1993 NBA Playoffs

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1993 NBA playoffs
Season 1992–93
Teams 16
Champions Chicago Bulls (3rd title)
Runners-up Phoenix Suns (2nd finals appearance)
Semifinalists
A ticket for Game 4 of the 1993 Western Conference Finals between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Phoenix Suns

The 1993 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1992–93 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls defeating the Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals. Michael Jordan was named NBA Finals MVP for the third straight year. This was the Suns' second Western Conference title; they made their first NBA Finals appearance since 1976, losing to the Boston Celtics.

The Knicks–Pacers rivalry started in their first-round encounter, which New York won, 3–1, but it wasn't until the next two meetings (1994 and 1995) that the rivalry became even more intense, particularly due to Reggie Miller's heroics in the Garden that made him a household name and Indiana legitimate contenders in the East.[citation needed]

The Charlotte Hornets made their playoff debut, their opening-round series versus Boston was also last time the Celtics made the playoffs with Kevin McHale, who retired after the series, and Robert Parish, who left as a free agent. Game 1 of the series was the final game in Reggie Lewis' career, as he collapsed during the first quarter and did not play for the rest of the series; he died in July of a heart attack.

Sportswriter Bill Simmons called the 1993 post-season the best in NBA history.[1][2][3]

Bracket[edit]

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
1 New York 3  
8 Indiana 1  
  1 New York 4  
  5 Charlotte 1  
4 Boston 1
5 Charlotte 3  
  1 New York 2  
Eastern Conference
  2 Chicago 4  
3 Cleveland 3  
6 New Jersey 2  
  3 Cleveland 0
  2 Chicago 4  
2 Chicago 3
7 Atlanta 0  
  E2 Chicago 4
  W1 Phoenix 2
1 Phoenix 3  
8 LA Lakers 2  
  1 Phoenix 4
  5 San Antonio 2  
4 Portland 1
5 San Antonio 3  
  1 Phoenix 4
Western Conference
  3 Seattle 3  
3 Seattle 3  
6 Utah 2  
  3 Seattle 4
  2 Houston 3  
2 Houston 3
7 LA Clippers 2  


Western Conference[edit]

Champion: Phoenix Suns

First Round[edit]

(1) Phoenix Suns vs. (8) Los Angeles Lakers: Suns win series 3–2

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

(2) Houston Rockets vs. (7) Los Angeles Clippers: Rockets win series 3–2

This was the first playoff meeting between the Rockets and the Clippers.[5]

(3) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (6) Utah Jazz: Sonics win series 3–2

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

(4) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (5) San Antonio Spurs: Spurs win series 3–1

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

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Phoenix Suns vs. (5) San Antonio Spurs: Suns win series 4–2

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

(2) Houston Rockets vs. (3) Seattle SuperSonics: Sonics win series 4–3

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

Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Phoenix Suns vs. (3) Seattle SuperSonics: Suns win series 4–3

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

Eastern Conference[edit]

Champion: Chicago Bulls

First Round[edit]

(1) New York Knicks vs. (8) Indiana Pacers: Knicks win series 3–1

This was the first playoff meeting between the Pacers and the Knicks.[11]

(2) Chicago Bulls vs. (7) Atlanta Hawks: Bulls win series 3–0

  • Game 1 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (April 30): Chicago 114, Atlanta 90
  • Game 2 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 2): Chicago 117, Atlanta 102 (MJ hits the half-court shot at the buzzer)
  • Game 3 @ The Omni, Atlanta (May 4): Chicago 98, Atlanta 88

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

(3) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (6) New Jersey Nets: Cavaliers win series 3–2

  • Game 1 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (April 29): Cleveland 114, New Jersey 98
  • Game 2 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 1): New Jersey 101, Cleveland 99
  • Game 3 @ Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford (May 5): Cleveland 93, New Jersey 84
  • Game 4 @ Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford (May 7): New Jersey 96, Cleveland 79
  • Game 5 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 9): Cleveland 99, New Jersey 89 (Dražen Petrović's final NBA game; he dies a month later in a car crash)

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

(4) Boston Celtics vs. (5) Charlotte Hornets: Hornets win series 3–1

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (April 29): Boston 112, Charlotte 101 (Celtics forward Reggie Lewis collapses on the court and did not play for the rest of the series; he dies 3 months later from a heart defect.)
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 1): Charlotte 99, Boston 98 (2OT)
  • Game 3 @ Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte (May 3): Charlotte 119, Boston 89
  • Game 4 @ Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte (May 5): Charlotte 104, Boston 103 (Alonzo Mourning hits the series-winning shot with 4 tenths left; also Kevin McHale's final NBA game)

This was the first playoff meeting between the Celtics and the Hornets.[14]

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) New York Knicks vs. (5) Charlotte Hornets: Knicks win series 4–1

This was the first playoff meeting between the Hornets and the Knicks.[15]

(2) Chicago Bulls vs. (3) Cleveland Cavaliers: Bulls win series 4–0

  • Game 1 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 11): Chicago 91, Cleveland 84
  • Game 2 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 13): Chicago 104, Cleveland 85
  • Game 3 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 15): Chicago 96, Cleveland 90
  • Game 4 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 17): Chicago 103, Cleveland 101 (Michael Jordan hits the series-winning shot at the buzzer against Cleveland for the second time in his career.)

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

Conference Finals[edit]

(1) New York Knicks vs. (2) Chicago Bulls: Bulls win series 4–2

This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Bulls winning the first four meetings.

NBA Finals[edit]

(1) Phoenix Suns vs. (2) Chicago Bulls: Bulls win series 4–2

  • Game 1 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (June 9): Chicago 100, Phoenix 92
  • Game 2 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (June 11): Chicago 111, Phoenix 108 (The team with home-court advantage in the NBA Finals loses the first two games at home for the first time ever)
  • Game 3 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (June 13): Phoenix 129, Chicago 121 (3OT) (This game marks the second time in NBA Finals history that a game goes to triple OT)
  • Game 4 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (June 16): Chicago 111, Phoenix 105 (Michael Jordan scores 55 points)
  • Game 5 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (June 18): Phoenix 108, Chicago 98
  • Game 6 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (June 20): Chicago 99, Phoenix 98 (John Paxson hits the title-winning 3 with 3.9 seconds left; Horace Grant then blocks Kevin Johnson just before the buzzer.)

This was the first playoff meeting between the Bulls and the Suns.[18]

Notes[edit]

  • The league's best team during the regular season, the Phoenix Suns, were on the verge of playoff elimination after losing the first two games at home against the No. 8 seeded Los Angeles Lakers. However, they recovered to win Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles to tie the series at 2–2; in Game 5, Dan Majerie hit a three-pointer to force overtime. The Suns eventually pulled away to win Game 5, 112–104, at home to avoid becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a #8 seed. This would happen the following postseason, when the No. 8 Denver Nuggets defeated the #1 Seattle SuperSonics 3–2 (The Nuggets came back from a 2–0 series deficit to pull it off).
  • Both #5 seeds, Charlotte and San Antonio, beat their No. 4 seeded opponent in the first round.
  • The fifth-year Charlotte Hornets made their playoff debut, and became the first of the 1988/89 expansion teams (Charlotte, Orlando, Minnesota, and Miami) to win a playoff series, beating Boston 3–1.
  • The New York Knicks took a 2–0 series lead over the Chicago Bulls in the Conference Finals. However, headlines in New York papers and tabloids angered and energized Bulls superstar Michael Jordan, who torched the Knicks for 54 points in Game 4 [19] after shooting 3–18 in Game 3 to even up the series,[20] this performance surpassed Sam Jones's 51-point game against the 1967 Knicks as the most points ever scored by a player against the Knicks in a playoff game.[21] The Bulls went to Madison Square Garden, won Game 5 97–94, and clinched the series at home in Game 6 with a 96–88 victory.[22]
  • Celtics' star Reggie Lewis fainted on the court during Game 1 against the Hornets. He briefly returned to the game before sitting out the rest of the series, he died less than three months later from a heart condition.[citation needed]
  • After the Suns defeated the Sonics in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, there were complaints[by whom?] about the free throw comparison between the two teams.[citation needed]
  • Game 6 of the Suns–Spurs series was the last game ever played at the HemisFair Arena.
  • The Cavaliers defeated the Nets in the Eastern Conference First Round, which was their last win in a playoff series until 2006. Game 5 of that series was also the last game played by Dražen Petrović, who died in a car accident five weeks later.

References[edit]

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  18. ^ "Team Rivalry Finder — Chicago Bulls versus Phoenix Suns (Playoffs)". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
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  20. ^ "New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls Box Score, May 29, 1993 - Basketball-Reference.com". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  21. ^ "All Jordan, All Even: Chicago Takes Game 4". New York Times. June 1, 1993. 
  22. ^ Eastern Conf. Finals Game 6 "Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks" on YouTube

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