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The 2003–04 NBA season
2003–04 NBA season
was the 58th season of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association. The season ended with the Detroit Pistons defeating the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
4-1 in the 2004 NBA Finals.

Contents

1 Events 2 Coaching 3 Standings

3.1 By division 3.2 By conference

4 Playoffs 5 Statistics leaders 6 Awards

6.1 Yearly awards 6.2 Players of the month 6.3 Rookies of the month 6.4 Coaches of the month

7 References

Events[edit] This was the final season for the original two-division format in both the Eastern and Western Conferences, before each of the conferences added a third division the following season. As a result, this would also be the final season for the NBA Midwest Division, as the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
were that division's last champion. The All-Star Game was held at the Staples Center
Staples Center
in Los Angeles. The West won 136-132; Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal
was named Most Valuable Player. For the first time in 21 years the Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
did not make the playoffs, ending the second longest streak in NBA history. For the first time in 20 years the Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
did not make the playoffs, ending the third longest streak in NBA history. Prior to the start of the season, Karl Malone
Karl Malone
and Gary Payton
Gary Payton
took major paycuts to leave their teams and join Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
and Shaquille O'Neal on the Lakers for a chance at a possible NBA title. However, that title chase came to an end in the NBA Finals, as the Detroit Pistons won 4-1. Behind their "Big Three" of Kevin Garnett, Latrell Sprewell, and Sam Cassell, the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
amassed the best record in the Western Conference, and were expected to finally win a first round playoff series. They won two and advanced to the Western Conference Finals, which they lost to the Lakers. It would be their last playoff appearance, beginning a playoff drought that as of 2016 has lasted for twelve years. LeBron James
LeBron James
(1st overall to Cleveland), Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony
(3rd overall to Denver), Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh
(4th overall to Toronto), and Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade
(5th overall to Miami), among others, formed one of the strongest drafts in NBA history. Among the highly touted rookies, Anthony and Wade led their teams to the playoffs, and Wade's play pushed the Heat into the second round. James went on to win NBA Rookie of the Year. Anthony became the first NBA rookie to lead a playoff team in scoring since David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
during the 1989–90 season. Tracy McGrady
Tracy McGrady
was the first scoring leader since Bernard King in 1984–85 whose team did not make the playoffs. Coaching[edit]

Coaching changes

Offseason

Team 2002–03 coach 2003–04 coach

Cleveland Cavaliers Keith Smart Paul Silas

Detroit Pistons Rick Carlisle Larry Brown

Houston Rockets Rudy Tomjanovich Jeff Van Gundy

Indiana Pacers Isiah Thomas Rick Carlisle

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Clippers Dennis Johnson Mike Dunleavy, Sr.

Miami Heat Pat Riley Stan Van Gundy

Milwaukee Bucks George Karl Terry Porter

New Orleans Hornets Paul Silas Tim Floyd

Philadelphia 76ers Larry Brown Randy Ayers

Toronto Raptors Lenny Wilkens Kevin O'Neill

Washington Wizards Doug Collins Eddie Jordan

In-season

Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach

Boston Celtics Jim O'Brien John Carroll

Chicago Bulls Bill Cartwright Pete Myers

Pete Myers Scott Skiles

New Jersey Nets Byron Scott Lawrence Frank

New York Knicks Don Chaney Herb Williams

Herb Williams Lenny Wilkens

Orlando Magic Doc Rivers Johnny Davis

Philadelphia 76ers Randy Ayers Chris Ford

Phoenix Suns Frank Johnson Mike D'Antoni

Standings[edit] By division[edit]

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div

y-New Jersey Nets 47 35 .573 – 28–13 19–22 18–7

x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 5 29–12 13–28 15–10

x-New York Knicks 39 43 .476 8 23–18 16–25 15–7

x-Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 11 19–22 17–24 14–10

Philadelphia 76ers 33 49 .402 14 21–20 12–29 10–14

Washington Wizards 25 57 .305 22 17–24 8–33 3–21

Orlando Magic 21 61 .256 26 11–30 10–31 8–16

Central Division

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div

y-Indiana Pacers 61 21 .744 – 34–7 27–14 20–8

x-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 7 31–10 23–18 17–11

x-New Orleans Hornets 41 41 .500 20 25–16 16–25 14–14

x-Milwaukee Bucks 41 41 .500 20 27–14 14–27 15–13

Cleveland Cavaliers 35 47 .427 26 23–18 12–29 14–14

Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 28 18–23 15–26 11–17

Atlanta Hawks 28 54 .341 33 18–23 10–31 10–18

Chicago Bulls 23 59 .280 38 14–27 9–32 11–17

Western Conference

Midwest Division

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div

y-Minnesota Timberwolves 58 24 .707 – 31–10 27–14 14–10

x-San Antonio Spurs 57 25 .695 1 33–8 24–17 15–9

x-Dallas Mavericks 52 30 .634 6 36–5 16–25 14–10

x-Memphis Grizzlies 50 32 .610 8 31–10 19–22 12–12

x-Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 13 27–14 18–23 8–16

x-Denver Nuggets 43 39 .524 15 29–12 14–27 11–13

Utah Jazz 42 40 .512 16 28–13 14–27 10–14

Pacific Division

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div

y- Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers 56 26 .683 – 34–7 22–19 15–9

x-Sacramento Kings 55 27 .671 1 34–7 21–20 16–8

Portland Trail Blazers 41 41 .500 15 25–16 16–25 13–11

Seattle SuperSonics 37 45 .451 19 21–20 16–25 11–13

Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 19 27–14 10–31 12–12

Phoenix Suns 29 53 .354 27 18–23 11–30 9–15

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Clippers 28 54 .341 28 18–23 10–31 8–16

By conference[edit]

# Eastern Conference

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Team W L PCT GB

1 z-Indiana Pacers 61 21 .744 –

2 y-New Jersey Nets 47 35 .573 14

3 x-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 7

4 x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 19

5 x-New Orleans Hornets 41 41 .500 20

6 x-Milwaukee Bucks 41 41 .500 20

7 x-New York Knicks 39 43 .476 22

8 x-Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 25

9 Cleveland Cavaliers 35 47 .427 26

10 Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 28

11 Philadelphia 76ers 33 49 .402 28

12 Atlanta Hawks 28 54 .341 33

13 Washington Wizards 25 57 .305 36

14 Chicago Bulls 23 59 .280 37

15 Orlando Magic 21 61 .256 39

# Western Conference

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Team W L PCT GB

1 c-Minnesota Timberwolves 58 24 .707 –

2 y- Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers 56 26 .683 2

3 x-San Antonio Spurs 57 25 .695 1

4 x-Sacramento Kings 55 27 .671 3

5 x-Dallas Mavericks 52 30 .634 6

6 x-Memphis Grizzlies 50 32 .610 8

7 x-Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 13

8 x-Denver Nuggets 43 39 .524 15

9 Utah Jazz 42 40 .512 16

10 Portland Trail Blazers 41 41 .500 17

11 Seattle SuperSonics 37 45 .451 21

12 Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 21

13 Phoenix Suns 29 53 .354 29

14 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Clippers 28 54 .341 30

Notes

z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs y – Clinched division title x – Clinched playoff spot

Playoffs[edit] 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 enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics. Main article: 2004 NBA Playoffs

  Conference Quarterfinals

Conference Semifinals

Conference Finals

NBA Finals

                                     

E1 Indiana* 4  

E8 Boston 0  

  E1 Indiana* 4  

  E4 Miami 2  

E4 Miami 4

E5 New Orleans 3  

  E1 Indiana* 2  

Eastern Conference

  E3 Detroit 4  

E3 Detroit 4  

E6 Milwaukee 1  

  E3 Detroit 4

  E2 New Jersey* 3  

E2 New Jersey* 4

E7 New York 0  

  E3 Detroit 4

  W2 LA Lakers* 1

W1 Minnesota* 4  

W8 Denver 1  

  W1 Minnesota* 4

  W4 Sacramento 3  

W4 Sacramento 4

W5 Dallas 1  

  W1 Minnesota* 2

Western Conference

  W2 LA Lakers* 4  

W3 San Antonio 4  

W6 Memphis 0  

  W3 San Antonio 2

  W2 LA Lakers* 4  

W2 LA Lakers* 4

W7 Houston 1  

* Division winner Bold Series winner Italic Team with home-court advantage This bracket:

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Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat

Points per game Tracy McGrady Orlando Magic 28.0

Rebounds per game Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves 13.9

Assists per game Jason Kidd New Jersey Nets 9.2

Steals per game Baron Davis New Orleans Hornets 2.36

Blocks per game Theo Ratliff Portland Trail Blazers 3.61

FG% Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers .584

FT% Peja Stojaković Sacramento Kings .927

3FG% Anthony Peeler Sacramento Kings .482

Awards[edit] Yearly awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves Rookie of the Year: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers Defensive Player of the Year: Ron Artest, Indiana Pacers Sixth Man of the Year: Antawn Jamison, Dallas Mavericks Most Improved Player: Zach Randolph, Portland Trail Blazers Coach of the Year: Hubie Brown, Memphis Grizzlies Executive of the Year: Jerry West, Memphis Grizzlies Sportsmanship Award: P. J. Brown, New Orleans Hornets J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award: Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers

All-NBA First Team:

F – Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves F – Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs C – Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers G – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers G – Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets

All-NBA Second Team:

F – Peja Stojaković, Sacramento Kings F – Jermaine O'Neal, Indiana Pacers C – Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons G – Tracy McGrady, Orlando Magic G – Sam Cassell, Minnesota Timberwolves

All-NBA Third Team

F – Ron Artest, Indiana Pacers F – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks C – Yao Ming, Houston Rockets G – Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks G – Baron Davis, New Orleans Hornets

NBA All-Defensive First Team:

F – Ron Artest, Indiana Pacers F – Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves C – Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons G – Bruce Bowen, San Antonio Spurs G – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

F – Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz F – Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs C – Theo Ratliff, Portland Trail Blazers G – Doug Christie, Sacramento Kings G – Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets

NBA All-Rookie First Team:

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors Kirk Hinrich, Chicago Bulls

All-Rookie Second Team:

Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat Marquis Daniels, Dallas Mavericks Jarvis Hayes, Washington Wizards Josh Howard, Dallas Mavericks T. J. Ford, Milwaukee Bucks

Players of the month[edit] The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference

1October – November Davis, Baron Baron Davis
Baron Davis
(New Orleans Hornets) (1/1) Stojaković, Peja Peja Stojaković
Peja Stojaković
(Sacramento Kings) (1/1)

2December O'Neal, Jermaine Jermaine O'Neal
Jermaine O'Neal
(Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Garnett, Kevin Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
(Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/4)

3January Redd, Michael Michael Redd
Michael Redd
(Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Garnett, Kevin Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
(Minnesota Timberwolves) (2/4)

4February Martin, Kenyon Kenyon Martin
Kenyon Martin
(New Jersey Nets) (1/1) Garnett, Kevin Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
(Minnesota Timberwolves) (3/4)

5March Odom, Lamar Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom
(Miami Heat) (1/1) Bryant, Kobe Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
( Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers) (1/1)

6April Magloire, Jamaal Jamaal Magloire
Jamaal Magloire
(New Orleans Hornets) (1/1) Garnett, Kevin Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
(Minnesota Timberwolves) (4/4)

Rookies of the month[edit] The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference

1October – November James, LeBron LeBron James
LeBron James
(Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/6) Anthony, Carmelo Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony
(Denver Nuggets) (1/6)

2December James, LeBron LeBron James
LeBron James
(Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/6) Anthony, Carmelo Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony
(Denver Nuggets) (2/6)

3January James, LeBron LeBron James
LeBron James
(Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/6) Anthony, Carmelo Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony
(Denver Nuggets) (3/6)

4February James, LeBron LeBron James
LeBron James
(Cleveland Cavaliers) (4/6) Anthony, Carmelo Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony
(Denver Nuggets) (4/6)

5March James, LeBron LeBron James
LeBron James
(Cleveland Cavaliers) (5/6) Anthony, Carmelo Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony
(Denver Nuggets) (5/6)

6April James, LeBron LeBron James
LeBron James
(Cleveland Cavaliers) (6/6) Anthony, Carmelo Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony
(Denver Nuggets) (6/6)

Coaches of the month[edit] The following coaches were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference

1October – November Carlisle, Rick Rick Carlisle
Rick Carlisle
(Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Jackson, Phil Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
( Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers) (1/1)

2December Scott, ByronByron Scott (New Jersey Nets) (1/1) Popovich, Gregg Gregg Popovich
Gregg Popovich
(San Antonio Spurs) (1/1)

3January Brown, LarryLarry Brown (Detroit Pistons) (1/2) Adelman, Rick Rick Adelman
Rick Adelman
(Sacramento Kings) (1/1)

4February Frank, Lawrence Lawrence Frank (New Jersey Nets) (1/1) Brown, Hubie Hubie Brown
Hubie Brown
(Memphis Grizzlies) (1/2)

5March Van Gundy, Stan Stan Van Gundy
Stan Van Gundy
(Miami Heat) (1/1) Brown, Hubie Hubie Brown
Hubie Brown
(Memphis Grizzlies) (2/2)

5April Brown, LarryLarry Brown (Detroit Pistons) (2/2) Saunders, Flip Flip Saunders
Flip Saunders
(Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1)

References[edit]

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695268141,00.html

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2003–04 NBA season
2003–04 NBA season
by team

2003 NBA draft All-Star Game Playoffs Finals Transactions

Eastern

Atlantic

Boston Miami New Jersey New York Orlando Philadelphia Washington

Central

Atlanta Chicago Cleveland Detroit Indiana Milwaukee New Orleans Toronto

Western

Midwest

Dallas Denver Houston Memphis Minnesota San Antonio Utah

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Golden State L.A. Clippers L.A. Lakers Phoenix Portland

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