1999–2000 Indiana Pacers season

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1999–2000 Indiana Pacers season
Central Division Champions
Eastern Conference Champions
Head coach Larry Bird
Arena Conseco Fieldhouse
Results
Record 56–26 (.683)
Place Division: 1st
Conference: 1st
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(eliminated 2-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Net Midwest, WTTV
Radio WIBC
< 1998–99 2000–01 >

The 1999-2000 Indiana Pacers season was Indiana's 24th season in the NBA.[1] It was the 1st season Indiana played at the Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers finished first in the Central Division with a 56-26 record, and went to the 2000 NBA Finals for the first time, only to lose to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1999 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 26 Vonteego Cummings PG  United States Pittsburgh

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Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Rik Smits Sam Perkins Žan Tabak Jeff Foster
PF Dale Davis Austin Croshere Jonathan Bender Al Harrington
SF Jalen Rose Derrick McKey
SG Reggie Miller Chris Mullin \
PG Mark Jackson Travis Best

Regular season[edit]

The Pacers began a new era by moving into Conseco Fieldhouse after 25 years at Market Square Arena. The Pacers would start the season with a 7-7 record. The Pacers finished with a 56-26 record that was good enough to win their 2nd straight division title. The Pacers even won 25 straight games at their new arena.[3] In the playoffs, the Pacers went to five games against the Milwaukee Bucks. In the fifth and deciding game, Dale Davis pulled down a rebound off the Bucks for a desperation last second 3-pointer. In the 2nd round, the Pacers would beat the Philadelphia 76ers in 6 games. This would lead to a rematch with the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Pacers took Game 5 at home to take a 3-2 series lead. The Pacers would clinch the series in 6 games as Reggie Miller scored 34 points. The Pacers reached the NBA Finals but found themselves overmatched to a Los Angeles Lakers team that had Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. The Lakers won the NBA Finals in 6 games. Following the season, Head Coach Larry Bird would step down. Bird’s explanation was with regards to the daily grind of coaching.[3]

Roster[edit]

Head Coach: Larry Bird
Reggie Miller | Jalen Rose | Rik Smits | Austin Croshere | Dale Davis | Mark Jackson | Al Harrington | Sam Perkins | Chris Mullin | Travis Best | Jeff Foster | Derrick McKey | Jonathan Bender | Zan Tabak |

Standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Indiana Pacers 56 26 .683 36–5 20–21 20–8
x-Charlotte Hornets 49 33 .598 7 30–11 19–22 20–8
x-Toronto Raptors 45 37 .549 11 26–15 19–22 16–12
x-Detroit Pistons 42 40 .512 14 27–14 15–26 16–12
x-Milwaukee Bucks 42 40 .512 14 23–18 19–22 16–12
Cleveland Cavaliers 32 50 .390 24 22–19 10–31 8–20
Atlanta Hawks 28 54 .341 28 21–20 7–34 11–17
Chicago Bulls 17 65 .207 39 12–29 5–36 5–23
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Indiana Pacers 56 26 .683
2 y-Miami Heat 52 30 .634 4
3 x-New York Knicks 50 32 .610 6
4 x-Charlotte Hornets 49 33 .598 7
5 x-Philadelphia 76ers 49 33 .598 7
6 x-Toronto Raptors 45 37 .549 11
7 x-Detroit Pistons 42 40 .512 14
8 x-Milwaukee Bucks 42 40 .512 14
9 Orlando Magic 41 41 .500 15
10 Boston Celtics 35 47 .427 21
11 Cleveland Cavaliers 32 50 .390 24
12 New Jersey Nets 31 51 .378 25
13 Washington Wizards 29 53 .354 27
14 Atlanta Hawks 28 54 .341 28
15 Chicago Bulls 17 65 .207 39
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

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Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) Milwaukee Bucks Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Eastern Conference First Round (Indiana won 3-0)

April 23
Milwaukee Bucks 85, Indiana Pacers 88
April 27
Milwaukee Bucks 104, Indiana Pacers 91
April 29
Indiana Pacers 109, Milwaukee Bucks 96
May 1
Indiana Pacers 87, Milwaukee Bucks 100
May 4
Milwaukee Bucks 95, Indiana Pacers 96
Indiana wins series, 3-2

East Semifinals[edit]

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Indiana won 4-0)

May 6
Philadelphia 76ers 91, Indiana Pacers 108
May 8
Philadelphia 76ers 97, Indiana Pacers 103
May 10
Indiana Pacers 97, Philadelphia 76ers 89
May 13
Indiana Pacers 90, Philadelphia 76ers 92
May 15
Philadelphia 76ers 107, Indiana Pacers 86
May 19
Indiana Pacers 106, Philadelphia 76ers 90
Indiana wins series, 4-2

Eastern Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (3) New York Knicks Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Eastern Conference Finals (New York won 4-2)

May 23
New York Knicks 88, Indiana Pacers 102
May 25
New York Knicks 84, Indiana Pacers 88
May 27
Indiana Pacers 95, New York Knicks 98
May 29
Indiana Pacers 89, New York Knicks 91
May 31
New York Knicks 79, Indiana Pacers 88
June 2
Indiana Pacers 93, New York Knicks 80
Indiana wins series, 4-2

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

2000 NBA Finals[edit]

  • Lakers' backup center John Salley became the first player in NBA history to play on three different championship-winning franchises, as he won titles in 1989 and '90 with the Detroit Pistons and 1996 with the Chicago Bulls.
  • This was the Lakers first NBA Finals in the new Staples Center.
  • After closing out game 6, fans rioted outside Staples Center by making bonfires, tipping cars, breaking windows of cars and buildings, and vandalizing businesses around the area. Overall, they caused $1 million in damages. In Lakers' championship run the following year, the LAPD came out in bigger force after the Lakers won and prevented the same thing from happening again.
  • Staples Center, which was a first-year building in 2000, had a very tricky shooting background and opposing teams often had difficulty shooting there. Pacers coach Larry Bird wanted to have a shoot-around in the arena the day before Game 6 to help his team shoot more consistently because they shot very poorly in Games 1 and 2. However, the Pacers couldn't practice in the building because of an Arena Football game. Bird was very upset about this, and his team had to go down to the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo.
  • The two arenas in this series, Conseco Fieldhouse and Staples Center, were both first-year arenas.

Summary[edit]

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4* Game 5 Game 6 Wins
Los Angeles (West) 104 111 91 120 87 116 4
Indiana (East) 87 104 100 118 120 111 2

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