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The 2004–05 NBA SEASON was the 59th season of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). It began on November 2, 2004 and ended June 23, 2005. The season ended with the San Antonio Spurs defeating the defending-champion Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
, 4–3, in the NBA Finals.

CONTENTS

* 1 Notable occurrences

* 1.1 Coaching changes

* 2 Final standings

* 2.1 By division * 2.2 By conference

* 3 Playoffs * 4 Statistics leaders

* 5 Awards

* 5.1 Yearly awards * 5.2 Players of the month * 5.3 Rookies of the month * 5.4 Coaches of the month

* 6 References

NOTABLE OCCURRENCES

* The NBA made its return to Charlotte as the Charlotte Bobcats became the league's 30th franchise at the time. Ten years later, the Bobcats and the departed New Orleans Hornets would strike a deal with the New Orleans franchise renaming themselves the Pelicans, thereby restoring the Hornets' Charlotte history and name to the Charlotte franchise. The Bobcats played their first season at the Charlotte Coliseum . * This season also was the first year of the NBA's new divisional alignments, separating the league into six divisions of five teams instead of the previous four divisions of varying numbers of teams. As part of this realignment, the New Orleans Hornets moved from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference .

* The current schedule format also debuted this season:

* 16 games against teams in the same division (four against each team) * 24 games against six of the remaining conference teams combined, three from each division (four against each team) * 12 games against the remaining four conference teams, two from each division (three against each team) * 30 games against teams in the other conference (two against each team) * Over five seasons, each team will play each of the other conference teams outside its division a total of 18 times – 9 at home and 9 on the road.

* In February, Chris Webber
Chris Webber
was traded from the Sacramento Kings along with Michael Bradley to the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
for three forwards (Corliss Williamson, Kenny Thomas, and Brian Skinner). The Kings lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Seattle SuperSonics, 4–1, and failed to make the playoffs after 2006. * The 2005 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 20, 2005, at the Pepsi Center
Pepsi Center
in Denver
Denver
, Colorado
Colorado
, with the East winning, 125–115. Philadelphia's Allen Iverson was named the MVP of the game. * During All-Star Weekend , Quentin Richardson won the Three-point Shootout , Steve Nash won the Skills Challenge , and Diana Taurasi , Dan Majerle and Shawn Marion won the Shooting Stars Competition —all Phoenix Suns victories. Amar\'e Stoudemire made it to the final round of the Slam Dunk Contest but failed to complete the sweep for the Suns. * Prior to the start of this season, Shaquille O\'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat after his reported fallout with former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
. Some fans sensed this, along with the Pistons championship , as a possible end of dominance by the Western Conference. The Lakers also witnessed the loss of head coach Phil Jackson and replacement Rudy Tomjanovich as the Lakers missed out on the NBA playoffs for the fifth time in their history. However, the Western Conference has continued its domination in the regular season; since then, all playoff-bound teams in the West have either won 50 or more games, or were above .500 at the end of the season, in contrast to the Eastern Conference, where on average, three teams have had sub-.500 records. * During the off-season, the Phoenix Suns signed unrestricted free agent Steve Nash . With the addition of coach Mike D\'Antoni and his offensive-minded strategy combined with Nash's play-making skills, Phoenix won 33 games more than the year before. The Suns had the best overall record in the NBA, Nash won the MVP Award and D'Antoni won the Coach of the Year Award . * The Memphis Grizzlies played their first game at FedExForum
FedExForum
. The Grizzlies were also the first NBA team to install see-through shot clocks . As of the 2011–12 NBA season , all 30 teams have see-through shot clocks. * An early regular-season game between Detroit and Indiana at The Palace of Auburn Hills was disrupted with 45.9 seconds to go as a major altercation broke out between players and fans. This resulted in record-breaking suspensions, most notable of which was Ron Artest who received the longest suspension in NBA history (73 games plus the playoffs). The NBA also overhauled its league-wide security policy. * The Bulls made their first appearance in the playoffs since their 1998 championship season. The Bulls postseason berth followed an 0–9 start to the season with the Bulls having one of the youngest rosters in NBA history. * The Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
made their first appearance in the playoffs since the team name was changed for the 1997–98 season. * The Suns started an unofficial league tradition of a mostly exposed hardwood floor, with a darker varnish on the outside of the three-point area. They also put their team's website name on the sideline, which other teams followed suit in the coming seasons. Through the 2010–11 NBA season , all of the teams, save the Oklahoma City Thunder , had placed their team websites on the sidelines. * The Seattle SuperSonics made the playoffs for the last time as a team from Seattle. * Ben Gordon won the Sixth Man Award , making him the first rookie to ever win the award. * The NBA Finals reached seven games for the first time since 1994 , when the Houston Rockets faced the New York Knicks. * On December 18, the Toronto Raptors traded five-time all-star Vince Carter
Vince Carter
to the New Jersey Nets for Eric Williams, Aaron Williams, Alonzo Mourning and a pair of first-round draft picks. Mourning was bought out of his contract on February 11 and re-signed with the Miami Heat, being paid a second salary, the veteran's minimum. * Orlando Magic rookie Dwight Howard became the first and only player straight out of high school to start all 82 games in his rookie season. He also became the youngest to average a double-double , the youngest to average 10 rebounds in a season, and the youngest to record at least 20 rebounds in a game. However, Charlotte Bobcats rookie Emeka Okafor won Rookie of the Year that season. While Okafor's career was respectable, injuries have derailed his progress. Meanwhile, Howard's career gradually skyrocketed into eight All-Star appearances, three Defensive Player of the Year awards, and five All-NBA Team selections. * This was the final season for Reggie Miller , who spent his entire NBA career with the Pacers.

COACHING CHANGES

OFFSEASON

TEAM 2003–04 COACH 2004–05 COACH

Atlanta Hawks Terry Stotts Mike Woodson

Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
John Carroll Doc Rivers
Doc Rivers

Charlotte Bobcats _Expansion_ Bernie Bickerstaff

Golden State Warriors Eric Musselman Mike Montgomery

Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
Rudy Tomjanovich

New Orleans Hornets Tim Floyd Byron Scott

Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
Chris Ford Jim O\'Brien

Toronto Raptors Kevin O\'Neill Sam Mitchell

IN-SEASON

TEAM OUTGOING COACH INCOMING COACH

Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
Paul Silas Brendan Malone

Dallas Mavericks Don Nelson Avery Johnson

Denver
Denver
Nuggets Jeff Bzdelik Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper George Karl
George Karl

Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
Rudy Tomjanovich Frank Hamblen
Frank Hamblen

Memphis Grizzlies Hubie Brown Lionel Hollins
Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins
Lionel Hollins
Mike Fratello

Minnesota Timberwolves Flip Saunders Kevin McHale

New York Knicks Lenny Wilkens Herb Williams

Orlando Magic Johnny Davis Chris Jent

Portland Trail Blazers Maurice Cheeks Kevin Pritchard
Kevin Pritchard

FINAL STANDINGS

BY DIVISION

BY CONFERENCE

EASTERN CONFERENCE

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# TEAM W L PCT GB

1 C- Miami Heat 59 23 .720 –

2 Y- Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
54 28 .659 5

3 Y- Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
45 37 .549 14

4 X- Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 12

5 X- Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
45 37 .549 14

6 X- Indiana Pacers 44 38 .537 15

7 X- Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
43 39 .524 16

8 X- New Jersey Nets 42 40 .512 17

9 Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
42 40 .512 17

10 Orlando Magic 36 46 .439 23

11 New York Knicks 33 49 .402 26

12 Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 26

13 Milwaukee Bucks 30 52 .366 29

14 Charlotte Bobcats 18 64 .220 41

15 Atlanta Hawks 13 69 .159 46

# WESTERN CONFERENCE

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TEAM W L PCT GB

1 Z- Phoenix Suns 62 20 .756 —

2 Y- San Antonio Spurs 59 23 .720 3

3 Y- Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634 10

4 X- Dallas Mavericks 58 24 .707 4

5 X- Houston Rockets 51 31 .622 11

6 X- Sacramento Kings 50 32 .610 12

7 X- Denver
Denver
Nuggets 49 33 .598 13

8 X- Memphis Grizzlies 45 37 .549 17

9 Minnesota Timberwolves 44 38 .537 18

10 Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
37 45 .451 25

11 Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
34 48 .415 28

12 Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 28

13 Portland Trail Blazers 27 55 .329 35

14 Utah Jazz 26 56 .317 36

15 New Orleans Hornets 18 64 .220 44

NOTES

* Z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs * C – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs * X – Clinched playoff spot * Y – Clinched division title

PLAYOFFS

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.This was a season dominated by the Phoenix Suns led by Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire,Shawn Marion,Joe Johnson and a young Quentin Richardson with there 7 or less offense Main article: 2005 NBA Playoffs

First Round

Conference Semifinals

Conference Finals

NBA Finals

E1 _MIAMI _* 4

E8 New Jersey 0

E1 _MIAMI _* 4

E5 Washington 0

E4 _Chicago _ 2

E5 WASHINGTON 4

E1 _Miami _* 3

EASTERN CONFERENCE

E2 DETROIT * 4

E3 _Boston _* 3

E6 INDIANA 4

E6 Indiana 2

E2 _DETROIT _* 4

E2 _DETROIT _* 4

E7 Philadelphia 1

E2 Detroit * 3

W2 _SAN ANTONIO _* 4

W1 _PHOENIX _* 4

W8 Memphis 0

W1 _PHOENIX _* 4

W4 Dallas 2

W4 _DALLAS _ 4

W5 Houston 3

W1 _Phoenix _* 1

WESTERN CONFERENCE

W2 SAN ANTONIO * 4

W3 _SEATTLE _* 4

W6 Sacramento 1

W3 Seattle * 2

W2 _SAN ANTONIO _* 4

W2 _SAN ANTONIO _* 4

W7 Denver
Denver
1

* Division winner BOLD Series winner _Italic_ Team with home-court advantage This bracket:

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STATISTICS LEADERS

CATEGORY PLAYER TEAM STAT

Points per game Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
30.7

Rebounds per game Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves 13.5

Assists per game Steve Nash Phoenix Suns 11.5

Steals per game Larry Hughes Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
2.89

Blocks per game Andrei Kirilenko Utah Jazz 3.32

FG% Shaquille O\'Neal Miami Heat .600

FT% Reggie Miller Indiana Pacers .933

3FG% Fred Hoiberg Minnesota Timberwolves .483

AWARDS

YEARLY AWARDS

* MOST VALUABLE PLAYER : Steve Nash , Phoenix Suns * ROOKIE OF THE YEAR : Emeka Okafor , Charlotte Bobcats * DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR : Ben Wallace , Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
* SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR : Ben Gordon , Chicago Bulls * MOST IMPROVED PLAYER : Bobby Simmons , Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
* COACH OF THE YEAR : Mike D\'Antoni , Phoenix Suns * EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR : Bryan Colangelo , Phoenix Suns * SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD : Grant Hill , Orlando Magic

* ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM :

* F – Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
, San Antonio Spurs * F – Dirk Nowitzki , Dallas Mavericks * C – Shaquille O\'Neal , Miami Heat * G – Allen Iverson , Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
* G – Steve Nash , Phoenix Suns

* ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM:

* F – LeBron James , Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
* F – Kevin Garnett , Minnesota Timberwolves * C – Amar\'e Stoudemire , Phoenix Suns * G – Dwyane Wade , Miami Heat * G – Ray Allen
Ray Allen
, Seattle SuperSonics

* ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM

* F – Tracy McGrady , Houston Rockets * F – Shawn Marion , Phoenix Suns * C – Ben Wallace , Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
* G – Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
, Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
* G – Gilbert Arenas , Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards

* NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

* F – Kevin Garnett , Minnesota Timberwolves * F – Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
, San Antonio Spurs * C – Ben Wallace , Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
* G – Bruce Bowen , San Antonio Spurs * G – Larry Hughes , Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards

* NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

* F – Tayshaun Prince , Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
* F – Andrei Kirilenko , Utah Jazz * C – Marcus Camby , Denver
Denver
Nuggets * G – Jason Kidd , New Jersey Nets * G – Dwyane Wade , Miami Heat * G – Chauncey Billups
Chauncey Billups
, Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons

* NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM

* Emeka Okafor , Charlotte Bobcats * Dwight Howard , Orlando Magic * Ben Gordon , Chicago Bulls * Andre Iguodala
Andre Iguodala
, Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
* Luol Deng , Chicago Bulls

* ALL-NBA ROOKIE SECOND TEAM

* Nenad Krstić
Nenad Krstić
, New Jersey Nets * Josh Smith
Josh Smith
, Atlanta Hawks * Josh Childress , Atlanta Hawks * Jameer Nelson
Jameer Nelson
, Orlando Magic * Al Jefferson , Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month.

MONTH EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE

1October – November James, LeBron LeBron James ( Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
) (1/2) Nash, Steve Steve Nash ( Phoenix Suns ) (1/1)

2December Wade, Dwyane Dwyane Wade ( Miami Heat ) (1/1) Nowitzki, Dirk Dirk Nowitzki ( Dallas Mavericks ) (1/2)

3January James, LeBron LeBron James ( Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
) (2/2) Webber, Chris Chris Webber
Chris Webber
( Sacramento Kings ) (1/1)

4February Carter, Vince Vince Carter
Vince Carter
( New Jersey Nets ) (1/1) Nowitzki, Dirk Dirk Nowitzki ( Dallas Mavericks ) (2/2)

5March O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O\'Neal ( Miami Heat ) (1/1) Garnett, Kevin Kevin Garnett ( Minnesota Timberwolves ) (1/1)

6April Iverson, Allen Allen Iverson ( Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
) (1/1) Stoudemire, Amar'eAmar\'e Stoudemire ( Phoenix Suns ) (1/1)

ROOKIES OF THE MONTH

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month.

MONTH EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE

1October – November Okafor, Emeka Emeka Okafor ( Charlotte Bobcats ) (1/3) Harris, Devin Devin Harris ( Dallas Mavericks ) (1/1)

2December Okafor, Emeka Emeka Okafor ( Charlotte Bobcats ) (2/3) Udrih, Beno Beno Udrih ( San Antonio Spurs ) (1/1)

3January Gordon, BenBen Gordon ( Chicago Bulls ) (1/3) Smith, J. R. J. R. Smith ( New Orleans Hornets ) (1/3)

4February Gordon, BenBen Gordon ( Chicago Bulls ) (2/3) Smith, J. R. J. R. Smith ( New Orleans Hornets ) (2/3)

5March Gordon, BenBen Gordon ( Chicago Bulls ) (3/3) Smith, J. R. J. R. Smith ( New Orleans Hornets ) (3/3)

6April Okafor, Emeka Emeka Okafor ( Charlotte Bobcats ) (3/3) Livingston, Shaun Shaun Livingston ( Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
) (1/1)

COACHES OF THE MONTH

The following coaches were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month.

MONTH EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE

1October – November Davis, JohnnyJohnny Davis ( Orlando Magic ) (1/1) McMillan, Nate Nate McMillan ( Seattle SuperSonics ) (1/1)

2December Van Gundy, Stan Stan Van Gundy ( Miami Heat ) (1/2) D'Antoni, MikeMike D\'Antoni ( Phoenix Suns ) (1/1)

3January Skiles, Scott Scott Skiles ( Chicago Bulls ) (1/1) Fratello, Mike Mike Fratello ( Memphis Grizzlies ) (1/1)

4February Brown, LarryLarry Brown ( Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
) (1/1) Karl, George George Karl
George Karl
( Denver
Denver
Nuggets ) (1/2)

5March Van Gundy, Stan Stan Van Gundy ( Miami Heat ) (2/2) Karl, George George Karl
George Karl
( Denver
Denver
Nuggets ) (2/2)

5April Frank, Lawrence Lawrence Frank ( New Jersey Nets ) (1/1) Johnson, Avery Avery Johnson ( Dallas Mavericks ) (1/1)

REFERENCES

* ^ "NBA Approves Realignment for 2004–05 Season". NBA.com. November 17, 2003. Retrieved November 17, 2003.

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2004–05 NBA season by team

* Expansion draft * 2004 NBA draft * All-Star Game * Playoffs * Finals * Transactions

EASTERN

ATLANTIC

* Boston * New Jersey * New York * Philadelphia * Toronto

CENTRAL

* Chicago * Cleveland * Detroit * Indiana * Milwaukee

SOUTHEAST

* Atlanta * Charlotte * Miami * Orlando * Washington

WESTERN

NORTHWEST

* Denver
Denver
* Minnesota * Portland * Seattle * Utah

PACIFIC

* Golden State * L.A. Clippers * L.A. Lakers * Phoenix * Sacramento

SOUTHWEST

* Dallas * Houston * Memphis * New Orleans * San Antonio

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