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The 2000 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1999–2000 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers winning their first championship in twelve years by defeating the Eastern Conference champion Indiana Pacers four games to two.

The Lakers' title marked the first championship for both Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, both considered to be future first-ballot Hall of Famers, and it was the first Lakers championship in the post-Magic Johnson, post-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar era. A. C. Green from the Lakers Showtime era was in the starting lineup for this team as well. This playoffs is also noted for the late game 7 double-digit collapse of the Portland Trail Blazers.

For the Pacers it was their first Eastern Conference championship after three previous appearances in the Eastern Conference finals; however after this season the team would be radically altered with key players Rik Smits, Dale Davis, Derrick McKey and Mark Jackson moving on to other teams (or in the case of Smits, retiring).

The 2000 playoffs marked the postseason debut of the five-year-old expansion Toronto Raptors.

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Playoff qualifying

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Eastern Conference

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:

  1. Indiana Pacers (56-26, clinched Central division and home court advantage for the Eastern Conference playoffs)
  2. Miami Heat (52-30, clinched Atlantic division)
  3. New York Knicks (50–32)
  4. Charlotte Hornets (49–33)
  5. Philadelphia 76ers (49–33)
  6. Toronto Raptors (45–37)
  7. Detroit Pistons (42–40)
  8. Milwaukee Bucks (42–40)

Western Conference

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:

  1. Los Angeles Lakers (67-15, clinched Pacific division title and home court advantage throughout the playoffs)
  2. Utah Jazz (55–27, clinched Midwest division)
  3. Portland Trail Blazers (59–23)
  4. San Antonio Spurs (53–29)
  5. Phoenix Suns (53–29)
  6. Minnesota Timberwolves (50–32)
  7. Seattle SuperSonics (45–37)
  8. Sacramento Kings (44–38)

Bracket

This was the outlook for the 2000 NBA playoffs. Teams in italics have home court advantage. Teams in bold advance to the next round. Numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's original playoffs seeding in their respective conferences. Numbers to the right of each team indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions possess an asterisk (*)

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
1  L.A. Lakers 3  
8  Sacramento 2  
  1  L.A. Lakers 4  
 
  5  Phoenix 1  
4  San Antonio 1
5  Phoenix 3  
  1  L.A. Lakers 4  
Western Conference
  3  Portland 3  
3  Portland 3  
6  Minnesota 1  
  3  Portland 4
 
  2  Utah 1  
2  Utah 3
7  Seattle 2  
  W1  L.A. Lakers 4
  E1  Indiana 2
1  Indiana 3  
8  Milwaukee 2  
  1  Indiana 4
 
  5  Philadelphia 2  
4  Charlotte 1
5  Philadelphia 3  
  1  Indiana 4
Eastern Conference
  3  New York 2  
3  New York 3  
6  Toronto 0  
  3  New York 4
 
  2  Miami 3  
2  Miami 3
7  Detroit 0  

Western Conference

First Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Sacramento Kings

April 23 Sacramento Kings 107, Los Angeles Lakers 117    Staples Center, Los Angeles
April 27 Sacramento Kings 89, Los Angeles Lakers 113    Staples Center, Los Angeles
April 30 Los Angeles Lakers 91, Sacramento Kings 99    ARCO Arena, Sacramento
May 2 Los Angeles Lakers 88, Sacramento Kings 101    ARCO Arena, Sacramento
May 5 Sacramento Kings 86, Los Angeles Lakers 113    Staples Center, Los Angeles
Los Angeles wins series, 3-2

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) Minnesota Timberwolves

April 23 Minnesota Timberwolves 88, Portland Trail Blazers 91    Rose Garden, Portland
April 26 Minnesota Timberwolves 82, Portland Trail Blazers 86    Rose Garden, Portland
April 30 Portland Trail Blazers 87, Minnesota Timberwolves 94    Target Center, Minnesota
May 2 Portland Trail Blazers 85, Minnesota Timberwolves 77    Target Center, Minnesota
Portland wins series, 3-1

(2) Utah Jazz vs. (7) Seattle SuperSonics

April 22 Seattle SuperSonics 93, Utah Jazz 104    Delta Center, Salt Lake City
April 24 Seattle SuperSonics 87, Utah Jazz 101    Delta Center, Salt Lake City
April 29 Utah Jazz 78, Seattle SuperSonics 89    KeyArena, Seattle
May 3 Utah Jazz 93, Seattle SuperSonics 104    KeyArena, Seattle
May 5 Seattle SuperSonics 93, Utah Jazz 96    Delta Center, Salt Lake City
Utah wins series, 3-2

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

April 22 Phoenix Suns 72, San Antonio Spurs 70    Alamodome, San Antonio
April 25 Phoenix Suns 70, San Antonio Spurs 85    Alamodome, San Antonio
April 29 San Antonio Spurs 94, Phoenix Suns 101    America West Arena, Phoenix
May 2 San Antonio Spurs 78, Phoenix Suns 89    America West Arena, Phoenix
Phoenix wins series, 3-1

Conference Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Phoenix Suns

May 7 Phoenix Suns 77, Los Angeles Lakers 105    Staples Center, Los Angeles
May 10 Phoenix Suns 96, Los Angeles Lakers 97    Staples Center, Los Angeles
May 12 Los Angeles Lakers 105, Phoenix Suns 99    America West Arena, Phoenix
May 14 Los Angeles Lakers 98, Phoenix Suns 117    America West Arena, Phoenix
May 16 Phoenix Suns 65, Los Angeles Lakers 87    Staples Center, Los Angeles
Los Angeles wins series, 4-1

(2) Utah Jazz vs. (3) Portland Trail Blazers

May 7 Utah Jazz 75, Portland Trail Blazers 94    Rose Garden, Portland
May 9 Utah Jazz 85, Portland Trail Blazers 103    Rose Garden, Portland
May 11 Portland Trail Blazers 103, Utah Jazz 84    Delta Center, Salt Lake City
May 14 Portland Trail Blazers 85, Utah Jazz 88    Delta Center, Salt Lake City
May 16 Utah Jazz 79, Portland Trail Blazers 81    Rose Garden, Portland
Portland wins series, 4-1

Conference Finals

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

May 20 Portland Trail Blazers 94, Los Angeles Lakers 109    Staples Center, Los Angeles
May 22 Portland Trail Blazers 106, Los Angeles Lakers 77    Staples Center, Los Angeles
May 26 Los Angeles Lakers 93, Portland Trail Blazers 91    Rose Garden, Portland
May 28 Los Angeles Lakers 103, Portland Trail Blazers 91    Rose Garden, Portland
May 30 Portland Trail Blazers 96, Los Angeles Lakers 88    Staples Center, Los Angeles
June 2 Los Angeles Lakers 93, Portland Trail Blazers 103    Rose Garden, Portland
June 4 Portland Trail Blazers 84, Los Angeles Lakers 89    Staples Center, Los Angeles
Los Angeles wins series, 4-3

Eastern Conference

First Round

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) Milwaukee Bucks

April 23 Milwaukee Bucks 85, Indiana Pacers 88    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
April 27 Milwaukee Bucks 104, Indiana Pacers 91    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
April 29 Indiana Pacers 109, Milwaukee Bucks 96    Bradley Center, Milwaukee
May 1 Indiana Pacers 87, Milwaukee Bucks 100    Bradley Center, Milwaukee
May 4 Milwaukee Bucks 95, Indiana Pacers 96    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Indiana wins series, 3-2

(4) Charlotte Hornets vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers

April 22 Philadelphia 76ers 92, Charlotte Hornets 82    Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte
April 24 Philadelphia 76ers 98, Charlotte Hornets 108 OT  Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte
April 28 Charlotte Hornets 76, Philadelphia 76ers 81    First Union Center, Philadelphia
May 1 Charlotte Hornets 99, Philadelphia 76ers 105    First Union Center, Philadelphia
Philadelphia wins series, 3-1

(3) New York Knicks vs. (6) Toronto Raptors

April 23 Toronto Raptors 88, New York Knicks 92    Madison Square Garden, New York
April 26 Toronto Raptors 83, New York Knicks 84    Madison Square Garden, New York
April 30 New York Knicks 87, Toronto Raptors 80    Air Canada Centre, Toronto
New York wins series, 3-0

(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) Detroit Pistons

April 22 Detroit Pistons 85, Miami Heat 95    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
April 25 Detroit Pistons 82, Miami Heat 84    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
April 29 Miami Heat 91, Detroit Pistons 72    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills
Miami wins series, 3-0

Conference Semifinals

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers

May 6 Philadelphia 76ers 91, Indiana Pacers 108    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
May 8 Philadelphia 76ers 97, Indiana Pacers 103    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
May 10 Indiana Pacers 97, Philadelphia 76ers 89    First Union Center, Philadelphia
May 13 Indiana Pacers 90, Philadelphia 76ers 92    First Union Center, Philadelphia
May 15 Philadelphia 76ers 107, Indiana Pacers 86    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
May 19 Indiana Pacers 106, Philadelphia 76ers 90    First Union Center, Philadelphia
Indiana wins series, 4-2

Jalen Rose and Reggie Miller both scored 40 points to lead the Pacers to the series-opening victory.

(2) Miami Heat vs. (3) New York Knicks

May 7 New York Knicks 83, Miami Heat 87    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
May 9 New York Knicks 82, Miami Heat 76    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
May 12 Miami Heat 77, New York Knicks 76    Madison Square Garden, New York
May 14 Miami Heat 83, New York Knicks 91    Madison Square Garden, New York
May 17 New York Knicks 81, Miami Heat 87    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
May 19 Miami Heat 70, New York Knicks 72    Madison Square Garden, New York
May 21 New York Knicks 83, Miami Heat 82    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
New York wins series, 4-3

Conference Finals

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

May 23 New York Knicks 88, Indiana Pacers 102    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
May 25 New York Knicks 84, Indiana Pacers 88    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
May 27 Indiana Pacers 95, New York Knicks 98    Madison Square Garden, New York
May 29 Indiana Pacers 89, New York Knicks 91    Madison Square Garden, New York
May 31 New York Knicks 79, Indiana Pacers 88    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
June 2 Indiana Pacers 93, New York Knicks 80    Madison Square Garden, New York

NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers

June 7 Indiana Pacers 87, Los Angeles Lakers 104    Staples Center, Los Angeles
June 9 Indiana Pacers 104, Los Angeles Lakers 111    Staples Center, Los Angeles
June 11 Los Angeles Lakers 91, Indiana Pacers 100    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
June 14 Los Angeles Lakers 120, Indiana Pacers 118    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
June 16 Los Angeles Lakers 87, Indiana Pacers 120    Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
June 19 Indiana Pacers 111, Los Angeles Lakers 116    Staples Center, Los Angeles

Shaquille O'Neal was named NBA Finals MVP after winning the championship with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Shaquille averaged 38 points per game, 16.6 rebounds per game, 2.3 assist per game, 61.1% from the field in the series, and 45.6% from the free throw line in the series.

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