1991 NBA Playoffs

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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 Chicago Bulls defeating the Western Conference Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals. Michael Jordan was named NBA Finals MVP.

After the Pistons had ended their season the last 3 years, the Bulls got revenge in the Eastern Conference Finals by sweeping the two-time defending NBA champions. 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, followed by a season in which they defeated the Lakers in the 2004 NBA Finals to win their first title in 14 years.

After losing their semifinal series to the Bulls, the 76ers did not return to the playoffs until 1999.

After losing their first round series to the 76ers, the Bucks did not return to the playoffs until 1999.

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

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

Bracket[edit]

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 L.A. 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 L.A. Lakers 4
3 L.A. Lakers 3
6 Houston 0
3 L.A. Lakers 4
7 Golden State 1
2 San Antonio 1
7 Golden State 3

Western Conference[edit]

Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

1st Round

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

Last Playoff Meeting: 1983 Western Conference First Round (Portland won 2-0)

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

  • Game 1 @ HemisFair Arena, San Antonio (April 25): San Antonio 130, Golden State 121
  • Game 2 @ HemisFair Arena, San Antonio (April 27): Golden State 111, San Antonio 98
  • Game 3 @ Oakland Coliseum, Oakland (May 1): Golden State 109, San Antonio 106
  • Game 4 @ Oakland Coliseum, Oakland (May 3): Golden State 110, San Antonio 97

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

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

  • Game 1 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (April 25): Los Angeles 94, Houston 92
  • Game 2 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (April 27): Los Angeles 109, Houston 98
  • Game 3 @ The Summit, Houston (April 30): Los Angeles 94, Houston 90 (Byron Scott hits the game-winner with 15 seconds left.)

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-1)

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

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Western Conference First Round (Phoenix won 3-2)

Conference Semifinals

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

Last Playoff Meeting: 1988 Western Conference First Round (Utah won 3-1)

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

Last Playoff Meeting: 1987 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4-1)

Conference Finals

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

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-0)

Eastern Conference[edit]

Champion: Chicago Bulls

1st Round

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

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Chicago won 4-2)

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

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (April 26): Boston 127, Indiana 120
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (April 28): Indiana 130, Boston 118
  • Game 3 @ Market Square Arena, Indianapolis (May 1): Boston 112, Indiana 105
  • Game 4 @ Market Square Arena, Indianapolis (May 3): Indiana 116, Boston 113
  • Game 5 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 5): Boston 124, Indiana 121 (Larry Bird came back in the middle of the third quarter despite suffering a concussion in the second and inspired the Celtics' rally.)

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first playoff meeting between the Pacers and Celtics.

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

Last Playoff Meeting: 1987 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Detroit won 4-1)

(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

Last Playoff Meeting: 1987 Eastern Conference First Round (Milwaukee won 3-2)

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
  • Game 5 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 14): Chicago 100, Philadelphia 95

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Chicago won 4-1)

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

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Eastern Conference First Round (Detroit won 3-0)

Conference Finals

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

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Eastern Conference Finals (Detroit won 4-3)

NBA Finals[edit]

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

  • Game 1 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (June 2): Los Angeles 93, Chicago 91 (Sam Perkins hits the game-winning 3 with 14 seconds left)
  • Game 2 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (June 5): Chicago 107, Los Angeles 86 (MJ does "The Move")
  • Game 3 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (June 7): Chicago 104, Los Angeles 96 (OT) (MJ hits the game-tying shot with 3.4 seconds left to force OT)
  • Game 4 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (June 9): Chicago 97, Los Angeles 82
  • Game 5 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (June 12): Chicago 108, Los Angeles 101

Last Playoff Meeting: 1973 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4-3)

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