- 2003 NBA Playoffs
NBA playoffswas the postseason of the National Basketball Association's 2002-03 NBA season. This postseason was notable for being the first time all series were conducted in a best-of-7 format. From 1984 to 2002, first-round series were best-of-5 series. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spursdefeating the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Netsfour games to two in the Finals.
Detroit Pistonsadvanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since the Isiah Thomasand Joe Dumars-led team were swept by the Chicago Bullsin the 1991 series, ending the Pistons' quest for a third consecutive title.
Dallas Mavericksalso ended a long conference finals drought by making it to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 1988.
Best record in NBA
San Antonio Spursclinched the best record in the NBA, and earned home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs.
Clinched a playoff berth
The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:
San Antonio Spurs(clinched Midwest division)
Sacramento Kings(clinched Pacific division)
Los Angeles Lakers
Portland Trail Blazers
Best record in conference
Detroit Pistonsclinched the best record in the Eastern Conference, and had home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Clinched a playoff berth
The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:
Detroit Pistons(clinched Central division)
New Jersey Nets(clinched Atlantic division)
New Orleans Hornets
San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spursvs. (8) Phoenix Suns
Minnesota Timberwolvesvs. (5) Los Angeles Lakers **Required double-overtime.
San Antonio Spursvs. (3) Dallas Mavericks *Required overtime.
Indiana Pacersvs. (6) Boston Celtics *Required overtime.
New Jersey Netsvs. (6) Boston Celtics
* [http://www.nba.com/playoffs2003/ NBA.com's section for the 2003 NBA Playoffs]
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