- 2000 NBA Playoffs
NBA Playoffswas the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1999-2000 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakerswinning their first championship in twelve years by defeating the Eastern Conference champion Indiana Pacersfour games to two.
The Lakers' title marked the first championship for both
Shaquille O'Nealand Kobe Bryant, both considered to be future first-ballot Hall of Famers, and it was the first Lakers championship in the post- Magic Johnson, post- Kareem Abdul-Jabbarera. AC Greenfrom the Lakers Showtime era was in the starting lineup for this team as well. This playoffs is also noted for the late game 7 double-digit collapse of the Portland Trailblazers.
For the Pacers it was their first Eastern Conference championship after three previous appearances in the Eastern Conference finals; however after this season the team would be radically altered with key players
Rik Smits, Dale Davis, Derrick McKeyand Mark Jackson moving on to other teams (or in the case of Smits, retiring).
The 2000 playoffs marked the postseason debut of the five-year-old expansion
The San Antonio Spurs became the first team since the 1986-87 Boston Celtics to fail to repeat as NBA Champions (they fell to the Phoenix Suns 3-1 in the first round). However, it is worth noting that Tim Duncan did not participate in that series due to injury.
Best record in NBA
Los Angeles Lakersclinched 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:
Los Angeles Lakers(clinched Pacific division)
Utah Jazz(clinched Midwest division)
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs
Best record in conference
Indiana Pacersclinched 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:
Indiana Pacers(clinched Central division)
Miami Heat(clinched Atlantic division)
New York Knicks
* [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/2000/playoffs/ CNNSI.com's 2000 Playoffs coverage]
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