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 4 games to 2. Shaquille O'Neal was named NBA Finals MVP.

The San Antonio Spurs were the champions going into the playoffs, but were eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in the first round, marking the first time since 1987 that a title-winning team did not repeat.

The Lakers' win was the first title for Shaq and Kobe Bryant, both considered future first-ballot Hall of Famers, and first in the post-Magic Johnson-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar-James Worthy era. A. C. Green, the only player left from the Lakers' Showtime era, was in the starting lineup for this team as well. These playoffs are also noted for the Game 7 collapse of the Portland Trail Blazers.

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 Rik Smits, Dale Davis, Derrick McKey and Mark Jackson moving to other teams (or in Smits' case, retiring). Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals was the last game Patrick Ewing ever played as a Knick.

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 5-year-old expansion Toronto Raptors. For the 3rd straight year, New York eliminated Miami.

Playoff qualifying[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

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 Conference[edit]

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)

Bracket[edit]

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
                       
1 L.A. Lakers 3
8 Sacramento 2
1 L.A. Lakers 4
5 Phoenix 1
4 San Antonio 1
5 Phoenix 3
1 L.A. Lakers 4
Western Conference
3 Portland 3
3 Portland 3
6 Minnesota 1
3 Portland 4
2 Utah 1
2 Utah 3
7 Seattle 2
W1 L.A. Lakers 4
E1 Indiana 2
1 Indiana 3
8 Milwaukee 2
1 Indiana 4
5 Philadelphia 2
4 Charlotte 1
5 Philadelphia 3
1 Indiana 4
Eastern Conference
3 New York 2
3 New York 3
6 Toronto 0
3 New York 4
2 Miami 3
2 Miami 3
7 Detroit 0

Western Conference[edit]

First Round[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Sacramento Kings[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 1984 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-0; Kings were in Kansas City, Missouri)

April 23
Sacramento Kings 107, Los Angeles Lakers 117
April 27
Sacramento Kings 89, Los Angeles Lakers 113
April 30
Los Angeles Lakers 91, Sacramento Kings 99
May 2
Los Angeles Lakers 88, Sacramento Kings 101
May 5
Sacramento Kings 86, Los Angeles Lakers 113
Los Angeles wins series, 3-2

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) Minnesota Timberwolves[edit]

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

April 23
Minnesota Timberwolves 88, Portland Trail Blazers 91
April 26
Minnesota Timberwolves 82, Portland Trail Blazers 86
April 30
Portland Trail Blazers 87, Minnesota Timberwolves 94
May 2
Portland Trail Blazers 85, Minnesota Timberwolves 77
Portland wins series, 3-1

(2) Utah Jazz vs. (7) Seattle SuperSonics[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 1996 Western Conference Finals (Seattle won 4-3)

April 22
Seattle SuperSonics 93, Utah Jazz 104
April 24
Seattle SuperSonics 87, Utah Jazz 101
April 29
Utah Jazz 78, Seattle SuperSonics 89
May 3
Utah Jazz 93, Seattle SuperSonics 104
May 5
Seattle SuperSonics 93, Utah Jazz 96
Utah wins series, 3-2

(4) San Antonio Spurs vs. (5) Phoenix Suns[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 1998 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 3-1)

April 22
Phoenix Suns 72, San Antonio Spurs 70
April 25
Phoenix Suns 70, San Antonio Spurs 85
April 29
San Antonio Spurs 94, Phoenix Suns 101
May 2
San Antonio Spurs 78, Phoenix Suns 89
Phoenix wins series, 3-1

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Phoenix Suns[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 1993 Western Conference First Round (Phoenix won 3-2)

May 7
Phoenix Suns 77, Los Angeles Lakers 105
May 10
Phoenix Suns 96, Los Angeles Lakers 97
May 12
Los Angeles Lakers 105, Phoenix Suns 99
May 14
Los Angeles Lakers 98, Phoenix Suns 117
May 16
Phoenix Suns 65, Los Angeles Lakers 87
Los Angeles wins series, 4-1
  • Kobe Bryant hits the game-winner with 2.6 seconds left in Game 2.

(2) Utah Jazz vs. (3) Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference Semifinals (Portland won 4-2)

May 7
Utah Jazz 75, Portland Trail Blazers 94
May 9
Utah Jazz 85, Portland Trail Blazers 103
May 11
Portland Trail Blazers 103, Utah Jazz 84
May 14
Portland Trail Blazers 85, Utah Jazz 88
May 16
Utah Jazz 79, Portland Trail Blazers 81
Portland wins series, 4-1

Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 1998 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-1)

May 20
Portland Trail Blazers 94, Los Angeles Lakers 109
May 22
Portland Trail Blazers 106, Los Angeles Lakers 77
May 26
Los Angeles Lakers 93, Portland Trail Blazers 91
May 28
Los Angeles Lakers 103, Portland Trail Blazers 91
May 30
Portland Trail Blazers 96, Los Angeles Lakers 88
June 2
Los Angeles Lakers 93, Portland Trail Blazers 103
June 4
Portland Trail Blazers 84, Los Angeles Lakers 89
Los Angeles wins series, 4-3
  • In Game 3, Arvydas Sabonis' potential game-tying shot was blocked by Kobe Bryant.
  • In Game 7, the Lakers overcame a 15-point deficit (75-60) and sealed the victory with Kobe Bryant delivering an alley-oop to Shaquille O'Neal.

Eastern Conference[edit]

First Round[edit]

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

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

(4) Charlotte Hornets vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

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

April 22
Philadelphia 76ers 92, Charlotte Hornets 82
April 24
Philadelphia 76ers 98, Charlotte Hornets 108 (OT)
April 28
Charlotte Hornets 76, Philadelphia 76ers 81
May 1
Charlotte Hornets 99, Philadelphia 76ers 105
Philadelphia wins series, 3-1

(3) New York Knicks vs. (6) Toronto Raptors[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first playoff meeting between the Raptors and Knicks.

April 23
Toronto Raptors 88, New York Knicks 92
April 26
Toronto Raptors 83, New York Knicks 84
April 30
New York Knicks 87, Toronto Raptors 80
New York wins series, 3-0

(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) Detroit Pistons[edit]

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

April 22
Detroit Pistons 85, Miami Heat 95
April 25
Detroit Pistons 82, Miami Heat 84
April 29
Miami Heat 91, Detroit Pistons 72
Miami wins series, 3-0

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

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

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

(2) Miami Heat vs. (3) New York Knicks[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Eastern Conference First Round (New York won 3-2)

May 7
New York Knicks 83, Miami Heat 87
May 9
New York Knicks 82, Miami Heat 76
May 12
Miami Heat 77, New York Knicks 76
May 14
Miami Heat 83, New York Knicks 91
May 17
New York Knicks 81, Miami Heat 87
May 19
Miami Heat 70, New York Knicks 72
May 21
New York Knicks 83, Miami Heat 82
New York wins series, 4-3

Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (3) New York Knicks[edit]

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

NBA Finals[edit]

Main article: 2000 NBA Finals
June 7
Indiana Pacers 87, Los Angeles Lakers 104
June 9
Indiana Pacers 104, Los Angeles Lakers 111
June 11
Los Angeles Lakers 91, Indiana Pacers 100
June 14
Los Angeles Lakers 120, Indiana Pacers 118
June 16
Los Angeles Lakers 87, Indiana Pacers 120
June 19
Indiana Pacers 111, Los Angeles Lakers 116

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