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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.

Playoff qualifying

Eastern Conference

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

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

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

First Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Sacramento Kings

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

May 5
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.

(2) Utah Jazz vs. (7) Seattle SuperSonics

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

May 5
Seattle SuperSonics 93, Utah Jazz 96
Utah wins series, 3-2

(4) San Antonio Spurs vs. (5) Phoenix Suns

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

May 2
San Antonio Spurs 85, Phoenix Suns 89
Phoenix wins series, 3-1

Conference Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Phoenix Suns

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

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

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

May 16
Utah Jazz 79, Portland Trail Blazers 81
Portland wins series, 4-1

Conference Finals

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

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

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

First Round

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) Milwaukee Bucks

Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Eastern Conference First Round (Indiana won 3-0)

May 4
Milwaukee Bucks 95, Indiana Pacers 96
Indiana wins series, 3-2

(4) Charlotte Hornets vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers

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

May 1
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.

April 30
New York Knicks 87, Toronto Raptors 80
New York wins series, 3-0

(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) Detroit Pistons

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

April 29
Miami Heat 91, Detroit Pistons 72
Miami wins series, 3-0

Conference Semifinals

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers

Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Indiana won 4-0)

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

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

May 21
New York Knicks 83, Miami Heat 82
New York wins series, 4-3

Conference Finals

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (3) New York Knicks

Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Eastern Conference Finals (New York won 4-2)

June 2
Indiana Pacers 93, New York Knicks 80
Indiana wins series, 4-2

NBA Finals

Main article: 2000 NBA Finals

External links

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