- 1999 NBA Playoffs
NBA Playoffswas the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1998-99 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurswinning their first ever NBA championship by defeating the eighth-seeded Eastern Conference champion New York Knicksfour games to one. The 1999 playoffs are memorable for the fact that a number eight seed made it to the Finals for the first and only time in history, as well as the fact that it came after a lockout-shortened fifty game season.
The 1999 playoffs featured the
Philadelphia 76ers' first trip to the postseason since their 1991 second-round playoff loss to the Chicago Bulls, and their first appearance since drafting Allen Iversonwith the first overall pick in 1996. Iverson would later lead the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals. The Bulls, despite being defending champions, failed to make the playoffs (owing mostly to the retirement of Michael Jordan).
Milwaukee Bucksalso ended a long playoff drought in this tournament, advancing to the postseason for the first time since 1991.
After losing their Eastern Conference semifinal series to the Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks would not return to the playoffs until 2008.
Best record in NBA
San Antonio Spursclinched the best record in the NBA, and earned home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs.The Spurs won the playoffs, their first of four championships in nine years.
Clinched a playoff berth
The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:
San Antonio Spurs(clinched Midwest division)
Portland Trail Blazers(clinched Pacific division)
Los Angeles Lakers
Best record in conference
Miami Heatclinched the best record in the Eastern Conference, and had home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. However, Miami lost in the first round, so home court advantage for the remainder of the Eastern Conference playoffs switched to the Indiana Pacers.
Clinched a playoff berth
The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:
Miami Heat(clinched Atlantic division)
Indiana Pacers(clinched Central division)
New York Knicks
* [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/1999/playoffs/ CNNSI.com's 1999 Playoffs coverage]
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