NBA playoffs Current season, competition or edition: 2021 NBA playoffs Sport NBA Basketball Founded 1946 No. of teams 16 Most recent champion(s) Milwaukee Bucks (2021) Most titles Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers (17 each) TV partner(s) TNT ...
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The 2021 NBA playoffs was a postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2020–21 season.With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the NBA for the second consecutive year, the regular season was reduced to 72 games for each team ...
The 2020 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) 2019–20 season and conclusion of the season's playoffs.In this best-of-seven playoff series, the Western Conference champion Los Angeles ...
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The 1990–91 season marked the Bulls' 25th in franchise history. The team was coming off a grueling seven-game loss to the Detroit Pistons in the 1990 Eastern Conference Finals, and in the six years since Michael Jordanjoined the Bulls, they were showing signs of improvement. They managed to put it all together that season, winning a then-franchise record 61 games. Jordan won the scoring title for a fifth consecutive season, but the team was no longer a one-man show of years past. Instead, Jor...
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers were coming off a stunning second round loss to the Phoenix Suns in the playoffs. Even though the Lakers won 63 games that season, and Magic Johnson won league MVP and surpassed Oscar Robertson for the all-time career assist record, it was clear that the team was growing weary of Pat Riley's intense approach. The Lakers replaced Riley with Mike Dunleavy, Sr., formerly an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks. Dunleavy then abandoned the trademark Showtime offensein favor of a mo...
Regular season series
Both teams split the two meetings, each won by the home team:
Michael Jordan started dominating with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists in the first quarter alone. In the second quarter, the Lakers continued to stay competitive despite Magic Johnson not attempting one field goal in the second quarter. Despite this, Magic Johnson would hit back-to-back 3 pointers in the third quarter to give the Lakers their largest lead, and also Magic Johnson's 29th career playoff triple-double. Jordan made a comeback in the fourth quarter with 13 points, but it was S...
The biggest decision of the game was putting Scottie Pippen on Magic Johnson, while Michael Jordan guarded Vlade Divac. For the Bulls, the hero was Horace Grant who led the Bulls with 14 first half points, while Jordan only had 2 points for the first 20 minutes; however, for Jordan, this shooting drought would only prove to be temporary and Jordan would hit his next 13 shots in compensation. The Lakers were in the game even when Chicago was leading 58-51 until Byron Scott fouled Pippen, and t...
The Bulls were having trouble in the frontcourt (in Game 1, the Lakers frontcourt outscored Chicago's 60-31). In Game 3, the Lakers would be the ones having trouble, setting a rebounding low in the Finals. Despite this problem, the Lakers went for an 18-2 run that brought them from 3 down (49-52) to 13 up (67-54). The Bulls would answer with a 20-7 run that would tie the game in the 4th quarter at 74. Horace Grant's layup gave the Bulls a 90-87 with 1:07 to play. Perkins then scored to cut th...Chicago BullsLos Angeles Lakers
As previously stated, this was the first Finals to be telecast in the United States by NBC. NBC Sports used Marv Albert on play-by-play and Mike Fratello as color analyst. Ahmad Rashād (for the Bulls) and Steve "Snapper" Jones (for the Lakers) served as sideline reporters. This was the only NBA Finals series in which recently departed Lakers coach Pat Riley worked as a broadcaster; he was paired with Bob Costas in the pre-game, half-time and post-game presentations. Riley was then hired as head coach by the New York Knicks in the 1991 offseason and would eventually win another title with the Miami Heat in 2006. In Chicago, this was Jim Durham's only Finals appearance as the Bulls' radio announcer (he also announced Bulls games on television via simulcast during the regular season and playoffs). He would later announce several NBA Finals games on ESPN Radio. Neil Funk succeeded Durham the following season and was the radio voice on five NBA Finals involving the Bulls (1992, 1993, 199...
The Bulls championship started the dynasty that lasted through the 1990s. In the 1991-92 NBA season the Bulls won their second straight NBA title, winning a then-franchise record 67 wins and defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in six games of the 1992 NBA Finals. The Lakers' Showtime era would end on November 7, 1991, as Magic Johnson announced his retirement due to the HIV virus. He did, however, play in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game and eventually with the Dream Team in the 1992 Summer Olympics. The Lakers would decline in the years following Magic's retirement, being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs two straight years (1992 - 1993) before missing the playoffs entirely in 1994. It would be nine years before the Lakers returned to the NBA Finals; by then they had moved to the new Staples Center, marking the 1991 Finals the last to be held at the Forum. Both teams came close to facing each other anew in the 1998 NBA Finals; however, the Lakers (by then led by Shaquille O'N...
- 1995 NBA Lockout
- Notable Occurrences
- 1995–96 NBA Changes
- Final Standings
- NBA Awards
The 1995 NBA lockout was the first lockout of four in the history of the NBA. When the previous collective bargaining agreement expired after the 1993–94 season, a no-strike, no-lockout agreement was made in October 1994, with a moratorium on signing or restructuring player contracts. That moratorium expired on June 15, 1995, one day after the NBA Finals concluded. The expansion draft (which was held on June 24) and the NBA draft (which was held on June 28) were allowed to take place, but all other league business, including trades, free-agent signings, contract extensions, and summer leagues were suspended from July 1 until September 12; no games were lost due to the lockout, as a new collective bargaining agreement was reached well before the start of the 1995–96 season.Among the key issues in the labor dispute were the salary cap, free agency, a rookie salary cap, and revenue sharing.The NBA established its first Canadian teams since the 1946–47 Toronto Huskies, as the Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies made their debuts as the NBA's 28th and 29th franchises. The Grizz...The Chicago Bulls finished the season with a combined regular season and postseason record of 87-13, the best in NBA history. Chicago's 72 wins remained an NBA record until 2015–16, when the Golden...The Miami Heat hired Pat Riley as the team's new head coach and president of basketball operations. Riley's first moves were the acquisition of Alonzo Mourning from the Charlotte Hornets for Glen R...NBA debuts for four future All-Stars Kevin Garnett, Michael Finley, Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse. Toronto Raptors point guard Damon Stoudamirewon Rookie of the Year.The Atlanta Hawkschanged their logo and uniforms, which featured the Hawks' logo on the front of the jerseys. The road jerseys were both red and black.The Boston Celtics moved into the FleetCenter.The Chicago Bullsgot new black alternate uniforms with pinstripes.The Houston Rocketschanged their logo and uniforms, adding pinstripes to their jerseys and navy to their color scheme.
1. NOTE: The Cleveland Cavaliers finished the 1995–96 NBA season with a 47–35 win-loss record along with a .573 win percentage, and finished 25 games behind the #1 seed Chicago Bulls. The Cavaliers also posted a 26–15 record at home, a 21–20 record on the road, and a 13–15 record against teams in the Central Division. Notes 1. z– Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs 2. c– Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs 3. y– Clinched division title 4. x– Clinched pl...
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 advantagedoes not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics. * Division winner Bold Series winner ItalicTeam with home-court advantage
1. NBA Most Valuable Player: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls 2. NBA Rookie of the Year: Damon Stoudamire, Toronto Raptors 3. NBA Defensive Player of the Year: Gary Payton, Seattle SuperSonics 4. Sixth Man of the Year: Toni Kukoč, Chicago Bulls 5. NBA Most Improved Player: Gheorghe Mureșan, Washington Bullets 6. NBA Coach of the Year: Phil Jackson, Chicago Bulls Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on NBA.com
Player of the week
The following players were named NBA Player of the Week.
Player of the month
The following players were named NBA Player of the Month.
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Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials MJ, is an American former professional basketball player and businessman. He is the principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball ...