indiana Pacers 91, New York Knicks 92
Scoring by quarter: 17–17, 30–25, 22–27, 22–23
Pts: Rik Smits 25
Rebs: Antonio Davis 8
Asts: Mark Jackson 9
Pts: Larry Johnson 26
Rebs: Marcus Camby 11
Asts: Chris Childs 10
New York leads series, 2–1
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Terry Durham, Steve Javie, Jess Kersey
June 7
9:00 PM
Indiana Pacers 90, New York Knicks 78
Scoring by quarter: 22–20, 23–12, 21–25, 24–21
Pts: Jalen Rose 19
Rebs: Dale Davis 12
Asts: Mark Jackson 4
Pts: Marcus Camby 18
Rebs: Marcus Camby 14
Asts: Chris Childs 8
Series tied, 2–2
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Joe Crawford, Ron Garretson, Eddie F. Rush
June 9
9:00 PM
New York Knicks 101, Indiana Pacers 94
Scoring by quarter: 14–28, 28–14, 23–27, 36–25
Pts: Latrell Sprewell 29
Rebs: Marcus Camby 13
Asts: Chris Childs 7
Pts: Reggie Miller 30
Rebs: Dale Davis 18
Asts: Mark Jackson 4
New York leads series, 3–2
Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 16,541
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bob Delaney, Ronnie Nunn
June 11
9:00 PM
Indiana Pacers 82, New York Knicks 90
Scoring by quarter: 17–14, 18–27, 24–18, 23–31
Pts: Rik Smits 20
Rebs: Dale Davis 12
Asts: Jackson, Miller 4 each
Pts: Allan Houston 32
Rebs: Marcus Camby 9
Asts: Chris Childs 4
New York wins series, 4–2
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Hue Hollins, Mike Mathis

In Game 2 Reggie Miller hit the game winning free throws with 2 seconds remaining

In Game 3 Larry Johnson makes a game-winning 4-point play with 5.7 seconds left.[13]

This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning two series apiece.

Western Conference finals

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May 29
5:30 PM
(4:30 PM CDT)
Portland Trail Blazers 76, San Antonio Spurs 80
Scoring by quarter: 19–22, 19–17, 18–20, 20–21
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 28
Rebs: Rasheed Wallace 8
Asts: Damon Stoudamire 8
Pts: Duncan, Robinson 21 each
Rebs: Tim Duncan 13
Asts: Avery Johnson 9
San Antonio leads series, 1–0
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 35,165
Referees: Joe Crawford, Jess Kersey, Eddie F. Rush
May 31
5:30 PM
(4:30 PM CDT)
Portland Trail Blazers 85, San Antonio Spurs 86
Scoring by quarter: 31–20, 17–14, 19–26, 18–26
Pts: Arvydas Sabonis 17
Rebs: Grant, Sabonis 7 each
Asts: Damon Stoudamire 7
Pts: Tim Duncan 23
Rebs: Tim Duncan 10
Asts: Avery Johnson 7
San Antonio leads series, 2–0
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 35,260
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bob Delaney, Ron Garretson
June 4
9:00 PM
(6:00 PM PDT)
San Antonio Spurs 85, Portland Trail Blazers 63
Scoring by quarter: 22–26, 18–12, 24–8, 21–17
Pts: Jaren Jackson 19
Rebs: David Robinson 9
Asts: Avery Johnson 8
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 22
Rebs: Brian Grant 13
Asts: Stoudamire, Williams 3 each
San Antonio leads series, 3–0
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,732
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Mike Mathis, Ronnie Nunn
June 6
6:30 PM
(3:30 PM PDT)
San Antonio Spurs 94, Portland Trail Blazers 80
Scoring by quarter: 23–18, 20–16, 19–25, 32–21
Pts: David Robinson 20
Rebs: David Robinson 10
Asts: Avery Johnson 6
Pts: Damon Stoudamire 21
Rebs: Arvydas Sabonis 7
Asts: three players 4 each
San Antonio wins series, 4–0
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,735
Referees: Hugh Evans, Jack Nies, Bennett Salvatore

In Game 2, Sean Elliott hit a game-winning three-pointer with 9 seconds remaining.

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning one series apiece.

NBA Finals: (W1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (E8) New York Knicks

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June 16
9:00 PM
(8:00 PM CDT)
New York Knicks 77, San Antonio Spurs 89
Scoring by quarter: 27–21, 10–24, 26–26, 14–18
Pts: Houston, Sprewell 19 each
Rebs: Kurt Thomas 16
Asts: three players 3 each
Pts: Tim Duncan 33
Rebs: Tim Duncan 16
Asts: Avery Johnson 8
San Antonio leads series, 1–0
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 39,514
Referees: Hugh Evans, Steve Javie, Bennett Salvatore
June 18
9:00 PM
(8:00 PM CDT)
New York Knicks 67, San Antonio Spurs 80
Scoring by quarter: 15–20, 19–19, 15–17, 18–24
Pts: Latrell Sprewell 26
Rebs: Marcus Camby 11
Asts: Charlie Ward 3
Pts: Tim Duncan 25
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Avery Johnson 5
San Antonio leads series, 2–0
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 39,554
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe Crawford, Jess Kersey
June 21
9:00 PM
San Antonio Spurs 81, New York Knicks 89
Scoring by quarter: 21–32, 25–17, 16–16, 19–24
Pts: David Robinson 25
Rebs: Tim Duncan 12
Asts: Avery Johnson 4
Pts: Allan Houston 34
Rebs: Kurt Thomas 10
Asts: Latrell Sprewell 5
San Antonio leads series, 2–1
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Hue Hollins, Ronnie Nunn
June 23
9:00 PM
San Antonio Spurs 96, New York Knicks 89
Scoring by quarter: 27–29, 23–17, 22–17, 24–26
Pts: Tim Duncan 28
Rebs: Tim Duncan 18
Asts: Avery Johnson 10
Pts: Latrell Sprewell 26
Rebs: Marcus Camby 13
Asts: Charlie Ward 8
San Antonio leads series, 3–1
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Hugh Evans, Ron Garretson, Mike Mathis
June 25
9:00 PM
San Antonio Spurs 78, New York Knicks 77
Scoring by quarter: 20–23, 20–15, 19–20, 19–19
Pts: Tim Duncan 31
Rebs: David Robinson 12
Asts: Avery Johnson 9
Pts: Latrell Sprewell 35
Rebs: Latrell Sprewell 10
Asts: Allan Houston 5
San Antonio wins series, 4–1
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Joe Crawford, Steve Javie, Bennett Salvatore

The teams did not meet in the regular season.

This was the first playoff meeting between the Knicks and the Spurs.[16]

Statistical leaders

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Category Game High Average
Player Team High Player Team Avg. GP
Points Tim Duncan
Shaquille O'Neal
Allen Iverson
Scottie Pippen
San Antonio Spurs
Los Angeles Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers
Houston Rockets
37 Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 28.5 8
Rebounds Charles Barkley Houston Rockets 23 Dikembe Mutombo Atlanta Hawks 13.9 9
Assists Mark Jackson
John Stockton
Indiana Pacers
Utah Jazz
14 Jason Kidd Phoenix Suns 10.3 3
Steals Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 10 Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 2.5 8
Blocks David Robinson San Antonio Spurs 7 Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers 2.9 8

See also

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References

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  13. ^ "NBA.com: The 60 Greatest Playoff Moments: Honorable Mention". Archived from the original on October 23, 2006.
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