2000 NBA Playoffs

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2000 NBA playoffs
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Season 1999–2000
Teams 16
Champions Los Angeles Lakers (12th title)
Runners-up Indiana Pacers (1st finals appearance)

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. They were also the first defending champion to be eliminated in the first round since the Philadelphia 76ers in 1984.

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 JohnsonKareem Abdul-JabbarJames Worthy era. A. C. Green, the only player left from the Lakers' Showtime era, was in the starting lineup for this team as well.

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 Antonio Davis, Derrick McKey and Mark Jackson moving to other teams and Rik Smits retiring. Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals was the last game Patrick Ewing ever played as a Knick. The 2000 playoffs was the last involving the Ewing-led Knicks, and New York would not win another playoff series until 2013.

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; it was their fourth consecutive postseason meeting.

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
                                     
E1 Indiana* 3  
E8 Milwaukee 2  
  E1 Indiana* 4  
  E5 Philadelphia 2  
E4 Charlotte 1
E5 Philadelphia 3  
  E1 Indiana* 4  
Eastern Conference
  E3 New York 2  
E3 New York 3  
E6 Toronto 0  
  E3 New York 4
  E2 Miami* 3  
E2 Miami* 3
E7 Detroit 0  
  E1 Indiana* 2
  W1 LA Lakers* 4
W1 LA Lakers* 3  
W8 Sacramento 2  
  W1 LA Lakers* 4
  W5 Phoenix 1  
W4 San Antonio 1
W5 Phoenix 3  
  W1 LA Lakers* 4
Western Conference
  W3 Portland 3  
W3 Portland 3  
W6 Minnesota 1  
  W3 Portland 4
  W2 Utah* 1  
W2 Utah* 3
W7 Seattle 2  


* Division winner
Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage


Western Conference[edit]

First Round[edit]

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

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(LAL-SAC)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 23 L.A. Lakers 117 Sacramento 107 1-0 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California 1 NBC
2 April 27 L.A. Lakers 113 Sacramento 89 2-0 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California 2 TNT
3 April 30 Sacramento 99 L.A. Lakers 91 2-1 ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California 3 NBC
4 May 2 Sacramento 101 L.A. Lakers 88 2-2 ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California 4 TNT
5 May 5 L.A. Lakers 113 Sacramento 86 3-2 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California 5 TNT
L.A. Lakers wins series 3-2
  • Shaquille O'Neal scores playoff career-high 46 points in Game One.
  • Kobe Bryant scores playoff career-high 32 points in Game Two.
  • Bryant scores a new career-high 35 points in Game Three.

This was the eighth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning six of the first seven meetings.

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

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(POR-MIN)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 23 Portland 91 Minnesota 88 1-0 Rose Garden Arena, Portland, Oregon 1 NBC
2 April 26 Portland 86 Minnesota 82 2-0 Rose Garden Arena, Portland, Oregon 2 TNT
3 April 30 Minnesota 94 Portland 87 2-1 Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 3 NBC
4 May 2 Minnesota 77 Portland 85 3-1 Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 4
Portland wins series 3–1

This was the first playoff meeting between the Timberwolves and the Trail Blazers.[2]

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

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(UTA-SEA)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 22 Utah 104 Seattle 93 1-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 1 NBC
2 April 24 Utah 101 Seattle 87 2-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 2 TNT
3 April 29 Seattle 89 Utah 78 2-1 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 3 NBC
4 May 2 Seattle 104 Utah 93 2-2 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 4 TNT
5 May 5 Utah 96 Seattle 93 3-2 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 5 TNT
Utah wins series 3-2

This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the SuperSonics winning two of the first three meetings.

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

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(SA-PHO)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 22 San Antonio 70 Phoenix 72 0-1 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas 1 NBC
2 April 25 San Antonio 85 Phoenix 70 1-1 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas 2 TNT
3 April 29 Phoenix 101 San Antonio 94 1-2 America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona 3 NBC
4 May 2 Phoenix 89 San Antonio 78 1-3 America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona 4 TBS
Phoenix wins series 3–1

This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning two series apiece.

Conference Semifinals[edit]

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

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(LAL-PHO)

Venue Recap Television
1 May 7 L.A. Lakers 105 Phoenix 77 1-0 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California 1 NBC
2 May 10 L.A. Lakers 97 Phoenix 96 2-0 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California 2 TNT
3 May 12 Phoenix 99 L.A. Lakers 105 3-0 America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona 3 TNT
4 May 14 Phoenix 117 L.A. Lakers 98 3-1 America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona 4 NBC
5 May 16 L.A. Lakers 87 Phoenix 65 4-1 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California 5 TNT
L.A. Lakers win series 4-1
  • Kobe Bryant hits the game-winner with 2.6 seconds left in Game 2.

This was the ninth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning six of the first eight meetings.

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

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(UTA-POR)

Venue Recap Television
1 May 7 Portland 94 Utah 75 0-1 Rose Garden Arena, Portland, Oregon 1 NBC
2 May 9 Portland 103 Utah 85 0-2 Rose Garden Arena, Portland, Oregon 2 TNT
3 May 11 Utah 84 Portland 103 0-3 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 3 TNT
4 May 14 Utah 88 Portland 85 1-3 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 4 NBC
5 May 16 Portland 81 Utah 79 1-4 Rose Garden Arena, Portland, Oregon 5 TNT
Portland wins series 4-1
  • In Game 5, Scottie Pippen hits the series-winning 3 with 7.3 seconds left.

This was the sixth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Trail Blazers winning three of the first five meetings.

Conference Finals[edit]

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

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 16-point deficit (71-55) and sealed the victory with Kobe Bryant delivering an alley-oop to Shaquille O'Neal.

This was the ninth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning six of the first eight meetings.

Eastern Conference[edit]

First Round[edit]

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

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(IND-MIL)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 23 Indiana 88 Milwaukee 85 1-0 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana 1
2 April 27 Indiana 91 Milwaukee 104 1-1 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana 2 TNT
3 April 29 Milwaukee 96 Indiana 109 2-1 Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 3 TNT
4 May 1 Milwaukee 100 Indiana 87 2-2 Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 4
5 May 4 Indiana 96 Milwaukee 95 3-2 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana 5 TNT
Indiana wins series 3-2
  • In Game 5, Travis Best hits the eventual series-winning 3 with 16.5 left. Also Reggie Miller scores 18 points in the 4th quarter of game 5.

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Pacers winning the first meeting.

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

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(CHA-PHI)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 22 Charlotte 92 Philadelphia 82 1-0 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina 1 TNT
2* April 24 Charlotte 98 Philadelphia 108 1-1 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina 2
3 April 28 Philadelphia 81 Charlotte 76 1-2 First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3 TNT
4 May 1 Philadelphia 105 Charlotte 99 1-3 First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4 TNT
Philadelphia wins series 3–1

*Requires Overtime

This was the first playoff meeting between the 76ers and the Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats franchise.[9]

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

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(NYK-TOR)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 23 New York 92 Toronto 88 1-0 Madison Square Garden, New York City 1 NBC
2 April 26 New York 84 Toronto 83 2-0 Madison Square Garden, New York City 2 TNT
3 April 30 Toronto 80 New York 87 3-0 Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario 3 NBC
New York wins series 3–0

This was the first playoff meeting between the Knicks and the Raptors.[10]

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

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(MIA-DET)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 22 Miami 95 Detroit 85 1-0 American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida 1 NBC
2 April 25 Miami 84 Detroit 82 2-0 American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida 2 TNT
3 April 29 Detroit 72 Miami 91 3-0 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan 3 NBC
Miami wins series 3–0

This was the first playoff meeting between the Pistons and the Heat.[11]

Conference Semifinals[edit]

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

May 6
Philadelphia 76ers 91, Indiana Pacers 108
Indiana leads series, 1-0
May 8
Philadelphia 76ers 97, Indiana Pacers 103
Indiana leads series 2-0
May 10
Indiana Pacers 97, Philadelphia 76ers 89
Indiana leads series, 3-0
May 13
Indiana Pacers 90, Philadelphia 76ers 92
Indiana leads series, 3-1
May 15
Philadelphia 76ers 107, Indiana Pacers 86
Indiana leads series, 3-2
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.

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning one series apiece.

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

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

This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Knicks winning two of the first three meetings.

Conference Finals[edit]

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

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
  • In Game 6, Reggie Miller scores 17 points in the 4th quarter to help the Pacers reach the NBA Finals.

This was the sixth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Knicks winning three of the first five meetings.

NBA Finals[edit]

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
  • In Game 4, Kobe Bryant came back from his injury from Game 2 and after his teammate, Shaquille O'Neal fouled out of the game in OT, he took over the game. He followed in a missed shot by Brian Shaw with 5.9 seconds left to give the Lakers a 3-point lead, and after a game-winning three by Reggie Miller bounced off the rim, the Lakers took a 3-1 series lead.
  • In Game 5, the Lakers had a chance to win the title in Indiana, but instead, they suffered a 33-point loss; one of the worst NBA Finals losses in franchise history.

This was the first playoff meeting between the Pacers and the Lakers.[15]

References[edit]

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