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The 2009 NBA Playoffs was the postseason for the National Basketball Association's 2008–09 season. The playoffs started on April 18, 2009 with ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV broadcasting the games in the United States. Eight teams from each of the league's two conferences qualified for the playoffs, all seeded 1 to 8 in a tournament bracket, with all rounds in a best-of-seven format.

The Los Angeles Lakers clinched the top seed in the Western Conference with 65 wins in the regular season. However, the playoffs seedings below #1 were unable to be determined until the final day of the regular season with four teams still in contention to clinch three of the top four seeds and the home court advantage in the first round.[1] The Cleveland Cavaliers finished with 66 wins in the regular season to clinch the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. They also won the Central Division for the first time in 33 years, and earned the home court advantage throughout the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. [2]

The Lakers and the number three seed in the Eastern Conference, the Orlando Magic, advanced to the 2009 NBA Finals, with the Lakers holding the home court advantage in the Finals. The Lakers beat the Magic 4–1 in the NBA Finals to win their 15th NBA championship.

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Format

The 3 division winners and 5 other teams with the most wins from each conference qualify for the playoffs. The seedings are based on each team's record; however, a division winner is guaranteed to be ranked at least fourth, regardless of their record.[3] All series are in a best-of-seven format with the Games 1–2, 5 and 7 on the home court of the team with the better record, regardless of their seed. However, for the NBA Finals, the team with the better record plays Games 1–2 and 6–7 on their home court.[4]

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Tiebreak procedures

The tiebreakers that determine seedings are:[3]

  1. Division leader wins tie from team not leading a division
  2. Head-to-head record
  3. Division record (if the teams are in the same division)
  4. Conference record
  5. Record vs. playoff teams, own conference
  6. Record vs. playoff teams, other conference
  7. Point differential, all games

If there are more than two teams tied, the team that wins the tiebreaker gets the highest seed, while the other teams are "re-broken" from the first step until all ties are resolved. Since the three division winners are guaranteed a spot in the top four, ties to determine the division winners must be broken before any other ties.[5][6]

Playoff qualifying

Eastern Conference

Eastern Conference qualifying.
Seed[7] Team Wins Tiebreaker Clinched
Playoff berth Division title Home court in
Conference Finals
Home court in
NBA Finals
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 66 March 4[8] March 13[2] April 10[9] April 13[10]
2 Boston Celtics 62 March 4[11] March 18[12]
3 Orlando Magic 59 March 11[13] March 25[14]
4 Atlanta Hawks 47 March 25[15]
5 Miami Heat 43 April 3[16]
6 Philadelphia 76ers 41 Conf.: 25–27[a] April 4[17]
7 Chicago Bulls 41 Conf.: 24–28[a] April 10[18]
8 Detroit Pistons 39 April 10[19]

Western Conference

Western Conference qualifying.
Seed[7] Team Wins Tiebreaker Clinched
Playoff berth Division title Home court in
Conference Finals
1 Los Angeles Lakers 65 March 12[20] March 12[20] March 27[21]
2 Denver Nuggets 54 Div.: 12–4[a] 2–1 vs. SA March 31[22] April 13[23]
3 San Antonio Spurs 54 Skipped[b] 1–2 vs. DEN March 31[24] April 15[25]
4 Portland Trail Blazers 54 Div.: 11–5[a] April 5[26]
5 Houston Rockets 53 April 5[26]
6 Dallas Mavericks 50 April 8[27]
7 New Orleans Hornets 49 April 7[28]
8 Utah Jazz 48 April 5[29]

Notes

— = not applicable

  • a  The regular season series was tied 2–2.
  • b  Tie between division leaders was broken first.

Bracket

Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record; teams with home court advantage are shown in italics.

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
1  Cleveland* 4  
8  Detroit 0  
  1  Cleveland 4  
 
  4  Atlanta 0  
4  Atlanta 4
5  Miami 3  
  1  Cleveland 2  
Eastern Conference
  3  Orlando 4  
3  Orlando* 4  
6  Philadelphia 2  
  3  Orlando 4
 
  2  Boston 3  
2  Boston* 4
7  Chicago 3  
  E3  Orlando 1
  W1  L.A. Lakers 4
1  L.A. Lakers* 4  
8  Utah 1  
  1  L.A. Lakers 4
 
  5  Houston 3  
4  Portland 2
5  Houston 4  
  1  L.A. Lakers 4
Western Conference
  2  Denver 2  
3  San Antonio* 1  
6  Dallas 4  
  6  Dallas 1
 
  2  Denver 4  
2  Denver* 4
7  New Orleans 1  

Eastern Conference

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4)

First round

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (8) Detroit Pistons

April 18
2:00 p.m.
Recap Detroit Pistons 84, Cleveland Cavaliers 102    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Leon Wood, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 25–30, 20–27, 20–21, 19–24
Pts: Rodney Stuckey 20
Rebs: Wallace, Brown 9 each
Asts: Hamilton, Stuckey 4 each
Pts: LeBron James 38
Rebs: Žydrūnas Ilgauskas 10
Asts: LeBron James 7
April 21
8:00 p.m.
Recap Detroit Pistons 82, Cleveland Cavaliers 94    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Bill Spooner, Derrick Collins
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 14–23, 18–23, 18–31, 32–17
Pts: Richard Hamilton 17
Rebs: Antonio McDyess 11
Asts: Rodney Stuckey 6
Pts: LeBron James 29
Rebs: LeBron James 13
Asts: Mo Williams 7
April 24
7:00 p.m.
Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 79, Detroit Pistons 68    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Dan Crawford, Greg Willard, Joe Forte
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 18–18, 26–19, 9–16, 26–15
Pts: LeBron James 25
Rebs: LeBron James 11
Asts: LeBron James 9
Pts: Richard Hamilton 15
Rebs: McDyess, Hamilton 8 each
Asts: Richard Hamilton 6
April 26
3:30 p.m.
Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 99, Detroit Pistons 78    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Joe Crawford, Ken Mauer, Jim Clark
ABC[30]
Scoring by quarter: 26–27, 25–15, 22–18, 26–18
Pts: LeBron James 36
Rebs: LeBron James 13
Asts: LeBron James 8
Pts: Antonio McDyess 26
Rebs: Antonio McDyess 10
Asts: Richard Hamilton 7
Cleveland win series, 4–0

The Cavaliers opened the series with a rout on Game 1, as LeBron James scored 38 points and the Cavaliers won by 18 points. In Game 2, the Cavaliers were leading by 27 points after the third quarter before the Pistons started a comeback in the fourth quarter. The Pistons managed to cut the Cavaliers' lead down to 7 points, but in the end the Cavaliers won the game by 12 points. Game 3 was a tight contest until an 18–2 run by the Cavaliers in the fourth quarter secured the victory for Cleveland. The Cavaliers swept the Pistons with a 21-point victory in Game 4, in which James scored 36 points while narrowly missing a triple-double for two straight games.

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (7) Chicago Bulls

April 18
12:30 p.m.
Recap Chicago Bulls 105, Boston Celtics 103 OT  TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Eddie F. Rush, Michael Smith
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 28–28, 23–16, 20–26, 26–27 OT: 8–6
Pts: Derrick Rose 36
Rebs: Joakim Noah 17
Asts: Derrick Rose 11
Pts: Rajon Rondo 29
Rebs: Rajon Rondo 9
Asts: Rajon Rondo 7
April 20
7:00 p.m.
Recap Chicago Bulls 115, Boston Celtics 118    TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Steve Javie, Ron Garretson, Pat Fraher
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 29–35, 32–23, 26–30, 28–30
Pts: Ben Gordon 42
Rebs: Brad Miller 9
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 7
Pts: Ray Allen 30
Rebs: Perkins, Rondo 12 each
Asts: Rajon Rondo 16
April 23
8:00 p.m.
Recap Boston Celtics 107, Chicago Bulls 86    United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 23,072
Referees: Scott Foster, David Jones, Bill Spooner
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 32–21, 27–16, 24–21, 24–28
Pts: Paul Pierce 24
Rebs: Rajon Rondo 11
Asts: Rondo, Davis 6 each
Pts: Ben Gordon 15
Rebs: Joakim Noah 10
Asts: Noah, Hinrich, Hunter 3 each
April 26
1:00 p.m.
Recap Boston Celtics 118, Chicago Bulls 121 2OT  United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 23,067
Referees: Dan Crawford, Marc Davis, Bill Kennedy
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 19–18, 27–27, 24–20, 26–31 OT: 14–14, 8–11
Pts: Paul Pierce 29
Rebs: Davis, Rondo 11 each
Asts: Rajon Rondo 11
Pts: Derrick Rose 23
Rebs: Derrick Rose 11
Asts: Derrick Rose 9
April 28
7:00 p.m.
Recap Chicago Bulls 104, Boston Celtics 106 OT  TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Mark Wunderlich, Joe Derosa, Sean Corbin
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 21–23, 26–21, 23–22, 23–27 OT: 11–13
Pts: Ben Gordon 26
Rebs: Joakim Noah 17
Asts: Gordon, Rose 6 each
Pts: Rajon Rondo 28
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 19
Asts: Rajon Rondo 11
April 30
7:00 p.m.
Recap Boston Celtics 127, Chicago Bulls 128 3OT  United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 23,430
Referees: Joe Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Ed Malloy
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 26–37, 31–22, 19–24, 25–18 OT: 8–8, 9–9, 9–10
Pts: Ray Allen 51
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 13
Asts: Rajon Rondo 19
Pts: John Salmons 35
Rebs: Joakim Noah 15
Asts: Rose, Hinrich 7
May 2
8:00 p.m.
7 Chicago Bulls 99, Boston Celtics 109    TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Steve Javie, Greg Willard, Monty McCutchen
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 27–23, 11–29, 33–26, 28–31
Pts: Ben Gordon 33
Rebs: Joakim Noah 15
Asts: Ben Gordon 4
Pts: Ray Allen 23
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 13
Asts: Rajon Rondo 11
Boston win series, 4–3
Game 6 running score

In Game 1, with the Bulls trailing by one point, rookie Derrick Rose scored on two free throws with 9.6 seconds remaining. Celtics captain Paul Pierce had a chance to win the game with his own free throws from a Joakim Noah foul but he missed the second after scoring the first, leading to overtime. In the overtime, with Rose fouling out, Tyrus Thomas scored six of the Bulls' eight points to put them up 105–103 with about 50 seconds left. Ray Allen, who had a poor shooting night, had a chance to tie the ballgame and send it into a second overtime but he did not succeed. Even while the playoffs were continuing, many experts and analysts were calling it "the greatest playoff series ever".

Rose matched Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's playoff debut of 36 points to lead the Bulls into a Game 1 road victory. Rose also became the second player to have a 35-point, 10-assist game in their playoff debut in history, after Chris Paul did the feat in 2008; his 36 points was also the highest points scored by a Bull in a playoff game since Michael Jordan retired. The win also marked the Bulls' first postseason win against the Celtics in history.[31]

(3) Orlando Magic vs. (6) Philadelphia 76ers

April 19
5:30 p.m.
Recap Philadelphia 76ers 100, Orlando Magic 98    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ken Mauer, Zach Zarba
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 27–25, 19–25, 19–29, 35–19
Pts: Andre Iguodala 20
Rebs: Andre Iguodala 8
Asts: Andre Iguodala 8
Pts: Dwight Howard 31
Rebs: Dwight Howard 16
Asts: Rafer Alston 5
April 22
7:00 p.m.
Recap Philadelphia 76ers 87, Orlando Magic 96    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Steve Javie, James Capers, Greg Willard
NBA TV
Scoring by quarter: 21–21, 18–25, 23–24, 25–26
Pts: Andre Miller 30
Rebs: Iguodala, Ratliff 8 each
Asts: Andre Iguodala 7
Pts: Courtney Lee 24
Rebs: Dwight Howard 10
Asts: Rashard Lewis 6
April 24
8:00 p.m.
Recap Orlando Magic 94, Philadelphia 76ers 96    Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 16,492
Referees: Bill Kennedy, Jim Clark, Monty McCutchen
ESPN2
Scoring by quarter: 21–25, 28–35, 28–19, 17–17
Pts: Dwight Howard 36
Rebs: Dwight Howard 11
Asts: Courtney Lee 5
Pts: Andre Iguodala 29
Rebs: Miller, Dalembert 9 each
Asts: Andre Miller 7
April 26
6:30 p.m.
Recap Orlando Magic 84, Philadelphia 76ers 81    Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 16,464
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Tony Brothers, Sean Corbin
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 24–22, 12–14, 28–19, 20–26
Pts: Dwight Howard 18
Rebs: Dwight Howard 18
Asts: Rafer Alston 5
Pts: Andre Miller 17
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 9
Asts: Andre Iguodala 11
April 28
7:30 p.m.
Recap Philadelphia 76ers 78, Orlando Magic 91    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Joe Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Marc Davis
NBA TV
Scoring by quarter: 20–21, 19–24, 21–24, 18–22
Pts: Andre Iguodala 26
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 9
Asts: Andre Miller 6
Pts: Howard, Lewis 24 each
Rebs: Dwight Howard 24
Asts: Alston, Türkoğlu 4 each
April 30
7:30 p.m.
Recap Orlando Magic 114, Philadelphia 76ers 89    Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 16,691
Referees: Derrick Collins, Scott Foster, Tom Washington
NBA TV
Scoring by quarter: 30–19, 32–29, 25–24, 27–17
Pts: Rashard Lewis 29
Rebs: Marcin Gortat 15
Asts: Rafer Alston 10
Pts: Andre Miller 24
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 13
Asts: Andre Iguodala 6
Orlando win series, 4–2

In Game 1, the Magic had an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter and Andre Iguodala scored a jumper with 2.2 seconds remaining to give the Sixers a road win. The Sixers almost managed another comeback in Game 2. The Magic led by 18 points midway through the third quarter before another late run by the Sixers brought the lead down to 5 points before the Magic finally won the game. The Sixers won Game 3 courtesy of another late shot; Thaddeus Young scored a layup with 2 seconds left to secure the win, despite a career playoff-high 36-point performance by Dwight Howard. The Magic secured a road win in Game 4 with their own late shot; Hedo Türkoğlu scored the game-winning three-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to even the series.

In Game 5, Dwight Howard had 24 points and a career playoff-high 24 rebounds, leading the Magic to a victory. Game 5 was marked with an elbowing incident by Howard on Samuel Dalembert, which led to a one-game suspension for Howard.[32] Rookie Courtney Lee also went down injured after taking an inadvertent elbow on the head from Howard. Despite losing two starters, Howard and Lee, the Magic won game 6, beating the Sixers on the road by 25 points to win the series.

(4) Atlanta Hawks vs. (5) Miami Heat

April 19
8:00 p.m.
Recap Miami Heat 64, Atlanta Hawks 90    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 18,851
Referees: Scott Foster, Joe DeRosa, Gary Zielinski
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 21–24, 18–35, 18–17, 7–14
Pts: Dwyane Wade 19
Rebs: Michael Beasley 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 5
Pts: Josh Smith 23
Rebs: Smith, Pachulia 10 each
Asts: Mike Bibby 9
April 22
8:00 p.m.
Recap Miami Heat 108, Atlanta Hawks 93    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 19,146
Referees: Dan Crawford, Jason Philips, Ken Mauer
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 24–18, 30–23, 29–31, 25–21
Pts: Dwyane Wade 33
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 8
Asts: Chalmers, Wade 7 each
Pts: Mike Bibby 18
Rebs: Al Horford 11
Asts: Al Horford 5
April 25
6:30 p.m.
Recap Atlanta Hawks 78, Miami Heat 107    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,600
Referees: Steve Javie, David Jones, James Capers
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 12–22, 17–28, 32–35, 17–32
Pts: Smith, Horford, Bibby 13 each
Rebs: Josh Smith 8
Asts: Bibby, Johnson, Murray 3 each
Pts: Dwyane Wade 29
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 13
Asts: Dwyane Wade 8
April 27
8:00 p.m.
Recap Atlanta Hawks 81, Miami Heat 71    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,600
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Michael Smith, Tom Washington
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 24–17, 22–25, 17–13, 18–16
Pts: Mike Bibby 15
Rebs: Zaza Pachulia 18
Asts: Joe Johnson 5
Pts: Dwyane Wade 22
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 9
Asts: Dwyane Wade 7
April 29
8:00 p.m.
Recap Miami Heat 91, Atlanta Hawks 106    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 19,051
Referees: Violet Palmer, Dick Bavetta, Tony Brothers
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 20–24, 20–39, 30–22, 21–21
Pts: Dwyane Wade 29
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 8
Asts: Mario Chalmers 6
Pts: Joe Johnson 25
Rebs: Josh Smith 8
Asts: Joe Johnson 6
May 1
8:00 p.m.
Recap Atlanta Hawks 72, Miami Heat 98    American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,600
Referees: Mark Wunderlich, Marc Davis, Sean Corbin
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 18–32, 24–19, 14–27, 16–20
Pts: Mike Bibby 20
Rebs: Josh Smith 10
Asts: Mike Bibby 3
Pts: Dwyane Wade 41
Rebs: Michael Beasley 15
Asts: Mario Chalmers 8
May 3
1:00 p.m.
Recap Miami Heat 78, Atlanta Hawks 91    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 18,864
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bennett Salvatore, Ron Garretson
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 18–20, 18–29, 16–16, 26–26
Pts: Dwyane Wade 31
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 13
Asts: Chalmers, Wade 4 each
Pts: Joe Johnson 27
Rebs: Josh Smith 9
Asts: Mike Bibby 6
Atlanta win series, 4–3

The Hawks opened the series with a 26-point win after leading by as much as 20 points at halftime. The Hawks also tied a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a playoff game. However, the Heat managed to rebound from the loss and won Game 2 on the road to tie the series. The Heat won Game 3 at home, almost in similar fashion as the Hawks' victory in Game 1. The Heat was already leading by 19 points at halftime and ended up winning by 29 points. In the next game, the Hawks bounced back and won a road game to even the series.

Game 5 was marked by several hard fouls and technical fouls. Dwyane Wade was fouled and sent tumbling down by Solomon Jones before a skirmish between Wade, Jones, Jamaal Magloire and Josh Smith started. All four players were given technical fouls in the incident. Wade was later called for a flagrant foul after he fouled Maurice Evans during a layup attempt. The flagrant foul was later rescinded by the officials after they reviewed the play.[33] The Hawks finally won the game, despite losing starting center Al Horford due to injury in the second quarter. The Heat evened the series at 3–3 after winning Game 6. Wade scored 41 points to lead the Heat to a 26-point rout over the Hawks. The Hawks finally won the series after winning Game 7 at home, with 13 points difference. All seven games of the series were decided by at least 10 points, with an average margin of 19 points.

Conference Semifinals

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (4) Atlanta Hawks

May 5
8:00 p.m.
Recap Atlanta Hawks 72, Cleveland Cavaliers 99    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Steve Javie, Dick Bavetta, Bill Kennedy
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 21–25, 23–24, 17–28, 11–22
Pts: Josh Smith 22
Rebs: Al Horford 8
Asts: Mike Bibby 8
Pts: LeBron James 34
Rebs: LeBron James 10
Asts: Delonte West 9
May 7
8:00 p.m.
Recap Atlanta Hawks 85, Cleveland Cavaliers 105    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Violet Palmer, Derrick Stafford, Dan Crawford
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 17–26, 18–33, 20–26, 30–20
Pts: Maurice Evans 16
Rebs: Zaza Pachulia 12
Asts: Maurice Evans 4
Pts: LeBron James 27
Rebs: Anderson Varejão 8
Asts: James, Williams 5 each
May 9
8:00 p.m.
Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 97, Atlanta Hawks 82    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 20,143
Referees: Bill Spooner, Mike Callahan, Monty McCutchen
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 22–18, 25–28, 25–19, 25–17
Pts: LeBron James 47
Rebs: LeBron James 12
Asts: LeBron James 8
Pts: Joe Johnson 17
Rebs: Smith, Johnson 5 each
Asts: Mike Bibby 5
May 11
7:00 p.m.
Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 84, Atlanta Hawks 74    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 19,241
Referees: Ron Garretson, Scott Foster, James Capers
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 15–22, 25–16, 22–19, 22–17
Pts: LeBron James 27
Rebs: Anderson Varejão 11
Asts: LeBron James 8
Pts: Josh Smith 26
Rebs: Josh Smith 8
Asts: Joe Johnson 7
Cleveland win series, 4–0

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Orlando Magic

May 4
8:00 p.m.
Recap Orlando Magic 95, Boston Celtics 90    TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Ken Mauer, Mark Wunderlich, James Capers
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 24–19, 30–17, 24–26, 17–28
Pts: Rashard Lewis 18
Rebs: Dwight Howard 22
Asts: Rafer Alston 7
Pts: Paul Pierce 23
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 16
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
May 6
8:00 p.m.
Recap Orlando Magic 94, Boston Celtics 112    TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington, Eddie F. Rush
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 21–26, 25–35, 18–25, 30–26
Pts: Lewis, Piétrus 17 each
Rebs: Dwight Howard 12
Asts: Anthony Johnson 7
Pts: Eddie House 31
Rebs: Rajon Rondo 11
Asts: Rajon Rondo 18
May 8
7:00 p.m.
Recap Boston Celtics 96, Orlando Magic 117    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Leon Wood, Scott Foster, Joe Derosa
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 18–22, 23–31, 28–25, 27–39
Pts: Paul Pierce 27
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 7
Asts: Pierce, Rondo 6 each
Pts: Rashard Lewis 28
Rebs: Dwight Howard 14
Asts: Hedo Türkoğlu 4
May 10
8:00 p.m.
Recap Boston Celtics 95, Orlando Magic 94    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bill Kennedy, Greg Willard
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 25–28, 23–18, 31–25, 16–23
Pts: Paul Pierce 27
Rebs: Rajon Rondo 14
Asts: Allen, Perkins 4 each
Pts: Dwight Howard 23
Rebs: Dwight Howard 17
Asts: J.J. Redick 7
May 12
8:00 p.m.
Recap Orlando Magic 88, Boston Celtics 92    TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Bill Spooner, Mike Callahan, Monty McCutchen
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 22–16, 23–21, 22–22, 21–33
Pts: Rashard Lewis 19
Rebs: Dwight Howard 17
Asts: Hedo Türkoğlu 7
Pts: Glen Davis 22
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 11
Asts: Paul Pierce 8
May 14
7:00 p.m.
Recap Boston Celtics 75, Orlando Magic 83    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Dan Crawford, Dick Bavetta, Marc Davis
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 25–22, 21–23, 16–16, 13–22
Pts: Rajon Rondo 19
Rebs: Rajon Rondo 16
Asts: Rajon Rondo 6
Pts: Dwight Howard 23
Rebs: Dwight Howard 22
Asts: Türkoğlu, Alston, Lewis 3 each
May 17
8:00 p.m.
Recap Orlando Magic 101, Boston Celtics 82    TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Steve Javie, Derrick Stafford, Scott Foster
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 27–17, 18–21, 21–23, 35–21
Pts: Hedo Türkoğlu 25
Rebs: Dwight Howard 16
Asts: Hedo Türkoğlu 12
Pts: Ray Allen 23
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 15
Asts: Rajon Rondo 10
Orlando win series, 4–3

Conference Finals: (1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (3) Orlando Magic

May 20
8:30 p.m.
Recap Orlando Magic 107, Cleveland Cavaliers 106    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Ken Mauer, Ron Garretson
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 19–33, 29–30, 30–19, 29–24
Pts: Dwight Howard 30
Rebs: Dwight Howard 13
Asts: Hedo Türkoğlu 14
Pts: LeBron James 49
Rebs: Žydrūnas Ilgauskas 10
Asts: LeBron James 8
May 22
8:30 p.m.
Recap Orlando Magic 95, Cleveland Cavaliers 96    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Tom Washington, Monty McCutchen, Bill Kennedy
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 16–30, 28–26, 25–19, 26–21
Pts: Rashard Lewis 23
Rebs: Dwight Howard 18
Asts: Türkoğlu, Howard, Johnson 4 each
Pts: LeBron James 35
Rebs: Žydrūnas Ilgauskas 15
Asts: James, Williams 5 each
May 24
8:30 p.m.
Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 89, Orlando Magic 99    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Greg Willard, Joe Crawford, Mark Wunderlich
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 17–24, 24–18, 22–26, 26–31
Pts: LeBron James 41
Rebs: Žydrūnas Ilgauskas 9
Asts: LeBron James 9
Pts: Dwight Howard 24
Rebs: Hedo Türkoğlu 10
Asts: Hedo Türkoğlu 7
May 26
8:30 p.m.
Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 114, Orlando Magic 116 OT  Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Mike Callahan, Scott Foster, Joe DeRosa
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 25-21, 33-29, 21-28, 21-22 OT: 14-16
Pts: LeBron James 44
Rebs: LeBron James 12
Asts: James, West 7 each
Pts: Dwight Howard 27
Rebs: Dwight Howard 14
Asts: Hedo Türkoğlu 8
May 28
8:30 p.m.
Recap Orlando Magic 102, Cleveland Cavaliers 112    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Bill Spooner, Dan Crawford, Marc Davis
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 18–35, 37–21, 24–22, 23–34
Pts: Hedo Türkoğlu 29
Rebs: Dwight Howard 10
Asts: Rafer Alston 4
Pts: LeBron James 37
Rebs: LeBron James 15
Asts: LeBron James 12
May 30
8:30 p.m.
Recap Cleveland Cavaliers 90, Orlando Magic 103    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Steve Javie, Bennett Salvatore, Derrick Stafford
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 25–30, 15–28, 30–28, 20–17
Pts: LeBron James 25
Rebs: Anderson Varejão 8
Asts: LeBron James 7
Pts: Dwight Howard 40
Rebs: Dwight Howard 14
Asts: Hedo Türkoğlu 5
Orlando win series, 4–2

Western Conference

First round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Utah Jazz

April 19
3:00 p.m.
Recap Utah Jazz 100, Los Angeles Lakers 113    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Ed Malloy, Joe Crawford
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 19–30, 21–32, 33–24, 27–27
Pts: Carlos Boozer 27
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 9
Asts: Deron Williams 17
Pts: Kobe Bryant 24
Rebs: Pau Gasol 9
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
April 21
10:30 p.m.
Recap Utah Jazz 109, Los Angeles Lakers 119    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Marc Davis, Sean Corbin, Monty McCutchen
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 29–41, 26–25, 23–23, 31–30
Pts: Deron Williams 35
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 10
Asts: Deron Williams 10
Pts: Kobe Bryant 26
Rebs: Gasol, Bryant 6 each
Asts: Ariza, Bryant 9 each
April 23
10:30 p.m.
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 86, Utah Jazz 88    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Bennett Salvadore, Mike Callahan, Eric Lewis
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 17–26, 22–17, 29–17, 18–28
Pts: Lamar Odom 21
Rebs: Lamar Odom 14
Asts: Kobe Bryant 6
Pts: Carlos Boozer 23
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 22
Asts: Deron Williams 9
April 25
9:00 p.m.
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 108, Utah Jazz 94    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Bill Spooner, Mark Wunderlich, Joe Derosa
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 20–25, 40–28, 28–16, 20–25
Pts: Kobe Bryant 38
Rebs: Lamar Odom 15
Asts: Lamar Odom 6
Pts: Williams, Boozer 23 each
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 16
Asts: Deron Williams 13
April 27
10:30 p.m.
Recap Utah Jazz 96, Los Angeles Lakers 107    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Gary Zielinski, James Capers, Steve Javie
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 26–26, 17–30, 20–26, 33–25
Pts: Paul Millsap 16
Rebs: Mehmet Okur 8
Asts: Deron Williams 6
Pts: Kobe Bryant 31
Rebs: Lamar Odom 15
Asts: Odom, Bryant, Ariza, Gasol 4 each
Los Angeles win series, 4–1

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (7) New Orleans Hornets

April 19
10:30 p.m.
Recap New Orleans Hornets 84, Denver Nuggets 113    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,536
Referees: Marc Davis, Monty McCutchen, Sean Corbin
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 25–27, 22–28, 22–32, 15–26
Pts: Chris Paul 21
Rebs: David West 6
Asts: Chris Paul 11
Pts: Chauncey Billups 36
Rebs: Nenê 14
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
April 22
10:30 p.m.
Recap New Orleans Hornets 93, Denver Nuggets 108    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,623
Referees: Mark Wunderlich, Violet Palmer, Joe DeRosa
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 25–27, 19–25, 27–29, 22–27
Pts: David West 21
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 11
Asts: Chris Paul 13
Pts: Chauncey Billups 31
Rebs: Nenê 8
Asts: Carmelo Anthony 9
April 25
1:00 p.m.
Recap Denver Nuggets 93, New Orleans Hornets 95    New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance: 17,489
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Derrick Stafford, Tom Washington
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 26–21, 21–29, 25–27, 21–18
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 25
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 10
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Chris Paul 32
Rebs: West, Posey 9 each
Asts: Chris Paul 12
April 27
8:30 p.m.
Recap Denver Nuggets 121, New Orleans Hornets 63    New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance: 17,236
Referees: David Jones, Mike Callahan, Scott Foster
NBA TV
Scoring by quarter: 36–15, 25–24, 27–11, 33–13
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 26
Rebs: Chris Andersen 8
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pts: David West 14
Rebs: James Posey 7
Asts: Chris Paul 6
April 29
10:30 p.m.
Recap New Orleans Hornets 86, Denver Nuggets 107    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,744
Referees: Steve Javie, Ken Mauer, Bill Kennedy
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 27–24, 22–25, 17–31, 20–27
Pts: David West 24
Rebs: David West 9
Asts: Chris Paul 10
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 34
Rebs: Martin, Nenê, Andersen 7 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 11
Denver win series 4–1

The Nuggets routed the Hornets in Game 1, led by hometown player Chauncey Billups's 36 points in his playoff debut for the Nuggets. He sank a career playoff-high 8 three-pointers and added 8 assists in the game. He continued his form in Game 2, scoring 31 points as the Nuggets took a 2–0 lead in the series. The Hornets bounced back with a victory in Game 3. Game 3 was marked with plenty of fouls, with a total of 58 personal fouls in the game, resulting in four players fouled out of the game, David West and Tyson Chandler for the Hornets, and Kenyon Martin and Nenê for the Nuggets. The referees also called three flagrant fouls from James Posey, Chandler and Billups. Hornets' head coach Byron Scott was also called for a technical foul after arguing on Posey's flagrant foul.

The Nuggets then pulled a 58-point win in Game 4. The margin tied the most lopsided victory in playoff history set 53 years ago by the Minneapolis Lakers. The Hornets recorded a playoff-low in points and also a playoff-high 26 turnovers, which led to 41 Nuggets' points. The Nuggets then recorded their first series win since 1994 after a victory in Game 5. Carmelo Anthony scored his career playoff-high with 34 points as the Nuggets cruised to another double-digit win. The average margin of victory in the Nuggets's four wins was 37.5 points.

(3) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Dallas Mavericks

April 18
8:00 p.m.
Recap Dallas Mavericks 105, San Antonio Spurs 97    AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Dick Bavetta, James Capers, Tony Brothers
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 18–29, 27–20, 29–25, 31–23
Pts: Josh Howard 25
Rebs: Erick Dampier 11
Asts: Jason Kidd 5
Pts: Tim Duncan 27
Rebs: Tim Duncan 9
Asts: Tony Parker 8
April 20
9:30 p.m.
Recap Dallas Mavericks 84, San Antonio Spurs 105    AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Mark Wunderlich, Joe Forte, Tom Washington
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 19–30, 27–27, 17–28, 21–20
Pts: Jason Terry 16
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 6
Asts: Jason Kidd 5
Pts: Tony Parker 38
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Tony Parker 8
April 23
8:30 p.m.
Recap San Antonio Spurs 67, Dallas Mavericks 88    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,491
Referees: Joe Crawford, Eddie Rush, Derrick Collins, Marc Davis
NBA TV
Scoring by quarter: 16–27, 14–19, 12–29, 25–13
Pts: Tony Parker 12
Rebs: Kurt Thomas 10
Asts: Tony Parker 3
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 20
Rebs: Erick Dampier 9
Asts: José Juan Barea 6
April 25
4:00 p.m.
Recap San Antonio Spurs 90, Dallas Mavericks 99    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,829
Referees: Mike Callahan, Scott Foster, Zach Zarba
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 29–32, 26–19, 16–29, 19–19
Pts: Tony Parker 43
Rebs: Tim Duncan 10
Asts: Tim Duncan 7
Pts: Josh Howard 28
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13
Asts: Jason Kidd 7
April 28
9:30 p.m.
Recap Dallas Mavericks 106, San Antonio Spurs 93    AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Ron Garretson, Greg Willard, Monty McCutchen
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 31–20, 21–28, 30–19, 24–26
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 31
Rebs: Erick Dampier 12
Asts: Jason Kidd 6
Pts: Tim Duncan 30
Rebs: Tim Duncan 8
Asts: Tony Parker 12
Dallas win series, 4–1

(4) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (5) Houston Rockets

April 18
10:30 p.m.
Recap Houston Rockets 108, Portland Trail Blazers 81    Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,329
Referees: Bill Kennedy, Mark Wunderlich, Tom Washington
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 34–23, 28–21, 23–14, 23–23
Pts: Aaron Brooks 27
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 9
Asts: Aaron Brooks 7
Pts: Brandon Roy 21
Rebs: Blake, Przybilla, Oden, Ruffin 5 each
Asts: Steve Blake 6
April 21
10:00 p.m.
Recap Houston Rockets 103, Portland Trail Blazers 107    Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,408
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Ed Malloy, Joe Crawford
NBA TV
Scoring by quarter: 26–28, 25–25, 21–19, 31–35
Pts: Aaron Brooks 23
Rebs: Yao Ming 8
Asts: Aaron Brooks 5
Pts: Brandon Roy 42
Rebs: LaMarcus Aldridge 12
Asts: Steve Blake 5
April 24
9:30 p.m.
Recap Portland Trail Blazers 83, Houston Rockets 86    Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,731
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Jason Phillips, Tony Brothers
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 15–21, 22–27, 22–18, 24–20
Pts: Brandon Roy 19
Rebs: LaMarcus Aldridge 8
Asts: Steve Blake 10
Pts: Luis Scola 19
Rebs: Yao Ming 13
Asts: Aaron Brooks 5
April 26
9:00 p.m.
Recap Portland Trail Blazers 88, Houston Rockets 89    Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,271
Referees: Ron Garretson, Greg Willard, Monty McCutchen
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 22–30, 22–20, 26–14, 18–25
Pts: Brandon Roy 31
Rebs: Joel Przybilla 12
Asts: Steve Blake 8
Pts: Yao Ming 21
Rebs: Yao Ming 12
Asts: Ron Artest 9
April 28
10:00 p.m.
Recap Houston Rockets 77, Portland Trail Blazers 88    Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,462
Referees: Bill Spooner, Leon Wood, Dan Crawford
NBA TV
Scoring by quarter: 26–29, 17–21, 19–14, 15–24
Pts: Luis Scola 19
Rebs: Yao Ming 10
Asts: Ron Artest 5
Pts: Aldridge, Roy 25 each
Rebs: Aldridge, Blake 7 each
Asts: Joel Przybilla 4
April 30
9:30 p.m.
Recap Portland Trail Blazers 76, Houston Rockets 92    Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,376
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, James Capers, Mike Callahan
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 19–21, 18–31, 19–21, 20–18
Pts: LaMarcus Aldridge 26
Rebs: Przybilla, Fernández 8 each
Asts: Steve Blake 5
Pts: Ron Artest 27
Rebs: Yao Ming 10
Asts: Kyle Lowry 3
Houston win series, 4–2

Conference Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Houston Rockets

May 4
10:30 p.m.
Recap Houston Rockets 100, Los Angeles Lakers 92    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Scott Foster, Joe Derosa, Tony Brothers
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 21–18, 22–22, 27–27, 30–25
Pts: Yao Ming 28
Rebs: Yao Ming 10
Asts: Ron Artest 7
Pts: Kobe Bryant 32
Rebs: Pau Gasol 13
Asts: Bryant, Gasol 4 each
May 6
10:30 p.m.
Recap Houston Rockets 98, Los Angeles Lakers 111    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bill Spooner, Greg Willard
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 25–39, 32–18, 20–29, 21–25
Pts: Ron Artest 25
Rebs: Yao, Landry 10 each
Asts: Ron Artest 5
Pts: Kobe Bryant 40
Rebs: Pau Gasol 14
Asts: Luke Walton 5
May 8
9:30 p.m.
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 108, Houston Rockets 94    Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,495
Referees: Steve Javie, Ron Garretson, Sean Corbin
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 30–28, 20–18, 24–16, 34–32
Pts: Kobe Bryant 33
Rebs: Lamar Odom 13
Asts: Jordan Farmar 7
Pts: Ron Artest 25
Rebs: Yao Ming 14
Asts: Shane Battier 7
May 10
3:30 p.m.
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 87, Houston Rockets 99    Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,313
Referees: Dan Crawford, Dick Bavetta, Michael Smith
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 16–29, 20–25, 18–29, 33–16
Pts: Pau Gasol 30
Rebs: Pau Gasol 9
Asts: Kobe Bryant 5
Pts: Aaron Brooks 34
Rebs: Luis Scola 14
Asts: Ron Artest 6
May 12
10:30 p.m.
Recap Houston Rockets 78, Los Angeles Lakers 118    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Derrick Stafford, Ken Mauer
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 24–35, 15–29, 15–30, 24–24
Pts: Aaron Brooks 14
Rebs: Luis Scola 13
Asts: Scola, Lowry 4 each
Pts: Kobe Bryant 26
Rebs: Pau Gasol 13
Asts: Jordan Farmar 6
May 14
9:30 p.m.
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 80, Houston Rockets 95    Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,501
Referees: Mark Wunderlich, Tom Washington, Monty McCutchen
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 15–27, 21–25, 29–22, 15–21
Pts: Kobe Bryant 32
Rebs: Lamar Odom 14
Asts: Kobe Bryant 3
Pts: Aaron Brooks 26
Rebs: Luis Scola 12
Asts: Battier, Brooks, Lowry 4 each
May 17
3:30 p.m.
Recap Houston Rockets 70, Los Angeles Lakers 89    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Dan Crawford
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 12–22, 19–29, 19–18, 20–20
Pts: Aaron Brooks 13
Rebs: Ron Artest 8
Asts: Ron Artest 5
Pts: Pau Gasol 21
Rebs: Pau Gasol 18
Asts: Kobe Bryant 5
Los Angeles win series, 4–3

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (6) Dallas Mavericks

May 3
3:30 p.m.
Recap Dallas Mavericks 95, Denver Nuggets 109    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,631
Referees: David Jones, Tom Washington, Dan Crawford
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 24–16, 23–35, 28–31, 20–27
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 28
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 10
Asts: José Juan Barea 5
Pts: Nenê 24
Rebs: Chris Andersen 6
Asts: Billups, Smith 6 each
May 5
10:30 p.m.
Recap Dallas Mavericks 105, Denver Nuggets 117    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,890
Referees: Ed Malloy, Mike Callahan, Monty McCutchen
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 22–30, 33–28, 28–28, 22–31
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 35
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 9
Asts: Jason Kidd 7
Pts: Anthony, Nenê 25 each
Rebs: Chris Andersen 9
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
May 9
5:00 p.m.
Recap Denver Nuggets 106, Dallas Mavericks 105    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,620
Referees: Ken Mauer, Bennett Salvatore, Mark Wunderlich
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 20–20, 28–25, 31–35, 27–25
Pts: Chauncey Billups 32
Rebs: Nenê, Anthony 8 each
Asts: Nenê 4
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 33
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 16
Asts: Jason Kidd 5
May 11
9:30 p.m.
Recap Denver Nuggets 117, Dallas Mavericks 119    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,523
Referees: Joe Derosa, Marc Davis, Steve Javie
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 34–23, 27–30, 29–32, 27–34
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 41
Rebs: Carmelo Anthony 11
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 44
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13
Asts: Jason Kidd 6
May 13
9:00 p.m.
Recap Dallas Mavericks 110, Denver Nuggets 124    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,962
Referees: Bill Kennedy, Joe Crawford, Ron Garretson
TNT
Scoring by quarter: 27–34, 28–35, 25–25, 30–30
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 32
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 10
Asts: Jason Kidd 9
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 30
Rebs: Billups, Nenê 7 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 12
Denver win series, 4–1

Conference Finals: (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (2) Denver Nuggets

May 19
9:00 p.m.
Recap Denver Nuggets 103, Los Angeles Lakers 105    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, Joe Derosa
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 31–23, 23–32, 22–19, 27–31
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 39
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 8
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pts: Kobe Bryant 40
Rebs: Pau Gasol 14
Asts: Derek Fisher 6
May 21
9:00 p.m.
Recap Denver Nuggets 106, Los Angeles Lakers 103    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Marc Davis, Steve Javie
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 23–31, 31–24, 26–26, 26–22
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 34
Rebs: Anthony, Nenê 9 each
Asts: Nenê 6
Pts: Kobe Bryant 32
Rebs: Pau Gasol 17
Asts: Luke Walton 4
May 23
8:30 p.m.
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 103, Denver Nuggets 97    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,939
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Dan Crawford, James Capers
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 26–28, 22–24, 23–27, 32–18
Pts: Kobe Bryant 41
Rebs: Pau Gasol 11
Asts: Kobe Bryant 5
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 21
Rebs: Andersen, Martin 7 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
May 25
9:00 p.m.
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 101, Denver Nuggets 120    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 20,037
Referees: Ken Mauer, Bill Spooner, Bennett Salvatore
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 19–22, 26–30, 21–25, 35–43
Pts: Kobe Bryant 34
Rebs: Pau Gasol 10
Asts: Bryant, Walton 5 each
Pts: Billups, Smith 24 each
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 15
Asts: Nenê 6
May 27
9:00 p.m.
Recap Denver Nuggets 94, Los Angeles Lakers 103    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Ron Garretson, Tom Washington
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 25–25, 31–31, 20–20, 18–27
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 31
Rebs: Nenê, Andersen 8 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 5
Pts: Kobe Bryant 22
Rebs: Lamar Odom 14
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
May 29
9:00 p.m.
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 119, Denver Nuggets 92    Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 20,037
Referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Mark Wunderlich
ESPN
Scoring by quarter: 25–20, 28–20, 30–27, 36–25
Pts: Kobe Bryant 35
Rebs: Pau Gasol 12
Asts: Kobe Bryant 10
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 25
Rebs: Nenê 6
Asts: Chauncey Billups 9
Los Angeles win series, 4–2

NBA Finals: (W1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (E3) Orlando Magic

June 4
9:00 p.m.
Recap Orlando Magic 75, Los Angeles Lakers 100    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Ken Mauer, Dan Crawford, Joe DeRosa
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 24–22, 19–31, 15–29, 17–18
Pts: Mickaël Piétrus 14
Rebs: Dwight Howard 15
Asts: Jameer Nelson 4
Pts: Kobe Bryant 40
Rebs: Lamar Odom 14
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
June 7
8:00 p.m.
Recap Orlando Magic 96, Los Angeles Lakers 101 OT  Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Steve Javie, Tom Washington
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 15–15, 20–25, 30–23, 23–25 OT: 8–13
Pts: Rashard Lewis 34
Rebs: Dwight Howard 16
Asts: Rashard Lewis 7
Pts: Kobe Bryant 29
Rebs: Pau Gasol 10
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
June 9
9:00 p.m.
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 104, Orlando Magic 108    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Joe Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Mark Wunderlich
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 31–27, 23–32, 21–22, 29–27
Pts: Kobe Bryant 31
Rebs: Trevor Ariza 7
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
Pts: Howard, Lewis 21 each
Rebs: Dwight Howard 14
Asts: Hedo Türkoğlu 7
June 11
9:00 p.m.
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 99, Orlando Magic 91 OT  Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Mike Callahan, Scott Foster
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 20–24, 17–25, 30–14, 20–24 OT: 12–4
Pts: Kobe Bryant 32
Rebs: Pau Gasol 10
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
Pts: Hedo Türkoğlu 25
Rebs: Dwight Howard 21
Asts: Rashard Lewis 4
June 14
8:00 p.m.
Recap Los Angeles Lakers 99, Orlando Magic 86    Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Ken Mauer
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 26–28, 30–18, 20–15, 23–25
Pts: Kobe Bryant 30
Rebs: Pau Gasol 15
Asts: Kobe Bryant 5
Pts: Rashard Lewis 18
Rebs: Howard, Lewis 10 each
Asts: Lewis, Nelson 4 each
Los Angeles win NBA Finals, 4–1

Statistics

Category High Average
Player Team Total Player Team Avg. GP
Points Ray Allen
LeBron James
Boston Celtics
Cleveland Cavaliers
51 (3OT)
49
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 35.3 14
Rebounds Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 24 Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 15.3 23
Assists Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo
Boston Celtics 19 (3OT)
18
Deron Williams Utah Jazz 10.8 5
Steals Glen Davis Boston Celtics 6 Mario Chalmers Miami Heat 2.9 7
Blocks Dwight Howard
Chris Andersen
Tyrus Thomas
Orlando Magic
Denver Nuggets
Chicago Bulls
9 (OT)
6
6
Tyrus Thomas Chicago Bulls 2.9 7

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