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The 2004 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2003–04 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons defeating the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals. Chauncey Billups was named NBA Finals MVP. The Minnesota Timberwolves, after missing the playoffs their first seven seasons and losing in the first round the next seven, won their first two playoff series in 2004 before losing to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. As of the end of 2016 season, the Timberwolves hold the longest active streak without a playoff berth, having missed the playoffs twelve straight years since. The Indiana Pacers made the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since their NBA Finals run in 2000, after which they significantly changed the makeup of their team (yet still made the playoffs every year). Game 2 of the series with the Pistons was pivotal, as Tayshaun Prince blocked a lay-up by Reggie Miller late in the game to preserve the victory; the Pistons won 4–2. The 2004 playoffs was the first appearance for the Memphis Grizzlies in their 9-year history which began in Vancouver. However, they failed to win a single game in their first 3 playoff appearances (2004, 2005, 2006), before earning their first playoff game and series victories in 2011. This was the last playoff appearance for the New York Knicks until 2011, when they would be swept in the first round. The Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz missed the playoffs for the first time since 1982 and 1983, respectively. This was the Denver Nuggets' first playoff appearance since 1995. The New Orleans Hornets made their final postseason appearance as a member of the East. They would not make the playoffs again until 2008, as a member of the West (the result of a realignment with the addition of the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2004–05 NBA season). Their playoff series with the Miami Heat, led by Dwyane Wade, was the last playoff series where the home team won all 7 games until 2008's Boston-Atlanta and Boston-Cleveland playoff series. 2004 was the first time in 14 years that all Texas teams made the playoffs, and the second time (first in 10 years) that all former ABA teams made the playoffs.

Contents

1 Bracket 2 Playoff qualifying

2.1 Eastern Conference

2.1.1 Best record in NBA 2.1.2 Clinched a playoff berth

2.2 Western Conference

2.2.1 Best record in conference 2.2.2 Clinched a playoff berth

3 Eastern Conference

3.1 First Round

3.1.1 (1) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) Boston Celtics 3.1.2 (2) New Jersey Nets vs. (7) New York Knicks 3.1.3 (3) Detroit Pistons vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks 3.1.4 (4) Miami Heat vs. (5) New Orleans Hornets

3.2 Conference Semifinals

3.2.1 (1) Indiana Pacers vs. (4) Miami Heat 3.2.2 (3) Detroit Pistons vs. (2) New Jersey Nets

3.3 Conference Finals: (1) Indiana Pacers vs. (3) Detroit Pistons

4 Western Conference

4.1 First Round

4.1.1 (1) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (8) Denver Nuggets 4.1.2 (2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (7) Houston Rockets 4.1.3 (3) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Memphis Grizzlies 4.1.4 (4) Sacramento Kings vs. (5) Dallas Mavericks

4.2 Conference Semifinals

4.2.1 (1) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (4) Sacramento Kings 4.2.2 (3) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Los Angeles Lakers

4.3 Conference Finals: (1) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (2) Los Angeles Lakers

5 NBA Finals: (W2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (E3) Detroit Pistons 6 References 7 External links

Bracket[edit]

  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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Playoff qualifying[edit] Eastern Conference[edit] Best record in NBA[edit] The Indiana Pacers clinched the best record in the NBA, and had earned home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs. However, when Indiana lost to the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals, home court advantage for the NBA Finals switched to the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers, who had posted a better regular season record at 56-26 than the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons at 54-28. Clinched a playoff berth[edit] The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:

Indiana Pacers (61–21) (clinched Central division) New Jersey Nets (47–35) (clinched Atlantic division) Detroit Pistons (54–28) Miami Heat (42–40) New Orleans Hornets (41–41) Milwaukee Bucks (41–41) New York Knicks (39–43) Boston Celtics (36–46)

Western Conference[edit] Best record in conference[edit] The Minnesota Timberwolves clinched the best record in the Western Conference, and had home court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs. However, when Minnesota lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers gained home court advantage for the NBA Finals because the Lakers posted a better regular season record at 56-26 than the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons at 54-28. Clinched a playoff berth[edit] The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:

Minnesota Timberwolves (58–24) (clinched Midwest division) Los Angeles Lakers (56–26) (clinched Pacific division) San Antonio Spurs (57–25) Sacramento Kings (55–27) Dallas Mavericks (52–30) Memphis Grizzlies (50–32) Houston Rockets (45–37) Denver Nuggets (43–39)

Eastern Conference[edit] Champion: Detroit Pistons First Round[edit] (1) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) Boston Celtics[edit]

ABC/NBA TV

April 17 1:00 pm

Recap

Boston Celtics 88, Indiana Pacers 106

Scoring by quarter: 29–32, 14–35, 21–23, 24–16

Pts: Paul Pierce 20 Rebs: Paul Pierce 10 Asts: Pierce, Atkins, Welsch 4 each

Pts: O'Neal, Artest 24 each Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 11 Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 7

Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis Referees: Scott Foster, David Jones, Bennett Salvatore

NBA TV

April 20 7:00 pm

Recap

Boston Celtics 90, Indiana Pacers 103

Scoring by quarter: 22–17, 24–24, 23–24, 21–38

Pts: Paul Pierce 27 Rebs: Mark Blount 10 Asts: Chucky Atkins 6

Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 22 Rebs: Al Harrington 13 Asts: Reggie Miller 7

Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana Referees: Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney, Michael Smith

ESPN

April 23 7:00 pm

Recap

Indiana Pacers 108, Boston Celtics 85

Scoring by quarter: 23–20, 30–20, 26–23, 29–22

Pts: Harrington, Bender 19 each Rebs: O'Neal, Foster 7 each Asts: Ron Artest 5

Pts: Ricky Davis 16 Rebs: Mark Blount 8 Asts: Ricky Davis 7

FleetCenter, Boston Referees: Steve Javie, Monty McCutchen, Ron Olesiak

ESPN

April 25 12:30 pm

Recap

Indiana Pacers 90, Boston Celtics 75

Scoring by quarter: 21–25, 25–13, 24–14, 20–23

Pts: Ron Artest 22 Rebs: Foster, Harrington 7 each Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 7

Pts: Paul Pierce 27 Rebs: Mark Blount 13 Asts: Walter McCarty 5

Indiana wins the series, 4–0

FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts Referees: Joe Forte, Ron Garretson, Mark Wunderlich

Regular-season series

Indiana won 3–1 in the regular-season series

November 11, 2003

Recap

Boston Celtics 78, Indiana Pacers 76

Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

January 2, 2004

Recap

Indiana Pacers 103, Boston Celtics 90

FleetCenter, Boston

January 31, 2004

Recap

Boston Celtics 98, Indiana Pacers 99

Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

March 12, 2004

Recap

Indiana Pacers 99, Boston Celtics 81

FleetCenter, Boston

This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning the first three meetings.

Previous playoff series[1]

Boston leads 3–0 in all-time playoff series

1991

Boston Celtics 3, Indiana Pacers 2

1991 Eastern Conference First Round

1992

Boston Celtics 3, Indiana Pacers 0

1992 Eastern Conference First Round

2003

Boston Celtics 4, Indiana Pacers 2

2003 Eastern Conference First Round

(2) New Jersey Nets vs. (7) New York Knicks[edit]

ESPN

April 17 4:30 pm

Recap

New York Knicks 83, New Jersey Nets 107

Scoring by quarter: 24–30, 31–32, 13–24, 15–21

Pts: Penny Hardaway 18 Rebs: Stephon Marbury 5 Asts: Shandon Anderson 5

Pts: Richard Jefferson 21 Rebs: Kenyon Martin 12 Asts: Jason Kidd 13

Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey Referees: James Capers, Jim Clark, Eddie F. Rush

TNT

April 20 8:00 pm

Recap

New York Knicks 81, New Jersey Nets 99

Scoring by quarter: 24–26, 15–26, 20–20, 22–27

Pts: Stephon Marbury 23 Rebs: Kurt Thomas 12 Asts: Penny Hardaway 10

Pts: Kenyon Martin 22 Rebs: Kenyon Martin 16 Asts: Jason Kidd 8

Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey Referees: Sean Corbin, Jack Nies, Greg Willard

ABC/ESPN/TNT/NBA TV

April 22 6:00 pm

Recap

New Jersey Nets 81, New York Knicks 78

Scoring by quarter: 25–15, 15–25, 25–15, 16–23

Pts: Martin, Kidd 19 each Rebs: Kenyon Martin 15 Asts: Richard Jefferson 10

Pts: Marbury, Hardaway, Mohammed 18 each Rebs: Kurt Thomas 12 Asts: Stephon Marbury 10

Madison Square Garden, New York City Referees: Joe Crawford, Scott Foster, Michael Smith

NBA TV

April 25 6:30 pm

Recap

New Jersey Nets 100, New York Knicks 94

Scoring by quarter: 21–21, 23–25, 25–22, 31–26

Pts: Kenyon Martin 36 Rebs: Kenyon Martin 13 Asts: Jason Kidd 7

Pts: Stephon Marbury 31 Rebs: Kurt Thomas 15 Asts: Stephon Marbury 7

New Jersey wins the series, 4–0

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York Referees: Bernie Fryer, Ken Mauer, Blane Reichelt

Regular-season series

New Jersey won 3–1 in the regular-season series

November 14, 2003

Recap

New York Knicks 80, New Jersey Nets 85

Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey

January 4, 2004

Recap

New Jersey Nets 95, New York Knicks 85

Madison Square Garden, New York City

March 19, 2004

Recap

New Jersey Nets 65, New York Knicks 79

Madison Square Garden, New York City

April 2, 2004

Recap

New York Knicks 83, New Jersey Nets 108

Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Knicks winning the first two meetings.

Previous playoff series[2]

New York leads 2–0 in all-time playoff series

1983

New Jersey Nets 0, New York Knicks 2

1983 Eastern Conference First Round

1994

New Jersey Nets 1, New York Knicks 3

1994 Eastern Conference First Round

(3) Detroit Pistons vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

TNT

April 18 3:30 pm

Recap

Milwaukee Bucks 82, Detroit Pistons 102

Scoring by quarter: 21–27, 22–25, 15–28, 24–28

Pts: Desmond Mason 16 Rebs: Joe Smith 11 Asts: Damon Jones 7

Pts: Richard Hamilton 21 Rebs: Ben Wallace 14 Asts: Richard Hamilton 8

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Referees: Sean Corbin, Dan Crawford, Ken Mauer

ESPN

April 21 6:00 pm

Recap

Milwaukee Bucks 92, Detroit Pistons 88

Scoring by quarter: 25–25, 23–16, 22–19, 22–28

Pts: Michael Redd 26 Rebs: Joe Smith 13 Asts: Damon Jones 7

Pts: Chauncey Billups 20 Rebs: Ben Wallace 12 Asts: Chauncey Billups 8

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Referees: Tim Donaghy, Monty McCutchen, Bennett Salvatore

ESPN

April 24 7:00 pm

Recap

Detroit Pistons 95, Milwaukee Bucks 85

Scoring by quarter: 22–30, 20–19, 32–19, 21–17

Pts: Chauncey Billups 21 Rebs: Ben Wallace 21 Asts: Chauncey Billups 7

Pts: Mason, Redd 19 each Rebs: Desmond Mason 9 Asts: Damon Jones 7

Bradley Center, Milwaukee Referees: Joe DeRosa, Jack Nies, Derrick Stafford

TNT

April 26 7:00 pm

Recap

Detroit Pistons 109, Milwaukee Bucks 92

Scoring by quarter: 28–27, 24–22, 22–19, 35–24

Pts: Richard Hamilton 27 Rebs: B. Wallace, R. Wallace 9 each Asts: Chauncey Billups 9

Pts: Smith, Jones 17 each Rebs: Joe Smith 12 Asts: Damon Jones 10

Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Referees: Dick Bavetta, Tony Brothers, Jim Clark

TNT

April 29 8:00 pm

Recap

Milwaukee Bucks 77, Detroit Pistons 91

Scoring by quarter: 22–24, 10–15, 22–30, 23–22

Pts: Michael Redd 22 Rebs: Keith Van Horn 12 Asts: Damon Jones 6

Pts: Tayshaun Prince 24 Rebs: Ben Wallace 12 Asts: Tayshaun Prince 8

Detroit wins the series, 4–1

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Referees: Bob Delaney, Bernie Fryer, Bill Spooner

Regular-season series

Detroit won 3–1 in the regular-season series

November 7, 2003

Recap

Milwaukee Bucks 99, Detroit Pistons 105

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

December 23, 2003

Recap

Detroit Pistons 78, Milwaukee Bucks 83

Bradley Center, Milwaukee

January 17, 2004

Recap

Detroit Pistons 99, Milwaukee Bucks 94

Bradley Center, Milwaukee

February 18, 2004

Recap

Milwaukee Bucks 98, Detroit Pistons 102

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Pistons winning the first two meetings.

Previous playoff series[3]

Detroit leads 2–0 in all-time playoff series

1976

Detroit Pistons 2, Milwaukee Bucks 1

1976 Western Conference First Round

1989

Detroit Pistons 4, Milwaukee Bucks 0

1989 Eastern Conference Semifinals

(4) Miami Heat vs. (5) New Orleans Hornets[edit]

TNT

April 18 12:30 pm

Recap

New Orleans Hornets 79, Miami Heat 81

Scoring by quarter: 22–23, 22–18, 15–25, 20–15

Pts: Baron Davis 17 Rebs: Brown, Magloire 11 each Asts: Augmon, Davis 4 each

Pts: Dwyane Wade 21 Rebs: Lamar Odom 11 Asts: Odom, Wade 5 each

American Airlines Arena, Miami Referees: Dick Bavetta, Tim Donaghy, Joe Forte

TNT

April 21 3:30 pm

Recap

New Orleans Hornets 63, Miami Heat 93

Scoring by quarter: 17–28, 17–15, 10–23, 19–27

Pts: Baron Davis 13 Rebs: Jamaal Magloire 10 Asts: Baron Davis 7

Pts: Eddie Jones 19 Rebs: Brian Grant 11 Asts: Dwyane Wade 6

American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida Referees: Dan Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Tom Washington

ESPN2

April 24 8:00 pm

Recap

Miami Heat 71, New Orleans Hornets 77

Scoring by quarter: 14–19, 15–22, 21–16, 21–20

Pts: Caron Butler 24 Rebs: Caron Butler 15 Asts: Caron Butler 4

Pts: Baron Davis 21 Rebs: Brown, Lynch 11 each Asts: Baron Davis 5

New Orleans Arena, New Orleans Referees: Tony Brothers, Scott Foster, Bennett Salvatore

TNT

April 27 8:00 pm

Recap

Miami Heat 85, New Orleans Hornets 96

Scoring by quarter: 17–22, 27–28, 27–18, 14–28

Pts: Lamar Odom 25 Rebs: Brian Grant 9 Asts: Dwyane Wade 10

Pts: Baron Davis 23 Rebs: Brown, West 7 each Asts: Baron Davis 10

New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana Referees: Bernie Fryer, Luis Grillo, Bill Spooner

ESPN

April 30 7:00 pm

Recap

New Orleans Hornets 83, Miami Heat 87

Scoring by quarter: 24–14, 22–28, 17–16, 20–29

Pts: Baron Davis 33 Rebs: P. J. Brown 13 Asts: Baron Davis 7

Pts: Eddie Jones 25 Rebs: Caron Butler 11 Asts: Dwyane Wade 5

American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida Referees: Joe DeRosa, Ken Mauer, Jack Nies

ABC

May 2 3:30 pm

Recap

Miami Heat 83, New Orleans Hornets 89

Scoring by quarter: 14–21, 19–22, 22–26, 28–20

Pts: Dwyane Wade 27 Rebs: Lamar Odom 11 Asts: Dwyane Wade 6

Pts: Brown, Lynch 16 each Rebs: Brown, Magloire 9 each Asts: Baron Davis 12

New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana Referees: Sean Corbin, Joe Crawford, Blane Reichelt

ABC/TNT

May 4 7:00 pm

Recap

New Orleans Hornets 77, Miami Heat 85

Scoring by quarter: 18–25, 13–16, 22–22, 24–22

Pts: Steve Smith 25 Rebs: Jamaal Magloire 10 Asts: Davis, Williams 4 each

Pts: Caron Butler 23 Rebs: three players 9 each Asts: Dwyane Wade 7

Miami wins the series, 4–3

American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida Referees: Ron Garretson, Steve Javie, Bennett Salvatore

Regular-season series

Miami won 3–1 in the regular-season series

November 25, 2003

Recap

New Orleans Hornets 87, Miami Heat 91

American Airlines Arena, Miami

January 31, 2004

Recap

Miami Heat 94, New Orleans Hornets 70

New Orleans Arena, New Orleans

March 10, 2004

Recap

Miami Heat 84, New Orleans Hornets 95

New Orleans Arena, New Orleans

March 16, 2004

Recap

New Orleans Hornets 83, Miami Heat 96

American Airlines Arena, Miami

In Game 1, Dwyane Wade hits the game winner with 1.3 seconds left.

This was the first playoff meeting between the Heat and the New Orleans Pelicans/Hornets franchise.[4] Conference Semifinals[edit] (1) Indiana Pacers vs. (4) Miami Heat[edit]

ABC/ESPN

May 6 7:00 pm

Recap

Miami Heat 81, Indiana Pacers 94

Scoring by quarter: 15–23, 21–23, 21–23, 24–25

Pts: Dwyane Wade 22 Rebs: Caron Butler 9 Asts: Alston, Wade 4 each

Pts: Ron Artest 25 Rebs: Jeff Foster 10 Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5

Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis Referees: Dick Bavetta, James Capers, Tom Washington

ABC

May 8 7:00 pm

Recap

Miami Heat 80, Indiana Pacers 91

Scoring by quarter: 19–21, 17–23, 18–25, 26–22

Pts: Odom, Wade 19 each Rebs: Lamar Odom 12 Asts: Alston, Wade 5 each

Pts: Ron Artest 20 Rebs: Harrington, O'Neal 9 each Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 9

Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana Referees: Joe Forte, Bernie Fryer, Bill Spooner

TNT

May 10 8:00 pm

Recap

Indiana Pacers 87, Miami Heat 94

Scoring by quarter: 20–14, 15–25, 25–25, 27–30

Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 29 Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 9 Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5

Pts: Dwyane Wade 25 Rebs: Brian Grant 16 Asts: Dwyane Wade 6

American Airlines Arena, Miami Referees: Dan Crawford, Tim Donaghy, Derrick Stafford

TNT

May 12 8:00 pm

Recap

Indiana Pacers 88, Miami Heat 100

Scoring by quarter: 20–14, 15–25, 25–25, 27–30

Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 37 Rebs: Artest, Tinsley 8 each Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5

Pts: Lamar Odom 22 Rebs: Caron Butler 10 Asts: Dwyane Wade 7

American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida Referees: Joe DeRosa, Luis Grillo, Eddie F. Rush

ABC

May 15 7:00 pm

Recap

Miami Heat 83, Indiana Pacers 94

Scoring by quarter: 21–19, 18–25, 16–29, 28–21

Pts: Dwyane Wade 16 Rebs: Lamar Odom 10 Asts: Dwyane Wade 10

Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 22 Rebs: Jeff Foster 16 Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 8

Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana Referees: Jim Clark, Bob Delaney, Bennett Salvatore

ABC

May 18 8:00 pm

Recap

Indiana Pacers 73, Miami Heat 70

Scoring by quarter: 16–20, 20–13, 23–19, 14–18

Pts: Ron Artest 27 Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 13 Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 3

Pts: Dwyane Wade 24 Rebs: Brian Grant 10 Asts: three players 2 each

Indiana wins the series, 4–2

American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida Referees: Ron Garretson, Steve Javie, Jack Nies

Recap

Regular-season series

Indiana won 3–0 in the regular-season series

January 5, 2004

Recap

Indiana Pacers 87, Miami Heat 65

American Airlines Arena, Miami

February 8, 2004

Recap

Miami Heat 91, Indiana Pacers 97

Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

March 28, 2004

Recap

Miami Heat 80, Indiana Pacers 87

Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

This was the first playoff meeting between the Pacers and the Heat.[5] (3) Detroit Pistons vs. (2) New Jersey Nets[edit]

ESPN/TNT

May 3 7:00 pm

Recap

New Jersey Nets 56, Detroit Pistons 78

Scoring by quarter: 14–18, 11–19, 14–20, 17–21

Pts: Kerry Kittles 15 Rebs: Jason Kidd 7 Asts: Jason Kidd 6

Pts: Hamilton, Prince 15 each Rebs: Ben Wallace 11 Asts: Richard Hamilton 7

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Referees: Mike Callahan, Luis Grillo, Eddie F. Rush

TNT/NBA TV

May 7 7:00 pm

Recap

New Jersey Nets 80, Detroit Pistons 95

Scoring by quarter: 19–18, 27–16, 11–27, 23–34

Pts: Jefferson, Martin 19 each Rebs: Jason Collins 10 Asts: Jason Kidd 11

Pts: Billups, Hamilton 28 each Rebs: Ben Wallace 11 Asts: Chauncey Billups 13

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe DeRosa, David Jones

ABC

May 9 3:00 pm

Recap

Detroit Pistons 64, New Jersey Nets 82

Scoring by quarter: 13–31, 25–16, 14–19, 12–16

Pts: Hamilton, B. Wallace 15 each Rebs: Ben Wallace 24 Asts: Ben Wallace 4

Pts: Richard Jefferson 30 Rebs: Kenyon Martin 9 Asts: Jason Kidd 12

Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey Referees: Ron Garretson, Ken Mauer, Bennett Salvatore

TNT

May 11 8:00 pm

Recap

Detroit Pistons 79, New Jersey Nets 94

Scoring by quarter: 18–21, 22–26, 16–30, 23–17

Pts: Richard Hamilton 30 Rebs: Ben Wallace 15 Asts: Chauncey Billups 5

Pts: Jason Kidd 22 Rebs: Kenyon Martin 15 Asts: Jason Kidd 11

Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey Referees: Bob Delaney, Scott Foster, Steve Javie

TNT

May 14 7:00 pm

Recap

New Jersey Nets 127, Detroit Pistons 120 (3OT)

Scoring by quarter: 25–19, 18–25, 20–18, 25–26, Overtime: 11–11, 12–12, 16–9

Pts: Richard Jefferson 31 Rebs: Jefferson, Kittles 11 each Asts: Jason Kidd 8

Pts: Chauncey Billups 31 Rebs: Ben Wallace 11 Asts: Richard Hamilton 11

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Referees: Dick Bavetta, Sean Corbin, Greg Willard

ABC

May 16 6:00 pm

Recap

Detroit Pistons 81, New Jersey Nets 75

Scoring by quarter: 23–25, 27–11, 10–21, 21–18

Pts: Richard Hamilton 24 Rebs: Ben Wallace 20 Asts: Richard Hamilton 4

Pts: Richard Jefferson 23 Rebs: Jefferson, Martin 7 each Asts: Jason Kidd 8

Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey Referees: Bob Delaney, Scott Foster, Steve Javie

ABC

May 20 3:30 pm

Recap

New Jersey Nets 69, Detroit Pistons 90

Scoring by quarter: 14–21, 17–22, 19–30, 19–17

Pts: Kerry Kittles 18 Rebs: Kenyon Martin 12 Asts: Jason Kidd 7

Pts: Chauncey Billups 22 Rebs: Ben Wallace 8 Asts: Chauncey Billups 7

Detroit wins the series, 4–3

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Referees: Dan Crawford, Ron Garretson, Eddie F. Rush

In Game 5, Chauncey Billups hits a half court buzzer beater to send the game to OT. 12 years later, Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors would do the same in Game 1 against the Miami Heat in their second round matchup.

Regular-season series

Tied 2–2 in the regular-season series

November 9, 2003

Recap

New Jersey Nets 84, Detroit Pistons 98

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

December 26, 2003

Recap

New Jersey Nets 82, Detroit Pistons 79

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

February 10, 2004

Recap

Detroit Pistons 78, New Jersey Nets 89

Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey

March 18, 2004

Recap

Detroit Pistons 89, New Jersey Nets 71

Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning one series apiece.

Previous playoff series[6]

Tied 1–1 in all-time playoff series

1985

Detroit Pistons 3, New Jersey Nets 0

1985 Eastern Conference First Round

2003

Detroit Pistons 0, New Jersey Nets 4

2003 Eastern Conference Finals

Conference Finals: (1) Indiana Pacers vs. (3) Detroit Pistons[edit]

ESPN

May 22 7:00 pm

Recap

Detroit Pistons 74, Indiana Pacers 78

Scoring by quarter: 26–22, 15–26, 17–13, 16–17

Pts: Richard Hamilton 23 Rebs: Ben Wallace 22 Asts: Ben Wallace 5

Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 21 Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 14 Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5

Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana Referees: Mike Callahan, Bernie Fryer, Ken Mauer

ESPN

May 24 7:00 pm

Recap

Detroit Pistons 72, Indiana Pacers 67

Scoring by quarter: 12–17, 25–26, 18–11, 17–13

Pts: Richard Hamilton 23 Rebs: Hamilton, R. Wallace, B. Wallace 8 each Asts: Chauncey Billups 6

Pts: Reggie Miller 21 Rebs: Jeff Foster 9 Asts: Anthony Johnson 4

Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana Referees: Jim Clark, Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington

ESPN

May 26 8:30 pm

Recap

Indiana Pacers 78, Detroit Pistons 85

Scoring by quarter: 14–27, 16–9, 15–20, 33–29

Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 24 Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 9 Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 4

Pts: Hamilton, R. Wallace 20 each Rebs: Ben Wallace 16 Asts: Chauncey Billups 8

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie Rush, Bill Spooner

ESPN

May 28 8:00 pm

Recap

Indiana Pacers 83, Detroit Pistons 68

Scoring by quarter: 29–17, 20–22, 21–11, 13–18

Pts: Ron Artest 20 Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 13 Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5

Pts: Richard Hamilton 22 Rebs: Ben Wallace 19 Asts: Chauncey Billups 5

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Referees: Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney, Greg Willard

ESPN

May 30 7:00 pm

Recap

Detroit Pistons 83, Indiana Pacers 65

Scoring by quarter: 25–17, 16–19, 21–17, 21–12

Pts: Richard Hamilton 33 Rebs: Ben Wallace 12 Asts: Chauncey Billups 7

Pts: Artest, Jones 13 each Rebs: Ron Artest 11 Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5

Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana Referees: Joe DeRosa, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie

ESPN

June 1 8:00 pm

Recap

Indiana Pacers 65, Detroit Pistons 69

Scoring by quarter: 23–11, 10–16, 17–19, 15–23

Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 20 Rebs: Artest, O'Neal 10 each Asts: Anthony Johnson 7

Pts: Richard Hamilton 21 Rebs: Ben Wallace 16 Asts: Richard Hamilton 5

Detroit wins the series, 4–2

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Referees: Mike Callahan, Dan Crawford, Jack Nies

Regular-season series

Indiana won 3–1 in the regular-season series

October 29, 2003

Recap

Indiana Pacers 89, Detroit Pistons 87

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

December 19, 2003

Recap

Detroit Pistons 75, Indiana Pacers 80

Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

January 20, 2004

Recap

Detroit Pistons 69, Indiana Pacers 81

Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

April 4, 2004

Recap

Indiana Pacers 61, Detroit Pistons 79

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Pistons winning the first meeting.

Previous playoff series[7]

Detroit leads 1–0 in all-time playoff series

1990

Detroit Pistons 3, Indiana Pacers 0

1990 Eastern Conference First Round

Western Conference[edit] Champion: Los Angeles Lakers First Round[edit] (1) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (8) Denver Nuggets[edit]

TNT

April 18 9:30 pm

Recap

Denver Nuggets 92, Minnesota Timberwolves 106

Scoring by quarter: 22–31, 20–20, 26–28, 24–27

Pts: Anthony, Camby 19 each Rebs: Marcus Camby 8 Asts: Earl Boykins 5

Pts: Sam Cassell 40 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 20 Asts: Garnett, Sprewell 4 each

Target Center, Minneapolis Referees: Tony Brothers, Mike Callahan, Jack Nies

ABC

April 21 8:30 pm

Recap

Denver Nuggets 81, Minnesota Timberwolves 95

Scoring by quarter: 27–28, 9–22, 18–16, 27–29

Pts: Voshon Lenard 24 Rebs: Carmelo Anthony 9 Asts: Anthony, Nenê 3 each

Pts: Latrell Sprewell 31 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 22 Asts: Kevin Garnett 10

Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota Referees: Dick Bavetta, Luis Grillo, Mark Wunderlich

ESPN2

April 24 10:30 pm

Recap

Minnesota Timberwolves 86, Denver Nuggets 107

Scoring by quarter: 18–30, 23–24, 25–31, 20–22

Pts: Latrell Sprewell 25 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 11 Asts: Kevin Garnett 8

Pts: Carmelo Anthony 24 Rebs: Marcus Camby 16 Asts: Andre Miller 6

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado Referees: Dan Crawford, Bill Kennedy, Tom Washington

TNT

April 27 10:30 pm

Recap

Minnesota Timberwolves 84, Denver Nuggets 82

Scoring by quarter: 20–20, 16–16, 30–27, 18–19

Pts: Kevin Garnett 27 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 14 Asts: Kevin Garnett 5

Pts: Voshon Lenard 28 Rebs: Marcus Camby 14 Asts: Marcus Camby 5

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado Referees: Ron Garretson, Ron Olesiak, Bennett Salvatore

ESPN

April 30 9:30 pm

Recap

Denver Nuggets 91, Minnesota Timberwolves 102

Scoring by quarter: 19–28, 26–29, 21–17, 25–28

Pts: Camby, Miller 21 each Rebs: Marcus Camby 15 Asts: Boykins, Lenard 4 each

Pts: Kevin Garnett 28 Rebs: Garnett, Madsen 7 each Asts: Kevin Garnett 8

Minnesota wins the series, 4–1

Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota Referees: Joe Forte, Steve Javie, Derrick Stafford

Regular-season series

Minnesota won 3–1 in the regular-season series

November 18, 2003

Recap

Denver Nuggets 76, Minnesota Timberwolves 89

Target Center, Minneapolis

January 26, 2004

Recap

Minnesota Timberwolves 97, Denver Nuggets 95

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

March 21, 2004

Recap

Denver Nuggets 77, Minnesota Timberwolves 98

Target Center, Minneapolis

March 24, 2004

Recap

Minnesota Timberwolves 92, Denver Nuggets 101

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

This was the first playoff meeting between the Nuggets and the Timberwolves.[8] (2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (7) Houston Rockets[edit]

ESPN

April 17 10:30 pm

Recap

Houston Rockets 71, Los Angeles Lakers 72

Scoring by quarter: 18–20, 16–20, 17–9, 20–23

Pts: Steve Francis 18 Rebs: Jim Jackson 12 Asts: Steve Francis 5

Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 20 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 17 Asts: Kobe Bryant 6

Staples Center, Los Angeles Referees: Ron Garretson, Steve Javie, Blane Reichelt

TNT

April 19 10:30 pm

Recap

Houston Rockets 84, Los Angeles Lakers 98

Scoring by quarter: 22–23, 24–21, 18–30, 20–24

Pts: Yao Ming 21 Rebs: Steve Francis 10 Asts: Steve Francis 12

Pts: Kobe Bryant 36 Rebs: Karl Malone 8 Asts: Gary Payton 7

Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Referees: Bennie Adams, Joe DeRosa, Bernie Fryer

ESPN

April 23 9:30 pm

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 91, Houston Rockets 102

Scoring by quarter: 23–29, 20–27, 19–18, 29–28

Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 25 Rebs: Malone, O'Neal 11 each Asts: Gary Payton 7

Pts: Steve Francis 27 Rebs: Jackson, Yao 10 each Asts: Steve Francis 7

Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Referees: Mike Callahan, James Capers, Eddie F. Rush

ABC

April 25 3:30 pm

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 92, Houston Rockets 88 (OT)

Scoring by quarter: 21–24, 24–17, 24–18, 12–22, Overtime: 11–7

Pts: Karl Malone 30 Rebs: Karl Malone 13 Asts: Gary Payton 7

Pts: Steve Francis 17 Rebs: Jim Jackson 20 Asts: Steve Francis 9

Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Referees: Joe Crawford, David Jones, Bill Spooner

TNT

April 28 10:30 pm

Recap

Houston Rockets 78, Los Angeles Lakers 97

Scoring by quarter: 27–24, 21–23, 9–25, 21–25

Pts: Jim Jackson 17 Rebs: Kelvin Cato 12 Asts: Steve Francis 5

Pts: Kobe Bryant 31 Rebs: Malone, O'Neal 9 each Asts: Kobe Bryant 10

Los Angeles wins the series, 4–1

Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Referees: Dan Crawford, Monty McCutchen, Tom Washington

Regular-season series

Tied 2–2 in the regular-season series

December 25, 2003

Recap

Houston Rockets 99, Los Angeles Lakers 87

Staples Center, Los Angeles

February 11, 2004

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 87, Houston Rockets 102

Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

March 3, 2004

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 96, Houston Rockets 93

Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

April 1, 2004

Recap

Houston Rockets 85, Los Angeles Lakers 93

Staples Center, Los Angeles

This was the seventh playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning three series apiece.

Previous playoff series[9]

Tied 3–3 in all-time playoff series

1981

Houston Rockets 2, Los Angeles Lakers 1

1981 Western Conference First Round

1986

Houston Rockets 4, Los Angeles Lakers 1

1986 Western Conference Finals

1990

Houston Rockets 1, Los Angeles Lakers 3

1990 Western Conference First Round

1991

Houston Rockets 0, Los Angeles Lakers 3

1991 Western Conference First Round

1996

Houston Rockets 3, Los Angeles Lakers 1

1996 Western Conference First Round

1999

Houston Rockets 1, Los Angeles Lakers 3

1999 Western Conference First Round

(3) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

ESPN

April 17 8:00 pm

Recap

Memphis Grizzlies 74, San Antonio Spurs 98

Scoring by quarter: 19–28, 15–21, 18–22, 22–27

Pts: Bonzi Wells 16 Rebs: Stromile Swift 7 Asts: Jason Williams 3

Pts: Tim Duncan 26 Rebs: Tim Duncan 9 Asts: Tony Parker 8

SBC Center, San Antonio Referees: Bennie Adams, Joe DeRosa, Bernie Fryer

TNT

April 19 8:00 pm

Recap

Memphis Grizzlies 70, San Antonio Spurs 87

Scoring by quarter: 21–26, 14–20, 24–22, 11–19

Pts: Pau Gasol 20 Rebs: Pau Gasol 11 Asts: Jason Williams 4

Pts: Tony Parker 27 Rebs: Tim Duncan 12 Asts: Tony Parker 7

SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas Referees: Luis Grillo, Eddie F. Rush, Mark Wunderlich

ABC

April 22 8:30 pm

Recap

San Antonio Spurs 95, Memphis Grizzlies 93

Scoring by quarter: 29–28, 21–29, 24–17, 21–19

Pts: Tim Duncan 22 Rebs: Tim Duncan 13 Asts: Tony Parker 6

Pts: Pau Gasol 18 Rebs: Swift, Wright 6 each Asts: Gasol, Williams 3 each

The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee Referees: Sean Corbin, Jack Nies, Greg Willard

TNT

April 25 9:30 pm

Recap

San Antonio Spurs 110, Memphis Grizzlies 97

Scoring by quarter: 32–21, 25–24, 30–27, 23–25

Pts: Tony Parker 29 Rebs: Duncan, Horry 6 each Asts: Tony Parker 13

Pts: Pau Gasol 22 Rebs: James Posey 11 Asts: Jason Williams 8

San Antonio wins the series, 4–0

The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee Referees: Bob Delaney, Steve Javie, Jess Kersey

Regular-season series

Memphis won 3–1 in the regular-season series

November 3, 2003

Recap

San Antonio Spurs 80, Memphis Grizzlies 88

The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee

December 15, 2003

Recap

Memphis Grizzlies 67, San Antonio Spurs 78

SBC Center, San Antonio

March 1, 2004

Recap

Memphis Grizzlies 81, San Antonio Spurs 80

SBC Center, San Antonio

March 9, 2004

Recap

San Antonio Spurs 88, Memphis Grizzlies 94

The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee

This was the first playoff meeting between the Grizzlies and the Spurs.[10] (4) Sacramento Kings vs. (5) Dallas Mavericks[edit]

ABC

April 18 3:30 pm

Recap

Dallas Mavericks 105, Sacramento Kings 116

Scoring by quarter: 31–34, 34–29, 20–23, 20–30

Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 32 Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13 Asts: Steve Nash 8

Pts: Peja Stojaković 28 Rebs: Chris Webber 12 Asts: Doug Christie 11

ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California Referees: Joe Crawford, Jess Kersey, Bill Spooner

TNT

April 20 10:30 pm

Recap

Dallas Mavericks 79, Sacramento Kings 83

Scoring by quarter: 19–21, 23–23, 18–17, 19–22

Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 28 Rebs: Marquis Daniels 11 Asts: Steve Nash 9

Pts: Mike Bibby 24 Rebs: Chris Webber 13 Asts: Chris Webber 12

ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California Referees: Ron Garretson, Steve Javie, Blane Reichelt

ESPN

April 24 9:30 pm

Recap

Sacramento Kings 79, Dallas Mavericks 104

Scoring by quarter: 25–33, 17–16, 17–34, 20–21

Pts: Bibby, Webber 22 each Rebs: Peja Stojaković 8 Asts: Doug Christie 4

Pts: Marquis Daniels 22 Rebs: Josh Howard 14 Asts: Steve Nash 5

American Airlines Center, Dallas Referees: Dick Bavetta, Jim Clark, Tim Donaghy

TNT

April 26 9:30 pm

Recap

Sacramento Kings 94, Dallas Mavericks 92

Scoring by quarter: 21–18, 18–26, 31–21, 24–27

Pts: Mike Bibby 22 Rebs: Brad Miller 16 Asts: three players 5 each

Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 21 Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 14 Asts: Steve Nash 9

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Referees: Joe Crawford, Bill Kennedy, Tom Washington

TNT

April 29 10:30 pm

Recap

Dallas Mavericks 118, Sacramento Kings 119

Scoring by quarter: 37–24, 29–39, 30–33, 22–23

Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 31 Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 14 Asts: Steve Nash 14

Pts: Mike Bibby 36 Rebs: Peja Stojaković 10 Asts: Bibby, Christie 8 each

Sacramento wins the series, 4–1

ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California Referees: Mike Callahan, Bennett Salvatore, Greg Willard

Regular-season series

Dallas won 3–1 in the regular-season series

December 25, 2003

Recap

Dallas Mavericks 111, Sacramento Kings 103

ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California

January 25, 2004

Recap

Sacramento Kings 99, Dallas Mavericks 108

American Airlines Center, Dallas

March 11, 2004

Recap

Dallas Mavericks 102, Sacramento Kings 120

ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California

April 1, 2004

Recap

Sacramento Kings 117, Dallas Mavericks 127

American Airlines Center, Dallas

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning one series apiece.

Previous playoff series[11]

Tied 1–1 in all-time playoff series

2002

Dallas Mavericks 1, Sacramento Kings 4

2002 Western Conference Semifinals

2003

Dallas Mavericks 4, Sacramento Kings 3

2003 Western Conference Semifinals

Conference Semifinals[edit] (1) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (4) Sacramento Kings[edit]

TNT

May 4 9:30 pm

Recap

Sacramento Kings 104, Minnesota Timberwolves 98

Scoring by quarter: 34–27, 14–20, 25–26, 31–25

Pts: Mike Bibby 33 Rebs: Brad Miller 10 Asts: Mike Bibby 7

Pts: Sam Cassell 40 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 18 Asts: Kevin Garnett 7

Target Center, Minneapolis Referees: Dan Crawford, Bob Delaney, Monty McCutchen

ESPN

May 8 9:30 pm

Recap

Sacramento Kings 89, Minnesota Timberwolves 94

Scoring by quarter: 12–17, 27–32, 31–24, 19–21

Pts: Peja Stojaković 26 Rebs: Brad Miller 11 Asts: Mike Bibby 8

Pts: Kevin Garnett 28 Rebs: Garnett, Johnson 11 each Asts: Sam Cassell 7

Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota Referees: Mike Callahan, Sean Corbin, Eddie F. Rush

TNT

May 10 10:30 pm

Recap

Minnesota Timberwolves 114, Sacramento Kings 113 (OT)

Scoring by quarter: 22–18, 24–28, 33–23, 25–35, Overtime: 10–9

Pts: Kevin Garnett 30 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 15 Asts: Latrell Sprewell 6

Pts: Peja Stojaković 29 Rebs: Doug Christie 12 Asts: Mike Bibby 10

ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California Referees: Dick Bavetta, Tony Brothers, Jim Clark

TNT

May 12 10:30 pm

Recap

Minnesota Timberwolves 81, Sacramento Kings 87

Scoring by quarter: 15–21, 16–21, 26–17, 24–28

Pts: Kevin Garnett 19 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 21 Asts: Cassell, Garnett 6 each

Pts: Chris Webber 28 Rebs: Chris Webber 8 Asts: Mike Bibby 12

ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California Referees: James Capers, Bernie Fryer, Jack Nies

TNT

May 14 9:30 pm

Recap

Sacramento Kings 74, Minnesota Timberwolves 86

Scoring by quarter: 18–18, 16–20, 23–26, 17–22

Pts: Mike Bibby 14 Rebs: Brad Miller 10 Asts: Mike Bibby 6

Pts: Latrell Sprewell 34 Rebs: Mark Madsen 13 Asts: Sam Cassell 7

Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota Referees: Steve Javie, Blane Reichelt, Derrick Stafford

ABC

May 16 3:30 pm

Recap

Minnesota Timberwolves 87, Sacramento Kings 104

Scoring by quarter: 30–24, 14–33, 19–21, 24–26

Pts: Latrell Sprewell 27 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 10 Asts: Kevin Garnett 5

Pts: Peja Stojaković 22 Rebs: Peja Stojaković 8 Asts: Mike Bibby 10

ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Bill Spooner

TNT

May 19 9:00 pm

Recap

Sacramento Kings 80, Minnesota Timberwolves 83

Scoring by quarter: 16–22, 15–19, 29–21, 20–21

Pts: Doug Christie 21 Rebs: three players 8 each Asts: Mike Bibby 8

Pts: Kevin Garnett 32 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 21 Asts: Sam Cassell 7

Minnesota wins the series, 4–3

Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota Referees: Dick Bavetta, Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington

Regular-season series

Minnesota won 3–1 in the regular-season series

November 5, 2003

Recap

Sacramento Kings 125, Minnesota Timberwolves 121 (OT)

Target Center, Minneapolis

December 5, 2003

Recap

Minnesota Timberwolves 112, Sacramento Kings 109 (OT)

ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California

February 19, 2004

Recap

Sacramento Kings 75, Minnesota Timberwolves 92

Target Center, Minneapolis

April 8, 2004

Recap

Minnesota Timberwolves 94, Sacramento Kings 86

ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California

This was the first playoff meeting between the Timberwolves and the Kings.[12] (3) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Los Angeles Lakers[edit]

ABC

May 2 2:30 pm

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 78, San Antonio Spurs 88

Scoring by quarter: 14–21, 19–20, 32–21, 13–26

Pts: Kobe Bryant 31 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 13 Asts: Karl Malone 5

Pts: Tim Duncan 30 Rebs: Tim Duncan 11 Asts: Tony Parker 9

SBC Center, San Antonio Referees: Dick Bavetta, Lorenzo Bronson, Jim Clark

TNT

May 5 8:30 pm

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 85, San Antonio Spurs 95

Scoring by quarter: 17–33, 28–28, 23–12, 17–22

Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 32 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 15 Asts: Kobe Bryant 8

Pts: Tony Parker 30 Rebs: Bowen, Duncan 7 each Asts: Manu Ginóbili 6

SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas Referees: Scott Foster, Bernie Fryer, Greg Willard

ABC

May 9 12:30 pm

Recap

San Antonio Spurs 81, Los Angeles Lakers 105

Scoring by quarter: 16–28, 16–14, 26–33, 23–30

Pts: Manu Ginóbili 17 Rebs: Tim Duncan 13 Asts: Tony Parker 5

Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 28 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 15 Asts: Gary Payton 7

Staples Center, Los Angeles Referees: Steve Javie, Jack Nies, Blane Reichelt

TNT

May 11 10:30 pm

Recap

San Antonio Spurs 90, Los Angeles Lakers 98

Scoring by quarter: 27–21, 26–22, 16–31, 21–24

Pts: Manu Ginóbili 21 Rebs: Tim Duncan 10 Asts: Duncan, Parker 8 each

Pts: Kobe Bryant 42 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 14 Asts: Karl Malone 6

Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Referees: Monty McCutchen, Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington

ABC

May 13 7:00 pm

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 74, San Antonio Spurs 73

Scoring by quarter: 24–18, 18–17, 20–18, 12–20

Pts: Kobe Bryant 22 Rebs: Karl Malone 12 Asts: Gary Payton 7

Pts: Tim Duncan 21 Rebs: Tim Duncan 21 Asts: Tony Parker 6

SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe Forte, Ron Garretson

TNT

May 15 7:30 pm

Recap

San Antonio Spurs 76, Los Angeles Lakers 88

Scoring by quarter: 21–23, 18–16, 13–17, 24–32

Pts: Tim Duncan 20 Rebs: Tim Duncan 11 Asts: Manu Ginóbili 4

Pts: Kobe Bryant 26 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 19 Asts: Bryant, Payton 7 each

Los Angeles wins the series, 4–2

Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Referees: Mike Callahan, Ken Mauer, Eddie F. Rush

In the final seconds of Game 5, Tim Duncan hits a fadeaway shot over Shaquille O'Neal to give the Spurs the lead, but with 0.4 seconds left, Derek Fisher off the inbounds pass hits a miracle buzzer beater to give the Lakers the victory.

Regular-season series

Los Angeles won 3–1 in the regular-season series

November 6, 2003

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 120, San Antonio Spurs 117 (2OT)

SBC Center, San Antonio

November 28, 2003

Recap

San Antonio Spurs 87, Los Angeles Lakers 103

Staples Center, Los Angeles

December 3, 2003

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 90, San Antonio Spurs 86

SBC Center, San Antonio

April 4, 2004

Recap

San Antonio Spurs 95, Los Angeles Lakers 89

Staples Center, Los Angeles

This was the tenth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning six of the first nine meetings.

Previous playoff series[13]

Los Angeles leads 6–3 in all-time playoff series

1982

Los Angeles Lakers 4, San Antonio Spurs 0

1982 Western Conference Finals

1983

Los Angeles Lakers 4, San Antonio Spurs 2

1983 Western Conference Finals

1986

Los Angeles Lakers 3, San Antonio Spurs 0

1986 Western Conference First Round

1988

Los Angeles Lakers 3, San Antonio Spurs 0

1988 Western Conference First Round

1995

Los Angeles Lakers 2, San Antonio Spurs 4

1995 Western Conference Semifinals

1999

Los Angeles Lakers 0, San Antonio Spurs 4

1999 Western Conference Semifinals

2001

Los Angeles Lakers 4, San Antonio Spurs 0

2001 Western Conference Finals

2002

Los Angeles Lakers 4, San Antonio Spurs 1

2002 Western Conference Semifinals

2003

Los Angeles Lakers 2, San Antonio Spurs 4

2003 Western Conference Semifinals

Conference Finals: (1) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (2) Los Angeles Lakers[edit]

TNT

May 21 8:00 pm

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 97, Minnesota Timberwolves 88

Scoring by quarter: 23–24, 23–20, 32–23, 19–21

Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 27 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 18 Asts: Bryant, Fisher 6 each

Pts: Latrell Sprewell 23 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 10 Asts: Sam Cassell 8

Target Center, Minneapolis Referees: Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney, Greg Willard

TNT

May 23 7:30 pm

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 71, Minnesota Timberwolves 89

Scoring by quarter: 24–32, 13–19, 19–17, 15–21

Pts: Kobe Bryant 27 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 16 Asts: Kobe Bryant 6

Pts: Kevin Garnett 24 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 11 Asts: Latrell Sprewell 8

Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota Referees: Joe DeRosa, Steve Javie, Bill Spooner

TNT

May 25 6:00 pm

Recap

Minnesota Timberwolves 89, Los Angeles Lakers 100

Scoring by quarter: 17–24, 18–20, 30–26, 24–30

Pts: Kevin Garnett 22 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 11 Asts: Kevin Garnett 7

Pts: Bryant, O'Neal 22 each Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 17 Asts: Gary Payton 9

Staples Center, Los Angeles Referees: Dan Crawford, Ron Garretson, Derrick Stafford

TNT

May 27 6:00 pm

Recap

Minnesota Timberwolves 85, Los Angeles Lakers 92

Scoring by quarter: 24–23, 16–22, 20–30, 25–17

Pts: Kevin Garnett 28 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 13 Asts: Kevin Garnett 9

Pts: Kobe Bryant 31 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 19 Asts: Kobe Bryant 8

Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Referees: Mike Callahan, Bernie Fryer, Jack Nies

TNT

May 29 8:00 pm

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 96, Minnesota Timberwolves 98

Scoring by quarter: 21–14, 19–32, 23–27, 33–25

Pts: Kobe Bryant 23 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 13 Asts: Kobe Bryant 7

Pts: Kevin Garnett 30 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 19 Asts: Latrell Sprewell 5

Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota Referees: Jim Clark, Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington

TNT

May 31 6:00 pm

Recap

Minnesota Timberwolves 90, Los Angeles Lakers 96

Scoring by quarter: 17–28, 29–20, 22–19, 22–29

Pts: Latrell Sprewell 27 Rebs: Kevin Garnett 17 Asts: Sprewell, Martin 5 each

Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 25 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 11 Asts: Gary Payton 8

Los Angeles wins the series, 4–2

Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Referees: Dick Bavetta, Ken Mauer, Eddie Rush

Regular-season series

Minnesota won 3–1 in the regular-season series

January 6, 2004

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 90, Minnesota Timberwolves 106

Target Center, Minneapolis

January 30, 2004

Recap

Minnesota Timberwolves 97, Los Angeles Lakers 84

Staples Center, Los Angeles

March 12, 2004

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 86, Minnesota Timberwolves 96

Target Center, Minneapolis

March 26, 2004

Recap

Minnesota Timberwolves 73, Los Angeles Lakers 90

Staples Center, Los Angeles

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning the first meeting.

Previous playoff series[14]

Los Angeles leads 1–0 in all-time playoff series

2003

Los Angeles Lakers 4, Minnesota Timberwolves 2

2003 Western Conference First Round

NBA Finals: (W2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (E3) Detroit Pistons[edit] Main article: 2004 NBA Finals

ABC

June 6 6:00 pm

Recap

Detroit Pistons 87, Los Angeles Lakers 75

Scoring by quarter: 22–19, 18–22, 24–17, 23–17

Pts: Chauncey Billups 22 Rebs: B. Wallace, R. Wallace 8 each Asts: Richard Hamilton 5

Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 34 Rebs: O'Neal, Malone 11 each Asts: Kobe Bryant 4

Staples Center, Los Angeles Referees: Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney, Bernie Fryer

ABC

June 8 6:00 pm

Recap

Detroit Pistons 91, Los Angeles Lakers 99 (OT)

Scoring by quarter: 16–18, 20–26, 30–24, 23–21, Overtime: 2–10

Pts: Chauncey Billups 27 Rebs: Ben Wallace 14 Asts: Chauncey Billups 9

Pts: Kobe Bryant 33 Rebs: Karl Malone 9 Asts: Luke Walton 8

Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Referees: Joe DeRosa, Steve Javie, Bennett Salvatore

ABC

June 10 9:00 pm

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 68, Detroit Pistons 88

Scoring by quarter: 16–24, 16–15, 19–24, 17–25

Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 14 Rebs: O'Neal, Medvedenko 8 each Asts: Gary Payton 7

Pts: Richard Hamilton 31 Rebs: Ben Wallace 11 Asts: Hamilton, B. Wallace, Billups 3 each

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Referees: Mike Callahan, Dan Crawford, Ron Garretson

ABC

June 13 9:00 pm

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 80, Detroit Pistons 88

Scoring by quarter: 22–21, 17–20, 17–15, 24–32

Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 36 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 17 Asts: Rick Fox 6

Pts: Rasheed Wallace 26 Rebs: R. Wallace, B. Wallace 13 each Asts: Richard Hamilton 6

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Referees: Dick Bavetta, Jack Nies, Eddie Rush

ABC

June 15 9:00 pm

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 87, Detroit Pistons 100

Scoring by quarter: 24–25, 21–30, 14–27, 28–18

Pts: Kobe Bryant 24 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 8 Asts: Luke Walton 5

Pts: Richard Hamilton 21 Rebs: Ben Wallace 22 Asts: Chauncey Billups 6

Detroit wins NBA Championship series 4–1

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Referees: Joe Crawford, Bernie Fryer, Bennett Salvatore

Game 4 is Karl Malone's final NBA game.

Regular-season series

Tied 1–1 in the regular-season series

November 14, 2003

Recap

Detroit Pistons 89, Los Angeles Lakers 94

Staples Center, Los Angeles

November 18, 2003

Recap

Los Angeles Lakers 96, Detroit Pistons 106

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

This was the 12th playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning nine of the first 11 meetings.

Previous playoff series[15]

Los Angeles leads 9–2 in all-time playoff series

1950

Fort Wayne Pistons 0, Minneapolis Lakers 2

1950 Central Division Finals

1953

Fort Wayne Pistons 2, Minneapolis Lakers 3

1953 Western Division Finals

1954

Fort Wayne Pistons 0, Minneapolis Lakers 2

1954 Western Division Round Robin Semifinals

1955

Fort Wayne Pistons 3, Minneapolis Lakers 1

1955 Western Division Finals

1957

Fort Wayne Pistons 0, Minneapolis Lakers 2

1957 Western Division Semifinals

1959

Detroit Pistons 1, Minneapolis Lakers 2

1959 Western Division Semifinals

1960

Detroit Pistons 0, Minneapolis Lakers 2

1960 Western Division Semifinals

1961

Detroit Pistons 2, Los Angeles Lakers 3

1961 Western Division Semifinals

1962

Detroit Pistons 2, Los Angeles Lakers 4

1962 Western Division Finals

1988

Detroit Pistons 3, Los Angeles Lakers 4

1988 NBA Finals

1989

Detroit Pistons 4, Los Angeles Lakers 0

1989 NBA Finals

References[edit]

^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Boston Celtics versus Indiana Pacers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.  ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Brooklyn Nets versus New York Knicks (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.  ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Detroit Pistons versus Milwaukee Bucks (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.  ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Miami Heat versus New Orleans Pelicans (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.  ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Indiana Pacers versus Miami Heat (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.  ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Brooklyn Nets versus Detroit Pistons (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.  ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Detroit Pistons versus Indiana Pacers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.  ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Denver Nuggets versus Minnesota Timberwolves (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.  ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Houston Rockets versus Los Angeles Lakers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.  ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Memphis Grizzlies versus San Antonio Spurs (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.  ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Dallas Mavericks versus Sacramento Kings (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.  ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Minnesota Timberwolves versus Sacramento Kings (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.  ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Los Angeles Lakers versus San Antonio Spurs (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.  ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Los Angeles Lakers versus Minnesota Timberwolves (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.  ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Detroit Pistons versus Los Angeles Lakers (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 

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