1992 NBA Playoffs

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The 1992 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament following the National Basketball Association's 1991–92 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls defeating the Western Conference champion Portland Trail Blazers 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals. Michael Jordan was named NBA Finals MVP for the second straight year.

The Blazers won their second Western Conference title in the past three years, third overall in franchise history, behind the leadership of Clyde Drexler.

The Jazz made the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. They returned in 1994 and 1996 before finally breaking through in 1997.

The fourth-year Miami Heat became the first of the 1988 and 1989 expansion teams (the Magic, Timberwolves and Hornets were the other 3) to make the playoffs, though they were swept in the first round by the Bulls. In 2006, the Heat would become the first of these teams to win the NBA title.

This was the first year since 1987 that the Bulls and Pistons did not meet in the playoffs. They did not meet again until 2007.

The Clippers made it to the playoffs for the first time since 1976, when they were the Buffalo Braves.

Despite Magic Johnson's stunning retirement due to testing HIV positive prior to the start of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers still managed to make their 16th straight NBA playoff appearance. It was their first appearance since 1979 without Johnson, Michael Cooper, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Two games were postponed due to the Los Angeles riots following the Rodney King verdict, one being the Trail Blazers at the Lakers and the other was the Jazz at the Clippers. For safety purposes, both the Lakers and Clippers decided to move their home games to a nearby alternate venue; the Lakers played at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada (later host to the 2007 NBA All-Star Game) for Game 4, the Clippers at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California for Game 4 (the Clippers returned to Anaheim at Arrowhead Pond in 1994 as an alternate venue and played there until 1999 whenever the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was unavailable).

Game 4 of the Blazers-Suns series was the last game ever played at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Celtics' first round sweep of the Pacers would be their last playoff series win until 2002. After losing in the second round to Cleveland, Larry Bird retired after 13 seasons. As for the Cavs, it was their first Conference Finals appearance since 1976, but fell to the Bulls in 6 games. They would not return again until 2007.

Bracket[edit]

First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                       
1 Chicago 3
8 Miami 0
1 Chicago 4
4 New York 3
4 New York 3
5 Detroit 2
1 Chicago 4
Eastern Conference
3 Cleveland 2
3 Cleveland 3
6 New Jersey 1
3 Cleveland 4
2 Boston 3
2 Boston 3
7 Indiana 0
E1 Chicago 4
W1 Portland 2
1 Portland 3
8 L.A. Lakers 1
1 Portland 4
4 Phoenix 1
4 Phoenix 3
5 San Antonio 0
1 Portland 4
Western Conference
2 Utah 2
3 Golden State 1
6 Seattle 3
6 Seattle 1
2 Utah 4
2 Utah 3
7 L.A. Clippers 2

Western Conference[edit]

Champion: Portland Trail Blazers

1st Round

(1) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (8) Los Angeles Lakers: Blazers win series 3–1

(*) Due to 1992 Los Angeles riots

Last Playoff Meeting: 1991 Western Conference Finals (Los Angeles won 4–2)

(2) Utah Jazz vs. (7) Los Angeles Clippers: Jazz win series 3–2

(*) Due to 1992 Los Angeles riots

Last Playoff Meeting: This was the first playoff meeting between the Clippers and Jazz.

(3) Golden State Warriors vs. (6) Seattle SuperSonics: SuperSonics win series 3–1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1975 Western Conference Semifinals (Golden State won 4–2)

(4) Phoenix Suns vs. (5) San Antonio Spurs: Suns win series 3–0

Last Playoff Meeting: This was the first playoff meeting between the Spurs and Suns.

Conference Semifinals

(1) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (4) Phoenix Suns: Blazers win series 4–1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Western Conference Finals (Portland won 4–2)

(2) Utah Jazz vs. (6) Seattle SuperSonics: Jazz win series 4–1

Last Playoff Meeting: This was the first playoff meeting between the SuperSonics and Jazz.

Conference Finals

(1) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (2) Utah Jazz: Blazers win series 4–2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1991 Western Conference Semifinals (Portland won 4–1)

Eastern Conference[edit]

Champion: Chicago Bulls

1st Round

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (8) Miami Heat: Bulls win series 3–0

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first playoff meeting between the Heat and Bulls.

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (7) Indiana Pacers: Celtics win series 3–0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1991 Eastern Conference First Round (Boston won 3–2)

(3) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (6) New Jersey Nets: Cavaliers win series 3–1

  • Game 1 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (April 23): Cleveland 120, New Jersey 113
  • Game 2 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (April 25): Cleveland 118, New Jersey 96
  • Game 3 @ Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford (April 28): New Jersey 109, Cleveland 104
  • Game 4 @ Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford (April 30): Cleveland 98, New Jersey 89

Last Playoff Meeting: This was the first playoff meeting between the Nets and Cavaliers.

(4) New York Knicks vs. (5) Detroit Pistons: Knicks win series 3–2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Detroit won 4–1)

Conference Semifinals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (4) New York Knicks: Bulls win series 4–3

Last Playoff Meeting: 1991 Eastern Conference First Round (Chicago won 3–0)

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Cleveland Cavaliers: Cavaliers win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 2): Cleveland 101, Boston 76
  • Game 2 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 4): Boston 104, Cleveland 98
  • Game 3 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 8): Boston 110, Cleveland 107
  • Game 4 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 10): Cleveland 114, Boston 112 (OT)
  • Game 5 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 13): Cleveland 114, Boston 98
  • Game 6 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 15): Boston 122, Cleveland 91
  • Game 7 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 17): Cleveland 122, Boston 104 (Larry Bird's final NBA game)

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

Conference Finals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (3) Cleveland Cavaliers: Bulls win series 4–2

  • Game 1 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 19): Chicago 103, Cleveland 89
  • Game 2 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 21): Cleveland 107, Chicago 81
  • Game 3 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 23): Chicago 105, Cleveland 96
  • Game 4 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 25): Cleveland 99, Chicago 85
  • Game 5 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 27): Chicago 112, Cleveland 89
  • Game 6 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 29): Chicago 99, Cleveland 94

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Eastern Conference First Round (Chicago won 3–2)

NBA Finals[edit]

Main article: 1992 NBA Finals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (1) Portland Trail Blazers: Bulls win series 4–2

  • Game 1 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (June 3): Chicago 122, Portland 89 (MJ scores 35 points in the first half, along with a then-record six 3-pointers)
  • Game 2 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (June 5): Portland 115, Chicago 104 (OT) (Kevin Duckworth hits the game-tying shot with 17.3 seconds left to force OT)
  • Game 3 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland (June 7): Chicago 94, Portland 84
  • Game 4 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland (June 10): Portland 93, Chicago 88
  • Game 5 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland (June 12): Chicago 119, Portland 106
  • Game 6 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (June 14): Chicago 97, Portland 93

Last Playoff Meeting: 1977 Western Conference First Round (Portland won 2–1)

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