2004 NBA playoffs

The 2004 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2003–04 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons defeating the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals. Chauncey Billups was named NBA Finals MVP.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, after missing the playoffs their first seven seasons and losing in the first round the next seven, won their first two playoff series in 2004 before losing to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. The Timberwolves would not make the playoffs again until 2018.

The Indiana Pacers made the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since their NBA Finals run in 2000, after which they significantly changed the makeup of their team (yet still made the playoffs every year). Game 2 of the series with the Pistons was pivotal, as Tayshaun Prince blocked a lay-up by Reggie Miller late in the game to preserve the victory; the Pistons won 4–2.

The 2004 playoffs was the first appearance for the Memphis Grizzlies in their 9-year history which began in Vancouver. However, they failed to win a single game in their first 3 playoff appearances (2004, 2005, 2006), before earning their first playoff game and series victories in 2011.

This was the last playoff appearance for the New York Knicks until 2011, when they would be swept in the first round.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz missed the playoffs for the first time since 1982 and 1983, respectively.

This was the Denver Nuggets' first playoff appearance since 1995.

The New Orleans Hornets made their final postseason appearance as a member of the East. They would not make the playoffs again until 2008, as a member of the West (the result of a realignment with the addition of the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2004–05 NBA season). Their playoff series with the Miami Heat, led by Dwyane Wade, was the last playoff series where the home team won all 7 games until 2008's Boston–Atlanta and Boston–Cleveland playoff series.

2004 was the first time in 14 years that all Texas teams made the playoffs, and the second time (first in 10 years) that all former ABA teams made the playoffs.

The Rockets returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. They lost to the Lakers in five games of the opening round. This was Steve Francis' only career playoff appearance.

2004 NBA playoffs
DatesApril 17–June 15, 2004
Season2003–04
Teams16
ChampionsDetroit Pistons (3rd title)
Runners-upLos Angeles Lakers (28th finals appearance)
Semifinalists
2003 2005
SPURSStadium
The San Antonio Spurs hosting the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at the SBC Center

Playoff qualifying

Eastern Conference

Best record in NBA

The Indiana Pacers clinched the best record in the NBA, and had earned home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs. However, when Indiana lost to the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals, home court advantage for the NBA Finals switched to the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers, who had posted a better regular season record at 56-26 than the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons at 54-28.

Clinched a playoff berth

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:

  1. Indiana Pacers (61–21) (clinched Central division)
  2. New Jersey Nets (47–35) (clinched Atlantic division)
  3. Detroit Pistons (54–28)
  4. Miami Heat (42–40)
  5. New Orleans Hornets (41–41)
  6. Milwaukee Bucks (41–41)
  7. New York Knicks (39–43)
  8. Boston Celtics (36–46)

Western Conference

Best record in conference

The Minnesota Timberwolves clinched the best record in the Western Conference, and had home court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs. However, when Minnesota lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers gained home court advantage for the NBA Finals because the Lakers posted a better regular season record at 56-26 than the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons at 54-28.

Clinched a playoff berth

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves (58–24) (clinched Midwest division)
  2. Los Angeles Lakers (56–26) (clinched Pacific division)
  3. San Antonio Spurs (57–25)
  4. Sacramento Kings (55–27)
  5. Dallas Mavericks (52–30)
  6. Memphis Grizzlies (50–32)
  7. Houston Rockets (45–37)
  8. Denver Nuggets (43–39)

Bracket

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
E1 Indiana* 4  
E8 Boston 0  
  E1 Indiana* 4  
  E4 Miami 2  
E4 Miami 4
E5 New Orleans 3  
  E1 Indiana* 2  
Eastern Conference
  E3 Detroit 4  
E3 Detroit 4  
E6 Milwaukee 1  
  E3 Detroit 4
  E2 New Jersey* 3  
E2 New Jersey* 4
E7 New York 0  
  E3 Detroit 4
  W2 LA Lakers* 1
W1 Minnesota* 4  
W8 Denver 1  
  W1 Minnesota* 4
  W4 Sacramento 3  
W4 Sacramento 4
W5 Dallas 1  
  W1 Minnesota* 2
Western Conference
  W2 LA Lakers* 4  
W3 San Antonio 4  
W6 Memphis 0  
  W3 San Antonio 2
  W2 LA Lakers* 4  
W2 LA Lakers* 4
W7 Houston 1  


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

Eastern Conference

Champion: Detroit Pistons

First Round

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) Boston Celtics

April 17
1:00 pm
Boston Celtics 88, Indiana Pacers 106
Scoring by quarter: 29–32, 14–35, 21–23, 24–16
Pts: Paul Pierce 20
Rebs: Paul Pierce 10
Asts: Pierce, Atkins, Welsch 4 each
Pts: O'Neal, Artest 24 each
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 11
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 7
Pacers leads series, 1-0
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Referees: Scott Foster, David Jones, Bennett Salvatore
April 20
7:00 pm
Boston Celtics 90, Indiana Pacers 103
Scoring by quarter: 22–17, 24–24, 23–24, 21–38
Pts: Paul Pierce 27
Rebs: Mark Blount 10
Asts: Chucky Atkins 6
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 22
Rebs: Al Harrington 13
Asts: Reggie Miller 7
Pacers leads series, 2-0
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney, Michael Smith
April 23
7:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 108, Boston Celtics 85
Scoring by quarter: 23–20, 30–20, 26–23, 29–22
Pts: Harrington, Bender 19 each
Rebs: O'Neal, Foster 7 each
Asts: Ron Artest 5
Pts: Ricky Davis 16
Rebs: Mark Blount 8
Asts: Ricky Davis 7
Pacers leads series, 3-0
FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts
Referees: Steve Javie, Monty McCutchen, Ron Olesiak
April 25
12:30 pm
Indiana Pacers 90, Boston Celtics 75
Scoring by quarter: 21–25, 25–13, 24–14, 20–23
Pts: Ron Artest 22
Rebs: Foster, Harrington 7 each
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 7
Pts: Paul Pierce 27
Rebs: Mark Blount 13
Asts: Walter McCarty 5
Indiana wins the series, 4–0
FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts
Referees: Joe Forte, Ron Garretson, Mark Wunderlich

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

(2) New Jersey Nets vs. (7) New York Knicks

April 17
4:30 pm
New York Knicks 83, New Jersey Nets 107
Scoring by quarter: 24–30, 31–32, 13–24, 15–21
Pts: Penny Hardaway 18
Rebs: Stephon Marbury 5
Asts: Shandon Anderson 5
Pts: Richard Jefferson 21
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 12
Asts: Jason Kidd 13
Nets leads series, 1-0
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Referees: James Capers, Jim Clark, Eddie F. Rush
April 20
8:00 pm
New York Knicks 81, New Jersey Nets 99
Scoring by quarter: 24–26, 15–26, 20–20, 22–27
Pts: Stephon Marbury 23
Rebs: Kurt Thomas 12
Asts: Penny Hardaway 10
Pts: Kenyon Martin 22
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 16
Asts: Jason Kidd 8
Nets leads series, 2-0
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Referees: Sean Corbin, Jack Nies, Greg Willard
April 22
6:00 pm
New Jersey Nets 81, New York Knicks 78
Scoring by quarter: 25–15, 15–25, 25–15, 16–23
Pts: Martin, Kidd 19 each
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 15
Asts: Richard Jefferson 10
Pts: Marbury, Hardaway, Mohammed 18 each
Rebs: Kurt Thomas 12
Asts: Stephon Marbury 10
Nets leads series, 3-0
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Referees: Joe Crawford, Scott Foster, Michael Smith
April 25
6:30 pm
New Jersey Nets 100, New York Knicks 94
Scoring by quarter: 21–21, 23–25, 25–22, 31–26
Pts: Kenyon Martin 36
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 13
Asts: Jason Kidd 7
Pts: Stephon Marbury 31
Rebs: Kurt Thomas 15
Asts: Stephon Marbury 7
New Jersey wins the series, 4–0
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Ken Mauer, Blane Reichelt

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

(3) Detroit Pistons vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks

April 18
3:30 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 82, Detroit Pistons 102
Scoring by quarter: 21–27, 22–25, 15–28, 24–28
Pts: Desmond Mason 16
Rebs: Joe Smith 11
Asts: Damon Jones 7
Pts: Richard Hamilton 21
Rebs: Ben Wallace 14
Asts: Richard Hamilton 8
Pistons leads series, 1-0
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Referees: Sean Corbin, Dan Crawford, Ken Mauer
April 21
6:00 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 92, Detroit Pistons 88
Scoring by quarter: 25–25, 23–16, 22–19, 22–28
Pts: Michael Redd 26
Rebs: Joe Smith 13
Asts: Damon Jones 7
Pts: Chauncey Billups 20
Rebs: Ben Wallace 12
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Series tied at, 1-1
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Referees: Tim Donaghy, Monty McCutchen, Bennett Salvatore
April 24
7:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 95, Milwaukee Bucks 85
Scoring by quarter: 22–30, 20–19, 32–19, 21–17
Pts: Chauncey Billups 21
Rebs: Ben Wallace 21
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
Pts: Mason, Redd 19 each
Rebs: Desmond Mason 9
Asts: Damon Jones 7
Pistons leads series, 2-1
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Jack Nies, Derrick Stafford
April 26
7:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 109, Milwaukee Bucks 92
Scoring by quarter: 28–27, 24–22, 22–19, 35–24
Pts: Richard Hamilton 27
Rebs: B. Wallace, R. Wallace 9 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 9
Pts: Smith, Jones 17 each
Rebs: Joe Smith 12
Asts: Damon Jones 10
Pistons leads series, 3-1
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Tony Brothers, Jim Clark
April 29
8:00 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 77, Detroit Pistons 91
Scoring by quarter: 22–24, 10–15, 22–30, 23–22
Pts: Michael Redd 22
Rebs: Keith Van Horn 12
Asts: Damon Jones 6
Pts: Tayshaun Prince 24
Rebs: Ben Wallace 12
Asts: Tayshaun Prince 8
Detroit wins the series, 4–1
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Referees: Bob Delaney, Bernie Fryer, Bill Spooner

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Pistons winning the first two meetings.

(4) Miami Heat vs. (5) New Orleans Hornets

April 18
12:30 pm
New Orleans Hornets 79, Miami Heat 81
Scoring by quarter: 22–23, 22–18, 15–25, 20–15
Pts: Baron Davis 17
Rebs: Brown, Magloire 11 each
Asts: Augmon, Davis 4 each
Pts: Dwyane Wade 21
Rebs: Lamar Odom 11
Asts: Odom, Wade 5 each
Heat leads series, 1-0
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Tim Donaghy, Joe Forte
April 21
3:30 pm
New Orleans Hornets 63, Miami Heat 93
Scoring by quarter: 17–28, 17–15, 10–23, 19–27
Pts: Baron Davis 13
Rebs: Jamaal Magloire 10
Asts: Baron Davis 7
Pts: Eddie Jones 19
Rebs: Brian Grant 11
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
Heat leads series, 2-0
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Referees: Dan Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Tom Washington
April 24
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 71, New Orleans Hornets 77
Scoring by quarter: 14–19, 15–22, 21–16, 21–20
Pts: Caron Butler 24
Rebs: Caron Butler 15
Asts: Caron Butler 4
Pts: Baron Davis 21
Rebs: Brown, Lynch 11 each
Asts: Baron Davis 5
Heat leads series, 2-1
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Referees: Tony Brothers, Scott Foster, Bennett Salvatore
April 27
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 85, New Orleans Hornets 96
Scoring by quarter: 17–22, 27–28, 27–18, 14–28
Pts: Lamar Odom 25
Rebs: Brian Grant 9
Asts: Dwyane Wade 10
Pts: Baron Davis 23
Rebs: Brown, West 7 each
Asts: Baron Davis 10
Series tied at, 2-2
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Luis Grillo, Bill Spooner
April 30
7:00 pm
New Orleans Hornets 83, Miami Heat 87
Scoring by quarter: 24–14, 22–28, 17–16, 20–29
Pts: Baron Davis 33
Rebs: P. J. Brown 13
Asts: Baron Davis 7
Pts: Eddie Jones 25
Rebs: Caron Butler 11
Asts: Dwyane Wade 5
Heat leads series, 3-2
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Ken Mauer, Jack Nies
May 2
3:30 pm
Miami Heat 83, New Orleans Hornets 89
Scoring by quarter: 14–21, 19–22, 22–26, 28–20
Pts: Dwyane Wade 27
Rebs: Lamar Odom 11
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
Pts: Brown, Lynch 16 each
Rebs: Brown, Magloire 9 each
Asts: Baron Davis 12
Series tied at, 3-3
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Referees: Sean Corbin, Joe Crawford, Blane Reichelt
May 4
7:00 pm
New Orleans Hornets 77, Miami Heat 85
Scoring by quarter: 18–25, 13–16, 22–22, 24–22
Pts: Steve Smith 25
Rebs: Jamaal Magloire 10
Asts: Davis, Williams 4 each
Pts: Caron Butler 23
Rebs: Butler, Odom, Grant 9 each
Asts: Dwyane Wade 7
Miami wins the series, 4–3
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Referees: Ron Garretson, Steve Javie, Bennett Salvatore
  • In Game 1, Dwyane Wade hits the game winner with 1.3 seconds left.

This was the first playoff meeting between the Heat and the New Orleans Pelicans/Hornets franchise.[4]

Conference Semifinals

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (4) Miami Heat

May 6
9:00 pm
Miami Heat 81, Indiana Pacers 94
Scoring by quarter: 15–23, 21–23, 21–23, 24–25
Pts: Dwyane Wade 22
Rebs: Caron Butler 9
Asts: Alston, Wade 4 each
Pts: Ron Artest 25
Rebs: Jeff Foster 10
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5
Pacers leads series, 1-0
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Referees: Dick Bavetta, James Capers, Tom Washington
May 8
7:00 pm
Miami Heat 80, Indiana Pacers 91
Scoring by quarter: 19–21, 17–23, 18–25, 26–22
Pts: Odom, Wade 19 each
Rebs: Lamar Odom 12
Asts: Alston, Wade 5 each
Pts: Ron Artest 20
Rebs: Harrington, O'Neal 9 each
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 9
Pacers leads series, 2-0
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Referees: Joe Forte, Bernie Fryer, Bill Spooner
May 10
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 87, Miami Heat 94
Scoring by quarter: 20–14, 15–25, 25–25, 27–30
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 29
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 9
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5
Pts: Dwyane Wade 25
Rebs: Brian Grant 16
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
Pacers leads series, 2-1
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Referees: Dan Crawford, Tim Donaghy, Derrick Stafford
May 12
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 88, Miami Heat 100
Scoring by quarter: 33–26, 23–27, 13–23, 19–24
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 37
Rebs: Artest, Tinsley 8 each
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5
Pts: Lamar Odom 22
Rebs: Caron Butler 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 7
Series tied at, 2-2
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Luis Grillo, Eddie F. Rush
May 15
7:00 pm
Miami Heat 83, Indiana Pacers 94
Scoring by quarter: 21–19, 18–25, 16–29, 28–21
Pts: Dwyane Wade 16
Rebs: Lamar Odom 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 10
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 22
Rebs: Jeff Foster 16
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 8
Pacers leads series, 3-2
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Referees: Jim Clark, Bob Delaney, Bennett Salvatore
May 18
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 73, Miami Heat 70
Scoring by quarter: 16–20, 20–13, 23–19, 14–18
Pts: Ron Artest 27
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 13
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 3
Pts: Dwyane Wade 24
Rebs: Brian Grant 10
Asts: Wade, Butler, Jones 2 each
Indiana wins the series, 4–2
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Referees: Ron Garretson, Steve Javie, Jack Nies

Recap

This was the first playoff meeting between the Pacers and the Heat.[5]

(3) Detroit Pistons vs. (2) New Jersey Nets

May 3
7:00 pm
New Jersey Nets 56, Detroit Pistons 78
Scoring by quarter: 14–18, 11–19, 14–20, 17–21
Pts: Kerry Kittles 15
Rebs: Jason Kidd 7
Asts: Jason Kidd 6
Pts: Hamilton, Prince 15 each
Rebs: Ben Wallace 11
Asts: Richard Hamilton 7
Pistons leads series, 1-0
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Referees: Mike Callahan, Luis Grillo, Eddie F. Rush
May 7
8:00 pm
New Jersey Nets 80, Detroit Pistons 95
Scoring by quarter: 19–18, 27–16, 11–27, 23–34
Pts: Jefferson, Martin 19 each
Rebs: Jason Collins 10
Asts: Jason Kidd 11
Pts: Billups, Hamilton 28 each
Rebs: Ben Wallace 11
Asts: Chauncey Billups 13
Pistons leads series, 2-0
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe DeRosa, David Jones
May 9
3:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 64, New Jersey Nets 82
Scoring by quarter: 13–31, 25–16, 14–19, 12–16
Pts: Hamilton, B. Wallace 15 each
Rebs: Ben Wallace 24
Asts: Ben Wallace 4
Pts: Richard Jefferson 30
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 9
Asts: Jason Kidd 12
Pistons leads series, 2-1
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Referees: Ron Garretson, Ken Mauer, Bennett Salvatore
May 11
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 79, New Jersey Nets 94
Scoring by quarter: 18–21, 22–26, 16–30, 23–17
Pts: Richard Hamilton 30
Rebs: Ben Wallace 15
Asts: Chauncey Billups 5
Pts: Jason Kidd 22
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 15
Asts: Jason Kidd 11
Series tied at, 2-2
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Referees: Bob Delaney, Scott Foster, Steve Javie
May 14
7:00 pm
New Jersey Nets 127, Detroit Pistons 120 (3OT)
Scoring by quarter: 25–19, 18–25, 20–18, 25–26Overtime: 11–11, 12–12, 16–9
Pts: Richard Jefferson 31
Rebs: Jefferson, Kittles 11 each
Asts: Jason Kidd 8
Pts: Chauncey Billups 31
Rebs: Ben Wallace 11
Asts: Richard Hamilton 11
Nets leads series, 3-2
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Sean Corbin, Greg Willard
May 16
6:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 81, New Jersey Nets 75
Scoring by quarter: 23–25, 27–11, 10–21, 21–18
Pts: Richard Hamilton 24
Rebs: Ben Wallace 20
Asts: Richard Hamilton 4
Pts: Richard Jefferson 23
Rebs: Jefferson, Martin 7 each
Asts: Jason Kidd 8
Series tied at, 3-3
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Referees: Bob Delaney, Scott Foster, Steve Javie
May 20
3:30 pm
New Jersey Nets 69, Detroit Pistons 90
Scoring by quarter: 14–21, 17–22, 19–30, 19–17
Pts: Kerry Kittles 18
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 12
Asts: Jason Kidd 7
Pts: Chauncey Billups 22
Rebs: Ben Wallace 8
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
Detroit wins the series, 4–3
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ron Garretson, Eddie F. Rush
  • In Game 5, Chauncey Billups hits a half court buzzer beater to send the game to OT. 12 years later, Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors would do the same in Game 1 against the Miami Heat in their second round matchup.

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

Conference Finals: (1) Indiana Pacers vs. (3) Detroit Pistons

May 22
7:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 74, Indiana Pacers 78
Scoring by quarter: 26–22, 15–26, 17–13, 16–17
Pts: Richard Hamilton 23
Rebs: Ben Wallace 22
Asts: Ben Wallace 5
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 21
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 14
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5
Pacers leads series, 1-0
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Referees: Mike Callahan, Bernie Fryer, Ken Mauer
May 24
7:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 72, Indiana Pacers 67
Scoring by quarter: 12–17, 25–26, 18–11, 17–13
Pts: Richard Hamilton 23
Rebs: Hamilton, R. Wallace, B. Wallace 8 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Reggie Miller 21
Rebs: Jeff Foster 9
Asts: Anthony Johnson 4
Series tied at, 1-1
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Referees: Jim Clark, Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington
May 26
8:30 pm
Indiana Pacers 78, Detroit Pistons 85
Scoring by quarter: 14–27, 16–9, 15–20, 33–29
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 24
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 9
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 4
Pts: Hamilton, R. Wallace 20 each
Rebs: Ben Wallace 16
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pistons leads series, 2-1
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie Rush, Bill Spooner
May 28
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 83, Detroit Pistons 68
Scoring by quarter: 29–17, 20–22, 21–11, 13–18
Pts: Ron Artest 20
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 13
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5
Pts: Richard Hamilton 22
Rebs: Ben Wallace 19
Asts: Chauncey Billups 5
Series tied at, 2-2
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney, Greg Willard
May 30
7:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 83, Indiana Pacers 65
Scoring by quarter: 25–17, 16–19, 21–17, 21–12
Pts: Richard Hamilton 33
Rebs: Ben Wallace 12
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
Pts: Artest, Jones 13 each
Rebs: Ron Artest 11
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5
Pistons leads series, 3-2
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
June 1
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 65, Detroit Pistons 69
Scoring by quarter: 23–11, 10–16, 17–19, 15–23
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 20
Rebs: Artest, O'Neal 10 each
Asts: Anthony Johnson 7
Pts: Richard Hamilton 21
Rebs: Ben Wallace 16
Asts: Richard Hamilton 5
Detroit wins the series, 4–2
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Referees: Mike Callahan, Dan Crawford, Jack Nies

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

Western Conference

Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

First Round

(1) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (8) Denver Nuggets

April 18
9:30 pm
Denver Nuggets 92, Minnesota Timberwolves 106
Scoring by quarter: 22–31, 20–20, 26–28, 24–27
Pts: Anthony, Camby 19 each
Rebs: Marcus Camby 8
Asts: Earl Boykins 5
Pts: Sam Cassell 40
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 20
Asts: Garnett, Sprewell 4 each
Timberwolves leads series, 1-0
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Referees: Tony Brothers, Mike Callahan, Jack Nies
April 21
8:30 pm
Denver Nuggets 81, Minnesota Timberwolves 95
Scoring by quarter: 27–28, 9–22, 18–16, 27–29
Pts: Voshon Lenard 24
Rebs: Carmelo Anthony 9
Asts: Anthony, Nenê 3 each
Pts: Latrell Sprewell 31
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 22
Asts: Kevin Garnett 10
Timberwolves leads series, 2-0
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Luis Grillo, Mark Wunderlich
April 24
10:30 pm
Minnesota Timberwolves 86, Denver Nuggets 107
Scoring by quarter: 18–30, 23–24, 25–31, 20–22
Pts: Latrell Sprewell 25
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 11
Asts: Kevin Garnett 8
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 24
Rebs: Marcus Camby 16
Asts: Andre Miller 6
Timberwolves leads series, 2-1
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bill Kennedy, Tom Washington
April 27
10:30 pm
Minnesota Timberwolves 84, Denver Nuggets 82
Scoring by quarter: 20–20, 16–16, 30–27, 18–19
Pts: Kevin Garnett 27
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 14
Asts: Kevin Garnett 5
Pts: Voshon Lenard 28
Rebs: Marcus Camby 14
Asts: Marcus Camby 5
Timberwolves leads series, 3-1
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Referees: Ron Garretson, Ron Olesiak, Bennett Salvatore
April 30
9:30 pm
Denver Nuggets 91, Minnesota Timberwolves 102
Scoring by quarter: 19–28, 26–29, 21–17, 25–28
Pts: Camby, Miller 21 each
Rebs: Marcus Camby 15
Asts: Boykins, Lenard 4 each
Pts: Kevin Garnett 28
Rebs: Garnett, Madsen 7 each
Asts: Kevin Garnett 8
Minnesota wins the series, 4–1
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Referees: Joe Forte, Steve Javie, Derrick Stafford

This was the first playoff meeting between the Nuggets and the Timberwolves.[8]

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (7) Houston Rockets

April 17
10:30 pm
Houston Rockets 71, Los Angeles Lakers 72
Scoring by quarter: 18–20, 16–20, 17–9, 20–23
Pts: Steve Francis 18
Rebs: Jim Jackson 12
Asts: Steve Francis 5
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 20
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 17
Asts: Kobe Bryant 6
Lakers leads series, 1-0
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Ron Garretson, Steve Javie, Blane Reichelt
April 19
10:30 pm
Houston Rockets 84, Los Angeles Lakers 98
Scoring by quarter: 22–23, 24–21, 18–30, 20–24
Pts: Yao Ming 21
Rebs: Steve Francis 10
Asts: Steve Francis 12
Pts: Kobe Bryant 36
Rebs: Karl Malone 8
Asts: Gary Payton 7
Lakers leads series, 2-0
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Bennie Adams, Joe DeRosa, Bernie Fryer
April 23
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 91, Houston Rockets 102
Scoring by quarter: 23–29, 20–27, 19–18, 29–28
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 25
Rebs: Malone, O'Neal 11 each
Asts: Gary Payton 7
Pts: Steve Francis 27
Rebs: Jackson, Yao 10 each
Asts: Steve Francis 7
Lakers leads series, 2-1
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Referees: Mike Callahan, James Capers, Eddie F. Rush
April 25
3:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 92, Houston Rockets 88 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 21–24, 24–17, 24–18, 12–22Overtime: 11–7
Pts: Karl Malone 30
Rebs: Karl Malone 13
Asts: Gary Payton 7
Pts: Steve Francis 17
Rebs: Jim Jackson 20
Asts: Steve Francis 9
Lakers leads series, 3-1
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Referees: Joe Crawford, David Jones, Bill Spooner
April 28
10:00 pm
Houston Rockets 78, Los Angeles Lakers 97
Scoring by quarter: 27–24, 21–23, 9–25, 21–25
Pts: Jim Jackson 17
Rebs: Kelvin Cato 12
Asts: Steve Francis 5
Pts: Kobe Bryant 31
Rebs: Malone, O'Neal 9 each
Asts: Kobe Bryant 10
Los Angeles wins the series, 4–1
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Dan Crawford, Monty McCutchen, Tom Washington

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

(3) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Memphis Grizzlies

April 17
8:00 pm
Memphis Grizzlies 74, San Antonio Spurs 98
Scoring by quarter: 19–28, 15–21, 18–22, 22–27
Pts: Bonzi Wells 16
Rebs: Stromile Swift 7
Asts: Jason Williams 3
Pts: Tim Duncan 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 9
Asts: Tony Parker 8
Spurs leads series, 1-0
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Referees: Bennie Adams, Joe DeRosa, Bernie Fryer
April 19
8:00 pm
Memphis Grizzlies 70, San Antonio Spurs 87
Scoring by quarter: 21–26, 14–20, 24–22, 11–19
Pts: Pau Gasol 20
Rebs: Pau Gasol 11
Asts: Jason Williams 4
Pts: Tony Parker 27
Rebs: Tim Duncan 12
Asts: Tony Parker 7
Spurs leads series, 2-0
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Referees: Luis Grillo, Eddie F. Rush, Mark Wunderlich
April 22
8:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 95, Memphis Grizzlies 93
Scoring by quarter: 29–28, 21–29, 24–17, 21–19
Pts: Tim Duncan 22
Rebs: Tim Duncan 13
Asts: Tony Parker 6
Pts: Pau Gasol 18
Rebs: Swift, Wright 6 each
Asts: Gasol, Williams 3 each
Spurs leads series, 3-0
The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee
Referees: Sean Corbin, Jack Nies, Greg Willard
April 25
9:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 110, Memphis Grizzlies 97
Scoring by quarter: 32–21, 25–24, 30–27, 23–25
Pts: Tony Parker 29
Rebs: Duncan, Horry 6 each
Asts: Tony Parker 13
Pts: Pau Gasol 22
Rebs: James Posey 11
Asts: Jason Williams 8
San Antonio wins the series, 4–0
The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee
Referees: Bob Delaney, Steve Javie, Jess Kersey

This was the first playoff meeting between the Grizzlies and the Spurs.[10]

(4) Sacramento Kings vs. (5) Dallas Mavericks

April 18
3:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 105, Sacramento Kings 116
Scoring by quarter: 31–34, 34–29, 20–23, 20–30
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 32
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13
Asts: Steve Nash 8
Pts: Peja Stojaković 28
Rebs: Chris Webber 12
Asts: Doug Christie 11
Kings leads series, 1-0
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Referees: Joe Crawford, Jess Kersey, Bill Spooner
April 20
10:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 79, Sacramento Kings 83
Scoring by quarter: 19–21, 23–23, 18–17, 19–22
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 28
Rebs: Marquis Daniels 11
Asts: Steve Nash 9
Pts: Mike Bibby 24
Rebs: Chris Webber 13
Asts: Chris Webber 12
Kings leads series, 2-0
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Referees: Ron Garretson, Steve Javie, Blane Reichelt
April 24
9:30 pm
Sacramento Kings 79, Dallas Mavericks 104
Scoring by quarter: 25–33, 17–16, 17–34, 20–21
Pts: Bibby, Webber 22 each
Rebs: Peja Stojaković 8
Asts: Doug Christie 4
Pts: Marquis Daniels 22
Rebs: Josh Howard 14
Asts: Steve Nash 5
Kings leads series, 2-1
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Jim Clark, Tim Donaghy
April 26
9:30 pm
Sacramento Kings 94, Dallas Mavericks 92
Scoring by quarter: 21–18, 18–26, 31–21, 24–27
Pts: Mike Bibby 22
Rebs: Brad Miller 16
Asts: Stojaković, Christie, Miller 5 each
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 21
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 14
Asts: Steve Nash 9
Kings leads series, 3-1
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bill Kennedy, Tom Washington
April 29
10:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 118, Sacramento Kings 119
Scoring by quarter: 37–24, 29–39, 30–33, 22–23
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 31
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 14
Asts: Steve Nash 14
Pts: Mike Bibby 36
Rebs: Peja Stojaković 10
Asts: Bibby, Christie 8 each
Sacramento wins the series, 4–1
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Referees: Mike Callahan, Bennett Salvatore, Greg Willard

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

Conference Semifinals

(1) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (4) Sacramento Kings

May 4
9:30 pm
Sacramento Kings 104, Minnesota Timberwolves 98
Scoring by quarter: 34–27, 14–20, 25–26, 31–25
Pts: Mike Bibby 33
Rebs: Brad Miller 10
Asts: Mike Bibby 7
Pts: Sam Cassell 40
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 18
Asts: Kevin Garnett 7
Kings leads series, 1-0
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bob Delaney, Monty McCutchen
May 8
9:30 pm
Sacramento Kings 89, Minnesota Timberwolves 94
Scoring by quarter: 12–17, 27–32, 31–24, 19–21
Pts: Peja Stojaković 26
Rebs: Brad Miller 11
Asts: Mike Bibby 8
Pts: Kevin Garnett 28
Rebs: Garnett, Johnson 11 each
Asts: Sam Cassell 7
Series tied at, 1-1
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Referees: Mike Callahan, Sean Corbin, Eddie F. Rush
May 10
10:30 pm
Minnesota Timberwolves 114, Sacramento Kings 113 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 22–18, 24–28, 33–23, 25–35Overtime: 10–9
Pts: Kevin Garnett 30
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 15
Asts: Latrell Sprewell 6
Pts: Peja Stojaković 29
Rebs: Doug Christie 12
Asts: Mike Bibby 10
Timberwolves leads series, 2-1
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Tony Brothers, Jim Clark
May 12
10:30 pm
Minnesota Timberwolves 81, Sacramento Kings 87
Scoring by quarter: 15–21, 16–21, 26–17, 24–28
Pts: Kevin Garnett 19
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 21
Asts: Cassell, Garnett 6 each
Pts: Chris Webber 28
Rebs: Chris Webber 8
Asts: Mike Bibby 12
Series tied at, 2-2
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Referees: James Capers, Bernie Fryer, Jack Nies
May 14
9:30 pm
Sacramento Kings 74, Minnesota Timberwolves 86
Scoring by quarter: 18–18, 16–20, 23–26, 17–22
Pts: Mike Bibby 14
Rebs: Brad Miller 10
Asts: Mike Bibby 6
Pts: Latrell Sprewell 34
Rebs: Mark Madsen 13
Asts: Sam Cassell 7
Timberwolves leads series, 3-2
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Referees: Steve Javie, Blane Reichelt, Derrick Stafford
May 16
3:30 pm
Minnesota Timberwolves 87, Sacramento Kings 104
Scoring by quarter: 30–24, 14–33, 19–21, 24–26
Pts: Latrell Sprewell 27
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 10
Asts: Kevin Garnett 5
Pts: Peja Stojaković 22
Rebs: Peja Stojaković 8
Asts: Mike Bibby 10
Series tied at, 3-3
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Bill Spooner
May 19
8:30 pm
Sacramento Kings 80, Minnesota Timberwolves 83
Scoring by quarter: 16–22, 15–19, 29–21, 20–21
Pts: Doug Christie 21
Rebs: Bibby, Webber, Miller 8 each
Asts: Mike Bibby 8
Pts: Kevin Garnett 32
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 21
Asts: Sam Cassell 7
Minnesota wins the series, 4–3
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington

This was the first playoff meeting between the Timberwolves and the Kings.[12]

(3) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Los Angeles Lakers

May 2
2:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 78, San Antonio Spurs 88
Scoring by quarter: 14–21, 19–20, 32–21, 13–26
Pts: Kobe Bryant 31
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 13
Asts: Karl Malone 5
Pts: Tim Duncan 30
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Tony Parker 9
Spurs leads series, 1-0
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Lorenzo Bronson, Jim Clark
May 5
9:00 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 85, San Antonio Spurs 95
Scoring by quarter: 17–33, 28–28, 23–12, 17–22
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 32
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 15
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
Pts: Tony Parker 30
Rebs: Bowen, Duncan 7 each
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 6
Spurs leads series, 2-0
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Referees: Scott Foster, Bernie Fryer, Greg Willard
May 9
12:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 81, Los Angeles Lakers 105
Scoring by quarter: 16–28, 16–14, 26–33, 23–30
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 17
Rebs: Tim Duncan 13
Asts: Tony Parker 5
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 28
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 15
Asts: Gary Payton 7
Spurs leads series, 2-1
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Steve Javie, Jack Nies, Blane Reichelt
May 11
10:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 90, Los Angeles Lakers 98
Scoring by quarter: 27–21, 26–22, 16–31, 21–24
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 21
Rebs: Tim Duncan 10
Asts: Duncan, Parker 8 each
Pts: Kobe Bryant 42
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 14
Asts: Karl Malone 6
Series tied at, 2-2
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington
May 13
7:00 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 74, San Antonio Spurs 73
Scoring by quarter: 24–18, 18–17, 20–18, 12–20
Pts: Kobe Bryant 22
Rebs: Karl Malone 12
Asts: Gary Payton 7
Pts: Tim Duncan 21
Rebs: Tim Duncan 21
Asts: Tony Parker 6
Lakers leads series, 3-2
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe Forte, Ron Garretson
May 15
7:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 76, Los Angeles Lakers 88
Scoring by quarter: 21–23, 18–16, 13–17, 24–32
Pts: Tim Duncan 20
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 4
Pts: Kobe Bryant 26
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 19
Asts: Bryant, Payton 7 each
Los Angeles wins the series, 4–2
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Mike Callahan, Ken Mauer, Eddie F. Rush

In the final seconds of Game 5, Tim Duncan hits a fadeaway shot over Shaquille O'Neal to give the Spurs the lead, but with 0.4 seconds left, Derek Fisher off the inbounds pass hits a miracle buzzer beater to give the Lakers the victory.

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

Conference Finals: (1) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (2) Los Angeles Lakers

May 21
8:00 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 97, Minnesota Timberwolves 88
Scoring by quarter: 23–24, 23–20, 32–23, 19–21
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 27
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 18
Asts: Bryant, Fisher 6 each
Pts: Latrell Sprewell 23
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 10
Asts: Sam Cassell 8
Lakers leads series, 1-0
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney, Greg Willard
May 23
7:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 71, Minnesota Timberwolves 89
Scoring by quarter: 24–32, 13–19, 19–17, 15–21
Pts: Kobe Bryant 27
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 16
Asts: Kobe Bryant 6
Pts: Kevin Garnett 24
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 11
Asts: Latrell Sprewell 8
Series tied at, 1-1
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Steve Javie, Bill Spooner
May 25
6:00 pm
Minnesota Timberwolves 89, Los Angeles Lakers 100
Scoring by quarter: 17–24, 18–20, 30–26, 24–30
Pts: Kevin Garnett 22
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 11
Asts: Kevin Garnett 7
Pts: Bryant, O'Neal 22 each
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 17
Asts: Gary Payton 9
Lakers leads series, 2-1
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ron Garretson, Derrick Stafford
May 27
6:00 pm
Minnesota Timberwolves 85, Los Angeles Lakers 92
Scoring by quarter: 24–23, 16–22, 20–30, 25–17
Pts: Kevin Garnett 28
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 13
Asts: Kevin Garnett 9
Pts: Kobe Bryant 31
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 19
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
Lakers leads series, 3-1
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Mike Callahan, Bernie Fryer, Jack Nies
May 29
8:00 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 96, Minnesota Timberwolves 98
Scoring by quarter: 21–14, 19–32, 23–27, 33–25
Pts: Kobe Bryant 23
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 13
Asts: Kobe Bryant 7
Pts: Kevin Garnett 30
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 19
Asts: Latrell Sprewell 5
Lakers leads series, 3-2
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Referees: Jim Clark, Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington
May 31
6:00 pm
Minnesota Timberwolves 90, Los Angeles Lakers 96
Scoring by quarter: 17–28, 29–20, 22–19, 22–29
Pts: Latrell Sprewell 27
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 17
Asts: Sprewell, Martin 5 each
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 25
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 11
Asts: Gary Payton 8
Los Angeles wins the series, 4–2
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Ken Mauer, Eddie Rush

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

NBA Finals: (W2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (E3) Detroit Pistons

June 6
9:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 87, Los Angeles Lakers 75
Scoring by quarter: 22–19, 18–22, 24–17, 23–17
Pts: Chauncey Billups 22
Rebs: B. Wallace, R. Wallace 8 each
Asts: Richard Hamilton 5
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 34
Rebs: O'Neal, Malone 11 each
Asts: Kobe Bryant 4
Pistons leads series, 1-0
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney, Bernie Fryer
June 8
9:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 91, Los Angeles Lakers 99 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 16–18, 20–26, 30–24, 23–21, Overtime: 2–10
Pts: Chauncey Billups 27
Rebs: Ben Wallace 14
Asts: Chauncey Billups 9
Pts: Kobe Bryant 33
Rebs: Karl Malone 9
Asts: Luke Walton 8
Series tied at, 1-1
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Steve Javie, Bennett Salvatore
June 10
9:00 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 68, Detroit Pistons 88
Scoring by quarter: 16–24, 16–15, 19–24, 17–25
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 14
Rebs: O'Neal, Medvedenko 8 each
Asts: Gary Payton 7
Pts: Richard Hamilton 31
Rebs: Ben Wallace 11
Asts: Hamilton, B. Wallace, Billups 3 each
Pistons leads series, 2-1
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Referees: Mike Callahan, Dan Crawford, Ron Garretson
June 13
9:00 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 80, Detroit Pistons 88
Scoring by quarter: 22–21, 17–20, 17–15, 24–32
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 36
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 17
Asts: Rick Fox 6
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 26
Rebs: R. Wallace, B. Wallace 13 each
Asts: Richard Hamilton 6
Pistons leads series, 3-1
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Jack Nies, Eddie Rush
June 15
9:00 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 87, Detroit Pistons 100
Scoring by quarter: 24–25, 21–30, 14–27, 28–18
Pts: Kobe Bryant 24
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 8
Asts: Luke Walton 5
Pts: Richard Hamilton 21
Rebs: Ben Wallace 22
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Detroit wins the series, 4–1
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bernie Fryer, Bennett Salvatore
  • In Game 2, Kobe Bryant hits the game-tying 3 with 2.1 seconds left to force OT.
  • Game 4 is Karl Malone's final NBA game.

This was the 12th playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning nine of the first 11 meetings.

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2003–04 Detroit Pistons season

The 2003–04 NBA season was the 63rd season for the Pistons, the 56th in the National Basketball Association, and the 47th in the Detroit area. Despite a solid year last season, the Pistons received the second overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft, which they obtained from the Memphis Grizzlies. They selected Darko Miličić as their top pick, but only used him as a reserve as he played limited minutes off the bench; he would later be regarded as one of the most infamous busts in the history of the NBA draft. After their first trip to the Conference Finals since 1991, the Pistons hired Larry Brown as head coach. Under Brown, the Pistons were once again a tough defensive team as they went on a 13-game winning streak between December and January. However, after a solid 33–16 start, they struggled in February losing six straight games. At midseason, the team acquired All-Star forward Rasheed Wallace from the Atlanta Hawks after playing just one game for them. With the addition of Wallace, the Pistons won 16 of their final 19 games finishing second in the Central Division with a 54–28 record. Ben Wallace was selected for the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. The Pistons went on to win the NBA Championship for the third time in franchise history, with Miličić being the youngest player to win said championship.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Pistons defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in five games despite losing Game 2 at home. In the semifinals, they faced the New Jersey Nets who swept them in the Eastern Conference Finals in the previous year. The Pistons would win the first two games at home, but the Nets would put up a fight against the Pistons to take a 3–2 series lead, which included a triple overtime win in Game 5. However, with the Pistons facing elimination, the Pistons were digging an early hole in game 6, but the Pistons were able to erase a 13-2 deficit and never trailed for the remainder of the game as they would refuse to relinquish the lead to the Nets and win game 6 81-75. In game 7 the Pistons stingy defense held Jason Kidd to 0 points to blow out the Nets 90-69 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they defeated the top-seeded Indiana Pacers in a defensive six game series to advance to the NBA Finals. In the Finals, the Pistons would pull of an unbelievable upset by defeating the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers in four games to one, winning their third overall championship and first since 1990. Chauncey Billups was named Finals MVP. Following the season, Corliss Williamson was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, and second-year center Mehmet Okur signed as a free agent with the Utah Jazz.

2004 NBA Finals

The 2004 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2003–04 National Basketball Association season. The Finals were between the Los Angeles Lakers of the Western Conference and the Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference; the Lakers held home court advantage. The series was played under a best-of-seven format, so the first team to collect four game victories would win the series.

Although the Lakers were the heavy favorite, the Pistons won the series four games to one to win their first title since 1990 and their fifth overall (three NBA Championships, two NBL Championships). Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups was named as the NBA Finals MVP. The series was noted for the perceived underdog, the Pistons, dominating a Lakers team that had four future Hall of Famers.

Pistons owner William Davidson became the first owner in sports history to win two championships in one year. Eight days earlier, the other team that Davidson owned, the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League, had won the Stanley Cup Finals in seven games over the Calgary Flames.

2004 in basketball

The following are the basketball events of the year 2004 throughout the world.

Al Michaels

Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster.

Now employed by NBC Sports after nearly three decades (1977–2006) with ABC Sports, Michaels is known for his many years calling play-by-play of National Football League games, including nearly two decades with ABC's Monday Night Football and over a decade with NBC Sunday Night Football. He is also known for famous calls in other sports, including the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Winter Olympics and the earthquake-interrupted Game 3 of the 1989 World Series. Michaels' move from ABC to NBC in 2006 was notable as it was part of an agreement between the two networks' parent companies, The Walt Disney Company and NBCUniversal, respectively, that allowed Disney to take ownership of the intellectual property of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit from NBCUniversal.

Ben Wallace

Ben Camey Wallace (born September 10, 1974) is an American retired professional basketball player. A native of Alabama, Wallace attended Cuyahoga Community College and Virginia Union University and signed with the Washington Bullets (later Wizards) as an undrafted free agent in 1996. In his NBA career, Wallace played with the Washington Bullets/Wizards, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers.

He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award four times, a record he shares with Dikembe Mutombo. In nine seasons with the Pistons (2000–2006; 2009–2012), Wallace made two NBA Finals appearances (2004 and 2005) and won a championship with the Pistons in 2004. The Pistons retired his jersey number 3 in 2016.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Founded in 1946 as one of the league's original eight teams, the team play their home games at TD Garden, which they share with the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Boston Bruins. The Celtics are one of the most successful teams in NBA history; the franchise has won the most championships in the NBA with 17, accounting for 23.9 percent of all NBA championships since the league's founding.The Celtics have a notable rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, and have played the Lakers a record 12 times in the NBA Finals (including their most recent appearances in 2008 and 2010), of which the Celtics have won nine. Four Celtics players (Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens and Larry Bird) have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for an NBA record total of 10 MVP awards. Both the nickname "Celtics" and their mascot "Lucky the Leprechaun" are a nod to Boston's historically large Irish population.After winning 16 championships throughout the 20th century, the Celtics, after struggling through the 1990s, rose again to win a championship in 2008 with the help of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen in what was known as the new "Big Three" era, following the original "Big Three" era that featured Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, which combined to win the 1981, 1984, and 1986 championships.

Following the win in 2008, general manager Danny Ainge began a rebuilding process with the help of head coach Brad Stevens, who led the Celtics to a return to the playoffs from 2015. During the following season, the Celtics clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but were eliminated in the Conference Finals. This prompted an aggressive rebuild in 2017, where the team acquired All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. However, the pair struggled with injuries throughout the 2017–18 season, and the team was again defeated in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Bruce Bowen

Bruce Eric Bowen Jr. (born June 14, 1971) is an American former professional basketball player. Bowen played small forward and graduated from Edison High School and Cal State Fullerton. He went on to play for the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and the Continental Basketball Association's Rockford Lightning, and also played abroad in France.

One of the most feared perimeter "lockdown" defenders in NBA history, Bowen was elected to the NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams eight times, and was a member of the Spurs teams that won the NBA championships in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Off the court, Bowen became an informal ambassador for child obesity awareness.

Jamal Mashburn

Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972) is a retired American professional basketball player. Nicknamed the "Monster Mash," Mashburn was a prolific scorer as a small forward in his 12 seasons in the league, with a career scoring average of 19.1 points per game.

Kenny Anderson (basketball)

Kenneth Anderson (born October 9, 1970) is an American retired basketball player. After a college career at Georgia Tech, he played point guard professionally from 1991 to 2006, mostly in the National Basketball Association.

Let's Get It Started

"Let's Get It Started" is a song by American group The Black Eyed Peas, released as a single on June 22, 2004. The track was the fourth single released from the band's 2003 album Elephunk and is a re-worked version of the album's third track "Let's Get Retarded". This version was included as a bonus track on the 2004 re-issue of the album.

The album version was originally only re-worked for its use in promotion for the 2004 NBA Playoffs on ABC in April 2004; however, the new version was so well-received that it was given an official single release two months later. The song was later included on the soundtrack for the 2006 romantic comedy It's a Boy Girl Thing, the 2004 comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and the 2010 comedy Hot Tub Time Machine. The song is featured during the opening credits of the 2004 motion picture Barbershop 2: Back in Business (although it is not included in the film's soundtrack album). It was featured in the film White Chicks. It was used in UK advertisements for the game The Urbz: Sims in the City. The song was remixed for The Black Eyed Peas' fifth studio album The E.N.D. as "Let's Get Re-Started", it was also featured on their remix album The E.N.D. Summer 2010 Canadian Invasion Tour: Remix Collection The chorus was performed by "Weird Al" Yankovic in his polka medley "Polkarama" from his 2006 album Straight Outta Lynwood.

"Let's Get It Started" won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2005 Grammy Awards, and was also nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap Song.

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat are an American professional basketball team based in Miami. The Heat compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The Heat play their home games at American Airlines Arena, and have won three NBA championships.

The franchise began play in 1988 as an expansion team, where after a period of mediocrity, the Heat would gain relevance during the 1990s following the appointment of former head coach Pat Riley in the role of team president. Riley would construct the high-profile trades of Alonzo Mourning in 1995, and of Tim Hardaway in 1996, which immediately propelled the team into playoff contention. Mourning and Hardaway would eventually lead the Heat to four division titles, prior to their departures in 2001 and 2002, respectively. As a result, the team struggled, and entered into a rebuild in time for the 2002–03 season.

Led by Dwyane Wade, and following a trade for former NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Shaquille O'Neal, Miami made the NBA Finals in 2006, where they clinched their first championship, led by Riley as head coach. After the departure of O'Neal two years later, the team entered into another period of decline for the remainder of the 2000s. This saw the resignation of Riley as head coach, who returned to his position as team president, and was replaced by Erik Spoelstra.

In 2010, after creating significant cap space, the Heat partnered Wade with former league MVP LeBron James, and perennial NBA All-Star Chris Bosh, creating the "Big Three". During their four-year spell together, and under the guise of Spoelstra, James, Wade, and Bosh, they would lead the Heat to the NBA Finals in every season, and won two back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. The trio would all depart by 2016, and the team entered another period of rebuilding. Wade was eventually reacquired in 2018, albeit to retire with the franchise.The Heat hold the record for the NBA's third-longest streak, 27 straight games, set during the 2012–13 season. Four Hall of Famers have played for Miami, while James has won the NBA MVP Award while playing for the team.

NBA on ESPN

The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. The ESPN cable network first televised NBA games from 1983 to 1984, and has been airing games currently since the 2002–03 NBA season. ESPN2 began airing a limited schedule of NBA games in 2002. ESPN on ABC began televising NBA games in 2006 (ABC Sports aired NBA games under the title of the NBA on ABC from 2002 to 2006). On October 6, 2014, ESPN and the NBA renewed their agreement through 2025.

NBA on TNT

The NBA on TNT is a branding used for broadcasts of the National Basketball Association (NBA) games, produced by Turner Sports, the sports division of the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of WarnerMedia and televised on TNT since 1989. TNT's NBA coverage includes the Inside the NBA studio show, weekly doubleheaders throughout the regular season on Thursdays, as well as Tuesdays in the second half of the season, a majority of games during the first two rounds of the playoffs, and one conference finals series.

National Basketball Association music

The National Basketball Association has links to hip hop music and has also had its own famous anthem in Roundball Rock. In recent years, the league has embraced country music and musicians and bands that could be considered tame by some observers (such as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Rob Thomas and Justin Timberlake).

Before the league introduced its current promotional phrase Big Things Will Happen, the league's former promotional phrases were America's Game/NBA Action: It's Fantastic (1980s–1992), I Love This Game (1992–2007) and Where Amazing Happens (2007–2011).

Penny Hardaway

Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway (born July 18, 1971) is an American college basketball coach and a former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He currently is the head coach of the Memphis Tigers. An exceptionally tall point guard, he was an all-star in his first few seasons. Hardaway was most productive in his years with the Orlando Magic, and his early years with the Phoenix Suns. Injuries began to plague him, however, and diminished his effectiveness. He played for the New York Knicks from 2004 to 2006, and finished his career in 2007 with the Miami Heat, which reunited him with former Magic teammate Shaquille O’Neal.

Stan Van Gundy

Stanley Alan Van Gundy (born August 26, 1959) is an American former professional basketball coach and NBA analyst who most recently served as the head coach and president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 2014 to 2018. From 2003 to 2005, he was the head coach of the Miami Heat but resigned in 2005 mid-season, turning the job over to Pat Riley. Van Gundy then coached the Orlando Magic for five seasons from 2007 to 2012, leading them to the 2009 NBA Finals. He is the brother of former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy.

T. J. Ford

Terrance Jerod Ford (born March 24, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player. Having been awarded numerous top basketball accolades in high school and college, Ford entered the 2003 NBA draft and was selected eighth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. Ford's recurring back injuries resulted in him missing many games in his three seasons with the Bucks, but in 2005, it was announced that he was fit to play basketball again. Ford was traded to the Raptors prior to the 2006–07 NBA season, and established himself as the starting point guard, helping the team win the Atlantic Division crown and reach the 2007 NBA Playoffs. Following an injury sustained in the 2007–08 NBA season, however, Ford had difficulties reclaiming the starting spot and was traded to the Indiana Pacers. He signed with KK Zagreb of Croatia during the 2011 NBA lockout where he appeared in one game, playing 17 minutes and scoring 7 points. On December 9, 2011, Ford signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs.

Off the court, Ford set up the T. J. Ford Foundation in 2004 to help participants achieve their academic, personal and civil goals.

Transcenders

Transcenders is a full service music production company established in 2002 by Brian Lapin, Terence Yoshiaki and Mike Fratantuno.

Yao Ming

Yao Ming (Chinese: 姚明; born September 12, 1980) is a Chinese basketball executive and retired professional basketball player who played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected to start for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game eight times, and was named to the All-NBA Team five times. At the time of his final season, he was the tallest active player in the NBA, at 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in). He is the only player from outside of the United States to lead the NBA in All-Star votes.Yao, who was born in Shanghai, started playing for the Shanghai Sharks as a teenager, and played on their senior team for five years in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), winning a championship in his final year. After negotiating with the CBA and the Sharks to secure his release, Yao was selected by the Houston Rockets as the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft. He reached the NBA Playoffs four times, and the Rockets won the first-round series in the 2009 postseason, their first playoff series victory since 1997. In July 2011, Yao announced his retirement from professional basketball because of a series of foot and ankle injuries which forced him to miss 250 games in his last six seasons. In eight seasons with the Rockets, Yao ranks sixth among franchise leaders in total points and total rebounds, and second in total blocks.Yao is one of China's best-known athletes, with sponsorships with several major companies. His rookie year in the NBA was the subject of a documentary film, The Year of the Yao, and he co-wrote, along with NBA analyst Ric Bucher, an autobiography titled Yao: A Life in Two Worlds.

In April 2016, Yao was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, alongside Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson.In February 2017, Yao was unanimously elected as chairman of Chinese Basketball Association.

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