2000 NBA playoffs

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The 2000 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1999-2000 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Indiana Pacers four games to two. Shaquille O'Neal was named NBA Finals MVP.

2000 NBA playoffs
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DatesApril 22–June 19, 2000
Season1999–2000
Teams16
ChampionsLos Angeles Lakers (12th title)
Runners-upIndiana Pacers (1st finals appearance)
Semifinalists

The San Antonio Spurs were the champions going into the playoffs, but following a season-ending injury to fourth-year star Tim Duncan, were eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in the first round, marking the first time since 1987 that a title-winning team did not repeat. They were also the first defending champion to be eliminated in the first round since the Philadelphia 76ers in 1984.

The Lakers' win was the first title for both O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, and the first Lakers championship since the 1988 NBA Finals. A. C. Green, the only player left from the Lakers' Showtime era, was in the Lakers starting lineup for this series as well.

For the Pacers, it was their first Eastern Conference title after four previous appearances in the Eastern Conference Finals; however, after this season, the team was radically altered with key players Dale Davis, Derrick McKey and Mark Jackson moving to other teams and Rik Smits retiring. Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals was the last game Patrick Ewing ever played as a Knick, and New York would not win another playoff series until 2013.

The Trail Blazers defeated the Timberwolves and the Jazz in the first two rounds before falling to the Lakers in the conference final. The Trail Blazers would not win another playoff series until 2014.

This season's playoffs also marked the debut of the five-year-old expansion Toronto Raptors. For the third straight year, New York eliminated Miami; it was their fourth consecutive postseason meeting.

This was also the first NBA postseason not have any back-to-backs at all. (After 1988, they were still used in the conference semifinals.)

Playoff qualifyingEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:

  1. Indiana Pacers (56–26, clinched Central division and home court advantage for the Eastern Conference playoffs)
  2. Miami Heat (52–30, clinched Atlantic division)
  3. New York Knicks (50–32)
  4. Charlotte Hornets (49–33)
  5. Philadelphia 76ers (49–33)
  6. Toronto Raptors (45–37)
  7. Detroit Pistons (42–40)
  8. Milwaukee Bucks (42–40)

Western ConferenceEdit

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:

  1. Los Angeles Lakers (67–15, clinched Pacific division title and home court advantage throughout the playoffs)
  2. Utah Jazz (55–27, clinched Midwest division)
  3. Portland Trail Blazers (59–23)
  4. San Antonio Spurs (53–29)
  5. Phoenix Suns (53–29)
  6. Minnesota Timberwolves (50–32)
  7. Seattle SuperSonics (45–37)
  8. Sacramento Kings (44–38)

BracketEdit

This was the outlook for the playoffs. Teams in italics have home court advantage. Teams in bold advance to the next round. Numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's original playoffs seeding in their respective conferences. Numbers to the right of each team indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions possess an asterisk (*)


  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
E1 Indiana* 3  
E8 Milwaukee 2  
  E1 Indiana* 4  
  E5 Philadelphia 2  
E4 Charlotte 1
E5 Philadelphia 3  
  E1 Indiana* 4  
Eastern Conference
  E3 New York 2  
E3 New York 3  
E6 Toronto 0  
  E3 New York 4
  E2 Miami* 3  
E2 Miami* 3
E7 Detroit 0  
  E1 Indiana* 2
  W1 LA Lakers* 4
W1 LA Lakers* 3  
W8 Sacramento 2  
  W1 LA Lakers* 4
  W5 Phoenix 1  
W4 San Antonio 1
W5 Phoenix 3  
  W1 LA Lakers* 4
Western Conference
  W3 Portland 3  
W3 Portland 3  
W6 Minnesota 1  
  W3 Portland 4
  W2 Utah* 1  
W2 Utah* 3
W7 Seattle 2  


* Division winner
Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage


Western ConferenceEdit

Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

First RoundEdit

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Sacramento KingsEdit

April 23
5:30 PM
Sacramento Kings 107, Los Angeles Lakers 117
Scoring by quarter: 28–34, 27–31, 24–26, 28–26
Pts: Chris Webber 28
Rebs: Lawrence Funderburke 6
Asts: Vlade Divac 8
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 46
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 17
Asts: Bryant, Shaw 5 each
Los Angeles leads series, 1–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Mike Callahan, Steve Javie, Eddie F. Rush
April 27
10:30 PM
Sacramento Kings 89, Los Angeles Lakers 113
Scoring by quarter: 24–35, 17–21, 23–27, 25–30
Pts: Chris Webber 22
Rebs: Chris Webber 12
Asts: Chris Webber 6
Pts: Kobe Bryant 32
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 19
Asts: Shaquille O'Neal 6
Los Angeles leads series, 2–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Joe DeRosa, Bernie Fryer
April 30
5:30 PM
Los Angeles Lakers 91, Sacramento Kings 99
Scoring by quarter: 28–22, 23–24, 20–20, 20–33
Pts: Kobe Bryant 35
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 17
Asts: Ron Harper 4
Pts: Chris Webber 29
Rebs: Chris Webber 14
Asts: Chris Webber 8
Los Angeles leads series, 2–1
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Attendance: 17,317
Referees: Bob Delaney, Ron Garretson, Tom Washington
May 2
10:30 PM
Los Angeles Lakers 88, Sacramento Kings 101
Scoring by quarter: 18–27, 27–29, 21–17, 22–28
Pts: Kobe Bryant 32
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 16
Asts: Bryant, Harper 4 each
Pts: Chris Webber 23
Rebs: Chris Webber 13
Asts: Chris Webber 8
Series tied, 2–2
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Attendance: 17,317
Referees: Hugh Evans, Ken Mauer, Greg Willard
May 5
10:30 PM
Sacramento Kings 86, Los Angeles Lakers 113
Scoring by quarter: 20–31, 24–28, 18–30, 24–24
Pts: Chris Webber 20
Rebs: Tony Delk 6
Asts: Barry, Webber 4 each
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 32
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 18
Asts: Bryant, Rice 6
Los Angeles wins series, 3–2
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Dan Crawford, Jack Nies, Ronnie Nunn
  • Shaquille O'Neal scores playoff career-high 46 points in Game One.
  • Kobe Bryant scores playoff career-high 32 points in Game Two.
  • Bryant scores a new career-high 35 points in Game Three.

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

(2) Utah Jazz vs. (7) Seattle SuperSonicsEdit

April 22
5:30 PM
Seattle SuperSonics 93, Utah Jazz 104
Scoring by quarter: 25–22, 24–30, 19–31, 25–21
Pts: Gary Payton 24
Rebs: Gary Payton 11
Asts: Gary Payton 6
Pts: Karl Malone 50
Rebs: Karl Malone 12
Asts: Jeff Hornacek 11
Utah leads series, 1–0
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Ronnie Nunn, Bennett Salvatore, Greg Willard
April 24
10:30 PM
Seattle SuperSonics 87, Utah Jazz 101
Scoring by quarter: 19–25, 21–32, 19–29, 28–15
Pts: Gary Payton 20
Rebs: Vin Baker 7
Asts: Shammond Williams 10
Pts: Karl Malone 23
Rebs: Greg Ostertag 12
Asts: John Stockton 11
Utah leads series, 2–0
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Mike Callahan, Steve Javie, Eddie F. Rush
April 29
5:30 PM
Utah Jazz 78, Seattle SuperSonics 89
Scoring by quarter: 16–20, 18–20, 18–24, 26–25
Pts: Karl Malone 30
Rebs: three players 6 each
Asts: John Stockton 13
Pts: Gary Payton 23
Rebs: Vin Baker 11
Asts: Gary Payton 10
Utah leads series, 2–1
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 16,713
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Joe DeRosa, Bernie Fryer
May 3
9:00 PM
Utah Jazz 93, Seattle SuperSonics 104
Scoring by quarter: 29–26, 7–24, 35–28, 22–26
Pts: Bryon Russell 26
Rebs: Karl Malone 14
Asts: John Stockton 12
Pts: Gary Payton 35
Rebs: Gary Payton 10
Asts: Gary Payton 11
Series tied, 2–2
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 16,631
Referees: Jim Clark, Ron Garretson, Mark Wunderlich
May 5
8:00 PM
Seattle SuperSonics 93, Utah Jazz 96
Scoring by quarter: 18–23, 31–30, 21–26, 23–17
Pts: Gary Payton 27
Rebs: three players 7 each
Asts: Gary Payton 9
Pts: Karl Malone 27
Rebs: Karl Malone 8
Asts: John Stockton 15
Utah wins series, 3–2
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Hugh Evans, Hue Hollins, Don Vaden

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

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) Minnesota TimberwolvesEdit

April 23
3:00 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves 88, Portland Trail Blazers 91
Scoring by quarter: 22–33, 25–15, 28–21, 13–22
Pts: Malik Sealy 23
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 10
Asts: Terrell Brandon 12
Pts: Scottie Pippen 28
Rebs: Scottie Pippen 9
Asts: Damon Stoudamire 4
Portland leads series, 1–0
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 19,980
Referees: Jim Clark, Hugh Evans, Mike Mathis
April 26
10:30 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves 82, Portland Trail Blazers 86
Scoring by quarter: 24–19, 17–21, 17–27, 24–19
Pts: Kevin Garnett 23
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 10
Asts: Terrell Brandon 6
Pts: Scottie Pippen 21
Rebs: Pippen, Wallace 7 each
Asts: Damon Stoudamire 6
Portland leads series, 2–0
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,568
Referees: Dan Crawford, Jess Kersey, Tommy Nunez Sr.
April 30
3:00 PM
Portland Trail Blazers 87, Minnesota Timberwolves 94
Scoring by quarter: 20–24, 20–23, 28–21, 19–26
Pts: Steve Smith 22
Rebs: Brian Grant 7
Asts: Pippen, Stoudamire 6 each
Pts: Terrell Brandon 28
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 13
Asts: Terrell Brandon 12
Portland leads series, 2–1
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 19,006
Referees: Joe Crawford, Luis Grillo, Eddie F. Rush
May 2
8:00 PM
Portland Trail Blazers 85, Minnesota Timberwolves 77
Scoring by quarter: 18–22, 18–18, 21–24, 28–13
Pts: Sabonis, Wallace 15 each
Rebs: Arvydas Sabonis 11
Asts: Scottie Pippen 6
Pts: Kevin Garnett 17
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 10
Asts: Kevin Garnett 9
Portland wins series, 3–1
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 19,006
Referees: Ted Bernhardt, Steve Javie, Don Vaden

This was the first playoff meeting between the Timberwolves and the Trail Blazers.[3]

(4) San Antonio Spurs vs. (5) Phoenix SunsEdit

April 22
3:00 PM
Phoenix Suns 72, San Antonio Spurs 70
Scoring by quarter: 13–17, 28–18, 15–18, 16–17
Pts: Hardaway, Robinson 17 each
Rebs: Shawn Marion 9
Asts: Kevin Johnson 6
Pts: Sean Elliott 15
Rebs: Samaki Walker 16
Asts: Elie, Johnson 4 each
Phoenix leads series, 1–0
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 21,916
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Hue Hollins, Bill Spooner
April 25
9:30 PM
Phoenix Suns 70, San Antonio Spurs 85
Scoring by quarter: 20–24, 17–27, 14–9, 19–25
Pts: Penny Hardaway 19
Rebs: Corie Blount 11
Asts: Johnson, Robinson 3 each
Pts: David Robinson 25
Rebs: David Robinson 15
Asts: Avery Johnson 6
Series tied, 1–1
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 20,617
Referees: Jim Clark, Hugh Evans, Mike Mathis
April 29
3:00 PM
San Antonio Spurs 94, Phoenix Suns 101
Scoring by quarter: 27–21, 22–29, 30–19, 15–32
Pts: David Robinson 37
Rebs: David Robinson 13
Asts: Avery Johnson 6
Pts: Penny Hardaway 17
Rebs: Shawn Marion 14
Asts: Penny Hardaway 13
Phoenix leads series, 2–1
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 19,023
Referees: Dan Crawford, Jess Kersey, Greg Willard
May 2
9:00 PM
San Antonio Spurs 78, Phoenix Suns 89
Scoring by quarter: 21–15, 16–27, 19–26, 22–21
Pts: David Robinson 21
Rebs: David Robinson 16
Asts: Avery Johnson 5
Pts: Hardaway, Rogers 23 each
Rebs: Marion, Rogers 10 each
Asts: Jason Kidd 10
Phoenix wins series, 3–1
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 19,023
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney, Tom Washington

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

Conference SemifinalsEdit

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Phoenix SunsEdit

May 7
5:30 PM
Phoenix Suns 77, Los Angeles Lakers 105
Scoring by quarter: 18–18, 23–28, 19–29, 17–30
Pts: Penny Hardaway 25
Rebs: Blount, Kidd 7 each
Asts: Jason Kidd 7
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 37
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 14
Asts: Brian Shaw 4
Los Angeles leads series, 1–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Steve Javie, Don Vaden
May 10
10:30 PM
Phoenix Suns 96, Los Angeles Lakers 97
Scoring by quarter: 26–24, 18–26, 21–24, 31–23
Pts: Clifford Robinson 30
Rebs: Blount, Marion 9 each
Asts: Penny Hardaway 8
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 38
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 20
Asts: Kobe Bryant 6
Los Angeles leads series, 2–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Ted Bernhardt, Ron Garretson, Eddie F. Rush
May 12
10:30 PM
Los Angeles Lakers 105, Phoenix Suns 99
Scoring by quarter: 18–28, 34–22, 23–26, 30–23
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 37
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 17
Asts: Horry, Shaw 4 each
Pts: Penny Hardaway 31
Rebs: Clifford Robinson 9
Asts: Jason Kidd 12
Los Angeles leads series, 3–0
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 19,023
Referees: Jim Clark, Terry Durham, Hugh Evans
May 14
5:30 PM
Los Angeles Lakers 98, Phoenix Suns 117
Scoring by quarter: 24–38, 24–33, 23–22, 27–24
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 24
Rebs: Horry, O'Neal 9 each
Asts: Kobe Bryant 5
Pts: Clifford Robinson 32
Rebs: Jason Kidd 10
Asts: Jason Kidd 16
Los Angeles leads series, 3–1
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 19,023
Referees: Joe Crawford, Gary Forest, Mike Mathis
May 16
10:30 PM
Phoenix Suns 65, Los Angeles Lakers 87
Scoring by quarter: 14–21, 9–28, 17–19, 25–19
Pts: Todd Day 10
Rebs: Rodney Rogers 8
Asts: Clifford Robinson 4
Pts: Kobe Bryant 17
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 21
Asts: Brian Shaw 4
Los Angeles wins series, 4–1
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bernie Fryer, Luis Grillo
  • Kobe Bryant hits the game-winner with 2.6 seconds left in Game 2.

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

(2) Utah Jazz vs. (3) Portland Trail BlazersEdit

May 7
3:00 PM
Utah Jazz 75, Portland Trail Blazers 94
Scoring by quarter: 15–23, 19–21, 27–21, 14–29
Pts: Karl Malone 22
Rebs: Malone, Polynice 8 each
Asts: John Stockton 6
Pts: Scottie Pippen 20
Rebs: Arvydas Sabonis 14
Asts: Arvydas Sabonis 4
Portland leads series, 1–0
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,351
Referees: Mike Callahan, Dan Crawford, Ronnie Nunn
May 9
10:30 PM
Utah Jazz 85, Portland Trail Blazers 103
Scoring by quarter: 16–24, 19–32, 23–24, 27–23
Pts: Karl Malone 15
Rebs: Olden Polynice 6
Asts: John Stockton 6
Pts: Steve Smith 19
Rebs: Grant, Wallace 8 each
Asts: three players 4 each
Portland leads series, 2–0
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,463
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Steve Javie, Greg Willard
May 11
8:00 PM
Portland Trail Blazers 103, Utah Jazz 84
Scoring by quarter: 30–23, 25–26, 20–21, 28–14
Pts: Arvydas Sabonis 22
Rebs: Arvydas Sabonis 8
Asts: Scottie Pippen 7
Pts: Karl Malone 28
Rebs: Karl Malone 11
Asts: John Stockton 12
Portland leads series, 3–0
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Joe Crawford, Ken Mauer, Jack Nies
May 14
3:00 PM
Portland Trail Blazers 85, Utah Jazz 88
Scoring by quarter: 26–31, 23–23, 20–21, 16–13
Pts: Brian Grant 20
Rebs: Brian Grant 13
Asts: Pippen, Stoudamire 4 each
Pts: Karl Malone 27
Rebs: Olden Polynice 11
Asts: John Stockton 9
Portland leads series, 3–1
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,627
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Hugh Evans, Bernie Fryer
May 16
8:00 PM
Utah Jazz 79, Portland Trail Blazers 81
Scoring by quarter: 21–19, 20–14, 22–28, 16–20
Pts: Karl Malone 27
Rebs: Karl Malone 11
Asts: John Stockton 9
Pts: Scottie Pippen 23
Rebs: Pippen, Sabonis 9 each
Asts: Scottie Pippen 8
Portland wins series, 4–1
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,043
Referees: Ted Bernhardt, Hue Hollins, Bennett Salvatore
  • In Game 5, Scottie Pippen hits the series-winning 3 with 7.3 seconds left. Game 5 is Jeff Hornacek's final NBA game.

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

Conference FinalsEdit

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Portland Trail BlazersEdit

May 20
3:30 PM
Portland Trail Blazers 94, Los Angeles Lakers 109
Scoring by quarter: 26–26, 16–37, 30–22, 22–24
Pts: Scottie Pippen 19
Rebs: Scottie Pippen 11
Asts: Scottie Pippen 5
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 41
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 11
Asts: Shaquille O'Neal 7
Los Angeles leads series, 1–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Bob Delaney, Ron Garretson, Mike Mathis
May 22
9:30 PM
Portland Trail Blazers 106, Los Angeles Lakers 77
Scoring by quarter: 22–23, 26–22, 28–8, 30–24
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 29
Rebs: Rasheed Wallace 12
Asts: Greg Anthony 4
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 23
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 12
Asts: three players 4 each
Series tied, 1–1
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Steve Javie, Ken Mauer, Jack Nies
May 26
9:00 PM
Los Angeles Lakers 93, Portland Trail Blazers 91
Scoring by quarter: 22–30, 23–25, 27–16, 21–20
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 26
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 12
Asts: Kobe Bryant 7
Pts: Stoudamire, Wallace 19 each
Rebs: Scottie Pippen 9
Asts: Scottie Pippen 6
Los Angeles leads series, 2–1
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,135
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Hugh Evans, Eddie F. Rush
May 28
3:30 PM
Los Angeles Lakers 103, Portland Trail Blazers 91
Scoring by quarter: 16–26, 26–21, 34–19, 27–25
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 25
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 11
Asts: Kobe Bryant 7
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 34
Rebs: Rasheed Wallace 13
Asts: Damon Stoudamire 5
Los Angeles leads series, 3–1
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,209
Referees: Hue Hollins, Bennett Salvatore, Don Vaden
May 30
9:00 PM
Portland Trail Blazers 96, Los Angeles Lakers 88
Scoring by quarter: 26–24, 27–21, 27–22, 16–21
Pts: Pippen, Wallace 22 each
Rebs: Rasheed Wallace 10
Asts: Detlef Schrempf 6
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 31
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 21
Asts: Robert Horry 5
Los Angeles leads series, 3–2
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Joe Crawford, Terry Durham, Ronnie Nunn
June 2
9:30 PM
Los Angeles Lakers 93, Portland Trail Blazers 103
Scoring by quarter: 15–26, 24–23, 24–22, 30–32
Pts: Kobe Bryant 33
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 11
Asts: Robert Horry 7
Pts: Steve Smith 26
Rebs: Arvydas Sabonis 11
Asts: Arvydas Sabonis 6
Series tied, 3–3
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,340
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bernie Fryer, Ron Garretson
June 4
7:30 PM
Portland Trail Blazers 84, Los Angeles Lakers 89
Scoring by quarter: 23–16, 19–23, 29–19, 13–31
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 30
Rebs: Scottie Pippen 10
Asts: three players 3 each
Pts: Kobe Bryant 25
Rebs: Kobe Bryant 11
Asts: Kobe Bryant 7
Los Angeles wins series, 4–3
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Hugh Evans, Steve Javie
  • In Game 3, Arvydas Sabonis' potential game-tying shot was blocked by Kobe Bryant.
  • In Game 7, the Lakers overcame a 16-point deficit (71-55) and sealed the victory with Kobe Bryant delivering an alley-oop to Shaquille O'Neal.

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

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Champion: Indiana Pacers

First RoundEdit

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) Milwaukee BucksEdit

April 23
8:30 PM
Milwaukee Bucks 85, Indiana Pacers 88
Scoring by quarter: 18–28, 16–17, 28–17, 23–26
Pts: Ray Allen 26
Rebs: Ham, Johnson 8 each
Asts: Sam Cassell 6
Pts: Jalen Rose 26
Rebs: Dale Davis 17
Asts: Mark Jackson 11
Indiana leads series, 1–0
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Jack Nies, Don Vaden
April 27
8:00 PM
Milwaukee Bucks 104, Indiana Pacers 91
Scoring by quarter: 35–19, 26–19, 27–26, 16–27
Pts: Allen, Sam Cassell 20 each
Rebs: Ervin Johnson 12
Asts: Sam Cassell 8
Pts: Austin Croshere 16
Rebs: Dale Davis 12
Asts: Mark Jackson 5
Series tied, 1–1
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Ronnie Nunn, Bennett Salvatore, Derrick Stafford
April 29
8:30 PM
Indiana Pacers 109, Milwaukee Bucks 96
Scoring by quarter: 23–26, 28–32, 30–20, 28–18
Pts: Reggie Miller 34
Rebs: Austin Croshere 11
Asts: Miller, Rose 5 each
Pts: Allen, Robinson 26 each
Rebs: Ervin Johnson 13
Asts: Sam Cassell 12
Indiana leads series, 2–1
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 18,717
Referees: Hugh Evans, Ken Mauer, Mark Wunderlich
May 1
9:30 PM
Indiana Pacers 87, Milwaukee Bucks 100
Scoring by quarter: 21–33, 16–31, 25–24, 25–12
Pts: Jalen Rose 17
Rebs: Dale Davis 10
Asts: Mark Jackson 6
Pts: Allen, Williams 20 each
Rebs: Ervin Johnson 9
Asts: Sam Cassell 13
Series tied, 2–2
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 18,072
Referees: Mike Callahan, Jim Clark, Dan Crawford
May 4
8:00 PM
Milwaukee Bucks 95, Indiana Pacers 96
Scoring by quarter: 30–25, 17–21, 23–25, 25–25
Pts: Sam Cassell 22
Rebs: Tim Thomas 9
Asts: Sam Cassell 6
Pts: Reggie Miller 41
Rebs: Dale Davis 12
Asts: Mark Jackson 8
Indiana wins series, 3–2
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Joe Crawford, Steve Javie, Eddie F. Rush
  • In Game 5, Travis Best hits the eventual series-winning 3 with 16.5 left. Also Reggie Miller scores 18 points in the 4th quarter of game 5.

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

(4) Charlotte Hornets vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ersEdit

April 22
8:30 PM
Philadelphia 76ers 92, Charlotte Hornets 82
Scoring by quarter: 17–22, 24–22, 34–22, 17–16
Pts: Allen Iverson 40
Rebs: Theo Ratliff 8
Asts: Eric Snow 9
Pts: Derrick Coleman 23
Rebs: Derrick Coleman 16
Asts: David Wesley 4
Philadelphia leads series, 1–0
Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance: 15,023
Referees: Joe Crawford, Joe Forte, Luis Grillo
April 24
8:00 PM
Philadelphia 76ers 98, Charlotte Hornets 108 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 20–24, 27–25, 27–22, 17–20Overtime: 7–17
Pts: Toni Kukoč 20
Rebs: Tyrone Hill 13
Asts: Eric Snow 13
Pts: Derrick Coleman 29
Rebs: Elden Campbell 14
Asts: Eddie Jones 8
Series tied, 1–1
Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance: 11,686
Referees: Terry Durham, Ron Garretson, Ken Mauer
April 28
8:00 PM
Charlotte Hornets 76, Philadelphia 76ers 81
Scoring by quarter: 18–18, 22–20, 17–19, 19–24
Pts: Eddie Jones 18
Rebs: Derrick Coleman 17
Asts: Anthony Mason 7
Pts: Allen Iverson 24
Rebs: Theo Ratliff 11
Asts: Aaron McKie 5
Philadelphia leads series, 2–1
First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 20,849
Referees: Ted Bernhardt, Hue Hollins, Don Vaden
May 1
7:00 PM
Charlotte Hornets 99, Philadelphia 76ers 105
Scoring by quarter: 25–30, 25–24, 29–21, 20–30
Pts: Campbell, Mason 21 each
Rebs: Campbell, Coleman 11 each
Asts: Eddie Jones 8
Pts: Allen Iverson 26
Rebs: Matt Geiger 10
Asts: Aaron McKie 11
Philadelphia wins series, 3–1
First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 20,712
Referees: Mike Mathis, Bennett Salvatore, Bill Spooner

This was the first playoff meeting between the 76ers and the Charlotte Hornets.[9]

(3) New York Knicks vs. (6) Toronto RaptorsEdit

April 23
12:30 PM
Toronto Raptors 88, New York Knicks 92
Scoring by quarter: 12–27, 25–19, 25–25, 26–21
Pts: Tracy McGrady 25
Rebs: Kevin Willis 11
Asts: Carter, Oakley 6 each
Pts: Houston, Sprewell 21 each
Rebs: Patrick Ewing 9
Asts: Charlie Ward 5
New York leads series, 1–0
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bob Delaney, Monty McCutchen
April 26
8:00 PM
Toronto Raptors 83, New York Knicks 84
Scoring by quarter: 26–15, 15–19, 26–21, 16–29
Pts: Vince Carter 27
Rebs: Kevin Willis 10
Asts: Vince Carter 5
Pts: Latrell Sprewell 25
Rebs: Marcus Camby 13
Asts: Allan Houston 4
New York leads series, 2–0
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Ted Bernhardt, Terry Durham, Hue Hollins
April 30
12:30 PM
New York Knicks 87, Toronto Raptors 80
Scoring by quarter: 21–20, 25–25, 15–18, 26–17
Pts: Allan Houston 23
Rebs: Patrick Ewing 11
Asts: Latrell Sprewell 6
Pts: Antonio Davis 18
Rebs: Charles Oakley 14
Asts: Vince Carter 8
New York wins series, 3–0
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 19,996
Referees: Joe Forte, Steve Javie, Tommy Nunez Sr.

This was the first playoff meeting between the Knicks and the Raptors.[10]

(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) Detroit PistonsEdit

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(MIA-DET)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 22 Miami 95 Detroit 85 1-0 American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida 1 NBC 12:30et
2 April 25 Miami 84 Detroit 82 2-0 American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida 2 TNT 7:00et
3 April 29 Detroit 72 Miami 91 3-0 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan 3 NBC 12:30et
Miami wins series 3–0

This was the first playoff meeting between the Pistons and the Heat.[11]

Conference SemifinalsEdit

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ersEdit

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(IND-PHI)

Venue Recap Television
1 May 6 Indiana 108 Philadelphia 91 1-0 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana 1 NBC 3:30et
2 May 8 Indiana 103 Philadelphia 97 2-0 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana 2 TBS 8:00et
3 May 10 Philadelphia 89 Indiana 97 3-0 First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3 TNT 8:00et
4 May 13 Philadelphia 92 Indiana 90 3-1 First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4 NBC 3:30et
5 May 15 Indiana 86 Philadelphia 107 3-2 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana 5 TBS 8:00et
6 May 19 Philadelphia 90 Indiana 106 4-2 First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 6 TNT 6:30et
Indiana wins series 4–2

Jalen Rose and Reggie Miller both scored 40 points to lead the Pacers to the series-opening victory.

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

(2) Miami Heat vs. (3) New York KnicksEdit

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(MIA-NYK)

Venue Recap Television
1 May 7 Miami 87 New York 83 1-0 American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida 1 NBC 12:30et
2 May 9 Miami 76 New York 82 1-1 American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida 2 TNT 8:00et
3 May 12 New York 76 Miami 77 2-1 Madison Square Garden, New York City 3 TNT 8:00et
4 May 14 New York 91 Miami 83 2-2 Madison Square Garden, New York City 4 NBC 12:30et
5 May 17 Miami 87 New York 81 3-2 American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida 5 TNT 8:00et
6 May 19 New York 72 Miami 70 3-3 Madison Square Garden, New York City 6 TNT 9:00et
7 May 21 Miami 82 New York 83 3-4 American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida 7 NBC 3:30et
New York wins series 4–3

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

Conference FinalsEdit

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (3) New York KnicksEdit

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(IND-NYK)

Venue Recap Television
1 May 23 Indiana 102 New York 88 1-0 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana 1 TNT 8:30et
2 May 25 Indiana 88 New York 84 2-0 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana 2 TNT 8:30et
3 May 27 New York 98 Indiana 95 2-1 Madison Square Garden, New York City 3 NBC 3:30et
4 May 29 New York 91 Indiana 89 2-2 Madison Square Garden, New York City 4 NBC 5:30et
5 May 31 Indiana 88 New York 79 3-2 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana 5 NBC 9:00et
6 June 2 New York 80 Indiana 93 4-2 Madison Square Garden, New York City 6 NBC 7:00et
Indiana wins series 4–2
  • In Game 6, Reggie Miller scores 17 points in the 4th quarter to help the Pacers reach the NBA Finals.

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

NBA Finals: (W1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (E1) Indiana PacersEdit

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(LAL-IND)

Venue Recap Television
1 June 7 L.A. Lakers 104 Indiana 87 1-0 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California 1 NBC 9:00et
2 June 9 L.A. Lakers 111 Indiana 104 2-0 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California 2 NBC 9:00et
3 June 11 Indiana 100 L.A. Lakers 91 2-1 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana 3 NBC 7:30et
4 June 14 Indiana 118 L.A. Lakers 120 3-1 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana 4 NBC 9:00et
5 June 16 Indiana 120 L.A. Lakers 87 3-2 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana 5 NBC 9:00et
6 June 19 L.A. Lakers 116 Indiana 111 4-2 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California 6 NBC 9:00et
L.A. Lakers win series 4–2
  • In Game 4, Kobe Bryant came back from his injury from Game 2 and after his teammate, Shaquille O'Neal fouled out of the game in OT, he took over the game. He followed in a missed shot by Brian Shaw with 5.9 seconds left to give the Lakers a 3-point lead, and after a potential game-winning three by Reggie Miller bounced off the rim, the Lakers took a 3-1 series lead. Game 6 is Rik Smits final NBA game.

This was the first playoff meeting between the Pacers and the Lakers.[15]

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