HOME
The Info List - 2000 NBA Finals



--- Advertisement ---


(i) (i)

The 2000 NBA FINALS was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1999–2000 season , and the culmination of the season\'s playoffs . The Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
defeated the Eastern Conference champion Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
4 games to 2. Lakers center Shaquille O\'Neal was named the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the series, his first of three consecutive honors. The series was played under a best-of-seven format , with the Lakers holding home court advantage . Until 2008 , this was the most recent NBA Finals
NBA Finals
where both number one seeds from both conferences faced off in the final.

CONTENTS

* 1 Background

* 1.1 Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
* 1.2 Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
* 1.3 Road to the Finals * 1.4 Regular season series

* 2 2000 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
rosters

* 2.1 Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
* 2.2 Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers

* 3 Series summary

* 3.1 Game 1 * 3.2 Game 2 * 3.3 Game 3 * 3.4 Game 4 * 3.5 Game 5 * 3.6 Game 6

* 4 Player statistics * 5 Aftermath * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links

BACKGROUND

LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Although the Lakers were one of the more talented teams in the NBA the previous year, they failed to win a single game against the San Antonio Spurs in the 1999 NBA playoffs
NBA playoffs
. Twenty-four days after being swept by the eventual league champion , the Lakers signed Phil Jackson as head coach. Jackson, famous for coaching Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
and the six-time champion Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
, would build his triangle offense around Shaquille O\'Neal and Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
. General Manager Jerry West surrounded O'Neal and Bryant with effective role players such as Glen Rice , Ron Harper
Ron Harper
(who had experience with Jackson's triangle offense as part of the '96–'98 Bulls), and A. C. Green (member of the last two Lakers championship teams).

Along with these starters, the Lakers also possessed a strong bench. Robert Horry not only had championship experience with the Houston Rockets but also was a threat on the perimeter and a defensive star. Derek Fisher
Derek Fisher
was a defensively minded point-guard with the ability to shoot well from long range. Rick Fox
Rick Fox
, acquired after being released by the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
, was the Lakers' sixth man . With a healthy O'Neal, the Lakers dominated the regular season, with winning streaks of 11, 16, and 19 en route to a 67–15 record, tying the 1992 Chicago Bulls and 1986 Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
as the fifth best record in NBA regular season history.

Although many expected the Lakers to reach the Finals, the road would be a rocky one. In the first round, the Lakers won the first two games against the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
, only to drop the next two games in Sacramento
Sacramento
. The Lakers then defeated Sacramento
Sacramento
in Game 5 , 113–86, to face the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
in the conference semifinals. The Lakers clobbered the Suns, winning the series 4–1 (with their only loss coming in Game 4). In Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
, Rasheed Wallace
Rasheed Wallace
earned two technical fouls and was ejected; the Lakers took advantage of Wallace's absence and secured victory. The Trail Blazers stormed back in the next game, giving the Lakers their worst home loss of the season in a 106–77 shellacking. This setback did not affect Los Angeles, as they assembled a 3–1 series lead by winning the next two games in Portland . The Lakers underestimated the Trail Blazers, however. Led by former Jackson linchpin Scottie Pippen, Portland won back-to-back elimination games and forced a series-deciding Game 7. Amid several controversial foul calls by referee Dick Bavetta
Dick Bavetta
against members of the Trail Blazers, Portland relinquished a 75–60 fourth quarter lead. Rallying back with a 25–4 run, the Lakers won the game and secured a berth in the NBA Finals.

INDIANA PACERS

In the 1997–1998 NBA season , the Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
narrowly defeated the Pacers, 4 games to 3, in the Eastern Conference Finals. The 1998–1999 NBA season began with a lockout but saw Indiana return to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they fell to the New York Knicks . The 1999–2000 NBA season
1999–2000 NBA season
brought several major changes to the Pacers. It was their first season at Conseco Fieldhouse , as well as their first since 1993 without center Antonio Davis
Antonio Davis
, who was traded for the rights to the No. 5 overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. Jalen Rose replaced Chris Mullin in the starting line up, winning the NBA Most Improved Player award, while Austin Croshere replaced him as the sixth man.

The Pacers started the season 7–7 but eventually finished with an Eastern Conference best 56–26 record, including a franchise-best 25 game win streak at home. The Pacers, like the Lakers, struggled in the playoffs. They needed a clutch Travis Best three-pointer to dispatch the Milwaukee Bucks in five games. Indiana faced the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
in the second round and took the series in six games, earning a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Pacers would face their rival Knicks, winning a memorable six game series in a reversal of fortunes from years past. With the victory, Indiana advanced to the first NBA Finals
NBA Finals
in franchise history, becoming the second former ABA team to do so.

ROAD TO THE FINALS

Main article: 2000 NBA Playoffs
2000 NBA Playoffs

LOS ANGELES LAKERS (WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPION) INDIANA PACERS (EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPION)

# WESTERN CONFERENCE

* v * t * e

TEAM W L PCT GB

1 Z- Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
67 15 .817 –

2 Y-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 12

3 X- Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
59 23 .720 8

4 X- San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
53 29 .646 14

5 X- Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
53 29 .646 14

6 X-Minnesota Timberwolves 50 32 .610 17

7 X-Seattle SuperSonics 45 37 .549 22

8 X- Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
44 38 .537 23

9 Dallas Mavericks 40 42 .488 27

10 Denver Nuggets 35 47 .427 32

11 Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
34 48 .415 33

12 Vancouver Grizzlies 22 60 .268 45

13 Golden State Warriors 19 63 .232 48

14 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Clippers 15 67 .183 52

1st seed in the West, best league record REGULAR SEASON

# EASTERN CONFERENCE

* v * t * e

TEAM W L PCT GB

1 C- Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
56 26 .683 –

2 Y-Miami Heat 52 30 .634 4

3 X- New York Knicks
New York Knicks
50 32 .610 6

4 X-Charlotte Hornets 49 33 .598 7

5 X- Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
49 33 .598 7

6 X-Toronto Raptors 45 37 .549 11

7 X-Detroit Pistons 42 40 .512 14

8 X- Milwaukee Bucks 42 40 .512 14

9 Orlando Magic 41 41 .500 15

10 Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
35 47 .427 21

11 Cleveland Cavaliers 32 50 .390 24

12 New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets
31 51 .378 25

13 Washington Wizards 29 53 .354 27

14 Atlanta Hawks 28 54 .341 28

15 Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
17 65 .207 39

1st seed in the East, 3rd best league record

Defeated the (8) Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
, 3–2 FIRST ROUND Defeated the (8) Milwaukee Bucks , 3–2

Defeated the (5) Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
, 4–1 CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS Defeated the (4) Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
, 4–2

Defeated the (3) Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
, 4–3 CONFERENCE FINALS Defeated the (3) New York Knicks
New York Knicks
, 4–2

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

Both teams split the two meetings, each won by the home team:

January 14, 2000

Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
102, INDIANA PACERS 111

Conseco Fieldhouse , Indianapolis
Indianapolis

March 3, 2000

Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
92, LOS ANGELES LAKERS 107

Staples Center
Staples Center
, Los Angeles
Los Angeles

2000 NBA FINALS ROSTERS

LOS ANGELES LAKERS

2000 LOS ANGELES LAKERS FINALS ROSTER

PLAYERS COACHES

POS. # NAT. NAME HT. WT. FROM

2.5 !G/F 7000800000000000000♠8 USA ! Bryant, Kobe (C) 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg)

Lower Merion HS (PA)

1.5 !G 7001110000000000000♠11 USA ! Celestand, John (IN) 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 178 lb (81 kg)

Villanova

1.5 !G 7000200000000000000♠2 USA ! Fisher, Derek 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg)

Arkansas–Little Rock

4.0 !F 7001170000000000000♠17 CAN ! Fox, Rick 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg)

North Carolina

4.0 !F 7000300000000000000♠3 USA ! George, Devean 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg)

Augsburg

4.0 !F 7001450000000000000♠45 USA ! Green, A.C. 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg)

Oregon State

1.5 !G 7000400000000000000♠4 USA ! Harper, Ron 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg)

Miami (OH)

4.0 !F 7000500000000000000♠5 USA ! Horry, Robert 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg)

Alabama

6.0 !C 7001400000000000000♠40 USA ! Knight, Travis 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg)

Connecticut

1.5 !G 7001100000000000000♠10 USA ! Lue, Tyronn 7000182880000000000♠6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg)

Nebraska

6.0 !C 7001340000000000000♠34 USA ! O\'Neal, Shaquille (C) 7000215899999999999♠7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 338 lb (153 kg)

LSU

4.0 !F 7001410000000000000♠41 USA ! Rice, Glen 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg)

Michigan

5.5 !F/C 7001160000000000000♠16 USA ! Salley, John 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 190 lb (86 kg)

Georgia Tech

1.5 !G 7001200000000000000♠20 USA ! Shaw, Brian 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg)

UC Santa Barbara

Head coach

* * Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
(North Dakota )

Assistant coach(es)

* * Tex Winter
Tex Winter
(Southern California ) * * Jim Cleamons (Ohio State ) * * Frank Hamblen
Frank Hamblen
(Syracuse )

------------------------- Legend

* (C) Team captain * (DP) Unsigned draft pick * (FA) Free agent * (S) Suspended * Injured

-------------------------

Roster • Transactions Last transaction: 1999-11-12

INDIANA PACERS

2000 INDIANA PACERS FINALS ROSTER

PLAYERS COACHES

POS. # NAT. NAME HT. WT. FROM

4.0 !F 7001240000000000000♠24 USA ! Bender, Jonathan 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 202 lb (92 kg)

Picayune Memorial HS (MS)

1.5 !G 7000400000000000000♠4 USA ! Best, Travis 7000180340000000000♠5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 182 lb (83 kg)

Georgia Tech

4.0 !F 7001440000000000000♠44 USA ! Croshere, Austin 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg)

Providence

5.5 !F/C 7001320000000000000♠32 USA ! Davis, Dale 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg)

Clemson

5.5 !F/C 7001100000000000000♠10 USA ! Foster, Jeff 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 236 lb (107 kg)

Texas State

4.0 !F 7000300000000000000♠3 USA ! Harrington, Al 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg)

St. Patrick HS (NJ)

1.5 !G 7001130000000000000♠13 USA ! Jackson, Mark 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg)

St. John\'s

4.0 !F 7000900000000000000♠9 USA ! McKey, Derrick 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg)

Alabama

2.5 !G/F 7001310000000000000♠31 USA ! Miller, Reggie 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg)

UCLA

2.5 !G/F 7001170000000000000♠17 USA ! Mullin, Chris 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg)

St. John\'s

5.5 !F/C 7001140000000000000♠14 USA ! Perkins, Sam 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg)

North Carolina

2.5 !G/F 7000500000000000000♠5 USA ! Rose, Jalen 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg)

Michigan

6.0 !C 7001450000000000000♠45 NED ! Smits, Rik 7000223520000000000♠7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 250 lb (113 kg)

Marist

6.0 !C 7001550000000000000♠55 CRO ! Tabak, Žan 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg)

Croatia
Croatia

Head coach

* * Larry Bird
Larry Bird
(Indiana State )

Assistant coach(es)

* * Rick Carlisle
Rick Carlisle
(Virginia ) * * Dick Harter
Dick Harter
(Pennsylvania )

------------------------- Legend

* (C) Team captain * (DP) Unsigned draft pick * (FA) Free agent * (S) Suspended * Injured

-------------------------

Roster • Transactions

SERIES SUMMARY

GAME DATE HOME TEAM RESULT ROAD TEAM

Game 1 Wednesday, June 7 LOS ANGELES LAKERS 104–87 (1–0) Indiana Pacers

Game 2 Friday, June 9 LOS ANGELES LAKERS 111–104 (2–0) Indiana Pacers

Game 3 Sunday, June 11 INDIANA PACERS 100–91 (1–2) Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers

Game 4 Wednesday, June 14 Indiana Pacers 118–120 OT (1–3) LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Game 5 Friday, June 16 INDIANA PACERS 120–87 (2–3) Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers

Game 6 Monday, June 19 LOS ANGELES LAKERS 116–111 (4–2) Indiana Pacers

The Finals were played using a 2–3–2 site format , where the team with home court advantage would receive the first two games and the last two games at home. The NBA, after experimenting in the early years, restored this original format for the Finals in 1985. So far, the other playoff series are still running on a 2–2–1–1–1 site format.

This was the second time a Finals game was played on a Monday night since the NBA switched to the Wednesday-Friday-Sunday rotation in 1991. In the previous five series ('92–'94, '96, '98) that needed a Game 6, the game was played on a Sunday. In this series, however, the NBA chose to play the game the Monday night after Father's Day. The previous Finals game played on a Monday night was Game 3 in 1999 .

GAME 1

NBC

June 7

Recap at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived February 10, 2001)

Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
87, LOS ANGELES LAKERS 104

SCORING BY QUARTER: 18–33, 25–22, 28–22, 16–27

PTS: Mark Jackson 18 REBS: Dale Davis 8 ASTS: Mark Jackson 7 PTS: Shaquille O\'Neal 43 REBS: Shaquille O\'Neal 19 ASTS: Bryant , Harper 5 each

LOS ANGELES LEADS THE SERIES, 1–0

Staples Center
Staples Center
, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
ATTENDANCE: 18,997 REFEREES:

* No. 43 Dan Crawford * No. 35 Jack Nies * No. 31 Terry Durham

The Lakers dominated from the start. The Lakers shot 15-for-20 (75%) in the first period while the Pacers shot only 7-for-20 (35%). Reggie Miller would miss all of his shots in the first quarter to give the Lakers a 15-point lead. Austin Croshere came off the bench to keep the Pacers alive in the 2nd quarter, scoring 9 points and grabbing 4 rebounds in the quarter. Although the Pacers attempted a comeback in the 2nd quarter, they were still down by 12. In the 3rd quarter, it would be Mark Jackson who led the Pacers to a comeback, cutting the Lakers lead by 2. Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
also hit his first field goal in the 3rd quarter, though it would be his last. The Lakers handled the Pacers in the final quarter, with a 13–2 run winning by 17 points. Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal
scored 43 points and grabbed 19 rebounds.

GAME 2

NBC

June 9

Recap at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived February 10, 2001)

Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
104, LOS ANGELES LAKERS 111

SCORING BY QUARTER: 28–28, 21–24, 20–21, 35–38

PTS: Jalen Rose
Jalen Rose
30 REBS: Dale Davis 10 ASTS: Mark Jackson 8 PTS: Shaquille O\'Neal 40 REBS: Shaquille O\'Neal 24 ASTS: Brian Shaw
Brian Shaw
7

LOS ANGELES LEADS THE SERIES, 2–0

Staples Center
Staples Center
, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
ATTENDANCE: 18,997 REFEREES:

* No. 17 Joe Crawford * No. 15 Bennett Salvatore * No. 32 Ed F. Rush

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and Indiana were evenly matched for the first quarter, both scoring 28. However, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
suffered a major setback when Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
left the game in the 2nd quarter due to a sprained ankle and did not return. Jalen Rose
Jalen Rose
later admitted that he intentionally stuck out his foot when Kobe shot a jumpshot in order to trip him when he landed. Ron Harper
Ron Harper
went in for Bryant and scored 21 points for the game. Desperate to try to gain the lead, Larry Bird
Larry Bird
resorted to the " Hack-a-Shaq
Hack-a-Shaq
" strategy. Shaq shot 39 free throws, making only 18, an NBA record for most free throws attempted. Despite this low percentage, Shaq made 9 of 16 in the 4th quarter to keep a Lakers lead. The Pacers cut the lead to 99–96 and were looking to foul Shaq, but when Shaq got the ball he passed to Robert Horry who converted not only the layup, but the foul shot as well giving them a 102–96 lead en route to a 111–104 Lakers victory.

GAME 3

NBC

June 11

Recap at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived February 4, 2001)

Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
91, INDIANA PACERS 100

SCORING BY QUARTER: 15–23, 27–30, 24–26, 25–21

PTS: Shaquille O\'Neal 33 REBS: Shaquille O\'Neal 13 ASTS: Derek Fisher
Derek Fisher
10 PTS: Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
33 REBS: Dale Davis 12 ASTS: Mark Jackson 6

LOS ANGELES LEADS THE SERIES, 2–1

Conseco Fieldhouse , Indianapolis
Indianapolis
ATTENDANCE: 18,345 REFEREES:

* No. 10 Ron Garretson * No. 7 Bernie Fryer * No. 25 Hugh Evans

Taking advantage of Kobe Bryant's ankle injury, Indiana restored a semblance of parity to the proceedings. Kobe's absence was felt as the Pacers had an 11–2 run in the first quarter to take an 8-point lead. Austin Croshere once again had another huge 2nd quarter, scoring 8 points as the Pacers shot 61% from the field. The Lakers tried to make a run to get back into the game, but upon doings so, Indiana answered with 12 straight points and led by 17. The Lakers were desperate and attempted another run to get within 3 points, but Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
nailed all his free throws at the end of the game to give Indiana a 9-point win.

GAME 4

NBC

June 14

Recap at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived February 4, 2001)

LOS ANGELES LAKERS 120, Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
118 (OT)

SCORING BY QUARTER: 23–33, 28–21, 29–23, 24–27, OVERTIME: 16–14

PTS: Shaquille O\'Neal 36 REBS: Shaquille O\'Neal 21 ASTS: Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
5 PTS: Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
35 REBS: Dale Davis 8 ASTS: Mark Jackson 8

LOS ANGELES LEADS THE SERIES, 3–1

Conseco Fieldhouse , Indianapolis
Indianapolis
ATTENDANCE: 18,345 REFEREES:

* No. 27 Dick Bavetta * No. 29 Steve Javie * No. 34 Ronnie Nunn

The Pacers took a quick 9–2 lead due to Rik Smits
Rik Smits
hitting his first four shots. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
attempted to play with his sore ankle but only managed to score 6 points in the first half. Even though Bryant and O'Neal were in foul trouble in the first half (each picking up his third with 5 minutes remaining in the second quarter), Indiana could not take advantage and did not extend their lead. This would be a problem as Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
scored 10 points and the Lakers took a 62–60 lead due to a Glen Rice three-pointer. The game remained close going into the fourth quarter, when O'Neal and Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
scored 14 and 13 points respectively, sending the game into overtime. Midway through overtime, O'Neal committed his sixth foul but 21-year-old Bryant delivered three clutch shots, as the Lakers were able to overcome back-up center John Salley
John Salley
's inability to effectively defend Smits. Smits and Miller scored all 14 of Indiana's OT points, but it was not enough to overcome as Miller missed a last-second three-pointer, and L.A. was able to pull one out in Indianapolis.

GAME 5

NBC

June 16

Recap at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived February 4, 2001)

Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
87, INDIANA PACERS 120

SCORING BY QUARTER: 28–39, 17–25, 22–22, 20–34

PTS: Shaquille O\'Neal 35 REBS: Shaquille O\'Neal 11 ASTS: Ron Harper
Ron Harper
5 PTS: Jalen Rose
Jalen Rose
32 REBS: Austin Croshere 9 ASTS: Mark Jackson 7

LOS ANGELES LEADS THE SERIES, 3–2

Conseco Fieldhouse , Indianapolis
Indianapolis
ATTENDANCE: 18,345 REFEREES:

* No. 15 Bennett Salvatore * No. 35 Jack Nies * No. 43 Dan Crawford

Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
and the Pacers dominated the game from the start in what would be Larry Bird's last game as a coach in the state of Indiana. Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
came out and made 5 straight shots including a 4-point play. The Pacers hit their first 6 three point shots in the game. The Pacers would have a 20-point lead in the 2nd quarter, and eventually won by 33 – it was the worst Lakers NBA Finals
NBA Finals
loss since the 148–114 loss to Boston in the 1985 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
, known as the "Memorial Day Massacre."

With their loss in Game 5, the Lakers record in close-out games dropped to 3–6 in the 2000 NBA Playoffs
2000 NBA Playoffs
(the other losses coming in Games 3 and 4 in the first round against Sacramento, Game 4 in the series against Phoenix, and Games 5 and 6 versus Portland). As a result, the series returned to California.

GAME 6

NBC

June 19

Recap at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived February 10, 2001)

Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
111, LOS ANGELES LAKERS 116

SCORING BY QUARTER: 26–24, 30–29, 28–26, 27–37

PTS: Jalen Rose
Jalen Rose
29 REBS: Dale Davis 14 ASTS: Mark Jackson 11 PTS: Shaquille O\'Neal 41 REBS: Shaquille O\'Neal 12 ASTS: Ron Harper
Ron Harper
9

LOS ANGELES WINS THE SERIES, 4–2

Staples Center
Staples Center
, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
ATTENDANCE: 18,997 REFEREES:

* No. 25 Hugh Evans * No. 10 Ron Garretson * No. 17 Joe Crawford

After the two teams traded blows in the first quarter, Mark Jackson concluded the period with a turn-around half-court shot at the buzzer to give the Pacers a 26–24 advantage. They would not relinquish their lead until the fourth quarter. In the first half, the Pacers would lead by as many as twelve points. However, the Lakers chipped away and entered intermission trailing 56–53. Indiana, however, added two more points to their lead, and entered the final period in a position to force a decisive seventh game.

In the fourth quarter, the momentum shifted. The Lakers got four timely three-pointers from Derek Fisher, Robert Horry, and Rick Fox. The turning point occurred on a play where Brian Shaw
Brian Shaw
stole the ball from Jalen Rose, leading to a fast break where Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal
hit an off-balance shot to give the Lakers the lead. The Pacers never led after that point.

The Lakers would build a seven-point lead, but the Pacers fought back to tie the score at 103. After a timeout, the Lakers scored six unanswered points to regain control. The Pacers made one final valiant effort, but it fell short and the Lakers clinched their first championship in twelve years. Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal
led all scorers with 41 points and also pulled down 12 rebounds. He was awarded the Finals MVP.

PLAYER STATISTICS

LEGEND

GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game

FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage

RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game

BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game

Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers

PLAYER GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Bryant, Kobe Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
5 5 35.2 .367 .200 .909 4.6 4.2 1.0 1.4 15.6

Fisher, Derek Derek Fisher
Derek Fisher
6 0 18.7 .429 .583 .833 1.0 3.8 0.8 0.0 6.0

Fox, Rick Rick Fox
Rick Fox
6 0 17.3 .611 .625 .867 1.7 1.0 0.5 0.0 6.7

George, Devean Devean George 1 0 3.0 .000 .000 .500 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0

Green, A. C. A. C. Green 6 6 17.2 .571 .000 .857 3.3 0.5 0.2 0.0 5.0

Harper, Ron Ron Harper
Ron Harper
6 6 30.7 .464 .400 .700 3.3 4.8 1.3 0.2 10.8

Horry, Robert Robert Horry 6 0 30.3 .512 .200 .727 5.2 2.8 0.8 1.0 9.2

Knight, TravisTravis Knight 4 0 2.3 .667 .000 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.3

O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O\'Neal 6 6 45.5 .611 .000 .387 16.7 2.3 1.0 2.7 38.0

Rice, Glen Glen Rice 6 6 32.2 .400 .632 .650 2.5 1.7 0.8 0.2 11.5

Salley, John John Salley
John Salley
4 0 3.3 .667 .000 .000 0.8 0.0 0.3 0.0 1.0

Shaw, Brian Brian Shaw
Brian Shaw
6 1 18.8 .216 .000 1.000 2.8 2.8 0.3 0.0 3.0

Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers

PLAYER GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Bender, Jonathan Jonathan Bender 2 0 3.0 .667 .000 .750 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 3.5

Best, Travis Travis Best 6 0 16.3 .467 .500 .833 1.2 2.2 0.7 0.2 5.8

Croshere, Austin Austin Croshere 6 0 24.2 .545 .400 .867 6.0 0.8 0.3 1.0 15.2

Davis, DaleDale Davis 6 6 29.5 .575 .000 .545 10.0 1.0 0.3 1.0 8.7

Jackson, MarkMark Jackson 6 6 31.0 .413 .400 0.8 5.3 7.7 0.8 0.0 9.7

McKey, Derrick Derrick McKey 6 0 12.0 .500 .500 .667 3.2 0.2 0.3 0.2 1.8

Miller, Reggie Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
6 6 42.0 .413 .375 .978 2.7 3.7 0.8 0.3 24.3

Mullin, ChrisChris Mullin 3 0 4.0 .500 .000 .667 .000 0.3 0.3 0.3 1.3

Perkins, Sam Sam Perkins
Sam Perkins
6 0 21.8 .379 .478 .750 4.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 6.0

Rose, Jalen Jalen Rose
Jalen Rose
6 6 43.2 .467 .500 .833 4.5 3.0 0.8 0.3 23.0

Smits, Rik Rik Smits
Rik Smits
6 6 19.3 .466 .000 1.000 4.0 0.5 0.5 1.2 10.0

Tabak, Žan Žan Tabak 3 0 3.7 .500 .000 .000 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7

AFTERMATH

This was the first NBA championship for the Lakers since 1988 . It was also the first major professional sports championship for the city of Los Angeles
Los Angeles
since that same year, when the Dodgers won the 1988 World Series . This championship came in the Lakers' first year in their new arena, Staples Center
Staples Center
.

The Lakers went on to score a 'three-peat' when they won the NBA championship in 2001 and 2002 , making them the first team to open a new arena with three straight NBA championships. However, the Lakers were unable to score home-court advantage throughout the playoffs in the latter two, yielding them to the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
and Sacramento Kings , respectively. In addition, the Lakers were able to beat both of them in the Conference Finals. They won the championship over the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
and New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets
, respectively.

The series would be the Pacers' only finals appearance to date. The Pacers would rebuild in the subsequent season. Retiring center Rik Smits was replaced by future NBA All-Star Jermaine O\'Neal , acquired from Portland in the deal for Dale Davis . Mark Jackson and Chris Mullin both left as free-agents. Larry Bird
Larry Bird
resigned as head coach; he would later resurface as President of Basketball Operations in 2003 . The Pacers continued to make the playoffs every season until 2006 , the year after Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
retired.

SEE ALSO

* 2000 NBA Playoffs
2000 NBA Playoffs

REFERENCES

* ^ "Lakers plan Shaquille O\'Neal statue at Staples Center". UPI. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ Dawidoff, Nicholas (2015-06-23). "The Obtuse Triangle". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331 . Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "NBA Ironman Proud to Be a Virgin Until 38". ABC News. 2006-01-06. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ " Robert Horry is a Hall of Famer. This should not even be a debate.". The Dream Shake. 2016-09-17. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ Howard-Cooper, Scott (1997-08-27). "Fox Hunt Finally Over for Lakers". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. ISSN 0458-3035 . Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ Abrams, Jonathan (2014-05-07). "All the Kings’ Men". Grantland. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "2000 NBA Western Conference First Round Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "Suns torch Lakers\' broom". The Baltimore Sun. 2000-05-15. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "2000 NBA Western Conference Semifinals Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ Spousta, Tom (2000-05-23). "Blazers Turn the Tables in Game 2". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331 . Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "Blazers tied in West". St. Petersburg Times. 2000-05-23. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "Lakers have Blazers singing a different tune". The Baltimore Sun. 2000-05-31. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ Smith, Sam (2000-06-01). "Phil Vs. Scottie As Entertaining As Blazers Vs. Lakers". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "2000 NBA Western Conference Finals Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ Craggs, Tommy (2009-10-28). "Excerpts From The Book The NBA Doesn\'t Want You To Read". Deadspin. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "Lakers Rally Past Blazers". CBS News. 2000-06-05. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "Top 10 Lakers playoffs moments: Kobe-to-Shaq cements Game 7 comeback against Portland". ESPN.com. 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "All Things Lakers - 1999-2000 Season". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "Bulls\' run not done Chicago rebounds to knock out Pacers in Game 7, 88-83". The Baltimore Sun. 1998-06-01. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "1998–99 Indiana Pacers". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ Benbow, Dana (2014-11-06). "15 years ago: Pacers\' first game in Conseco Fieldhouse". Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Star. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "Pacers, Raptors Finalize Trade". CBS News. 1999-08-01. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "\'Most Improved\' Rose Could Improve Bulls". The Chicago Tribune. 2016-05-25. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ Morwick, Rick (2011-01-06). "Former Pacers player becoming at ease in front of camera". Daily Journal. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "1999-00 Indiana Pacers". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ Smith, Sam (2000-05-05). "Best\'s 3, Miller\'s 41 Rescue Pacers". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "2000 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ Bolch, Ben (2013-05-04). " NBA playoffs
NBA playoffs
preview: Knicks vs. Pacers". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. ISSN 0458-3035 . Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "2000 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ Bresnahan, Mike (March 14, 2013). " Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
sprains left ankle in Lakers loss, out indefinitely". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. Archived from the original on March 14, 2013. * ^ Ryan, Chris (March 14, 2013). " Jalen Rose
Jalen Rose
on That Time He Intentionally Tried to Injure Kobe Bryant". grantland.com. Archived from the original on March 14, 2013. * ^ Grantland, Channel. " Jalen Rose
Jalen Rose
on Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
and Karma". Retrieved 18 September 2012. * ^ Babb, Kent (2015-06-13). "That time when Shaquille O’Neal turned in the most dominant NBA Finals
NBA Finals
performance ever". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286 . Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "First Time in Thirteen Year History of STAPLES Center Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
and Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Clippers All Qualify for the Playoffs in the Same Season STAPLES Center". STAPLES Center. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ Dilbeck, Steve (June 13, 2002). "One More Three Peat; Jackson Tickled by his Ninth Championship and Ready More". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Daily News. p. S5. * ^ Brunner, Conrad (2001-08-31). "Pacers Acquire O\'Neal, Kleine". The Official Site of the Indiana Pacers. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ "2000–2001 Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
Transactions History". RealGM. Retrieved 2016-01-30. * ^ " Larry Bird
Larry Bird
American basketball player and coach". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2016-01-30.

EXTERNAL LINKS

* NBA History * Official Website on NBA.com at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived August 15, 2000) * 2000 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
on YouTube
YouTube
* NBA Basketball Stat Reference

* v * t * e

NBA Finals
NBA Finals

* Champions * O\'Brien Trophy * Most Valuable Player Award * Brown

.