2000 NBA Playoffs
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 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.
- 1 Playoff qualifying
- 2 Bracket
- 3 Western Conference
- 3.1 First Round
- 3.2 Conference Semifinals
- 3.3 Conference Finals
- 4 Eastern Conference
- 4.1 First Round
- 4.2 Conference Semifinals
- 4.3 Conference Finals
- 5 NBA Finals
- 6 External links
The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:
- Indiana Pacers (56–26, clinched Central division and home court advantage for the Eastern Conference playoffs)
- Miami Heat (52–30, clinched Atlantic division)
- New York Knicks (50–32)
- Charlotte Hornets (49–33)
- Philadelphia 76ers (49–33)
- Toronto Raptors (45–37)
- Detroit Pistons (42–40)
- Milwaukee Bucks (42–40)
The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:
- Los Angeles Lakers (67–15, clinched Pacific division title and home court advantage throughout the playoffs)
- Utah Jazz (55–27, clinched Midwest division)
- Portland Trail Blazers (59–23)
- San Antonio Spurs (53–29)
- Phoenix Suns (53–29)
- Minnesota Timberwolves (50–32)
- Seattle SuperSonics (45–37)
- Sacramento Kings (44–38)
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) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Sacramento Kings
|Sacramento Kings 86, Los Angeles Lakers 113|
|Los Angeles wins series, 3-2|
(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) Minnesota Timberwolves
Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first playoff meeting between the Timberwolves and Trail Blazers.
|Portland Trail Blazers 85, Minnesota Timberwolves 77|
|Portland wins series, 3-1|
(2) Utah Jazz vs. (7) Seattle SuperSonics
Last Playoff Meeting: 1996 Western Conference Finals (Seattle won 4-3)
(4) San Antonio Spurs vs. (5) Phoenix Suns
Last Playoff Meeting: 1998 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 3-1)
(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Phoenix Suns
Last Playoff Meeting: 1993 Western Conference First Round (Phoenix won 3-2)
|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
Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference Semifinals (Portland won 4-2)
In Game 5, Scottie Pippen hits the series-winning 3 with 7.3 left.
(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Portland Trail Blazers
Last Playoff Meeting: 1998 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-1)
|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.
(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) Milwaukee Bucks
Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Eastern Conference First Round (Indiana won 3-0)
|Milwaukee Bucks 95, Indiana Pacers 96|
|Indiana wins series, 3-2|
In Game 5, Travis Best hits the eventual series-winning 3 with 16.5 left.
(4) Charlotte Hornets vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers
Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first playoff meeting between the 76ers and the Charlotte Hornets.
|Charlotte Hornets 99, Philadelphia 76ers 105|
|Philadelphia wins series, 3-1|
(3) New York Knicks vs. (6) Toronto Raptors
Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first playoff meeting between the Raptors and Knicks.
|New York Knicks 87, Toronto Raptors 80|
|New York wins series, 3-0|
In Game 2, Latrell Sprewell hits the game-winner with 7.9 left.
(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) Detroit Pistons
Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first playoff meeting between the Pistons and Heat.
|Miami Heat 91, Detroit Pistons 72|
|Miami wins series, 3-0|
(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers
Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Indiana won 4-0)
|Indiana Pacers 106, Philadelphia 76ers 90|
|Indiana wins series, 4-2|
(2) Miami Heat vs. (3) New York Knicks
Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Eastern Conference First Round (New York won 3-2)
(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (3) New York Knicks
Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Eastern Conference Finals (New York won 4-2)
|Indiana Pacers 93, New York Knicks 80|
|Indiana wins series, 4-2|