2001 NBA Playoffs

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The 2001 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2000-01 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers 4 games to 1. Shaquille O'Neal was named NBA Finals MVP for the second straight year.

This was the 76ers' first Finals appearance since Moses Malone and Julius Erving led the 1983 squad to the NBA title (coincidentally, last defeating the Lakers) in the famous "fo', fo', fo'" year (it ended up being "fo', fi', fo'", as Philadelphia lost one second-round game that year).

However, it was the Lakers' turn to put together the most dominant postseason in NBA history, going 15–1 with their only loss coming in OT to the Sixers in Game 1 of the Finals. They set many records, including going undefeated in regulation and on the road (finishing 8–0 in the latter category). They were the second NBA champion to defeat four 50-win or better teams on their way to the title as the Rockets did it first in 1995.

The Milwaukee Bucks won their first playoff series since 1989 and made the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1986. As of 2014, however, they have been unable to duplicate this.

The Dallas Mavericks made the playoffs for the first time since 1990. Along the way they had many abysmal seasons, including back-to-back years with 11 and 13 wins. By beating Utah in the first round, they won their first playoff series since 1988. Reunion Arena, their home court for 21 years, hosted its last game (Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Spurs); they moved to American Airlines Center in 2002.

The Sacramento Kings won their first playoff series since 1981 (when they were the Kansas City Kings) and first since moving to Sacramento.

The Toronto Raptors won their first playoff series in franchise history 3–2 over the New York Knicks. For the first time since 1991, the Knicks failed to win a first-round playoff series.

Bracket[edit]

First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                       
1 San Antonio 3
8 Minnesota 1
1 San Antonio 4
5 Dallas 1
4 Utah 2
5 Dallas 3
1 San Antonio 0
Western Conference
2 L.A. Lakers 4
3 Sacramento 3
6 Phoenix 1
3 Sacramento 0
2 L.A. Lakers 4
2 L.A. Lakers 3
7 Portland 0
W2 L.A. Lakers 4
E1 Philadelphia 1
1 Philadelphia 3
8 Indiana 1
1 Philadelphia 4
5 Toronto 3
4 New York 2
5 Toronto 3
1 Philadelphia 4
Eastern Conference
2 Milwaukee 3
3 Miami 0
6 Charlotte 3
6 Charlotte 3
2 Milwaukee 4
2 Milwaukee 3
7 Orlando 1

Playoff qualifying[edit]

Western Conference[edit]

Best record in NBA[edit]

The San Antonio Spurs clinched the best record in the NBA, and earned home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs. However, when they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers gained home court advantage for the NBA Finals. San Antonio's 58 games remains the lowest for a team with home court advantage throughout the playoffs, being 3 games less than the Pacers and Cavs' 61 in 2004 and 2010, respectively.

Clinched a playoff berth[edit]

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:

  1. San Antonio Spurs (clinched Midwest division)
  2. Los Angeles Lakers (clinched Pacific division)
  3. Sacramento Kings
  4. Utah Jazz
  5. Dallas Mavericks
  6. Phoenix Suns
  7. Portland Trail Blazers
  8. Minnesota Timberwolves

Eastern Conference[edit]

Best record in conference[edit]

The Philadelphia 76ers clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference, and had home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Clinched a playoff berth[edit]

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:

  1. Philadelphia 76ers (clinched Atlantic division)
  2. Milwaukee Bucks (clinched Central division)
  3. Miami Heat
  4. New York Knicks
  5. Toronto Raptors
  6. Charlotte Hornets
  7. Orlando Magic
  8. Indiana Pacers

Western Conference[edit]

Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

First Round[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 3-1)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(SA-MIN)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 April 21 Minnesota 82 San Antonio 87 1-0 Alamodome, San Antonio NBC 5:30et [1] Bob Costas & Matt Guokas
2 April 23 Minnesota 69 San Antonio 86 2-0 Alamodome, San Antonio TNT 9:30et [2] Kevin Harlan, John Thompson & Danny Ainge
3 April 28 San Antonio 84 Minnesota 93 2-1 Target Center, Minneapolis NBC 5:30et [3] Bob Costas & Matt Guokas
4 April 30 San Antonio 97 Minnesota 84 3-1 Target Center, Minneapolis TNT 8:30et [4] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
San Antonio wins series 3–1

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (7) Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Western Conference Finals (Los Angeles won 4-3)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(LAL-POR)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 April 22 Portland 93 Los Angeles 106 1-0 Staples Center, Los Angeles NBC 5:30et [5] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
2 April 26 Portland 88 Los Angeles 106 2-0 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT 10:30et [6] Kevin Harlan, John Thompson & Danny Ainge
3 April 29 Los Angeles 99 Portland 86 3-0 Rose Garden, Portland NBC 5:30et [7] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
Los Angeles wins series 3–0

(3) Sacramento Kings vs. (6) Phoenix Suns[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 1981 Western Conference Semifinals (Kings won 4-3, then in Kansas City, Missouri)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(SAC-PHX)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 April 22 Phoenix 86 Sacramento 83 0-1 ARCO Arena, Sacramento NBC 3:00et [8] Bob Costas & Matt Guokas
2 April 25 Phoenix 90 Sacramento 116 1-1 ARCO Arena, Sacramento TNT 10:30et [9] Kevin Harlan, John Thompson & Danny Ainge
3 April 29 Sacramento 104 Phoenix 96 2-1 America West Arena, Phoenix NBC 3:00et [10] Bob Costas & Matt Guokas
4 May 2 Sacramento 89 Phoenix 82 3-1 America West Arena, Phoenix TNT 10:30et [11] Kevin Harlan, John Thompson & Danny Ainge
Sacramento wins series 3–1

(4) Utah Jazz vs. (5) Dallas Mavericks[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Western Conference First Round (Dallas won 3-1)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(UTA-DAL)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 April 21 Dallas 86 Utah 88 1-0 Delta Center, Utah NBC 3:00et [12] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
2 April 24 Dallas 98 Utah 109 2-0 Delta Center, Utah TBS 10:30et [13] Bob Neal & Reggie Theus
3 April 28 Utah 91 Dallas 94 2-1 Reunion Arena, Dallas NBC 3:00et [14] Mike Breen & Bill Walton
4 May 1 Utah 77 Dallas 107 2-2 Reunion Arena, Dallas TBS 9:30et [15] Kevin Harlan, John Thompson & Danny Ainge
5 May 3 Dallas 84 Utah 83 2-3 Delta Center, Utah TNT 8:30et [16] Bob Neal & Reggie Theus
Dallas wins series 3–2

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (5) Dallas Mavericks[edit]

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

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(SA-DAL)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 May 5 Dallas 78 San Antonio 94 1-0 Alamodome, San Antonio NBC 6:30et [17] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
2 May 7 Dallas 86 San Antonio 100 2-0 Alamodome, San Antonio TNT 8:30et [18] Bob Neal & Hubie Brown
3 May 9 San Antonio 104 Dallas 90 3-0 Reunion Arena, Dallas TNT 9:30et [19] Bob Neal & Kenny Smith
4 May 12 San Antonio 108 Dallas 112 3-1 Reunion Arena, Dallas NBC 3:30et [20] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
5 May 14 Dallas 87 San Antonio 105 4-1 Alamodome, San Antonio TNT 8:30et [21] Bob Neal & Hubie Brown
San Antonio wins series 4–1

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Sacramento Kings[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-2)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(LAL-SAC)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 May 6 Sacramento 105 Los Angeles 108 1-0 Staples Center, Los Angeles NBC 3:00et [22] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
2 May 8 Sacramento 90 Los Angeles 96 2-0 Staples Center, Los Angeles TBS 10:30et [23] Kevin Harlan, John Thompson & Danny Ainge
3 May 11 Los Angeles 103 Sacramento 81 3-0 ARCO Arena, Sacramento TNT 10:30et [24] Kevin Harlan, John Thompson & Danny Ainge
4 May 13 Los Angeles 119 Sacramento 113 4-0 ARCO Arena, Sacramento NBC 5:30et [25] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
Los Angeles wins series 4–0

Conference Finals[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Los Angeles Lakers[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4-0)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(SA-LAL)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 May 19 Los Angeles 104 San Antonio 90 0-1 Alamodome, San Antonio NBC 6:30et [26] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
2 May 21 Los Angeles 88 San Antonio 81 0-2 Alamodome, San Antonio TNT 8:30et [27] Kevin Harlan, John Thompson & Danny Ainge
3 May 25 San Antonio 72 Los Angeles 111 0-3 Staples Center, Los Angeles NBC 9:00et [28] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
4 May 27 San Antonio 82 Los Angeles 111 0-4 Staples Center, Los Angeles NBC 5:30et [29] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
Los Angeles wins Western Conference Finals series 4–0

Eastern Conference[edit]

Champion: Philadelphia 76ers

First Round[edit]

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (8) Indiana Pacers[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Indiana won 4-2)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(PHI-IND)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 April 21 Indiana 79 Philadelphia 78 0-1 First Union Center, Philadelphia NBC 12:30et [30] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
2 April 24 Indiana 98 Philadelphia 116 1-1 First Union Center, Philadelphia TBS 8:00et [31] Marv Albert & Mike Fratello
3 April 28 Philadelphia 92 Indiana 87 2-1 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis NBC 12:30et [32] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
4 May 2 Philadelphia 88 Indiana 85 3-1 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis TBS 7:00et [33] Marv Albert & Mike Fratello
Philadelphia wins series 3–1
  • In Game 1, Reggie Miller hit the game-winning 3 with 2.9 seconds left.

(2) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (7) Orlando Magic[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Bucks and Magic.

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(MIL-ORL)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 April 22 Orlando 90 Milwaukee 103 1-0 Bradley Center, Milwaukee TNT 8:30et [34] Bob Neal & Reggie Theus
2 April 25 Orlando 96 Milwaukee 103 2-0 Bradley Center, Milwaukee TNT 8:00et [35] Bob Neal & Reggie Theus
3 April 28 Milwaukee 116 Orlando 121 2-1 TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando TNT 8:30et [36] Bob Neal & Reggie Theus
4 May 1 Milwaukee 112 Orlando 104 3-1 TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando TBS 7:00et [37] Marv Albert & Mike Fratello
Milwaukee wins series 3–1

(3) Miami Heat vs. (6) Charlotte Hornets[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Heat and Charlotte Hornets.

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(MIA-CHA)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 April 21 Charlotte 106 Miami 80 0-1 American Airlines Arena, Miami TNT 8:30et [38] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
2 April 23 Charlotte 102 Miami 76 0-2 American Airlines Arena, Miami TNT 7:00et [39] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
3 April 27 Miami 79 Charlotte 94 0-3 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte TNT 8:30et [40] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
Charlotte wins series 3–0

(4) New York Knicks vs. (5) Toronto Raptors[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Eastern Conference First Round (New York won 3-0)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(NYK-TOR)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 April 22 Toronto 85 New York 92 1-0 Madison Square Garden, New York NBC 12:30et [41] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
2 April 26 Toronto 94 New York 74 1-1 Madison Square Garden, New York TNT 8:00et [42] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
3 April 29 New York 97 Toronto 89 2-1 Air Canada Centre, Toronto NBC 12:30et [43] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
4 May 2 New York 93 Toronto 100 2-2 Air Canada Centre, Toronto TNT 8:00et [44] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
5 May 4 Toronto 93 New York 89 2-3 Madison Square Garden, New York TNT 8:00et [45] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
Toronto wins series 3–2

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (5) Toronto Raptors[edit]

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

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(PHI-TOR)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 May 6 Toronto 96 Philadelphia 93 0-1 First Union Center, Philadelphia NBC 5:30et [46] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
2 May 9 Toronto 92 Philadelphia 97 1-1 First Union Center, Philadelphia TNT 7:00et [47] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
3 May 11 Philadelphia 78 Toronto 102 1-2 Air Canada Centre, Toronto TNT 8:00et [48] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
4 May 13 Philadelphia 84 Toronto 79 2-2 Air Canada Centre, Toronto NBC 3:00et [49] Mike Breen & Bill Walton
5 May 16 Toronto 88 Philadelphia 121 3-2 First Union Center, Philadelphia TNT 8:00et [50] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
6 May 18 Philadelphia 89 Toronto 101 3-3 Air Canada Centre, Toronto TNT 8:00et [51] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
7 May 20 Toronto 87 Philadelphia 88 4-3 First Union Center, Philadelphia NBC 5:30et [52] Mike Breen, Doug Collins & Bill Walton
Philadelphia wins series 4–3
  • Iverson-Carter duel
  • 76ers ended a 16-year drought by advancing to the conference finals when Vince Carter's long jumper at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

(2) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (6) Charlotte Hornets[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Bucks and Hornets.

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(MIL-CHA)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 May 6 Charlotte 92 Milwaukee 104 1-0 Bradley Center, Milwaukee NBC 12:30et [53] Bob Costas & Matt Guokas
2 May 8 Charlotte 90 Milwaukee 91 2-0 Bradley Center, Milwaukee TBS 8:00et [54] Marv Albert & Mike Fratello
3 May 10 Milwaukee 92 Charlotte 102 2-1 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte TNT 8:00et [55] Marv Albert & Mike Fratello
4 May 13 Milwaukee 78 Charlotte 85 2-2 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte NBC 12:30et [56] Bob Costas, Matt Guokas & Steve Jones
5 May 15 Charlotte 94 Milwaukee 86 2-3 Bradley Center, Milwaukee TBS 8:00et [57] Marv Albert & Mike Fratello
6 May 17 Milwaukee 104 Charlotte 97 3-3 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte TNT 8:00et [58] Marv Albert & Mike Fratello
7 May 20 Charlotte 95 Milwaukee 104 4-3 Bradley Center, Milwaukee NBC 3:00et [59] Bob Costas, Matt Guokas & Steve Jones
Milwaukee wins series 4–3

Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (2) Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 1991 Eastern Conference First Round (Philadelphia won 3-0)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(PHI-MIL)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 May 22 Milwaukee 85 Philadelphia 93 1-0 First Union Center, Philadelphia TNT 8:00et [60] Marv Albert & Mike Fratello
2 May 24 Milwaukee 92 Philadelphia 78 1-1 First Union Center, Philadelphia TNT 8:00et [61] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
3 May 26 Philadelphia 74 Milwaukee 80 1-2 Bradley Center, Milwaukee NBC 5:30et [62] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
4 May 28 Philadelphia 89 Milwaukee 83 2-2 Bradley Center, Milwaukee NBC 5:30et [63] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
5 May 30 Milwaukee 88 Philadelphia 89 3-2 First Union Center, Philadelphia NBC 9:00et [64] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
6 June 1 Philadelphia 100 Milwaukee 110 3-3 Bradley Center, Milwaukee NBC 9:00et [65] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
7 June 3 Milwaukee 91 Philadelphia 108 4-3 First Union Center, Philadelphia NBC 7:30et [66] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
Philadelphia wins Eastern Conference Finals series 4–3

NBA Finals[edit]

Main article: 2001 NBA Finals

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

Last Playoff Meeting: 1983 NBA Finals (Philadelphia won 4-0)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(LAL-PHI)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 June 6 Philadelphia 107 Los Angeles 101 0-1 Staples Center, Los Angeles NBC 9:00et [67] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
2 June 8 Philadelphia 89 Los Angeles 98 1-1 Staples Center, Los Angeles NBC 9:00et [68] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
3 June 10 Los Angeles 96 Philadelphia 91 2-1 First Union Center, Philadelphia NBC 8:30et [69] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
4 June 13 Los Angeles 100 Philadelphia 86 3-1 First Union Center, Philadelphia NBC 9:00et [70] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
5 June 15 Los Angeles 108 Philadelphia 96 4-1 First Union Center, Philadelphia NBC 9:00et [71] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
Los Angeles wins NBA Finals series 4–1

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