- 1994 NBA Playoffs
NBA Playoffswas the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1993-1994 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Houston Rocketsdefeating the Eastern Conference champion New York Knicksfour games to three in the NBA Finals. It was the first NBA Championship for the Rockets after two previous Finals appearances in 1981 and 1986, both losses to the Boston Celticsin six gammes.
The biggest shocker of the tournament came in the first round, when the
Denver Nuggetscame back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Seattle SuperSonicsin 5 games, marking the first time in NBA history that an 8th-seeded team had defeated a top seed. The Nuggets stretched their second-round playoff series with the Utah Jazzout to seven games but the Jazz defeated them in Game 7, putting an end to their Cinderella run.
The playoffs also featured the very first playoff series victory for the
Indiana Pacersin their 17-year NBA existence, as they swept the Orlando Magic(who were making their first playoffs appearance in franchise history) in the first round, and then eliminated the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks4-2 in the second round. The Pacers advanced within one game of the Eastern Conference championship but dropped Games 6 and 7 to the Knicks.
Chicago Bulls, this was their first (and as it would turn out, only) playoff run they would accomplish between the first retirement of Michael Jordanand his return on March 17 1995. After sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliersin the first round, they fell in seven games to the Knicks in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
For the Knicks, they made history by playing a record 25 playoff games (one game short of a full length postseason), the most postseason games that an NBA team had ever played until this record was broken by the 2008
Boston Celtics. Their easiest series was the first-round 3-1 advancement over the Nets. The Knicks then forced three straight Game 7 series, eliminating the Bulls 4-3 in the Conference Semifinals, knocking off the Pacers 4-3 in the Conference Finals, both times at Madison Square Gardenbefore falling in Game 7 to the Rockets at The Summit in the NBA Finals.
This would be the last playoff appearance for the
Golden State Warriorsuntil the 2006-07 NBA Season. This was also the first time since 1979 that the Boston Celticsdid not make the playoffs and their first-ever absence since the playoff field expanded to 16 teams in 1984.
This was also the first time since 1976 that the
Los Angeles Lakersdid not make the playoffs and their first-ever absence since the playoff field expanded to 16 teams in 1984.
This is the first and (as of 2008) only time that both the Lakers and the Celtics missed the playoffs in the same year.
* Down zero games to two against #1 seeded Seattle, #8 seed Denver came back to win their first round series 3-2. By doing so, Denver became the first #8 seed to advance in the playoffs.
* Both #5 seeds Indiana and Utah beat their #4 seeded opponents in the first round.
* Down zero games to three against Utah in the Western Conference Semifinals, Denver won three straight games to force a game seven.
* [http://www.basketball-reference.com/playoffs/NBA_1994.html Basketball-Reference.com's 1994 NBA Playoffs page]
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