2005 NBA Playoffs

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2005 NBA Playoffs

The 2005 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Association's 2004–05 season.

The San Antonio Spurs, the number two ranked team in the Western Conference, won the 2005 NBA Playoffs by defeating the defending champions, the Detroit Pistons, 4-3 in the NBA Finals. The Spurs' Tim Duncan was named Finals MVP.

The NBA Finals marked the first time since 1987 that the two previous champions met in the Finals (the Spurs won in 2003, the Pistons in 2004). For the Spurs it was their third championship (they also won in the strike-shortened season of 1999).

The Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls both ended long playoff droughts in 2005 (and drew each other as a first-round matchup). For Washington it was their first playoff appearance since 1997 (and even more ironic their opponents for that postseason appearance were the Bulls who swept them 3-0 on their way to the NBA Title), and only their third since 1988. Their 4-2 series victory over the Bulls marked the Wizards' first playoff series win since 1982, a drought of 23 years.

The Miami Heat became the first team to go 8-0 through the first two rounds of the playoffs (the first round having been made into a best-of-seven in the 2003 NBA Playoffs). The 2009 Cleveland Cavaliers and 2010 Orlando Magic would follow suit. No team, however, has made the finals after going 8-0 in the first two playoff rounds, let alone winning 12 straight playoff games going to the finals.

It was the Bulls' first post-Michael Jordan playoff appearance, as their last playoff game had been the winning game of the NBA Finals in 1998. In the years between, the Bulls had consistently placed at or near the bottom of the Central Division, but their 47-35 season in 2005 marked a 24-game improvement from the previous year.

For the 3rd straight year (5th overall) the Indiana Pacers met the Boston Celtics in the first round. Boston prevailed in 2003 in six games, while Indiana swept Boston in 2004. It would be Boston's last postseason appearance before their 2008 title-winning season.

For the Los Angeles Lakers, it marked the first time in eleven seasons (dating back to 1994) and the fifth time in NBA history that they were not included in the playoffs.

This was the last time that the Seattle SuperSonics would be in the playoffs as the SuperSonics before they had relocated to Oklahoma to become the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Format

Beginning with the 2004–05 season, with the addition of the 30th NBA franchise, the Charlotte Bobcats, the NBA realigned its divisions. Each conference now has three divisions of five teams each, and at this point in time, the winner of each division was guaranteed a top three playoff seed, regardless of whether the team had one of the top eight records in its conference. However, the division champion was not guaranteed home court advantage; a division-leading team with a poor record could be ranked number three but face a sixth seed with a better record, which would then have the home court advantage. This has since been rectified by the NBA.

Bracket

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
1  Miami 4  
8  New Jersey 0  
  1  Miami 4  
 
  5  Washington 0  
4  Chicago 2
5  Washington 4  
  1  Miami 3  
Eastern Conference
  2  Detroit 4  
3  Boston 3  
6  Indiana 4  
  6  Indiana 2
 
  2  Detroit 4  
2  Detroit 4
7  Philadelphia 1  
  E2  Detroit 3
  W2  San Antonio 4
1  Phoenix 4  
8  Memphis 0  
  1  Phoenix 4
 
  4  Dallas 2  
4  Dallas 4
5  Houston 3  
  1  Phoenix 1
Western Conference
  2  San Antonio 4  
3  Seattle 4  
6  Sacramento 1  
  3  Seattle 2
 
  2  San Antonio 4  
2  San Antonio 4
7  Denver 1  

Playoff qualifying

Eastern Conference

Best record in conference

The Miami Heat clinched 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:

  1. Miami Heat (59-23) (clinched Southeast division)
  2. Detroit Pistons (54-28) (clinched Central division)
  3. Boston Celtics (45-37) (clinched Atlantic division)
  4. Chicago Bulls (47-35)
  5. Washington Wizards (45-37)
  6. Indiana Pacers (44-38)
  7. Philadelphia 76ers (43-39)
  8. New Jersey Nets (42-40)

Western Conference

Best record in NBA

The Phoenix Suns clinched the best record in the NBA, and earned home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs. However, when Phoenix lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, the Spurs gained home court advantage for the NBA Finals.

Clinched a playoff berth

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:

  1. Phoenix Suns (62-20) (clinched Pacific division)
  2. San Antonio Spurs (59-23) (clinched Southwest division)
  3. Seattle SuperSonics (52-30) (clinched Northwest division)
  4. Dallas Mavericks (58-24)
  5. Houston Rockets (51-31)
  6. Sacramento Kings (50-32)
  7. Denver Nuggets (49-33)
  8. Memphis Grizzlies (45-37)

Eastern Conference

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

First round

(1) Miami Heat vs. (8) New Jersey Nets

April 24
3:00 pm
Recap New Jersey Nets 98, Miami Heat 116    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,212
Referees: Jess Kersey, Steve Javie, Tom Washington
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 19–22, 23–32, 31–33, 25–29
Pts: Vince Carter 27
Rebs: Vince Carter 10
Asts: Vince Carter 8
Pts: Dwyane Wade 32
Rebs: Haslem, O'Neal 11 each
Asts: Dwyane Wade 8
April 26
8:00 pm
Recap New Jersey Nets 87, Miami Heat 104    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,276
Referees: Bill Kennedy, Bill Spooner, Joe Crawford
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 16–26, 23–22, 20–28, 28–28
Pts: Nenad Krstić 27
Rebs: Collins, Krstić 8 each
Asts: Best, Kidd 5 each
Pts: Alonzo Mourning 21
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 10
April 28
7:00 pm
Recap Miami Heat 108, New Jersey Nets 105 2OT  Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 20,174
Referees: Dick Bavetta, James Capers, Mike Callahan
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 17–24, 32–21, 25–24, 16–21, OT: 18–15
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 25
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 19
Asts: Dwyane Wade 8
Pts: Vince Carter 36
Rebs: Jason Kidd 16
Asts: Jason Kidd 13
May 1
3:30 pm
Recap Miami Heat 110, New Jersey Nets 97    Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 20,174
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Monty Mccutchen, Sean Corbin
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 27–15, 21–30, 27–18, 35–34
Pts: Dwyane Wade 34
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 11
Asts: Dwyane Wade 9
Pts: Jason Kidd 25
Rebs: Vince Carter 10
Asts: Jason Kidd 7
Miami wins the series, 4–0
Regular season series

Miami won 3–0 in the regular-season series:

November 3, 2004 Recap Miami Heat 100, New Jersey Nets 77    Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
March 3, 2005 Recap Miami Heat 106, New Jersey Nets 90    Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
March 12, 2005 Recap New Jersey Nets 65, Miami Heat 90    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida

Previous Playoffs meeting: Not available (first playoffs meeting)

(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers

April 23
3:00 pm
Recap Philadelphia 76ers 85, Detroit Pistons 106    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Greg Willard, Jack Nies
Scoring by quarter: 28–16, 18–32, 24–32, 15–26
Pts: Allen Iverson 30
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 18
Asts: Allen Iverson 10
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 29
Rebs: B. Wallace, R. Wallace 10 each
Asts: Richard Hamilton 5
April 26
7:30 pm
Recap Philadelphia 76ers 84, Detroit Pistons 99    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Mike Callahan, Tony Brothers
Scoring by quarter: 23–20, 13–22, 21–27, 27–30
Pts: Allen Iverson 19
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 11
Asts: Allen Iverson 10
Pts: Richard Hamilton 23
Rebs: Ben Wallace 10
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
April 29
8:00 pm
Recap Detroit Pistons 104, Philadelphia 76ers 115    Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 16,907
Referees: Greg Willard, Monty Mccutchen, Ron Garretson
Scoring by quarter: 32–24, 22–27, 24–29, 26–35
Pts: Ben Wallace 29
Rebs: Ben Wallace 16
Asts: Richard Hamilton 12
Pts: Allen Iverson 37
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 10
Asts: Allen Iverson 15
May 1
1:00 pm
Recap Detroit Pistons 97, Philadelphia 76ers 92 OT  Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 15,894
Referees: Bob Delaney, David Jones, Steve Javie
Scoring by quarter: 21–24, 20–14, 19–23, 23–22, OT: 14–9
Pts: Chauncey Billups 25
Rebs: Ben Wallace 12
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
Pts: Allen Iverson 36
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 15
Asts: Allen Iverson 8
May 3
8:00 pm
Recap Philadelphia 76ers 78, Detroit Pistons 88    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Scott Foster, Sean Corbin
Scoring by quarter: 24–21, 20–22, 17–17, 17–28
Pts: Allen Iverson 34
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 10
Asts: Allen Iverson 7
Pts: Billups, Hamilton 23 each
Rebs: Ben Wallace 13
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
Detroit wins the series, 4–1
Regular season series

Detroit won 3–1 in the regular-season series:

November 6, 2004 Recap Philadelphia 76ers 91, Detroit Pistons 99    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Januar 15, 2005 Recap Philadelphia 76ers 95, Detroit Pistons 99    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
February 16, 2005 Recap Detroit Pistons 93, Philadelphia 76ers 75    Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 23, 2005 Recap Detroit Pistons 84, Philadelphia 76ers 107    Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Previous Playoffs meeting: 2003 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Detroit won 4–2)

(3) Boston Celtics vs. (6) Indiana Pacers

April 23
8:00 pm
Recap Indiana Pacers 82, Boston Celtics 102    FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Tim Donaghy
Scoring by quarter: 20–18, 11–39, 25–29, 26–16
Pts: Stephen Jackson 25
Rebs: Dale Davis 10
Asts: Anthony Johnson 5
Pts: Raef LaFrentz 21
Rebs: Paul Pierce 9
Asts: Gary Payton 7
April 25
7:00 pm
Recap Indiana Pacers 82, Boston Celtics 79    FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Jack Nies, Joe Forte, Scott Wall
Scoring by quarter: 30–22, 17–20, 17–27, 18–10
Pts: Reggie Miller 28
Rebs: Anthony Johnson 7
Asts: Anthony Johnson 7
Pts: Paul Pierce 32
Rebs: Pierce, Walker 7 each
Asts: Paul Pierce 5
April 28
7:30 pm
Recap Boston Celtics 76, Indiana Pacers 99    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bill Kennedy, Tom Washington
Scoring by quarter: 19–24, 19–31, 21–16, 17–28
Pts: Paul Pierce 19
Rebs: Antoine Walker 9
Asts: Gary Payton 6
Pts: Reggie Miller 33
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 11
Asts: Anthony Johnson 8
April 30
7:00 pm
Recap Boston Celtics 110, Indiana Pacers 79    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Michael Smith, Mike Callahan
Scoring by quarter: 31–20, 25–27, 22–16, 32–16
Pts: Paul Pierce 30
Rebs: Jefferson, Pierce 7
Asts: Paul Pierce 8
Pts: Stephen Jackson 24
Rebs: James Jones 9
Asts: Anthony Johnson 7
May 3
7:30 pm
Recap Indiana Pacers 90, Boston Celtics 85    FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Ken Mauer, Monty Mccutchen, Ron Garretson
Scoring by quarter: 23–21, 27–21, 20–23, 20–20
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 19
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 10
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 7
Pts: Paul Pierce 27
Rebs: Davis, Pierce, Walker 7 each
Asts: Davis, Payton,
Pierce, Walker 3 each
May 5
6:00 pm
Recap Boston Celtics 92, Indiana Pacers 89 OT  Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Bill Spooner, Scott Foster, Steve Javie
Scoring by quarter: 20–27, 29–16, 21–19, 14–22, OT: 8–5
Pts: Antoine Walker 24
Rebs: Al Jefferson 14
Asts: Paul Pierce 6
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 26
Rebs: Dale Davis 14
Asts: Anthony Johnson 4
May 7
7:00 pm
Recap Indiana Pacers 97, Boston Celtics 70    FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Bob Delaney, Dan Crawford, Greg Willard
Scoring by quarter: 22–20, 13–12, 29–18, 33–20
Pts: Stephen Jackson 24
Rebs: Jeff Foster 12
Asts: Jermaine O'Neal 6
Pts: Antoine Walker 20
Rebs: LaFrentz, Jefferson,
Pierce 7 each
Asts: Gary Payton 7
Indiana wins the series, 4–3
Regular season series

Indiana won 2–1 in the regular-season series:

November 5, 2004 Recap Indiana Pacers 100, Boston Celtics 94    FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts
November 23, 2004 Recap Boston Celtics 96, Indiana Pacers 106    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
January 26, 2005 Recap Indiana Pacers 86, Boston Celtics 100    FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts

Previous Playoffs meeting: 2004 Eastern Conference First Round (Indiana won 4–0)

(4) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) Washington Wizards

April 24
4:30 pm
Recap Washington Wizards 94, Chicago Bulls 103    United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,655
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Michael Smith, Mike Callahan
Scoring by quarter: 26–24, 26–29, 30–24, 12–26
Pts: Larry Hughes 31
Rebs: Kwame Brown 9
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 8
Pts: Ben Gordon 30
Rebs: AndrΓ©s Nocioni 18
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 7
April 27
7:30 pm
Recap Washington Wizards 103, Chicago Bulls 113    United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,605
Referees: David Jones, Monty Mccutchen, Ron Garretson
Scoring by quarter: 29–19, 21–38, 20–24, 33–32
Pts: Gilbert Arenas 39
Rebs: Larry Hughes 10
Asts: Larry Hughes 5
Pts: Kirk Hinrich 34
Rebs: Chris Duhon 8
Asts: Chris Duhon 7
April 30
3:00 pm
Recap Chicago Bulls 99, Washington Wizards 117    MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,173
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington, Tony Brothers
Scoring by quarter: 23–31, 32–26, 22–33, 22–27
Pts: Tyson Chandler 15
Rebs: Antonio Davis 11
Asts: Duhon, Hinric, Pargo 4 each
Pts: Gilbert Arenas 32
Rebs: Haywood, Thomas 9 each
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 7
May 2
7:30 pm
Recap Chicago Bulls 99, Washington Wizards 106    MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,173
Referees: Dan Crawford, James Capers, Joe Forte
Scoring by quarter: 15–29, 22–32, 23–19, 39–26
Pts: Hinrich, Pargo 18 each
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 13
Asts: Gordon, Hinrich 5 each
Pts: Juan Dixon 35
Rebs: Etan Thomas 9
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 5
May 4
6:00 pm
Recap Washington Wizards 112, Chicago Bulls 110    United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,250
Referees: Bob Delaney, Derrick Stafford, Greg Willard
Scoring by quarter: 34–28, 29–21, 23–24, 26–37
Pts: Larry Hughes 33
Rebs: Antawn Jamison 10
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 8
Pts: Ben Gordon 27
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 10
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 7
May 6
8:00 pm
Recap Chicago Bulls 91, Washington Wizards 94    MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,173
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Jack Nies, Jim Clark
Scoring by quarter: 26–23, 28–29, 20–16, 17–26
Pts: Hinrich, Nocioni 22 each
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 11
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 9
Pts: Larry Hughes 21
Rebs: Ruffin, Haywood 8 each
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 7
Washington wins the series, 4–2
Regular season series

Washington won 2–1 in the regular-season series:

December 4, 2004 Recap Chicago Bulls 88, Washington Wizards 95    MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
February 25, 2005 Recap Washington Wizards 90, Chicago Bulls 97    United Center, Chicago, Illinois
April 13, 2005 Recap Chicago Bulls 82, Washington Wizards 93    MCI Center, Washington, D.C.

Previous Playoffs meeting: 1997 Eastern Conference First Round (Chicago won 3–0)

Conference Semifinals

(1) Miami Heat vs. (5) Washington Wizards

May 8
3:30 pm
Recap Washington Wizards 86, Miami Heat 105    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,151
Referees: Blane Reichelt, Dick Bavetta, Tom Washington
Scoring by quarter: 18–26, 29–23, 17–33, 22–23
Pts: Gilbert Arenas 25
Rebs: Antawn Jamison 8
Asts: Larry Hughes 3
Pts: Dwyane Wade 20
Rebs: Eddie Jones 8
Asts: Dwyane Wade 7
May 10
7:00 pm
Recap Washington Wizards 102, Miami Heat 108    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,205
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Joe DeRosa, Scott Foster
Scoring by quarter: 20–30, 27–24, 24–26, 31–28
Pts: Antawn Jamison 32
Rebs: Hughes, Ruffin 8 each
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 5
Pts: Dwyane Wade 31
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 13
Asts: Dwyane Wade 15
May 12
8:00 pm
Recap Miami Heat 102, Washington Wizards 95    MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,173
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Jess Kersey, Ken Mauer
Scoring by quarter: 21–24, 28–27, 30–19, 23–25
Pts: Dwyane Wade 31
Rebs: Alonzo Mourning 13
Asts: D. Jones, Wade 6 each
Pts: Antawn Jamison 21
Rebs: Brendan Haywood 8
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 14
May 14
8:00 pm
Recap Miami Heat 99, Washington Wizards 95    MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,173
Referees: Dan Crawford , Derrick Stafford , Monty Mccutchen
Scoring by quarter: 23–26, 24–25, 40–25, 12–19
Pts: Dwyane Wade 42
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 13
Asts: Damon Jones 6
Pts: Gilbert Arenas 25
Rebs: Brendan Haywood 15
Asts: Larry Hughes 5
Miami wins the series, 4–0

Previous Playoffs meeting: Not available (first playoff encounter).

(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (6) Indiana Pacers

May 9
8:00 pm
Recap Indiana Pacers 81, Detroit Pistons 96    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Jess Kersey, Jim Clark
Scoring by quarter: 20–23, 18–29, 19–20, 24–24
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 22
Rebs: Jeff Foster 13
Asts: Johnson, Miller 3 each
Pts: Richard Hamilton 28
Rebs: Ben Wallace 15
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
May 11
8:00 pm
Recap Indiana Pacers 92, Detroit Pistons 83    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson, Sean Corbin
Scoring by quarter: 18–33, 22–17, 28–19, 24–14
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 22
Rebs: Jeff Foster 20
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 12
Pts: Tayshaun Prince 24
Rebs: Ben Wallace 16
Asts: Chauncey Billups 10
May 13
6:00 pm
Recap Detroit Pistons 74, Indiana Pacers 79    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe Forte, Tom Washington
Scoring by quarter: 11–17, 17–25, 17–16, 29–21
Pts: Chauncey Billups 23
Rebs: Ben Wallace 14
Asts: Tayshaun Prince 6
Pts: Reggie Miller 17
Rebs: Jeff Foster 12
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 6
May 15
2:30 pm
Recap Detroit Pistons 89, Indiana Pacers 76    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Bob Delaney, Luis Grillo, Steve Javie
Scoring by quarter: 21–13, 26–21, 25–22, 17–20
Pts: Chauncey Billups 29
Rebs: Rasheed Wallace 12
Asts: Richard Hamilton 7
Pts: Stephen Jackson 23
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 13
Asts: Anthony Johnson 6
May 17
7:00 pm
Recap Indiana Pacers 67, Detroit Pistons 86    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Jack Nies, Joe Crawford
Scoring by quarter: 21–23, 14–19, 11–27, 21–17
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 14
Rebs: Tayshaun Prince 12
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5
Pts: Ben Wallace 19
Rebs: Dale Davis 9
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
May 19
7:00 pm
Recap Detroit Pistons 88, Indiana Pacers 76    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bill Spooner, Ken Mauer
Scoring by quarter: 19–21, 20–25, 23–17, 26–16
Pts: Richard Hamilton 28
Rebs: B. Wallace, R. Wallace 11 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pts: Reggie Miller 27
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 11
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 10
Detroit wins the series, 4–2

Previous Playoffs meeting: 2004 Eastern Conference Finals (Detroit won 4–2)

Conference Finals: (1) Miami Heat vs. (2) Detroit Pistons

May 23
8:00 pm
Recap Detroit Pistons 90, Miami Heat 81    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,203
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Bob Delaney, Mike Callahan
Scoring by quarter: 24–25, 20–18, 30–24, 16–14
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 20
Rebs: Ben Wallace 13
Asts: Carlos Arroyo 7
Pts: Eddie Jones 22
Rebs: Eddie Jones 8
Asts: Damon Jones 5
May 25
8:00 pm
Recap Detroit Pistons 86, Miami Heat 92    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,228
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Tom Washington
Scoring by quarter: 23–24, 13–23, 27–15, 23–30
Pts: Richard Hamilton 21
Rebs: Ben Wallace 14
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Dwyane Wade 40
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
May 29
8:00 pm
Recap Miami Heat 113, Detroit Pistons 104    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Dan Crawford, Greg Willard, Joe Forte
Scoring by quarter: 22–24, 31–27, 26–24, 34–29
Pts: Dwyane Wade 36
Rebs: D. Jones, Wade 7 each
Asts: D. Jones, O'Neal 5 each
Pts: Richard Hamilton 33
Rebs: Rasheed Wallace 8
Asts: Richard Hamilton 5
May 31
8:00 pm
Recap Miami Heat 96, Detroit Pistons 106    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Jack Nies, Joe Crawford
Scoring by quarter: 21–25, 25–35, 23–19, 27–27
Pts: Dwyane Wade 28
Rebs: Eddie Jones 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
Pts: Richard Hamilton 28
Rebs: Ben Wallace 15
Asts: Richard Hamilton 8
June 2
8:00 pm
Recap Detroit Pistons 76, Miami Heat 88    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,225
Referees: Ken Mauer, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
Scoring by quarter: 26–27, 13–25, 21–20, 16–15
Pts: Richard Hamilton 21
Rebs: Antonio McDyess 9
Asts: Richard Hamilton 5
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 20
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 13
Asts: Damon Jones 6
June 4
8:00 pm
Recap Miami Heat 66, Detroit Pistons 91    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bernie Fryer, Dan Crawford
Scoring by quarter: 16–17, 16–27, 13–24, 21–23
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 24
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 13
Asts: Damon Jones 6
Pts: Richard Hamilton 24
Rebs: Prince, R. Wallace 9 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
June 6
8:00 pm
Recap Detroit Pistons 88, Miami Heat 82    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,241
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Joe Crawford
Scoring by quarter: 21–23, 24–17, 19–26, 24–16
Pts: Richard Hamilton 22
Rebs: Ben Wallace 9
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 27
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 4
Detroit wins the series, 4–3

The Pistons beat the Heat in this series 4-3 due much to the comeback mounted in the 4th quarter of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference by Chauncey Billups. Dwyane Wade also missed Game 6 of the series due to a rib injury.

Previous Playoffs meeting: 2000 Eastern Conference First Round (Miami won 3–0)

Western Conference

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

First round

(1) Phoenix Suns vs. (8) Memphis Grizzlies

April 24
7:30 pm
Recap Memphis Grizzlies 103, Phoenix Suns 114    America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bob Delaney, Sean Corbin
Scoring by quarter: 29–39, 22–20, 28–28, 25–27
Pts: Mike Miller 19
Rebs: Shane Battier 9
Asts: Jason Williams 5
Pts: Shawn Marion 26
Rebs: Shawn Marion 13
Asts: Steve Nash 13
April 27
7:30 pm
Recap Memphis Grizzlies 103, Phoenix Suns 108    America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Blane Reichelt, Eddie F. Rush, Joe DeRosa
Scoring by quarter: 31–29, 23–31, 23–22, 26–26
Pts: Pau Gasol 28
Rebs: Pau Gasol 16
Asts: Pau Gasol 5
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 34
Rebs: Shawn Marion 13
Asts: Steve Nash 15
April 29
8:00 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 110, Memphis Grizzlies 90    FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Joe Forte, Steve Javie, Tim Donaghy
Scoring by quarter: 31–30, 26–17, 26–20, 27–23
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 30
Rebs: Shawn Marion 13
Asts: Steve Nash 8
Pts: Lorenzen Wright 14
Rebs: Battier, Swift, Wright 8 each
Asts: Jason Williams 6
May 1
7:00 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 132, Memphis Grizzlies 115    FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 17,243
Referees: Ken Mauer, Mark Wunderlich, Ron Garretson
Scoring by quarter: 39–20, 24–36, 28–26, 32–33
Pts: Joe Johnson 25
Rebs: Shawn Marion 11
Asts: Steve Nash 9
Pts: Pau Gasol 28
Rebs: Dahntay Jones 5
Asts: Jason Williams 8
Phoenix wins the series, 4–0
Regular season series

Both teams were tied 2–2 in the regular-season series:

December 23, 2004 Recap Memphis Grizzlies 102, Phoenix Suns 109    America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
January 19, 2005 Recap Memphis Grizzlies 88, Phoenix Suns 79    America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
February 1, 2005 Recap Phoenix Suns 97, Memphis Grizzlies 108    FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee
March 20, 2005 Recap Phoenix Suns 97, Memphis Grizzlies 91    FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee

Previous Playoffs meeting: Not available (first playoffs meeting)

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Denver Nuggets

April 24
7:00 pm
Recap Denver Nuggets 98, San Antonio Spurs 87    SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bill Spooner, David Jones, Eddie F. Rush
Scoring by quarter: 23–27, 29–25, 21–23, 20–12
Pts: Andre Miller 31
Rebs: Marcus Camby 12
Asts: Andre Miller 5
Pts: Manu GinΓ³bili 23
Rebs: Nazr Mohammed 15
Asts: Tony Parker 6
April 27
7:00 pm
Recap Denver Nuggets 76, San Antonio Spurs 104    SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Greg Willard, Mark Wunderlich, Steve Javie
Scoring by quarter: 18–29, 14–34, 30–23, 14–18
Pts: DeMarr Johnson 12
Rebs: Marcus Camby 12
Asts: Andre Miller 7
Pts: Tim Duncan 24
Rebs: Duncan, Horry 9 each
Asts: Tony Parker 6
April 30
8:30 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 86, Denver Nuggets 78    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,913
Referees: Dan Crawford, Leon Wood, Scott Foster
Scoring by quarter: 24–20, 26–21, 11–17, 25–20
Pts: Manu GinΓ³bili 32
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Brent Barry 4
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 19
Rebs: Marcus Camby 14
Asts: Andre Miller 7
May 2
8:30 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 126, Denver Nuggets 115 OT  Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,776
Referees: Bennie Adams, Derrick Stafford, Dick Bavetta
Scoring by quarter: 28–29, 29–24, 30–29, 29–27, OT: 19–8
Pts: Tim Duncan 39
Rebs: Tim Duncan 8
Asts: Tony Parker 7
Pts: Earl Boykins 32
Rebs: Marcus Camby 14
Asts: Anthony, Boykins 5 each
May 4
8:30 pm
Recap Denver Nuggets 89, San Antonio Spurs 99    SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Jim Clark, Luis Grillo, Mike Callahan
Scoring by quarter: 21–25, 22–20, 24–26, 22–28
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 25
Rebs: Marcus Camby 10
Asts: Andre Miller 6
Pts: Tony Parker 21
Rebs: Nazr Mohammed 13
Asts: Tony Parker 7
San Antonio wins the series, 4–1
Regular season series

Both teams were tied 2–2 in the regular-season series:

November 26, 2004 Recap San Antonio Spurs 89, Denver Nuggets 75    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
January 8, 2005 Recap Denver Nuggets 90, San Antonio Spurs 99    SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
March 12, 2005 Recap Denver Nuggets 90, San Antonio Spurs 87    SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
April 1, 2005 Recap San Antonio Spurs 84, Denver Nuggets 102    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

Previous Playoffs meeting: 1995 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 3–0)

(3) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (6) Sacramento Kings

April 23
7:30 pm
Recap Sacramento Kings 82, Seattle SuperSonics 87    KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Bennie Adams, Jim Clark, Ron Garretson
Scoring by quarter: 22–30, 18–25, 24–15, 18–17
Pts: Peja Stojaković 24
Rebs: Kenny Thomas 8
Asts: Mike Bibby 4
Pts: Ray Allen 28
Rebs: Evans, James 15 each
Asts: Daniels, Ridnour 4 each
April 26
7:30 pm
Recap Sacramento Kings 93, Seattle SuperSonics 105    KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bob Delaney, Sean Corbin
Scoring by quarter: 22–26, 22–29, 18–33, 31–17
Pts: Bobby Jackson 17
Rebs: Peja Stojaković 10
Asts: Mike Bibby 8
Pts: Ray Allen 26
Rebs: Jerome James 9
Asts: Allen, Ridnour 6 each
April 29
7:30 pm
Recap Seattle SuperSonics 104, Sacramento Kings 116    ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Attendance: 17,317
Referees: Blane Reichelt, Eddie F. Rush, Joe DeRosa
Scoring by quarter: 19–31, 26–23, 36–38, 26–24
Pts: Ray Allen 33
Rebs: Jerome James 9
Asts: Allen, Ridnour 5 each
Pts: Mike Bibby 31
Rebs: Bibby, Thomas 7 each
Asts: Mike Bibby 4
May 1
7:30 pm
Recap Seattle SuperSonics 115, Sacramento Kings 102    ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Attendance: 17,317
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Bill Spooner, Jack Nies
Scoring by quarter: 20–31, 36–37, 24–16, 35–18
Pts: Ray Allen 45
Rebs: James, Lewis 8 each
Asts: Allen, Daniels 6 each
Pts: Peja Stojaković 25
Rebs: Kenny Thomas 14
Asts: Mike Bibby 7
May 3
7:30 pm
Recap Sacramento Kings 118, Seattle SuperSonics 122    KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Mark Wunderlich, Steve Javie, Tom Washington
Scoring by quarter: 24–29, 33–31, 36–30, 25–32
Pts: Peja Stojaković 38
Rebs: Miller, Thomas 6 each
Asts: Brad Miller 11
Pts: Ray Allen 30
Rebs: Nick Collison 9
Asts: Antonio Daniels 8
Seattle wins the series, 4–1
Regular season series

Seattle won 4–0 in the regular-season series:

November 10, 2004 Recap Sacramento Kings 78, Seattle SuperSonics 108    KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
February 1, 2005 Recap Seattle SuperSonics 106, Sacramento Kings 101    ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
February 10, 2005 Recap Sacramento Kings 107, Seattle SuperSonics 115    KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
April 5, 2005 Recap Seattle SuperSonics 101, Sacramento Kings 122    ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California

Previous Playoffs meeting: 1996 Western Conference First Round (Seattle won 3–1)

(4) Dallas Mavericks vs. (5) Houston Rockets

April 23
4:30 pm
Recap Houston Rockets 98, Dallas Mavericks 86    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,678
Referees: Dan Crawford, James Capers, Ken Mauer
Scoring by quarter: 26–16, 26–24, 18–23, 28–23
Pts: Tracy McGrady 34
Rebs: Mutombo, Yao 8 each
Asts: Tracy McGrady 6
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 21
Rebs: Josh Howard 10
Asts: Nowitzki, Terry 3 each
April 25
8:30 pm
Recap Houston Rockets 113, Dallas Mavericks 111    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,884
Referees: Dan Crawford, Greg Willard, Mark Wunderlich
Scoring by quarter: 34–30, 26–26, 24–32, 29–23
Pts: Yao Ming 33
Rebs: McGrady, Yao 8 each
Asts: Tracy McGrady 10
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 26
Rebs: Erick Dampier 9
Asts: Jason Terry 6
April 28
8:30 pm
Recap Dallas Mavericks 106, Houston Rockets 102    Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,199
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Jess Kersey, Scott Foster
Scoring by quarter: 32–27, 22–22, 24–34, 28–19
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 28
Rebs: Dampier, Nowitzki, Terry 6 each
Asts: Daniels, Terry 4 each
Pts: Tracy McGrady 28
Rebs: Bob Sura 11
Asts: McGrady, Sura 6 each
April 30
4:30 pm
Recap Dallas Mavericks 97, Houston Rockets 93    Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,211
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Jim Clark, Luis Grillo
Scoring by quarter: 26–22, 22–29, 29–26, 20–16
Pts: Jason Terry 32
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 7
Asts: Dirk Nowitzki 6
Pts: Tracy McGrady 36
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 7
Asts: Tracy McGrady 5
May 2
7:00 pm
Recap Houston Rockets 100, Dallas Mavericks 103    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,894
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Joe DeRosa ,Tony Brothers
Scoring by quarter: 22–24, 22–28, 24–24, 32–27
Pts: Yao Ming 30
Rebs: Tracy McGrady 9
Asts: Tracy McGrady 6
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 23
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13
Asts: Jason Terry 7
May 5
8:30 pm
Recap Dallas Mavericks 83, Houston Rockets 101    Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,215
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Joe Forte, Sean Corbin
Scoring by quarter: 26–18, 19–34, 25–17, 13–32
Pts: Jerry Stackhouse 21
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13
Asts: Nowitzki, Terry 4 each
Pts: Tracy McGrady 37
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 10
Asts: Tracy McGrady 7
May 7
7:00 pm
Recap Houston Rockets 76, Dallas Mavericks 116    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,884
Referees: Bill Spooner, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
Scoring by quarter: 20–32, 24–27, 20–33, 12–24
Pts: Yao Ming 33
Rebs: Yao Ming 10
Asts: Tracy McGrady 7
Pts: Jason Terry 31
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 14
Asts: Armstrong Stackhouse 4 each
Dallas wins the series, 4–3
Regular season series

Both teams were tied 2–2 in the regular-season series:

December 2, 2004 Recap Houston Rockets 106, Dallas Mavericks 113 OT  American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
December 11, 2004 Recap Dallas Mavericks 102, Houston Rockets 78    Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
January 12, 2005 Recap Houston Rockets 124, Dallas Mavericks 114    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
March 6, 2005 Recap Dallas Mavericks 69, Houston Rockets 90    Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

Previous Playoffs meeting: 1988 Western Conference First Round (Dallas won 3–1)

Conference Semifinals

(1) Phoenix Suns vs. (4) Dallas Mavericks

May 9
7:30 pm
Recap Dallas Mavericks 102, Phoenix Suns 127    America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ken Mauer, Monty Mccutchen
Scoring by quarter: 22–29, 25–34, 26–36, 29–28
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 28
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13
Asts: Dirk Nowitzki 4
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 40
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 16
Asts: Steve Nash 13
May 11
7:30 pm
Recap Dallas Mavericks 108, Phoenix Suns 106    America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Greg Willard, Dick Bavetta, Tony Brothers
Scoring by quarter: 34–22, 20–24, 26–36, 28–24
Pts: Michael Finley 31
Rebs: Dampier, Nowitzki 12 each
Asts: Finley, Stackhouse 5 each
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 30
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 16
Asts: Steve Nash 13
May 13
8:30 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 119, Dallas Mavericks 102    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,896
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Jim Clark, Sean Corbin
Scoring by quarter: 27–31, 33–28, 27–23, 32–20
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 37
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 14
Asts: Steve Nash 17
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 21
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13
Asts: Jason Terry 7
May 15
8:30 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 109, Dallas Mavericks 119    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,894
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Joe DeRosa, Mark Wunderlich
Scoring by quarter: 22–30, 28–36, 29–27, 30–26
Pts: Steve Nash 48
Rebs: Shawn Marion 12
Asts: Steve Nash 5
Pts: Josh Howard 29
Rebs: Erick Dampier 11
Asts: Jason Terry 8
May 18
6:00 pm
Recap Dallas Mavericks 108, Phoenix Suns 114    America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Mike Callahan, Steve Javie, Tom Washington
Scoring by quarter: 29–25, 26–23, 22–28, 31–38
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 34
Rebs: Erick Dampier 14
Asts: Jason Terry 8
Pts: Steve Nash 34
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 18
Asts: Steve Nash 12
May 20
8:30 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 130, Dallas Mavericks 126 OT  American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,915
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Derrick Stafford, Ron Garretson
Scoring by quarter: 28–32, 25–30, 24–22, 34–27, OT: 19–15
Pts: Steve Nash 39
Rebs: Shawn Marion 16
Asts: Steve Nash 12
Pts: Jason Terry 36
Rebs: Josh Howard 14
Asts: Dirk Nowitzki 6
Phoenix wins the series, 4–2

Previous Playoffs meeting: Not available (first playoffs meeting).

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (3) Seattle SuperSonics

May 8
7:00 pm
Recap Seattle SuperSonics 81, San Antonio Spurs 103    SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, David Jones, Derrick Stafford
Scoring by quarter: 22–35, 13–27, 22–13, 24–28
Pts: Rashard Lewis 19
Rebs: Collison, Evans 7 each
Asts: Luke Ridnour 4
Pts: Tony Parker 29
Rebs: Tim Duncan 9
Asts: Tim Duncan 5
May 10
8:30 pm
Recap Seattle SuperSonics 91, San Antonio Spurs 108    SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bob Delaney, Dan Crawford, James Capers
Scoring by quarter: 16–28, 26–26, 23–25, 26–29
Pts: Ray Allen 25
Rebs: Reggie Evans 12
Asts: Antonio Daniels 6
Pts: Manu GinΓ³bili 28
Rebs: Nazr Mohammed 10
Asts: Tony Parker 7
May 12
7:30 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 91, Seattle SuperSonics 92    KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Jack Nies, Mark Wunderlich
Scoring by quarter: 29–21, 22–28, 24–26, 16–17
Pts: Tim Duncan 23
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Tony Parker 8
Pts: Ray Allen 20
Rebs: Rashard Lewis 10
Asts: Ray Allen 7
May 15
4:00 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 89, Seattle SuperSonics 101    KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Bill Spooner, Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson
Scoring by quarter: 26–28, 14–18, 26–36, 23–19
Pts: Tim Duncan 35
Rebs: Tim Duncan 10
Asts: Bowen, Parker 3 each
Pts: Ray Allen 32
Rebs: Collison, James, Wilkins 6 each
Asts: Antonio Daniels 7
May 17
8:30 pm
Recap Seattle SuperSonics 90, San Antonio Spurs 103    SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Blane Reichelt, Dick Bavetta, Luis Grillo
Scoring by quarter: 18–25, 32–25, 18–28, 22–25
Pts: Ray Allen 19
Rebs: Danny Fortson 9
Asts: Ray Allen 6
Pts: Manu GinΓ³bili 39
Rebs: Tim Duncan 14
Asts: Manu GinΓ³bili 6
May 19
7:30 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 98, Seattle SuperSonics 96    KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Dan Crawford , Gary Forest , Greg Willard
Scoring by quarter: 20–25, 32–22, 20–26, 26–23
Pts: Tim Duncan 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 9
Asts: Manu GinΓ³bili 7
Pts: Ray Allen 25
Rebs: Reggie Evans 9
Asts: Antonio Daniels 5
San Antonio wins the series, 4–2
  • Tim Duncan made the series-winning shot with .5 seconds remaining in game 6.

Previous Playoffs meeting: 2002 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 3–2)

Conference Finals: (1) Phoenix Suns vs. (2) San Antonio Spurs

May 22
12:30 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 121, Phoenix Suns 114    America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Jack Nies, Jim Clark, Joe Crawford
Scoring by quarter: 30–20, 25–29, 23–33, 43–32
Pts: Tony Parker 29
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Manu GinΓ³bili 5
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 41
Rebs: Marion, Stoudemire 9 each
Asts: Steve Nash 13
May 24
6:00 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 111, Phoenix Suns 108    America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bill Spooner, Ken Mauer
Scoring by quarter: 31–21, 22–33, 27–31, 31–23
Pts: Tim Duncan 30
Rebs: Duncan, Mohammed 8 each
Asts: Tony Parker 5
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 37
Rebs: Shawn Marion 12
Asts: Steve Nash 15
May 28
8:00 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 92, San Antonio Spurs 102    SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Ron Garretson Steve Javie
Scoring by quarter: 29–38, 10–18, 24–24, 29–22
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 34
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 11
Asts: Johnson, Nash 3 each
Pts: Tim Duncan 33
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Tony Parker 7
May 30
7:30 pm
Recap Phoenix Suns 111, San Antonio Spurs 106    SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Joe DeRosa, Mike Callahan
Scoring by quarter: 26–23, 26–36, 35–21, 24–26
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 31
Rebs: Shawn Marion 14
Asts: Steve Nash 12
Pts: Manu GinΓ³bili 28
Rebs: Tim Duncan 16
Asts: Manu GinΓ³bili 7
May 22
6:00 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 101, Phoenix Suns 95    America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Greg Willard
Scoring by quarter: 24–24, 25–26, 29–20, 23–25
Pts: Tim Duncan 31
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Manu GinΓ³bili 6
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 42
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 16
Asts: Steve Nash 10
San Antonio wins the series, 4–1

Previous Playoffs meeting: 2003 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 4–2)

NBA Finals: (W2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (E2) Detroit Pistons

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTCβˆ’4)
June 9
8:00 pm
Recap Detroit Pistons 69, San Antonio Spurs 84    SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Steve Javie, Ron Garretson, Mike Callahan
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 20–17, 17–18, 14–20, 18–29
Pts: Chauncey Billups 25
Rebs: Ben Wallace 8
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Manu GinΓ³bili 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 17
Asts: Horry, Parker 3 each
June 12
8:00 pm
Recap Detroit Pistons 76, San Antonio Spurs 97    SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Dan Crawford, Jack Nies
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 19–30, 23–28, 21–21, 13–18
Pts: Chauncey Billups 25
Rebs: Ben Wallace 8
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Manu GinΓ³bili 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 17
Asts: Horry, Parker 3 each
June 14
9:00 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 79, Detroit Pistons 96    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bob Delaney, Joe Crawford
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 27–21, 15–20, 23–29, 14–26
Pts: Tony Parker 21
Rebs: Tim Duncan 10
Asts: Duncan, Parker 4 each
Pts: Richard Hamilton 24
Rebs: Ben Wallace 11
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
June 16
9:00 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 71, Detroit Pistons 102    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Joe DeRosa
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 17–23, 19–28, 21–23, 14–28
Pts: Tim Duncan 16
Rebs: Tim Duncan 16
Asts: Bowen, Parker 4 each
Pts: Billups, Hunter 17 each
Rebs: Ben Wallace 13
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
June 19
9:00 pm
Recap San Antonio Spurs 96, Detroit Pistons 95 OT  The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 21–23, 21–19, 22–21, 25–26, OT: 7–6
Pts: Tim Duncan 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 19
Asts: Manu GinΓ³bili 9
Pts: Chauncey Billups 34
Rebs: Ben Wallace 12
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
June 21
8:00 pm
Recap Detroit Pistons 95, San Antonio Spurs 86    SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bernie Fryer, Dan Crawford
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 23–23, 23–24, 25–20, 24–19
Pts: Richard Hamilton 23
Rebs: Ben Wallace 9
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Duncan, GinΓ³bili 21 each
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Tony Parker 5
June 23
8:00 pm
Recap Detroit Pistons 74, San Antonio Spurs 81    SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Joe Crawford
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 16–18, 23–20, 18–19, 17–24
Pts: Richard Hamilton 15
Rebs: Ben Wallace 11
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pts: Tim Duncan 25
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Manu GinΓ³bili 4
San Antonio wins the NBA Finals, 4–3
  • Robert Horry made the game-winning shot with 5.9 seconds left in game 5 to give the Spurs a 3-2 series lead.

The Finals were broadcast in the United States on ABC and in Canada on TSN. For a list of international broadcasters see the NBA international TV site. Jennifer Lopez's "Get Right" music video became the anthem song for the playoffs and the conclusion song at the end of the regular season.

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