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The 2005–06 NBA SEASON was the 60th season of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association . It began on November 1, 2005 and ran through April 19, 2006. The Miami Heat were crowned NBA champions, defeating the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
in the NBA Finals , 4–2.

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

* 6 References

NOTABLE OCCURRENCES

* A new league dress code was put into effect at the beginning of the year by commissioner David Stern
David Stern
. * The Miami Heat win their first NBA championship in franchise history. They become the third franchise (joining the 1969 Boston Celtics , 1977 Portland Trail Blazers , and 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers ) to win the NBA Finals after losing the first two games. They are also the first of the four 1988/89 expansion franchises to win a championship. * The All-Star Game was played on February 19, 2006 at the Toyota Center in Houston
Houston
with the East beating the West 122–120. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers won the game's MVP honors. * This season marked the first season of the Charlotte Bobcats in their new arena in downtown Charlotte . * Due to the damages caused by Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
, the New Orleans Hornets played 32 regular season games in the Ford Center in Oklahoma City , 6 games at LSU 's Pete Maravich Assembly Center , and just 3 games at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans
New Orleans
in March. Due to the split, the team was officially referred to as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets . * This season marked the first under the NBA's new Collective Bargaining Agreement , agreed upon by the owners and the player union on June 21. * The season was marked by the 30th anniversary of the absorption of four American Basketball
Basketball
Association members into the league: The Indiana Pacers , the New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets
, the Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
and the San Antonio Spurs all joined in 1976. * On January 22, 2006, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
scored 81 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
. This was the second-highest single game scoring total in league history, second only to Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain
's 100-point game in 1962. * Scottie Pippen (Bulls ), Karl Malone
Karl Malone
(Jazz ), and Reggie Miller (Pacers ) had their numbers retired by their respective franchises. * The NBA held the Hardwood Classics program for the fifth straight season. The Bulls , Rockets , Clippers , Grizzlies , Heat , Nets , Knicks , Magic , Suns , Sonics , and Wizards all took part by wearing throwback jerseys for select games. * On the last day of the regular season, Ray Allen broke the single season record for most three-pointers, at 269. * The NBA Finals was jokingly referred to as the "American Airlines" series since both competing teams played in an arena sponsored by the same airline. The Miami Heat play their games at American Airlines Arena while the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
reside in the American Airlines Center . * All five teams in the Central Division made the playoffs, marking the first time all teams in a division made the playoffs since the entire Midwest Division made it 20 years before . * The Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
made it back to the playoffs for the first time since 1997 and won their first playoff series since 1976 when they were still known as the Buffalo Braves
Buffalo Braves
. * The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
sport a patch in their warmups in memory of Hall of Fame player George Mikan , who died June 1, 2005 at the age of 80. * On June 20, 2006, the Miami Heat clinched the NBA Finals, with Wade being the Finals MVP, averaging the third highest points per game in finals history, at 34.7, the highest points per a four-game stretch in finals history, at 39.3, and the highest PER in finals history, at 33.8.

COACHING CHANGES

OFFSEASON

TEAM 2004–05 COACH 2005–06 COACH

Cleveland Cavaliers Brendan Malone Mike Brown

Detroit Pistons Larry Brown Flip Saunders

Los Angeles Lakers Frank Hamblen Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson

Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
Terry Porter Terry Stotts
Terry Stotts

Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
Kevin McHale Dwane Casey

New York Knicks
New York Knicks
Herb Williams Larry Brown

Orlando Magic Chris Jent Brian Hill

Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
Jim O\'Brien Maurice Cheeks
Maurice Cheeks

Portland Trail Blazers Kevin Pritchard
Kevin Pritchard
Nate McMillan

Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
Nate McMillan Bob Weiss

IN-SEASON

TEAM OUTGOING COACH INCOMING COACH

Miami Heat Stan Van Gundy Pat Riley
Pat Riley

Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
Bob Weiss Bob Hill

FINAL STANDINGS

BY DIVISION

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

* v * t * e

W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV

Y- New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets
49 33 .598 - 29–12 20–21 10–6

Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
38 44 .463 6 23–18 15–26 10–6

Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
33 49 .402 12 21–20 12–29 10–6

Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
27 55 .329 14 15–26 12–29 6–10

New York Knicks
New York Knicks
23 59 .280 23 15–26 8–33 4–12

Central Division

* v * t * e

W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV

Y- Detroit Pistons 64 18 .780 - 37–4 27–14 13–3

X- Cleveland Cavaliers 50 32 .610 14 31–10 19–22 11–5

X- Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 23 27–14 14–27 6–10

X- Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 23 21–20 20–21 4–12

X- Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
40 42 .488 24 25–16 15–26 6–10

Southeast Division

* v * t * e

W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV

Y- Miami Heat 52 30 .634 - 31–10 21–20 13–3

X- Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
42 40 .512 10 27–14 15–26 8–8

Orlando Magic 36 46 .439 16 26–15 10–31 9–7

Charlotte Bobcats 26 56 .317 26 17–24 9–32 5–11

Atlanta Hawks 26 56 .317 26 18–23 8–33 5–11

Western Conference

Northwest Division

* v * t * e

W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV

Y- Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
44 38 .537 - 26–15 18–23 10–6

Utah Jazz 41 41 .500 3 22–19 19–22 11–5

Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
35 47 .427 9 22–19 13–28 10–6

Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
33 49 .402 11 24–17 9–32 6–10

Portland Trail Blazers 21 61 .256 23 15–26 6–35 3–13

Pacific Division

* v * t * e

W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV

Y- Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
54 28 .659 - 31–10 23–18 10–6

X- Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
47 35 .573 7 27–14 20–21 7–9

X- Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 9 27–14 18–23 9–7

X- Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
44 38 .537 10 27–14 17–24 10–6

Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 20 21–20 13–28 4–12

Southwest Division

* v * t * e

W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV

Y- San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
63 19 .768 - 34–7 29–12 13–3

X- Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
60 22 .732 3 34–7 26–15 13–3

X- Memphis Grizzlies 49 33 .598 14 30–11 19–22 6–10

New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets 38 44 .463 25 24–17 14–27 7–9

Houston
Houston
Rockets 34 48 .415 29 15–26 19–22 1–15

BY CONFERENCE

EASTERN CONFERENCE

* v * t * e

# TEAM W L PCT GB

1 Z- Detroit Pistons 64 18 .780 -

2 Y- Miami Heat 52 30 .634 12

3 Y- New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets
49 33 .598 15

4 X- Cleveland Cavaliers 50 32 .610 14

5 X- Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
42 40 .512 22

6 X- Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 23

7 X- Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 23

8 X- Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
40 42 .488 24

9 Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
38 44 .463 26

10 Orlando Magic 36 46 .439 28

11 Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
33 49 .402 31

12 Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
27 55 .329 37

13 Charlotte Bobcats 26 56 .317 38

14 Atlanta Hawks 26 56 .317 38

15 New York Knicks
New York Knicks
23 59 .280 41

# WESTERN CONFERENCE

* v * t * e

TEAM W L PCT GB

1 C- San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
63 19 .768 -

2 Y- Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
54 28 .659 9

3 Y- Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
44 38 .537 19

4 X- Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
60 22 .732 3

5 X- Memphis Grizzlies 49 33 .598 14

6 X- Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
47 35 .573 16

7 X- Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 18

8 X- Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
44 38 .537 19

9 Utah Jazz 41 41 .500 22

10 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets 38 44 .463 25

11 Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
35 47 .427 28

12 Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 29

13 Houston
Houston
Rockets 34 48 .415 29

14 Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
33 49 .402 30

15 Portland Trail Blazers 21 61 .256 42

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. Main article: 2006 NBA Playoffs

First Round

Conference Semifinals

Conference Finals

NBA Finals

E1 DETROIT * 4

E8 Milwaukee 1

E1 DETROIT * 4

E4 Cleveland 3

E4 CLEVELAND 4

E5 Washington 2

E1 Detroit * 2

EASTERN CONFERENCE

E2 MIAMI * 4

E3 NEW JERSEY * 4

E6 Indiana 2

E3 New Jersey * 1

E2 MIAMI * 4

E2 MIAMI * 4

E7 Chicago 2

E2 MIAMI * 4

W4 Dallas 2

W1 SAN ANTONIO * 4

W8 Sacramento 2

W1 San Antonio * 3

W4 DALLAS 4

W4 DALLAS 4

W5 Memphis 0

W4 DALLAS 4

WESTERN CONFERENCE

W2 Phoenix * 2

W3 Denver * 1

W6 LA CLIPPERS 4

W6 LA Clippers 3

W2 PHOENIX * 4

W2 PHOENIX * 4

W7 LA Lakers 3

* 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 Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers 35.4

Rebounds per game Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
12.7

Assists per game Steve Nash
Steve Nash
Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
10.5

Steals per game Gerald Wallace Charlotte Bobcats 2.51

Blocks per game Marcus Camby Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
3.29

FG% Shaquille O\'Neal Miami Heat .600

FT% Steve Nash
Steve Nash
Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
.921

3FG% Richard Hamilton Detroit Pistons .458

AWARDS

YEARLY AWARDS

* MOST VALUABLE PLAYER : Steve Nash
Steve Nash
, Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
* DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR : Ben Wallace , Detroit Pistons * ROOKIE OF THE YEAR : Chris Paul
Chris Paul
, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets * SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR : Mike Miller , Memphis Grizzlies * MOST IMPROVED PLAYER : Boris Diaw , Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
* COACH OF THE YEAR : Avery Johnson , Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
* EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR : Elgin Baylor , Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
* SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD : Elton Brand
Elton Brand
, Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers

* ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM :

* F LeBron James
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers * F Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
* C Shaquille O\'Neal – Miami Heat * G Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers * G Steve Nash
Steve Nash
Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns

* NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM :

* Bruce Bowen
Bruce Bowen
San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
* Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons * Andrei Kirilenko – Utah Jazz * Ron Artest
Ron Artest
Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
* Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers * Jason Kidd New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets

* NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM :

* Chris Paul
Chris Paul
– New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets * Charlie Villanueva Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
* Andrew Bogut Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
* Deron Williams
Deron Williams
Utah Jazz * Channing Frye New York Knicks
New York Knicks

* ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM:

* F Elton Brand
Elton Brand
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
* F Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
* C Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons * G Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat * G Chauncey Billups Detroit Pistons

* NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM:

* Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
* Chauncey Billups Detroit Pistons * Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
* Marcus Camby Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
* Tayshaun Prince Detroit Pistons

* NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM:

* Danny Granger Indiana Pacers * Raymond Felton
Raymond Felton
Charlotte Bobcats * Luther Head Houston
Houston
Rockets * Marvin Williams Atlanta Hawks * Ryan Gomes Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics

* ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM:

* F Shawn Marion
Shawn Marion
Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
* F Carmelo Anthony Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
* C Yao Ming Houston
Houston
Rockets * G Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson
Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
* G Gilbert Arenas
Gilbert Arenas
Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

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

MONTH EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE REF.

1October – November James, LeBron LeBron James
LeBron James
( Cleveland Cavaliers ) (1/2) Brand, Elton Elton Brand
Elton Brand
( Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
) (1/1)

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

3January Billups, Chauncey Chauncey Billups ( Detroit Pistons ) (1/1) Bryant, Kobe Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
( Los Angeles Lakers ) (1/2)

4February Wade, Dwyane Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade
( Miami Heat ) (1/1) Marion, Shawn Shawn Marion
Shawn Marion
( Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
) (1/1)

4March James, LeBron LeBron James
LeBron James
( Cleveland Cavaliers ) (2/2) Anthony, Carmelo Carmelo Anthony ( Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
) (1/1)

5April Howard, Dwight Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard
( Orlando Magic ) (1/1) Bryant, Kobe Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
( Los Angeles Lakers ) (2/2)

ROOKIES OF THE MONTH

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

MONTH EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE REF.

01October – November Frye, Channing Channing Frye ( New York Knicks
New York Knicks
) (1/1) Paul, Chris Chris Paul
Chris Paul
( New Orleans
New Orleans
/ Oklahoma City Hornets ) (1/6)

02December Villanueva, Charlie Charlie Villanueva ( Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
) (1/1) Paul, Chris Chris Paul
Chris Paul
( New Orleans
New Orleans
/ Oklahoma City Hornets ) (2/6)

03January Bogut, Andrew Andrew Bogut ( Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
) (1/1) Paul, Chris Chris Paul
Chris Paul
( New Orleans
New Orleans
/ Oklahoma City Hornets ) (3/6)

04February Felton, Raymond Raymond Felton
Raymond Felton
( Charlotte Bobcats ) (1/3) Paul, Chris Chris Paul
Chris Paul
( New Orleans
New Orleans
/ Oklahoma City Hornets ) (4/6)

05March Felton, Raymond Raymond Felton
Raymond Felton
( Charlotte Bobcats ) (2/3) Paul, Chris Chris Paul
Chris Paul
( New Orleans
New Orleans
/ Oklahoma City Hornets ) (5/6)

06April Felton, Raymond Raymond Felton
Raymond Felton
(