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The 1995 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1994-1995 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Houston Rockets winning their second consecutive NBA championship by defeating the Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic four games to none in the NBA Finals. The Rockets became the fourth consecutive team to win championships back-to-back (after the Los Angeles Lakers of 1987 and '88, Detroit Pistons of '89 and '90 and Chicago Bulls of '91, '92 and '93). It would happen a fifth time, with the Bulls getting three more starting the next year.

The sixth-seeded Rockets (47-35) took out four very impressive opponents on their way to the title, defeating the third-seeded Utah Jazz (60-22), the second-seeded Phoenix Suns (59-23), the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs (62-20) and the Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic (57-25) in the NBA Finals. In the second round against the Suns, the Rockets came back from a 3-1 series deficit and did it without the benefit of home-court advantage, winning Games 5 and 7 in Phoenix. Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon dominated league MVP David Robinson and Shaquille O'Neal in consecutive series to bring home the championship.

The 1995 playoffs featured the first three playoff series victories in the history of the Magic, as they defeated the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, and Indiana Pacers to win their first Eastern Conference championship.

The 1995 playoffs featured the return of Michael Jordan to the playoff stage after a year's absence, and the only time the Bulls would fail to win a championship with him on board since they started their string of titles in 1991. After this tournament the Bulls would win three more titles in '96, '97 and '98.

Game 4 of the Celtics-Magic first round series marked the final NBA game played in the legendary Boston Garden.

The Indiana Pacers made it to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second consecutive year (and finally defeated the New York Knicks on their way to doing so), but this time found the Magic too powerful to overcome as they had the previous year. Ironically, in this tournament the Pacers met all three of the playoff opponents (Orlando, Atlanta and New York) as they had the previous year-- just in a different order.

The Utah Jazz became just the second team (along with the 1994 Seattle SuperSonics) to win at least 60 regular season games, only to lose in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, when they fell to the eventual NBA champion Houston Rockets.

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Bracket

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
1  San Antonio 3  
8  Denver 0  
  1  San Antonio 4  
 
  5  L.A. Lakers 2  
4  Seattle 1
5  L.A. Lakers 3  
  1  San Antonio 2  
Western Conference
  6  Houston 4  
3  Utah 2  
6  Houston 3  
  6  Houston 4
 
  2  Phoenix 3  
2  Phoenix 3
7  Portland 0  
  W6  Houston 4
  E1  Orlando 0
1  Orlando 3  
8  Boston 1  
  1  Orlando 4
 
  5  Chicago 2  
4  Charlotte 1
5  Chicago 3  
  1  Orlando 4
Eastern Conference
  2  Indiana 3  
3  New York 3  
6  Cleveland 1  
  3  New York 3
 
  2  Indiana 4  
2  Indiana 3
7  Atlanta 0  

Notes

  • For the third straight postseason, both #5 seeds beat their #4 seeded opponent in the first round.
  • The Rockets are the lowest seeded team to ever win a title.

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