2010 NBA Playoffs

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2010 NBA Playoffs

The 2010 NBA Playoffs was the postseason for the National Basketball Association's 2009–10 season. The playoffs started on April 17, 2010 with ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, and NBA TV broadcasting the games in the United States.[citation needed] Eight teams from each of the league's two conferences qualified for the playoffs, all seeded 1 to 8 in a tournament bracket, with all rounds in a best-of-seven format.

The Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference by posting their second consecutive (and second ever) 60-win season; they also won the Central Division for the second year in a row.[1] They also clinched the best record in the NBA on April 5, which guaranteed them home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

For the second time in three seasons and the first time since the 2008 postseason, all 8 Western Conference playoff teams had at least 50 wins. The 7 games separating 1 from 8 was also tied for the smallest margin, also from the 2008 playoffs.

Cleveland's 61 in the NBA was the least win total for the best record since the Indiana Pacers won 61 games in 2003–04.[2] The Cavaliers' second round playoff exit (2–4 vs. Boston Celtics) was the earliest for the top seed since the Dallas Mavericks' first round loss to the Golden State Warriors in 2007.

Several teams would also avenge previous losses by defeating teams who defeated them in recent years. The Spurs would defeat the Mavericks who defeated them twice in the previous 4 seasons. The Cavaliers would defeat the Bulls for the first time since The Shot. The Suns would defeat the Spurs who won the previous 4 meetings in the last decade. The Lakers would defeat the Suns who defeated them in the first round in 2006 and 2007. The Celtics would defeat the Magic who eliminated them last year. And in the finals, the Lakers defeated the Celtics who defeated them in the 2008 finals.

Game 5 of the Magic-Celtics Conference Finals was the last game played at Amway Arena (formerly Orlando Arena and TD Waterhouse Centre). The Magic, who last year upset the top-seeded Cavaliers in six games after they went 8-0 through the first two rounds, also went 8-0 through two playoff series, only to suffer the same fate as the Cavaliers last year, losing to the Celtics in six games.

The Charlotte Bobcats made their first playoff appearance in franchise history. However, they failed to win a single playoff game in a loss to the Magic in the first round.

The Celtics-Cavaliers second round series marked the first time that each team lost a home playoff game by record margins: the Celtics lost by 29, 124-95, in Game 3 (May 7), while the Cavaliers lost by 32, 120-88, in Game 5 (May 11).

The Oklahoma City Thunder made their first playoff appearance under that name; their last appearance was 2005 as the Seattle SuperSonics. Games 3, 4 and 6 were the first playoff games played at Ford Center (the arena's former tenants, the New Orleans Hornets, didn't play a single playoff game in the building). The Thunder (and especially Kevin Durant) would make the most of their debut playoff appearance, pushing the eventual champion Lakers to six games.

The Dallas Mavericks would hold the dubious distinction of losing three first round series while holding the top two playoff seeds. The Mavericks lost to the seventh-seeded San Antonio Spurs in six games. They have also lost a playoff series against the Seattle SuperSonics (1987, as the second seed) and the Golden State Warriors (2007, as the top seed).

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Format

The 3 division winners and 5 other teams with the most wins from each conference qualified for the playoffs. The seedings are based on each team's record; however, a division winner is guaranteed to be ranked at least fourth, regardless of their record.

Tiebreak procedures

The tiebreakers that determine seedings were:

  1. Division leader wins tie from team not leading a division
  2. Head-to-head record
  3. Division record (if the teams are in the same division)
  4. Conference record
  5. Record vs. playoff teams, own conference
  6. Record vs. playoff teams, other conference
  7. Point differential, all games

If there were more than two teams tied, the team that wins the tiebreaker get the highest seed, while the other teams were "re-broken" from the first step until all ties were resolved. Since the three division winners were guaranteed a spot in the top four, ties to determine the division winners had to be broken before any other ties.[3]

Playoff qualifying

Eastern Conference

Team standings progression on the teams that qualified for the playoffs.
Seed Team Wins Clinched
Playoff berth Division title Best record
in Conference
Best record
in NBA
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 61 March 8[4] March 17[5] April 2[1] April 4[6]
2 Orlando Magic 59 March 16[7] April 5[8] β€” β€”
3 Atlanta Hawks 53 March 21[9] β€” β€” β€”
4 Boston Celtics 50 March 24[10] March 26[11] β€” β€”
5 Miami Heat 47 April 6[12] β€” β€” β€”
6 Milwaukee Bucks 46 April 6[13] β€” β€” β€”
7 Charlotte Bobcats 44 April 6[12] β€” β€” β€”
8 Chicago Bulls 41 April 14[14] β€” β€” β€”

Western Conference

Team standings progression on the teams that qualified for the playoffs.
Seed Team Wins Tiebreaker Clinched
Playoff berth Division title Best record
in Conference
1 Los Angeles Lakers 57 β€” March 19[15] April 3[16] April 9[17]
2 Dallas Mavericks 55 β€” March 26[18] April 9[19] β€”
3 Phoenix Suns 54 β€” March 30[20] β€” β€”
4 Denver Nuggets 53 3–1 vs. UTA March 28[21] April 14[22] β€”
5 Utah Jazz 53 1–3 vs. DEN March 28[23] β€” β€”
6 Portland Trail Blazers 50 6–1 vs. SA and OKC March 31[24] β€” β€”
7 San Antonio Spurs 50 3–4 vs. POR and OKC April 4[25] β€” β€”
8 Oklahoma City Thunder 50 2–6 vs. POR and SA April 3[26] β€” β€”

β€” = Not Applicable

Home-court advantage

The team with the better record earned the home-court advantage through any playoff round, regardless of seeding. (The NBA is the only one of the four major North American leagues that awards home advantage based strictly on record.)

Rank Team Conference Division Wins Losses
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Eastern Central 61 21
2 Orlando Magic Eastern Southeast 59 23
3 Los Angeles Lakers Western Pacific 57 25
4 Dallas Mavericks Western Southwest 55 27
5 Phoenix Suns Western Pacific 54 28
6 Denver Nuggets Western Northwest 53 29
7 Atlanta Hawks Eastern Southeast 53 29
8 Utah Jazz Western Northwest 53 29
9 Boston Celtics Eastern Atlantic 50 32
10 Portland Trail Blazers Western Northwest 50 32
11 San Antonio Spurs Western Southwest 50 32
12 Oklahoma City Thunder Western Northwest 50 32
13 Miami Heat Eastern Southeast 47 35
14 Milwaukee Bucks Eastern Central 46 36
15 Charlotte Bobcats Eastern Southeast 44 38
16 Chicago Bulls Eastern Central 41 41

Bracket

Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage in the NBA Finals does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record (for example, the 4th seed in the Western Conference could have a better regular season record than the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference and would therefore have home court advantage if the two met in the Finals); teams with home court advantage are shown in italics.

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
1  Cleveland 4  
8  Chicago 1  
  1  Cleveland 2  
 
  4  Boston 4  
4  Boston 4
5  Miami 1  
  4  Boston 4  
Eastern Conference
  2  Orlando 2  
3  Atlanta 4  
6  Milwaukee 3  
  3  Atlanta 0
 
  2  Orlando 4  
2  Orlando 4
7  Charlotte 0  
  E4  Boston 3
  W1  L.A. Lakers 4
1  L.A. Lakers 4  
8  Oklahoma City 2  
  1  L.A. Lakers 4
 
  5  Utah 0  
4  Denver 2
5  Utah 4  
  1  L.A. Lakers 4
Western Conference
  3  Phoenix 2  
3  Phoenix 4  
6  Portland 2  
  3  Phoenix 4
 
  7  San Antonio 0  
2  Dallas 2
7  San Antonio 4  

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Eastern Conference

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTCβˆ’4)

First Round

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (8) Chicago Bulls

April 17
3:00 pm
Recap Chicago Bulls 83, Cleveland Cavaliers 96    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Eddie Rush, Bob Delaney, John Goble
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 18–32, 23–24, 19–17, 23–23
Pts: Derrick Rose 28
Rebs: Hinrich, Noah 8 each
Asts: Derrick Rose 10
Pts: LeBron James 24
Rebs: Anderson VarejΓ£o 15
Asts: Mo Williams 10
April 19
8:00 pm
Recap Chicago Bulls 102, Cleveland Cavaliers 112    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Joe Crawford, Ron Garretson, Eric Lewis
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 22–28, 28–24, 27–25, 25–35
Pts: Joakim Noah 25
Rebs: Joakim Noah 13
Asts: Derrick Rose 8
Pts: LeBron James 40
Rebs: LeBron James 8
Asts: LeBron James 8
April 22
7:00 pm
Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 106, Chicago Bulls 108    United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,991
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Jason Phillips, Tony Brothers
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 21–32, 24–24, 23–23, 38–29
Pts: LeBron James 39
Rebs: Antawn Jamison 11
Asts: LeBron James 8
Pts: Derrick Rose 31
Rebs: Joakim Noah 15
Asts: Derrick Rose 7
April 25
3:30 pm
Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 121, Chicago Bulls 98    United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,991
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Derrick Stafford, Mike Callahan
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 24–21, 38–31, 37–24, 22–22
Pts: LeBron James 37
Rebs: LeBron James 12
Asts: LeBron James 11
Pts: Noah, Rose 21 each
Rebs: Joakim Noah 20
Asts: Derrick Rose 5
April 27
8:00 pm
Recap Chicago Bulls 94, Cleveland Cavaliers 96    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Ken Mauer, Bill Kennedy, Zach Zarba
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 26–27, 22–28, 23–18, 23–23
Pts: Derrick Rose 31
Rebs: Taj Gibson 11
Asts: Derrick Rose 6
Pts: Antawn Jamison 25
Rebs: LeBron James 10
Asts: LeBron James 9
Cleveland wins series, 4–1
Regular-season series

Teams were tied 2–2 in the regular-season series:

November 5, 2009 Recap Chicago Bulls 86, Cleveland Cavaliers 85    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
December 4, 2009 Recap Chicago Bulls 87, Cleveland Cavaliers 101    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
March 19, 2010 Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 92, Chicago Bulls 85    United Center, Chicago, Illinois
April 8, 2010 Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 108, Chicago Bulls 109    United Center, Chicago, Illinois

Last Playoff Meeting: 1994 Eastern Conference First Round (Chicago won 3-0)

(2) Orlando Magic vs. (7) Charlotte Bobcats

April 18
5:30 pm
Recap Charlotte Bobcats 89, Orlando Magic 98    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Dan Crawford, Tony Brothers, Sean Wright
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 20–31, 23–28, 23–17, 23–22
Pts: Gerald Wallace 25
Rebs: Gerald Wallace 17
Asts: Raymond Felton 4
Pts: Jameer Nelson 32
Rebs: Dwight Howard 7
Asts: Jameer Nelson 6
April 21
7:00 pm
Recap Charlotte Bobcats 77, Orlando Magic 92    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Rodney Mott, Bill Spooner
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 14–18, 16–23, 25–34, 22–17
Pts: Stephen Jackson 27
Rebs: Boris Diaw 7
Asts: Diaw, Felton 4 each
Pts: Vince Carter 19
Rebs: Dwight Howard 9
Asts: Jameer Nelson 5
April 24
2:00 pm
Recap Orlando Magic 90, Charlotte Bobcats 86    Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Joe Crawford, Ed Malloy, Leon Wood
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 29–27, 12–19, 25–20, 24–20
Pts: Jameer Nelson 32
Rebs: Gortat, Howard 8 each
Asts: Barnes, Howard, Lewis, Nelson 3 each
Pts: Stephen Jackson 19
Rebs: Gerald Wallace 8
Asts: Diaw, Felton 6 each
April 26
8:00 pm
Recap Orlando Magic 99, Charlotte Bobcats 90    Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance: 19,086
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Sean Corbin, Marc Davis
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 23–25, 20–20, 28–23, 28–22
Pts: Vince Carter 21
Rebs: Dwight Howard 13
Asts: Carter, Nelson 4 each
Pts: Tyrus Thomas 21
Rebs: Tyrus Thomas 9
Asts: Stephen Jackson 8
Orlando wins series, 4–0
Regular-season series

The Orlando Magic lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

November 10, 2009 Recap Orlando Magic 93, Charlotte Bobcats 81    Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
November 16, 2009 Recap Charlotte Bobcats 91, Orlando Magic 97    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
January 23, 2010 Recap Orlando Magic 106, Charlotte Bobcats 95    Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
March 14, 2010 Recap Charlotte Bobcats 96, Orlando Magic 89    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

Last Playoff Meeting: Not available (first playoff series)

(3) Atlanta Hawks vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks

April 17
5:30 pm
Recap Milwaukee Bucks 92, Atlanta Hawks 102    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 18,729
Referees: Ken Mauer, Ron Garretson, Sean Corbin
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 17–34, 23–28, 30–19, 22–21
Pts: Brandon Jennings 34
Rebs: Kurt Thomas 9
Asts: Brandon Jennings 3
Pts: Joe Johnson 22
Rebs: Josh Smith 10
Asts: Joe Johnson 5
April 20
7:00 pm
Recap Milwaukee Bucks 86, Atlanta Hawks 96    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 18,938
Referees: Dan Crawford, Derrick Collins, Ed Malloy
NBA TV
Scoring by quarter: 20–28, 26–24, 16–24, 24–20
Pts: John Salmons 21
Rebs: Ersan Δ°lyasova 15
Asts: Delfino, Salmons 4 each
Pts: Joe Johnson 27
Rebs: Josh Smith 14
Asts: Josh Smith 9
April 24
7:00 pm
Recap Atlanta Hawks 89, Milwaukee Bucks 107    Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 18,717
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Tony Brothers, James Capers
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 19–36, 21–16, 17–26, 32–29
Pts: Joe Johnson 25
Rebs: Josh Smith 12
Asts: Crawford, Johnson 4 each
Pts: John Salmons 22
Rebs: Kurt Thomas 13
Asts: John Salmons 10
April 26
8:30 pm
Recap Atlanta Hawks 104, Milwaukee Bucks 111    Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 18,717
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Tom Washington, Tom Goble
NBA TV
Scoring by quarter: 25–28, 25–26, 24–31, 30–26
Pts: Joe Johnson 29
Rebs: Josh Smith 9
Asts: Joe Johnson 9
Pts: Brandon Jennings 23
Rebs: Kurt Thomas 9
Asts: Brandon Jennings 6
April 28
8:00 pm
Recap Milwaukee Bucks 91, Atlanta Hawks 87    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 19,304
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Dick Bavetta, Marc Davis
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 24–23, 19–23, 18–23, 30–18
Pts: Brandon Jennings 25
Rebs: Ersan Δ°lyasova 7
Asts: John Salmons 5
Pts: Al Horford 25
Rebs: Al Horford 11
Asts: Joe Johnson 6
April 30
7:00 pm
Recap Atlanta Hawks 83, Milwaukee Bucks 69    Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 18,717
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Mike Callahan, Zach Zarba
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 16–19, 15–15, 29–11, 23–24
Pts: Jamal Crawford 24
Rebs: Al Horford 15
Asts: Joe Johnson 6
Pts: Carlos Delfino 20
Rebs: Kurt Thomas 9
Asts: John Salmons 4
May 2
1:00 pm
Recap Milwaukee Bucks 74, Atlanta Hawks 95    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 19,241
Referees: Joe Crawford, Scott Foster, Greg Willard
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 13–20, 27–33, 20–20, 14–22
Pts: Brandon Jennings 15
Rebs: Ersan Δ°lyasova 11
Asts: Brandon Jennings 5
Pts: Jamal Crawford 22
Rebs: Al Horford 15
Asts: Jamal Crawford 6
Atlanta wins series, 4–3

The Atlanta Hawks quickly took control of the series by winning the first 2 games against the Milwaukee Bucks, without star center Andrew Bogut. But the Bucks managed to take the next 3 games, including a shocking Game 5 win in Atlanta, where they overcame a 9-point deficit in the final 4 minutes. However, Atlanta managed to stave off elimination in front of a raucous Bradley Center crowd, coming away with a 83–69 Game 6 victory. The Hawks then finished off the Bucks in Game 7 and advanced to the next round.

Regular-season series

The Atlanta Hawks lead games 2–1 in the regular-season series:

February 28, 2010 Recap Milwaukee Bucks 102, Atlanta Hawks 106    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
March 22, 2010 Recap Atlanta Hawks 95, Milwaukee Bucks 98    Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
April 12, 2010 Recap Atlanta Hawks 104, Milwaukee Bucks 96    Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Eastern Conference First Round (Milwaukee won 3-2)

(4) Boston Celtics vs. (5) Miami Heat

April 17
8:00 pm
Recap Miami Heat 76, Boston Celtics 85    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Dick Bavetta, Ed Malloy
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 29–28, 15–13, 22–23, 10–21
Pts: Dwyane Wade 26
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 9
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
Pts: Paul Pierce 16
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 9
Asts: Rajon Rondo 10
April 20
8:00 pm
Recap Miami Heat 77, Boston Celtics 106    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Eddie Rush, Bob Delaney, Marc Davis
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 23–23, 10–26, 26–36, 18–21
Pts: Dwyane Wade 29
Rebs: Michael Beasley 7
Asts: Dwyane Wade 5
Pts: Ray Allen 25
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 9
Asts: Rajon Rondo 12
April 23
7:00 pm
Recap Boston Celtics 100, Miami Heat 98    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,500
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Eric Lewis, Bill Spooner
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 27–29, 21–20, 32–23, 20–26
Pts: Paul Pierce 32
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 12
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
Pts: Dwyane Wade 34
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 8
Asts: Dwyane Wade 8
April 25
1:00 pm
Recap Boston Celtics 92, Miami Heat 101    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,520
Referees: Ken Mauer, Bill Kennedy, Greg Willard
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 18–31, 25–18, 34–22, 15–30
Pts: Rajon Rondo 23
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 12
Asts: Rajon Rondo 9
Pts: Dwyane Wade 46
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 11
Asts: Wade, Chalmers 5 each
April 27
7:00 pm
Recap Miami Heat 86, Boston Celtics 96    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Scott Foster, Derrick Stafford, James Capers
NBATV
Scoring by quarter: 21–29, 17–19, 27–23, 21–25
Pts: Dwyane Wade 31
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 10
Pts: Ray Allen 24
Rebs: Garnett, Rondo 8 each
Asts: Rajon Rondo 12
Boston wins series, 4–1
Regular-season series

The Boston Celtics lead games 3–0 in the regular-season series:

November 29, 2009 Recap Boston Celtics 92, Miami Heat 85    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
January 6, 2010 Recap Boston Celtics 112, Miami Heat 106    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
February 3, 2010 Recap Miami Heat 102, Boston Celtics 107    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Last Playoff Meeting: Not available (first playoff series)

Conference Semifinals

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (4) Boston Celtics

May 1
8:00 pm
Recap Boston Celtics 93, Cleveland Cavaliers 101    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Bill Spooner, Jason Phillips
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 26–20, 28–23, 24–36, 15–22
Pts: Rajon Rondo 27
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 11
Asts: Rajon Rondo 12
Pts: LeBron James 35
Rebs: Antawn Jamison 9
Asts: LeBron James 7
May 3
8:00 pm
Recap Boston Celtics 104, Cleveland Cavaliers 86    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Dan Crawford, Dick Bavetta, Ed Malloy
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 26–22, 26–26, 31–12, 21–26
Pts: Ray Allen 22
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 10
Asts: Rajon Rondo 19
Pts: LeBron James 24
Rebs: James, VarejΓ£o 7 each
Asts: Mo Williams 7
May 7
7:00 pm
Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 124, Boston Celtics 95    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Ken Mauer, Zach Zarba
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 36–17, 29–26, 31–27, 28–25
Pts: LeBron James 38
Rebs: Antawn Jamison 12
Asts: James, Williams 7 each
Pts: Kevin Garnett 19
Rebs: Rajon Rondo 5
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
May 9
3:30 pm
Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 87, Boston Celtics 97    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Mike Callahan, Michael Smith
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 22–31, 23–23, 27–20, 15–23
Pts: LeBron James 22
Rebs: LeBron James 9
Asts: LeBron James 8
Pts: Rajon Rondo 29
Rebs: Rajon Rondo 18
Asts: Rajon Rondo 13
May 11
8:00 pm
Recap Boston Celtics 120, Cleveland Cavaliers 88    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Joe Crawford, Marc Davis, Greg Willard
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 20–23, 30–21, 30–19, 40–25
Pts: Ray Allen 25
Rebs: Paul Pierce 11
Asts: Rondo, Pierce 7 each
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 21
Rebs: Anderson VarejΓ£o 8
Asts: LeBron James 7
May 13
8:00 pm
Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 85, Boston Celtics 94    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Bob Delaney, Eddie F. Rush
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 22–25, 27–26, 18–25, 18–18
Pts: LeBron James 27
Rebs: LeBron James 19
Asts: LeBron James 10
Pts: Kevin Garnett 22
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 12
Asts: Rajon Rondo 12
Boston wins series, 4–2

The Cavaliers were considered heavy favorites coming in, but had to rally from an 11-point halftime deficit to win in Game 1. The Celtics took home-court in Game 2, as Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo's 19 assists powered them past the Cavaliers to an 18 point victory. The Cavaliers struck back in Game 3 and handed the Celtics their worst home-playoff loss in franchise history. Cavaliers forward Lebron James scored 21 points in the first quarter alone and 38 for the game. Antawn Jamison added another 20. Celtics forward Paul Pierce called the loss "embarrassing". Rajon Rondo's triple-double (29 points, a career playoff high 18 rebounds and 13 assists) pushed the Celtics to a Game 4 victory. The Celtics reciprocated their Game 3 humiliation with a 32 point victory in Cleveland during Game 5. Lebron James was held to 3 of 14 shooting. The Celtics clinched the series in Game 6, holding James to 8 of 21 shooting.

The Cavaliers early-exit led to James's departure for the Miami Heat during the offseason. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert then accused James of quitting on the team during the series and also alleged that he did the same thing the previous year's Conference Finals.[27]

Regular-season series

Teams were tied 2–2 in the regular-season series:

October 27, 2009 Recap Boston Celtics 95, Cleveland Cavaliers 89    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
February 25, 2010 Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 108, Boston Celtics 88    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
March 14, 2010 Recap Boston Celtics 93, Cleveland Cavaliers 104    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
April 4, 2010 Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 113, Boston Celtics 117    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Last Playoff Meeting: 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Boston won 4-3)

(2) Orlando Magic vs. (3) Atlanta Hawks

May 4
8:00 pm
Recap Atlanta Hawks 71, Orlando Magic 114    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Bob Delaney, Tom Washington
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 23–25, 10–28, 11–32, 27–29
Pts: Josh Smith 14
Rebs: Johnson, Pachulia 7 each
Asts: Bibby, Johnson 3 each
Pts: Dwight Howard 21
Rebs: Dwight Howard 12
Asts: Jameer Nelson 5
May 6
8:00 pm
Recap Atlanta Hawks 98, Orlando Magic 112    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Mike Callahan, Marc Davis
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 27–32, 30–17, 26–35, 15–28
Pts: Al Horford 24
Rebs: Marvin Williams 11
Asts: Joe Johnson 5
Pts: Dwight Howard 29
Rebs: Dwight Howard 17
Asts: Lewis, Nelson 6 each
May 8
5:00 pm
Recap Orlando Magic 105, Atlanta Hawks 75    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 18,729
Referees: Ed Malloy, Dan Crawford, Eddie F. Rush
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 28–18, 24–15, 27–22, 26–20
Pts: Rashard Lewis 22
Rebs: Dwight Howard 16
Asts: Jameer Nelson 4
Pts: Jamal Crawford 22
Rebs: Josh Smith 11
Asts: Al Horford 3
May 10
8:00 pm
Recap Orlando Magic 98, Atlanta Hawks 84    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 18,729
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bill Spooner, Derrick Stafford
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 34–23, 19–22, 22–21, 23–18
Pts: Vince Carter 22
Rebs: Anderson, Howard 8 each
Asts: Jameer Nelson 9
Pts: Jamal Crawford 18
Rebs: Josh Smith 8
Asts: Joe Johnson 5
Orlando wins series, 4–0

The Magic's victory was the most lopsided four game sweep in playoff history.

Regular-season series

The Orlando Magic lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

November 26, 2009 Recap Orlando Magic 93, Atlanta Hawks 76    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
January 9, 2010 Recap Atlanta Hawks 81, Orlando Magic 113    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
January 30, 2010 Recap Atlanta Hawks 86, Orlando Magic 104    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
March 24, 2010 Recap Orlando Magic 84, Atlanta Hawks 86    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

Last Playoff Meeting: 1996 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Orlando won 4-1)

Conference Finals: (2) Orlando Magic vs. (4) Boston Celtics

May 16
3:30 pm
Recap Boston Celtics 92, Orlando Magic 88    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ken Mauer, Michael Smith
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 22–14, 19–18, 33–26, 18–30
Pts: Ray Allen 25
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 11
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
Pts: Vince Carter 23
Rebs: Dwight Howard 12
Asts: Carter, Howard, Lewis, Nelson 2 each
May 18
8:30 pm
Recap Boston Celtics 95, Orlando Magic 92    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Marc Davis, Bill Kennedy
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 27–28, 26–23, 25–19, 17–22
Pts: Paul Pierce 28
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 9
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
Pts: Dwight Howard 30
Rebs: Dwight Howard 8
Asts: Lewis, Nelson, Redick 4 each
May 22
8:30 pm
Recap Orlando Magic 71, Boston Celtics 94    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bill Spooner, Greg Willard
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 12–27, 22–24, 13–24, 24–19
Pts: Carter, Nelson 15 each
Rebs: Dwight Howard 7
Asts: Barnes, Carter, Redick 2 each
Pts: Glen Davis 17
Rebs: Paul Pierce 9
Asts: Rajon Rondo 12
May 24
8:30 pm
Recap Orlando Magic 96, Boston Celtics 92 OT  TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Scott Foster, Bob Delaney, Derrick Stafford
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 31–26, 20–21, 16–21, 19–18, OT: 10–6
Pts: Dwight Howard 32
Rebs: Dwight Howard 16
Asts: Jameer Nelson 9
Pts: Paul Pierce 32
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 12
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
May 26
8:30 pm
Recap Boston Celtics 92, Orlando Magic 113    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Joe Crawford, Eddie F. Rush, Tom Washington
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 27–31, 22–26, 26–27, 17–29
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 21
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 5
Asts: Ray Allen 7
Pts: Jameer Nelson 24
Rebs: Dwight Howard 10
Asts: Nelson, Williams 5 each
May 28
8:30 pm
Recap Orlando Magic 84, Boston Celtics 96    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Mike Callahan, Ken Mauer
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 19–30, 23–25, 19–27, 23–14
Pts: Dwight Howard 28
Rebs: Dwight Howard 12
Asts: Jameer Nelson 4
Pts: Paul Pierce 31
Rebs: Paul Pierce 13
Asts: Rajon Rondo 6
Boston wins series, 4–2

The Boston Celtics were able to hold off a late Magic rally to steal home-court advantage in Game 1. They even used that momentum to grab Game 2 in Orlando to take a 2-0 lead going into Boston. After winning back-to-back road games to begin a series for the first time in franchise history, the Celtics would go on to blow out the Magic by 23 points in Game 3 to take a 3 to nothing lead. The Magic, however, would rally for a desperate Game 4 victory in overtime to force Game 5 in Orlando. Dwight Howard poured in 32 points in that victory. The Celtics seemed to lose control of the series, as the Magic scored another victory in Game 5, making the series 3-2, to force it back to Boston. No team in NBA history has rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a post-season series. Moreover, Orlando fell short as the Celtics were able to advance to the NBA Finals for the second time in three years with a 12-point win in Game 6.

Regular-season series

The Orlando Magic lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

November 20, 2009 Recap Orlando Magic 83, Boston Celtics 78    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
December 25, 2009 Recap Boston Celtics 86, Orlando Magic 77    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
January 28, 2010 Recap Boston Celtics 94, Orlando Magic 96    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
February 7, 2010 Recap Orlando Magic 96, Boston Celtics 89    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Last Playoff Meeting: 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Orlando won 4-3)

Western Conference

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTCβˆ’4)

First Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Oklahoma City Thunder

April 18
3:00 pm
Recap Oklahoma City Thunder 79, Los Angeles Lakers 87    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Jason Phillips, Tom Washington
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 13–27, 26–20, 17–17, 23–23
Pts: Kevin Durant 24
Rebs: Nick Collison 8
Asts: Russell Westbrook 8
Pts: Kobe Bryant 21
Rebs: Pau Gasol 13
Asts: Bryant, Gasol 3 each
April 20
10:30 pm
Recap Oklahoma City Thunder 92, Los Angeles Lakers 95    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Scott Foster, Zach Zarba
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 18–26, 29–19, 22–28, 23–22
Pts: Kevin Durant 32
Rebs: Kevin Durant 8
Asts: Sefolosha, Westbrook 3 each
Pts: Kobe Bryant 39
Rebs: Pau Gasol 12
Asts: Derek Fisher 6
April 22
9:30 pm
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 96, Oklahoma City Thunder 101    Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,342
Referees: Joe Crawford, Sean Wright, Marc Davis
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 27–22, 23–21, 25–31, 21–27
Pts: Kobe Bryant 24
Rebs: Pau Gasol 15
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
Pts: Kevin Durant 29
Rebs: Kevin Durant 19
Asts: Durant, Westbrook 4 each
April 24
9:30 pm
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 89, Oklahoma City Thunder 110    Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,342
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Sean Corbin, Michael Smith
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 17–29, 25–26, 22–31, 25–24
Pts: Bynum, Gasol 13 each
Rebs: Andrew Bynum 10
Asts: Kobe Bryant 4
Pts: Kevin Durant 22
Rebs: Jeff Green 9
Asts: Russell Westbrook 6
April 27
10:30 pm
Recap Oklahoma City Thunder 87, Los Angeles Lakers 111    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bob Delaney, Leon Wood
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 16–31, 18–24, 26–33, 27–23
Pts: Kevin Durant 17
Rebs: Serge Ibaka 9
Asts: Russell Westbrook 6
Pts: Pau Gasol 25
Rebs: Bynum, Gasol 11 each
Asts: Kobe Bryant 7
April 30
9:30 pm
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 95, Oklahoma City Thunder 94    Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,342
Referees: Ken Mauer, Bill Kennedy, Greg Willard
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 26–27, 27–20, 23–26, 19–21
Pts: Kobe Bryant 32
Rebs: Pau Gasol 18
Asts: Derek Fisher 6
Pts: Kevin Durant 26
Rebs: Nenad Krstić 11
Asts: Russell Westbrook 9
L.A. Lakers win series, 4–2
Regular-season series

The Los Angeles Lakers lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

November 3, 2009 Recap Los Angeles Lakers 101, Oklahoma City Thunder 98    Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
November 22, 2009 Recap Oklahoma City Thunder 85, Los Angeles Lakers 101    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
December 22, 2009 Recap Oklahoma City Thunder 108, Los Angeles Lakers 111    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
March 26, 2010 Recap Los Angeles Lakers 75, Oklahoma City Thunder 91    Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Last Playoff Meeting: 1998 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4–1 over Seattle, the predecessor to Oklahoma City)

(2) Dallas Mavericks vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs

April 18
8:00 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 94, Dallas Mavericks 100    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,372
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Michael Smith, Bill Kennedy
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 18–23, 27–27, 24–26, 25–24
Pts: Tim Duncan 27
Rebs: Duncan, McDyess 8 each
Asts: Manu GinΓ³bili 6
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 36
Rebs: Erick Dampier 12
Asts: Jason Kidd 11
April 21
9:30 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 102, Dallas Mavericks 88    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,728
Referees: Ken Mauer, James Capers, Mike Callahan
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 24–20, 34–26, 24–26, 20–16
Pts: Tim Duncan 25
Rebs: Tim Duncan 17
Asts: Tony Parker 8
Pts: Jason Terry 27
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 10
Asts: Jason Kidd 8
April 23
9:30 pm
Recap Dallas Mavericks 90, San Antonio Spurs 94    AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Dan Crawford, Rodney Mott
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 16–23, 28–24, 26–19, 20–28
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 35
Rebs: Kidd, Nowitzki 7 each
Asts: Jason Kidd 5
Pts: Tim Duncan 25
Rebs: Antonio McDyess 6
Asts: Manu GinΓ³bili 7
April 25
7:00 pm
Recap Dallas Mavericks 89, San Antonio Spurs 92    AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Bob Delaney, David Jones, Scott Foster
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 17–20, 31–17, 11–29, 30–26
Pts: Butler, Nowitzki 17 each
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 11
Asts: Jason Kidd 5
Pts: George Hill 29
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Manu GinΓ³bili 7
April 27
9:30 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 81, Dallas Mavericks 103    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,728
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Pat Fraher, Greg Willard
NBATV
Scoring by quarter: 21–27, 25–26, 18–29, 17–21
Pts: Tony Parker 18
Rebs: DeJuan Blair 8
Asts: Tony Parker 6
Pts: Caron Butler 35
Rebs: Caron Butler 11
Asts: Jason Kidd 7
April 29
8:00 pm
Recap Dallas Mavericks 87, San Antonio Spurs 97    AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Bill Spooner, Tom Washington
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 8–22, 26–25, 29–23, 24–27
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 33
Rebs: Jason Kidd 8
Asts: Jason Kidd 6
Pts: Manu GinΓ³bili 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 10
Asts: Tony Parker 8
San Antonio wins series, 4–2

The Mavs won 55 games and the Southwest Division title, but for the 3rd time in four years, they failed to escape the first round. The 2007 Mavericks were defeated by the Golden State Warriors as a No. 1 seed, and the 2008 Mavericks lost in the 1st round to the New Orleans Hornets. The Mavs took Game 1 in Dallas, but would go on to drop the next three games (including two in San Antonio) to wind up trailing 3 to 1. Dallas won Game 5 to keep their season alive, but the Spurs managed to finish them off with a 10-point win in Game 6.

Regular-season series

The Dallas Mavericks lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

November 11, 2009 Recap Dallas Mavericks 83, San Antonio Spurs 92    AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
November 18, 2009 Recap San Antonio Spurs 94, Dallas Mavericks 99    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
January 8, 2010 Recap Dallas Mavericks 112, San Antonio Spurs 103    AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
April 14, 2010 Recap San Antonio Spurs 89, Dallas Mavericks 96    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

Last Playoff Meeting: 2009 Western Conference First Round (Dallas won 4-1)

(3) Phoenix Suns vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers

April 18
10:30 pm
Recap Portland Trail Blazers 105, Phoenix Suns 100    US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Scott Foster, James Capers, Derrick Stafford
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 25–24, 19–19, 26–29, 35–28
Pts: Andre Miller 31
Rebs: Marcus Camby 17
Asts: Andre Miller 8
Pts: Steve Nash 25
Rebs: Jason Richardson 10
Asts: Steve Nash 9
April 20
10:00 pm
Recap Portland Trail Blazers 90, Phoenix Suns 119    US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18.422
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Tom Washington, Greg Willard
NBATV
Scoring by quarter: 26–32, 23–31, 19–31, 22–25
Pts: Martell Webster 16
Rebs: Marcus Camby 10
Asts: Andre Miller 3
Pts: Jason Richardson 29
Rebs: Grant Hill 8
Asts: Steve Nash 16
April 22
10:00 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 108, Portland Trail Blazers 89    Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,271
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Pat Fraher, Bill Kennedy
NBATV
Scoring by quarter: 34–16, 32–21, 15–23, 27–29
Pts: Jason Richardson 42
Rebs: Jason Richardson 8
Asts: Steve Nash 10
Pts: LaMarcus Aldridge 17
Rebs: Marcus Camby 10
Asts: Andre Miller 9
April 24
4:30 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 87, Portland Trail Blazers 96    Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,151
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Derrick Collins, Ron Garretson
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 27–26, 23–28, 22–20, 15–22
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 26
Rebs: Grant Hill 12
Asts: Steve Nash 8
Pts: LaMarcus Aldridge 31
Rebs: LaMarcus Aldridge 11
Asts: Andre Miller 8
April 26
10:30 pm
Recap Portland Trail Blazers 88, Phoenix Suns 107    US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Joe Crawford, Jason Phillips, Bill Spooner
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 28–27, 19–30, 19–27, 22–23
Pts: Andre Miller 21
Rebs: Marcus Camby 11
Asts: Marcus Camby 5
Pts: Channing Frye 20
Rebs: Frye, Richardson 8 each
Asts: Steve Nash 10
April 29
10:30 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 99, Portland Trail Blazers 90    Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,313
Referees: Sean Corbin, Bob Delaney, Dan Crawford
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 24–17, 29–24, 21–24, 25–25
Pts: Jason Richardson 28
Rebs: Grant Hill 12
Asts: Steve Nash 6
Pts: Martell Webster 19
Rebs: LaMarcus Aldridge 9
Asts: Jerryd Bayless 7
Phoenix wins series, 4–2
Regular-season series

The Portland Trail Blazers lead games 2–1 in the regular-season series:

December 17, 2009 Recap Phoenix Suns 102, Portland Trail Blazers 105    Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
February 10, 2010 Recap Portland Trail Blazers 108, Phoenix Suns 101    US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
March 21, 2010 Recap Portland Trail Blazers 87, Phoenix Suns 93    US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference First Round (Portland won 3-0)

(4) Denver Nuggets vs. (5) Utah Jazz

April 17
10:30 pm
Recap Utah Jazz 113, Denver Nuggets 126    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,155
Referees: Joe Crawford, Greg Willard, Zach Zarba
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 28–30, 28–27, 30–31, 27–38
Pts: Deron Williams 26
Rebs: Paul Millsap 10
Asts: Deron Williams 11
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 42
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 12
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
April 19
10:30 pm
Recap Utah Jazz 114, Denver Nuggets 111    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,155
Referees: Ken Mauer, Bill Spooner, Leon Wood
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 33–30, 30–21, 25–31, 26–29
Pts: Deron Williams 33
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 14
Asts: Deron Williams 14
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 32
Rebs: Anthony, NenΓͺ, Smith 6 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 11
April 23
10:30 pm
Recap Denver Nuggets 93, Utah Jazz 105    Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: David Jones, Mike Callahan, Scott Foster
ESPN2
Scoring by quarter: 27–21, 21–31, 20–32, 25–21
Pts: Anthony, Billups 25 each
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 13
Asts: Billups, Carter 3 each
Pts: Deron Williams 24
Rebs: Paul Millsap 19
Asts: Deron Williams 10
April 25
9:30 pm
Recap Denver Nuggets 106, Utah Jazz 117    Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Dan Crawford, Dick Bavetta, Pat Fraher
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 25–31, 20–23, 23–32, 38–31
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 39
Rebs: Anthony, NenΓͺ 11 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 4
Pts: Carlos Boozer 31
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 13
Asts: Deron Williams 13
April 28
10:30 pm
Recap Utah Jazz 102, Denver Nuggets 116    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,155
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Ron Garretson, Ed Malloy
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 27–25, 25–25, 29–36, 21–30
Pts: Deron Williams 34
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 16
Asts: Deron Williams 10
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 26
Rebs: Carmelo Anthony 11
Asts: Billups, NenΓͺ 4 each
April 30
10:00 pm
Recap Denver Nuggets 104, Utah Jazz 112    Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Marc Davis, Derrick Stafford
ESPN2
Scoring by quarter: 23–32, 31–24, 26–27, 24–29
Pts: Chauncey Billups 30
Rebs: Carmelo Anthony 12
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pts: Wesley Matthews 23
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 20
Asts: Deron Williams 10
Utah wins series, 4–2
Regular-season series

The Denver Nuggets lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

October 28, 2009 Recap Utah Jazz 105, Denver Nuggets 114    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
January 2, 2010 Recap Denver Nuggets 105, Utah Jazz 95    Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
January 17, 2010 Recap Utah Jazz 112, Denver Nuggets 119    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
February 6, 2010 Recap Denver Nuggets 106, Utah Jazz 116    Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

Last Playoff Meeting: 1994 Western Conference Semifinals (Utah won 4-3)

Conference Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Utah Jazz

May 2
3:30 pm
Recap Utah Jazz 99, Los Angeles Lakers 104    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Mike Callahan, James Capers
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 23–30, 22–23, 28–28, 26–23
Pts: Deron Williams 24
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 12
Asts: Deron Williams 8
Pts: Kobe Bryant 31
Rebs: Gasol, Odom 12 each
Asts: Bryant, Gasol 4 each
May 4
10:30 pm
Recap Utah Jazz 103, Los Angeles Lakers 111    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, Sean Corbin
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 23–27, 23–31, 31–29, 26–24
Pts: Paul Millsap 26
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 12
Asts: Deron Williams 9
Pts: Kobe Bryant 30
Rebs: Gasol, Odom 15 each
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
May 8
8:00 pm
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 111, Utah Jazz 110    Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Joe Crawford, Dick Bavetta, Greg Willard
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 17–22, 33–32, 32–26, 29–30
Pts: Kobe Bryant 35
Rebs: Pau Gasol 17
Asts: Kobe Bryant 7
Pts: Deron Williams 28
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 14
Asts: Deron Williams 9
May 10
10:30 pm
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 111, Utah Jazz 96    Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bill Kennedy, Tom Washington
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 29–24, 29–17, 22–26, 31–29
Pts: Pau Gasol 33
Rebs: Pau Gasol 14
Asts: Kobe Bryant 4
Pts: Millsap, Williams 21 each
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 14
Asts: Deron Williams 9
L.A. Lakers win series, 4–0
Regular-season series

The Los Angeles Lakers lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

December 9, 2009 Recap Utah Jazz 77, Los Angeles Lakers 101    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
December 12, 2009 Recap Los Angeles Lakers 94, Utah Jazz 102    Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
February 10, 2010 Recap Los Angeles Lakers 96, Utah Jazz 81    Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
April 2, 2010 Recap Utah Jazz 92, Los Angeles Lakers 106    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

Last Playoff Meeting: 2009 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 4-1)

(3) Phoenix Suns vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs

May 3
10:30 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 102, Phoenix Suns 111    US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Ken Mauer, Michael Smith
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 22–31, 25–26, 28–28, 27–26
Pts: Manu GinΓ³bili 27
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Manu GinΓ³bili 5
Pts: Steve Nash 33
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 13
Asts: Steve Nash 10
May 5
9:00 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 102, Phoenix Suns 110    US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Joe Crawford, Ron Garretson, Derrick Stafford
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 30–21, 21–30, 25–27, 26–32
Pts: Tim Duncan 29
Rebs: Duncan, Jefferson 10 each
Asts: Manu GinΓ³bili 11
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 23
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 11
Asts: Steve Nash 6
May 7
9:30 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 110, San Antonio Spurs 96    AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Scott Foster, James Capers, Bill Kennedy
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 19–28, 25–22, 27–22, 39–24
Pts: Goran Dragić 26
Rebs: Nash, Stoudemire 8 each
Asts: Steve Nash 6
Pts: Manu GinΓ³bili 27
Rebs: Tim Duncan 13
Asts: GinΓ³bili, Parker 5 each
May 9
8:00 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 107, San Antonio Spurs 101    AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Bob Delaney, Jason Phillips
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 19–25, 31–22, 22–24, 35–30
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 29
Rebs: Jason Richardson 8
Asts: Steve Nash 9
Pts: Tony Parker 22
Rebs: Duncan, Jefferson 8 each
Asts: Manu GinΓ³bili 9
Phoenix wins series, 4–0
Regular-season series

The Phoenix Suns lead games 2–1 in the regular-season series:

December 15, 2009 Recap San Antonio Spurs 104, Phoenix Suns 116    US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
February 28, 2010 Recap Phoenix Suns 110, San Antonio Spurs 113    AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
April 7, 2010 Recap San Antonio Spurs 101, Phoenix Suns 112    US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Last Playoff Meeting: 2008 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 4-1)

Conference Finals: (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Phoenix Suns

May 17
9:00 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 107, Los Angeles Lakers 128    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Scott Foster, Jason Phillips, Greg Willard
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 26–35, 29–27, 24–31, 28–35
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 23
Rebs: Amundson, Lopez, Richardson 6 each
Asts: Steve Nash 13
Pts: Kobe Bryant 40
Rebs: Lamar Odom 19
Asts: Artest, Bryant, Farmar, Gasol 5 each
May 19
9:00 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 112, Los Angeles Lakers 124    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Ed Malloy
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 24–36, 32–29, 34–25, 22–34
Pts: Jason Richardson 27
Rebs: Lopez, Stoudemire 6 each
Asts: Steve Nash 15
Pts: Pau Gasol 29
Rebs: Lamar Odom 11
Asts: Kobe Bryant 13
May 23
8:30 pm
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 109, Phoenix Suns 118    US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Eddie F. Rush, Tom Washington
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 32–29, 15–25, 37–32, 25–32
Pts: Kobe Bryant 36
Rebs: Bryant, Gasol 9 each
Asts: Kobe Bryant 11
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 42
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 11
Asts: Steve Nash 15
May 25
9:00 pm
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 106, Phoenix Suns 115    US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Dan Crawford, James Capers, Ken Mauer
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 23–23, 32–41, 29–21, 22–30
Pts: Kobe Bryant 38
Rebs: Lamar Odom 10
Asts: Kobe Bryant 10
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 21
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 8
Asts: Dragić, Nash 8 each
May 27
9:00 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 101, Los Angeles Lakers 103    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Marc Davis, Bob Delaney
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 21–24, 24–29, 27–25, 29–25
Pts: Steve Nash 29
Rebs: Channing Frye 10
Asts: Steve Nash 11
Pts: Kobe Bryant 30
Rebs: Lamar Odom 13
Asts: Kobe Bryant 9
May 29
8:30 pm
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 111, Phoenix Suns 103    US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Scott Foster, Bill Kennedy, Greg Willard
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 37–34, 28–19, 26–21, 20–29
Pts: Kobe Bryant 37
Rebs: Lamar Odom 12
Asts: Jordan Farmar 5
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 27
Rebs: Channing Frye 13
Asts: Steve Nash 9
L.A. Lakers win series, 4–2

The Lakers would put their home-court advantage to good use by winning the first two games in Los Angeles. The Suns would strike back to tie the series by taking games 3 & 4 in Phoenix, but after a heart-breaking loss in Game 5 in which Ron Artest hit the game-winner as the clock ran out, the Suns found themselves trailing 3 to 2. Los Angeles held off a late Suns rally to steal game 6 in Phoenix, as Kobe Bryant poured in 37 points, including a long jump shot in the final minute that put the game out of reach.

Regular-season series

The Los Angeles Lakers lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

November 12, 2009 Recap Phoenix Suns 102, Los Angeles Lakers 121    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
December 6, 2009 Recap Phoenix Suns 88, Los Angeles Lakers 108    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
December 28, 2009 Recap Los Angeles Lakers 103, Phoenix Suns 118    US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
March 12, 2010 Recap Los Angeles Lakers 102, Phoenix Suns 96    US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Last Playoff Meeting: 2007 Western Conference First Round (Phoenix won 4-1)

NBA Finals: (W1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (E4) Boston Celtics

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTCβˆ’4)
June 3
9:00 p.m.
Recap Boston Celtics 89, Los Angeles Lakers 102    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Joe Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Derrick Stafford
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 21–26, 20–24, 23–34, 25–18
Pts: Paul Pierce 24
Rebs: Paul Pierce 9
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
Pts: Kobe Bryant 30
Rebs: Pau Gasol 14
Asts: Kobe Bryant 6
June 6
8:00 p.m.
Recap Boston Celtics 103, Los Angeles Lakers 94    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Mike Callahan, Ken Mauer
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 29–22, 25–26, 18–24, 31–22
Pts: Ray Allen 32
Rebs: Rajon Rondo 12
Asts: Rajon Rondo 10
Pts: Pau Gasol 25
Rebs: Pau Gasol 8
Asts: Kobe Bryant 6
June 8
9:00 p.m.
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 91, Boston Celtics 84    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bill Kennedy, Bennett Salvatore
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 26–17, 26–23, 15–21, 24–23
Pts: Kobe Bryant 29
Rebs: Bynum, Gasol 10 each
Asts: Bryant, Gasol 4 each
Pts: Kevin Garnett 25
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 11
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
June 10
9:00 p.m.
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 89, Boston Celtics 96    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Scott Foster, Eddie F. Rush, Greg Willard
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 16–19, 29–23, 17–18, 27–36
Pts: Kobe Bryant 33
Rebs: Artest, Odom 7 each
Asts: Artest, Gasol 3 each
Pts: Paul Pierce 19
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 7
Asts: Paul Pierce 5
June 13
8:00 p.m.
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 86, Boston Celtics 92    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Derrick Stafford
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 20–22, 19–23, 26–28, 21–19
Pts: Kobe Bryant 38
Rebs: Pau Gasol 12
Asts: Kobe Bryant 4
Pts: Paul Pierce 27
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 10
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
June 15
9:00 p.m.
Recap Boston Celtics 67, Los Angeles Lakers 89    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Joe DeRosa, Ken Mauer
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 18–28, 13–23, 20–25, 16–13
Pts: Ray Allen 19
Rebs: Glen Davis 9
Asts: Rajon Rondo 6
Pts: Kobe Bryant 26
Rebs: Pau Gasol 13
Asts: Pau Gasol 9
June 17
9:00 p.m.
Recap Boston Celtics 79, Los Angeles Lakers 83    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe Crawford, Scott Foster
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 23–14, 17–20, 17–19, 22–30
Pts: Paul Pierce 18
Rebs: Paul Pierce 10
Asts: Rajon Rondo 10
Pts: Kobe Bryant 23
Rebs: Pau Gasol 18
Asts: Pau Gasol 4
L.A. Lakers win NBA Finals, 4–3

Last Playoff Meeting: 2008 NBA Finals (Boston won 4-2)

Statistic leaders

Category High Average
Player Team Total Player Team Avg. Games played
Points Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 46 Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 33.2 5
Rebounds Carlos Boozer
Joakim Noah
Utah Jazz
Chicago Bulls
20
20
Carlos Boozer Utah Jazz 13.2 10
Assists Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 19 Deron Williams Utah Jazz 10.2 10
Steals John Salmons Milwaukee Bucks 6 Manu GinΓ³bili San Antonio Spurs 2.6 10
Blocks Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 9 Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 3.5 14

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