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The 1998 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1997-1998 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls winning their sixth championship of the decade by defeating the Western Conference champion Utah Jazz four games to two for the second straight year. The Bulls had also achieved a second threepeat, a feat unrivaled since the Boston Celtics of 1966. The 1998 playoffs were the last involving the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls (the Bulls would not return to the playoffs until 2005).

The Indiana Pacers pushed the Bulls to the very limit in the Eastern Conference Finals, becoming one of only two teams to force Chicago to a Game 7 in the Bulls' championship years (the New York Knicks achieved this in 1992). This Pacers team was later named by Pacers.com as the greatest Pacers team in franchise history, even better than the 2000 team that won the Eastern Conference championship.

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Bracket

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
1  Utah 3  
8  Houston 2  
  1  Utah 4  
 
  5  San Antonio 1  
4  Phoenix 1
5  San Antonio 3  
  1  Utah 4  
Western Conference
  3  L.A. Lakers 0  
3  L.A. Lakers 3  
6  Portland 1  
  3  L.A. Lakers 4
 
  2  Seattle 1  
2  Seattle 3
7  Minnesota 2  
  W1  Utah 2
  E1  Chicago 4
1  Chicago 3  
8  New Jersey 0  
  1  Chicago 4
 
  4  Charlotte 1  
4  Charlotte 3
5  Atlanta 1  
  1  Chicago 4
Eastern Conference
  3  Indiana 3  
3  Indiana 3  
6  Cleveland 1  
  3  Indiana 4
 
  7  New York 1  
2  Miami 2
7  New York 3  

Playoff qualifying

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Western Conference

Home Court Advantage

The Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls tied for the best record in the NBA. However, the Jazz won the season series against the Bulls 2-0, which serves as a tiebreaker, and therefore Utah was awarded home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs.

Clinched a playoff berth

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:

  1. Utah Jazz (clinched Midwest division)
  2. Seattle SuperSonics (clinched Pacific division)
  3. Los Angeles Lakers
  4. Phoenix Suns
  5. San Antonio Spurs
  6. Portland Trail Blazers
  7. Minnesota Timberwolves
  8. Houston Rockets

Eastern Conference

Best record in conference

The Chicago Bulls clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference, and earned home court advantage throughout the entire Eastern Conference playoffs.

Clinched a playoff berth

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:

  1. Chicago Bulls (clinched Central division)
  2. Miami Heat (clinched Atlantic division)
  3. Indiana Pacers
  4. Charlotte Hornets
  5. Atlanta Hawks
  6. Cleveland Cavaliers
  7. New York Knicks
  8. New Jersey Nets

Western Conference

Champion: Utah Jazz

First round

(1) Utah Jazz vs. (8) Houston Rockets

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(UTAH-HOU)

Venue Box score Television
1 April 23 Houston 103 Utah 90 0-1 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 1 TBS 9:30et
2 April 25 Houston 90 Utah 105 1-1 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 2 TNT 10:30et
3 April 29 Utah 85 Houston 89 1-2 The Summit, Houston, Texas 3 TBS 9:30et
4 May 1 Utah 93 Houston 71 2-2 The Summit, Houston, Texas 4 TNT 9:30et
5 May 3 Houston 70 Utah 84 3-2 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 5 NBC 3:00et
Utah wins series 3–2

(4) Phoenix Suns vs. (5) San Antonio Spurs

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(PHO-SAS)

Venue Box score Television
1 April 23 San Antonio 102 Phoenix 96 0-1 America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona 1 TNT 10:30et
2 April 25 San Antonio 101 Phoenix 108 1-1 America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona 2 NBC 3:30et
3 April 27 Phoenix 88 San Antonio 100 1-2 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas 3 TNT 9:30et
4 April 29 Phoenix 80 San Antonio 99 1-3 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas 4 TBS 8:00et
San Antonio wins series 3–1

(2) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (7) Minnesota Timberwolves

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(SEA-MIN)

Venue Box score Television
1 April 24 Minnesota 83 Seattle 108 1-0 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 1 TBS 9:30et
2 April 26 Minnesota 98 Seattle 93 1-1 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 2 TNT 9:00et
3 April 28 Seattle 90 Minnesota 98 1-2 Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 3 TBS 9:30et
4 April 30 Seattle 92 Minnesota 88 2-2 Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 4 TBS 9:30et
5 May 2 Minnesota 84 Seattle 97 3-2 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 5 NBC 3:30et
Seattle wins series 3–2

(3) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(LAL-POR)

Venue Box score Television
1 April 24 Portland 102 Los Angeles 104 1-0 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 1 TNT 10:30et
2 April 26 Portland 99 Los Angeles 108 2-0 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 2 NBC 3:00et
3 April 28 Los Angeles 94 Portland 99 2-1 Rose Garden Arena, Portland, Oregon 3 TNT 10:30et
4 April 30 Los Angeles 110 Portland 99 3-1 Rose Garden Arena, Portland, Oregon 4 TNT 10:30et
Los Angeles wins series 3–1

Conference Semifinals

(1) Utah Jazz vs. (5) San Antonio Spurs

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(UTAH-SAS)

Venue Box score Television
1 May 5 San Antonio 82 Utah 83 1-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 1 TNT 10:30et
2 May 7 San Antonio 106 Utah 109 2-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 2 TNT 10:30et
3 May 9 Utah 64 San Antonio 86 2-1 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas 3 NBC 3:30et
4 May 10 Utah 82 San Antonio 73 3-1 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas 4 TNT 9:00et
5 May 12 San Antonio 77 Utah 87 4-1 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 5 TNT 8:00et
Utah wins series 4–1

(2) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (3) Los Angeles Lakers

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(SEA-LAL)

Venue Box score Television
1 May 4 Los Angeles 92 Seattle 106 1-0 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 1 TNT 9:00et
2 May 6 Los Angeles 92 Seattle 68 1-1 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 2 TNT 10:30et
3 May 8 Seattle 103 Los Angeles 119 1-2 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 3 TNT 10:30et
4 May 10 Seattle 100 Los Angeles 112 1-3 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 4 NBC 3:00et
5 May 12 Los Angeles 110 Seattle 95 1-4 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 5 TNT 10:30et
Los Angeles wins series 4–1

Conference finals

(1) Utah Jazz vs. (3) Los Angeles Lakers

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(UTAH-LAL)

Venue Box score Television
1 May 16 Los Angeles 77 Utah 112 1-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 1 NBC 3:00et
2 May 18 Los Angeles 95 Utah 99 2-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 2 TNT 8:30et
3 May 22 Utah 109 Los Angeles 98 3-0 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 3 TNT 10:30et
4 May 24 Utah 96 Los Angeles 92 4-0 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 4 NBC 3:30et
Utah wins series 4–0

Eastern Conference

Champion: Chicago Bulls

First round

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (8) New Jersey Nets

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(CHI-NJN)

Venue Box score Television
1* April 24 New Jersey 93 Chicago 96 1-0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 1 TNT 8:00et
2 April 26 New Jersey 91 Chicago 96 2-0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 2 NBC 5:30et
3 April 29 Chicago 116 New Jersey 101 3-0 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey 3 TNT 7:00et
Chicago wins series 3–0

(4) Charlotte Hornets vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(CHA-ATL)

Venue Box score
1 April 23 Atlanta 87 Charlotte 97 1-0 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina 1 TBS 7:00et
2 April 25 Atlanta 85 Charlotte 92 2-0 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina 2 TNT 8:00et
3 April 28 Charlotte 64 Atlanta 96 2-1 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia 3 TNT 8:00et
4 May 1 Charlotte 91 Atlanta 82 3-1 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia 4 TNT 7:00et
Charlotte wins series 3–1

(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) New York Knicks

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(MIA-NYK)

Venue Box score Television
1 April 24 New York 79 Miami 94 1-0 Miami Arena, Miami, Florida 1 TBS 7:00et
2 April 26 New York 96 Miami 86 1-1 Miami Arena, Miami, Florida 2 NBC 12:30et
3 April 28 Miami 91 New York 85 2-1 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York 3 TBS 7:00et
4 April 30 Miami 85 New York 90 2-2 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York 4 TNT 8:00et
5 May 3 New York 98 Miami 81 2-3 Miami Arena, Miami, Florida 5 NBC 12:30et
New York wins series 3–2

(3) Indiana Pacers vs. (6) Cleveland Cavaliers

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(IND-CLE)

Venue Box score Television
1 April 23 Cleveland 77 Indiana 106 1-0 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 1 TNT 8:00et
2 April 25 Cleveland 86 Indiana 92 2-0 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 2 NBC 1:00et
3 April 27 Indiana 77 Cleveland 86 2-1 Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio 3 TNT 7:00et
4 April 30 Indiana 80 Cleveland 74 3-1 Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio 4 TBS 7:00et
Indiana wins series 3–1

Conference Semifinals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (4) Charlotte Hornets

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(CHI-CHA)

Venue Box score Television
1 May 3 Charlotte 70 Chicago 83 1-0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 1 NBC 5:30et
2 May 6 Charlotte 78 Chicago 76 1-1 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 2 TNT 8:00et
3 May 8 Chicago 103 Charlotte 89 2-1 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina 3 TNT 8:00et
4 May 10 Chicago 94 Charlotte 80 3-1 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina 4 NBC 5:30et
5 May 13 Charlotte 84 Chicago 93 4-1 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 5 TNT 9:30et
Chicago wins series 4–1

(3) Indiana Pacers vs. (7) New York Knicks

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(IND-NYK)

Venue Box score Television
1 May 5 New York 83 Indiana 93 1-0 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 1 TNT 8:00et
2 May 7 New York 77 Indiana 85 2-0 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 2 TNT 8:00et
3 May 9 Indiana 76 New York 83 2-1 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York 3 NBC 1:00et
4 May 10 Indiana 118 New York 107 3-1 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York 4 NBC 12:30et
5 May 13 New York 88 Indiana 99 4-1 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 5 TNT 7:00et
Indiana wins series 4–1

Conference finals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (3) Indiana Pacers

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(CHI-IND)

Venue Box score Television
1 May 17 Indiana 79 Chicago 85 1-0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 1 NBC 3:30et
2 May 19 Indiana 98 Chicago 104 2-0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 2 TNT 8:30et
3 May 23 Chicago 105 Indiana 107 2-1 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 3 NBC 3:30et
4 May 25 Chicago 94 Indiana 96 2-2 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 4 NBC 3:30et
5 May 27 Indiana 87 Chicago 106 3-2 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 5 NBC 9:00et
6 May 29 Chicago 89 Indiana 92 3-3 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 6 NBC 9:00et
7 May 31 Indiana 83 Chicago 88 4-3 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 7 NBC 7:00et
Chicago wins series 4–3

NBA finals

Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(UTAH-CHI)

Venue Box score Television
1* June 3 Chicago 85 Utah 88 1-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 1 NBC 9:00et
2 June 5 Chicago 93 Utah 88 1-1 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 2 NBC 9:00et
3 June 7 Utah 54 Chicago 96 1-2 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 3 NBC 8:30et
4 June 10 Utah 82 Chicago 86 1-3 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 4 NBC 8:30et
5 June 12 Utah 83 Chicago 81 2-3 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 5 NBC 8:30et
6 June 14 Chicago 87 Utah 86 2-4 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 6 NBC 9:00et
Chicago wins NBA Championship series 4–2

Michael Jordan's championship-winning shot in Game 6

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