1990 NBA Playoffs

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The 1990 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1989–90 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons deafeating the Western Conference champion Portland Trail Blazers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals. Isiah Thomas was named NBA Finals MVP.

It was the Blazers' first trip to the NBA Finals since their stunning victory in the 1977 NBA Finals.

The New York Knicks fell behind 2–0 to the Boston Celtics in their first round matchup, but took the series 3–2 by winning Game 5 124–117 in Boston Garden.

The Phoenix Suns defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in a playoff series for the first time ever. It also marked the first time since 1981 that the Lakers failed to reach the Western Conference Finals, ending the longest such run since the Bill Russell-led Boston Celtics, who made the Eastern Conference Finals thirteen consecutive times between 1957 and 1969.

The Chicago Bulls lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals 93–74 in Detroit, making it the third straight year they were ousted in the playoffs by the Pistons.

The Indiana Pacers made only their third playoff appearance since their NBA debut in the 1976–77 season; they proceeded to make the playoffs 16 out of the next 17 years (missing only in 1997).

The Dallas Mavericks made their only playoff appearance of the decade. They did not return until 2001.

Game 5 of the NBA Finals was the last NBA game to be televised on CBS.

Bracket[edit]

First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                       
1 Detroit 3
8 Indiana 0
1 Detroit 4
5 New York 1
4 Boston 2
5 New York 3
1 Detroit 4
Eastern Conference
3 Chicago 3
3 Chicago 3
6 Milwaukee 1
3 Chicago 4
2 Philadelphia 1
2 Philadelphia 3
7 Cleveland 2
E1 Detroit 4
W3 Portland 1
1 L.A. Lakers 3
8 Houston 1
1 L.A. Lakers 1
5 Phoenix 4
4 Utah 2
5 Phoenix 3
5 Phoenix 2
Western Conference
3 Portland 4
3 Portland 3
6 Dallas 0
3 Portland 4
2 San Antonio 3
2 San Antonio 3
7 Denver 0

Western Conference[edit]

Champion: Portland Trail Blazers

1st Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Houston Rockets: Lakers win series 3–1

  • Game 1 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (April 27): Los Angeles 101, Houston 89
  • Game 2 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (April 29): Los Angeles 104, Houston 100
  • Game 3 @ The Summit, Houston (May 1): Houston 114, Los Angeles 108
  • Game 4 @ The Summit, Houston (May 3): Los Angeles 109, Houston 88

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Western Conference Finals (Houston won 4–1)

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Denver Nuggets: Spurs win series 3–0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1985 Western Conference First Round (Denver won 3–2)

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) Dallas Mavericks: Blazers win series 3–0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1985 Western Conference First Round (Portland won 3–1)

(4) Utah Jazz vs. (5) Phoenix Suns: Suns win series 3–2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1984 Western Conference Semifinals (Phoenix won 4–2)

Conference Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Phoenix Suns: Suns win series 4–1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Western Conference Finals (Los Angeles won 4–0)

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (3) Portland Trail Blazers: Blazers win series 4–3

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first playoff meeting between the Trail Blazers and Spurs.

Conference Finals

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (5) Phoenix Suns: Blazers win series 4–2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1984 Western Conference First Round (Phoenix won 3–2)

Eastern Conference[edit]

Champion: Detroit Pistons

1st Round

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (8) Indiana Pacers: Pistons win series 3–0

Last Playoff Meeting: This was the first playoff meeting between the Pacers and Pistons.

(2) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (7) Cleveland Cavaliers: 76ers win series 3–2

  • Game 1 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (April 26): Philadelphia 111, Cleveland 106
  • Game 2 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (April 29): Philadelphia 107, Cleveland 101
  • Game 3 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 1): Cleveland 122, Philadelphia 95
  • Game 4 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 3): Cleveland 108, Philadelphia 96
  • Game 5 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 5): Philadelphia 113, Cleveland 97

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first playoff meeting between the Cavaliers and 76ers.

(3) Chicago Bulls vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks: Bulls win series 3–1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1985 Eastern Conference First Round (Milwaukee won 3–1)

(4) Boston Celtics vs. (5) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 3–2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1988 Eastern Conference First Round (Boston won 3–1)

Conference Semifinals

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (5) New York Knicks: Pistons win series 4–1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1984 Eastern Conference First Round (New York won 3–2)

(2) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (3) Chicago Bulls: Bulls win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 7): Chicago 96, Philadelphia 85
  • Game 2 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 9): Chicago 101, Philadelphia 96
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 11): Philadelphia 118, Chicago 112
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 13): Chicago 111, Philadelphia 101
  • Game 5 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 16): Chicago 117, Philadelphia 99

Last Playoff Meeting: This was the first playoff meeting between the 76ers and Bulls.

Conference Finals

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

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Eastern Conference Finals (Detroit won 4–2)

NBA Finals[edit]

Main article: 1990 NBA Finals

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (3) Portland Trail Blazers: Pistons win series 4–1

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