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The 2005 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2004-05 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs defeating the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals. Tim Duncan was named Finals MVP.

The NBA Finals marked the first time since 1987 that the 2 previous champions met in the Finals (the Spurs won in 2003, the Pistons in 2004). For the Spurs, it was their 3rd title (they also won in the lockout-shortened season of 1999).

The Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards ended long playoff droughts in 2005 (and met each other in the first round). For Washington it was their first playoff appearance since 1997 (and even more ironic their opponents for that postseason appearance were the Bulls who swept them on their way to the NBA title), and only their third since 1988. Their 4-2 series victory over the Bulls was their first since 1982.

The Miami Heat became the first team to go 8-0 through the first 2 rounds (the first round having been made into a best-of-7 in the 2003 NBA Playoffs). The 2009 Cavs, 2010 Magic, and the 2012 Spurs followed suit. No team, however, has made the finals after going 8-0 in the first two rounds, let alone win 12 straight games going to the NBA Finals, though the Spurs came close in 2012 when they won their first 10 playoff games, then lost their next four to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

It was the Bulls' first post-Michael Jordan playoff appearance, as their last playoff game was Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. They consistently placed at or near the bottom of the Central Division in between, but their 47-35 season in 2005 was a 24-game improvement from 2004.

For the 3rd straight year (5th overall) the Pacers met the Celtics in the first round. Boston won in 2003 4–2, while Indiana swept Boston in 2004. It would be Boston's last playoff appearance until 2008.

For the Los Angeles Lakers, it marked the first time in 11 seasons (dating back to 1994) and the fifth time in NBA history that they missed the playoffs.

This was the last time that the Seattle SuperSonics would be in the playoffs before they relocated to Oklahoma to become the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Format[edit]

Main article: NBA Playoffs

Beginning with the 2004–05 season, with the addition of the 30th NBA franchise, the Charlotte Bobcats, the NBA realigned its divisions. Each conference now has three divisions of five teams each, and at this point in time, the winner of each division was guaranteed a top three playoff seed, regardless of whether the team had one of the top eight records in its conference. However, the division champion was not guaranteed home court advantage; a division-leading team with a poor record could be ranked number three but face a sixth seed with a better record, which would then have home court advantage. This has since been rectified by the NBA.

Bracket[edit]

First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                       
1 Miami 4
8 New Jersey 0
1 Miami 4
5 Washington 0
4 Chicago 2
5 Washington 4
1 Miami 3
Eastern Conference
2 Detroit 4
3 Boston 3
6 Indiana 4
6 Indiana 2
2 Detroit 4
2 Detroit 4
7 Philadelphia 1
E2 Detroit 3
W2 San Antonio 4
1 Phoenix 4
8 Memphis 0
1 Phoenix 4
4 Dallas 2
4 Dallas 4
5 Houston 3
1 Phoenix 1
Western Conference
2 San Antonio 4
3 Seattle 4
6 Sacramento 1
3 Seattle 2
2 San Antonio 4
2 San Antonio 4
7 Denver 1

Playoff qualifying[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Best record in conference[edit]

The Miami Heat clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference, and had home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Clinched a playoff berth[edit]

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:

  1. Miami Heat (59-23) (clinched Southeast division)
  2. Detroit Pistons (54-28) (clinched Central division)
  3. Boston Celtics (45-37) (clinched Atlantic division)
  4. Chicago Bulls (47-35)
  5. Washington Wizards (45-37)
  6. Indiana Pacers (44-38)
  7. Philadelphia 76ers (43-39)
  8. New Jersey Nets (42-40)

Western Conference[edit]

Best record in NBA[edit]

The Phoenix Suns clinched the best record in the NBA, and earned home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs. However, when Phoenix lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, the Spurs gained home court advantage for the NBA Finals.

Clinched a playoff berth[edit]

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:

  1. Phoenix Suns (62-20) (clinched Pacific division)
  2. San Antonio Spurs (59-23) (clinched Southwest division)
  3. Seattle SuperSonics (52-30) (clinched Northwest division)
  4. Dallas Mavericks (58-24)
  5. Houston Rockets (51-31)
  6. Sacramento Kings (50-32)
  7. Denver Nuggets (49-33)
  8. Memphis Grizzlies (45-37)

Eastern Conference[edit]

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4)

First Round[edit]

(1) Miami Heat vs. (8) New Jersey Nets[edit]

April 24
3:00 pm
New Jersey Nets 98, Miami Heat 116
Scoring by quarter: 19–22, 23–32, 31–33, 25–29
Pts: Vince Carter 27
Rebs: Vince Carter 10
Asts: Vince Carter 8
Pts: Dwyane Wade 32
Rebs: Haslem, O'Neal 11 each
Asts: Dwyane Wade 8
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,212
Referees: Jess Kersey, Steve Javie, Tom Washington
April 26
8:00 pm
New Jersey Nets 87, Miami Heat 104
Scoring by quarter: 16–26, 23–22, 20–28, 28–28
Pts: Nenad Krstić 27
Rebs: Collins, Krstić 8 each
Asts: Best, Kidd 5 each
Pts: Alonzo Mourning 21
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 10
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,276
Referees: Bill Kennedy, Bill Spooner, Joe Crawford
April 28
7:00 pm
Miami Heat 108, New Jersey Nets 105 (2OT)
Scoring by quarter: 17–24, 32–21, 25–24, 16–21, OT: 18–15
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 25
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 19
Asts: Dwyane Wade 8
Pts: Vince Carter 36
Rebs: Jason Kidd 16
Asts: Jason Kidd 13
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 20,174
Referees: Dick Bavetta, James Capers, Mike Callahan
May 1
3:30 pm
Miami Heat 110, New Jersey Nets 97
Scoring by quarter: 27–15, 21–30, 27–18, 35–34
Pts: Dwyane Wade 34
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 11
Asts: Dwyane Wade 9
Pts: Jason Kidd 25
Rebs: Vince Carter 10
Asts: Jason Kidd 7
Miami wins the series, 4–0
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 20,174
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Monty Mccutchen, Sean Corbin
Regular season series

Miami won 3–0 in the regular-season series:

Last Playoffs meeting: This is the first meeting between the Heat and Nets.

(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

April 23
3:00 pm
Philadelphia 76ers 85, Detroit Pistons 106
Scoring by quarter: 28–16, 18–32, 24–32, 15–26
Pts: Allen Iverson 30
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 18
Asts: Allen Iverson 10
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 29
Rebs: B. Wallace, R. Wallace 10 each
Asts: Richard Hamilton 5
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Greg Willard, Jack Nies
April 26
7:30 pm
Philadelphia 76ers 84, Detroit Pistons 99
Scoring by quarter: 23–20, 13–22, 21–27, 27–30
Pts: Allen Iverson 19
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 11
Asts: Allen Iverson 10
Pts: Richard Hamilton 23
Rebs: Ben Wallace 10
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Mike Callahan, Tony Brothers
April 29
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 104, Philadelphia 76ers 115
Scoring by quarter: 32–24, 22–27, 24–29, 26–35
Pts: Ben Wallace 29
Rebs: Ben Wallace 16
Asts: Richard Hamilton 12
Pts: Allen Iverson 37
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 10
Asts: Allen Iverson 15
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 16,907
Referees: Greg Willard, Monty Mccutchen, Ron Garretson
May 1
1:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 97, Philadelphia 76ers 92 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 21–24, 20–14, 19–23, 23–22, OT: 14–9
Pts: Chauncey Billups 25
Rebs: Ben Wallace 12
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
Pts: Allen Iverson 36
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 15
Asts: Allen Iverson 8
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 15,894
Referees: Bob Delaney, David Jones, Steve Javie
May 3
8:00 pm
Philadelphia 76ers 78, Detroit Pistons 88
Scoring by quarter: 24–21, 20–22, 17–17, 17–28
Pts: Allen Iverson 34
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 10
Asts: Allen Iverson 7
Pts: Billups, Hamilton 23 each
Rebs: Ben Wallace 13
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
Detroit wins the series, 4–1
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Scott Foster, Sean Corbin
Regular season series

Detroit won 3–1 in the regular-season series:

Last Playoffs meeting: 2003 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Detroit won 4–2)

(3) Boston Celtics vs. (6) Indiana Pacers[edit]

April 23
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 82, Boston Celtics 102
Scoring by quarter: 20–18, 11–39, 25–29, 26–16
Pts: Stephen Jackson 25
Rebs: Dale Davis 10
Asts: Anthony Johnson 5
Pts: Raef LaFrentz 21
Rebs: Paul Pierce 9
Asts: Gary Payton 7
FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Tim Donaghy
April 25
7:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 82, Boston Celtics 79
Scoring by quarter: 30–22, 17–20, 17–27, 18–10
Pts: Reggie Miller 28
Rebs: Anthony Johnson 7
Asts: Anthony Johnson 7
Pts: Paul Pierce 32
Rebs: Pierce, Walker 7 each
Asts: Paul Pierce 5
FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Jack Nies, Joe Forte, Scott Wall
April 28
7:30 pm
Boston Celtics 76, Indiana Pacers 99
Scoring by quarter: 19–24, 19–31, 21–16, 17–28
Pts: Paul Pierce 19
Rebs: Antoine Walker 9
Asts: Gary Payton 6
Pts: Reggie Miller 33
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 11
Asts: Anthony Johnson 8
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bill Kennedy, Tom Washington
April 30
7:00 pm
Boston Celtics 110, Indiana Pacers 79
Scoring by quarter: 31–20, 25–27, 22–16, 32–16
Pts: Paul Pierce 30
Rebs: Jefferson, Pierce 7
Asts: Paul Pierce 8
Pts: Stephen Jackson 24
Rebs: James Jones 9
Asts: Anthony Johnson 7
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Michael Smith, Mike Callahan
May 3
7:30 pm
Indiana Pacers 90, Boston Celtics 85
Scoring by quarter: 23–21, 27–21, 20–23, 20–20
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 19
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 10
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 7
Pts: Paul Pierce 27
Rebs: Davis, Pierce, Walker 7 each
Asts: Davis, Payton,
Pierce, Walker 3 each
FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Ken Mauer, Monty Mccutchen, Ron Garretson
May 5
6:00 pm
Boston Celtics 92, Indiana Pacers 89 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 20–27, 29–16, 21–19, 14–22, OT: 8–5
Pts: Antoine Walker 24
Rebs: Al Jefferson 14
Asts: Paul Pierce 6
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 26
Rebs: Dale Davis 14
Asts: Anthony Johnson 4
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Bill Spooner, Scott Foster, Steve Javie
May 7
7:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 97, Boston Celtics 70
Scoring by quarter: 22–20, 13–12, 29–18, 33–20
Pts: Stephen Jackson 24
Rebs: Jeff Foster 12
Asts: Jermaine O'Neal 6
Pts: Antoine Walker 20
Rebs: LaFrentz, Jefferson,
Pierce 7 each
Asts: Gary Payton 7
Indiana wins the series, 4–3
FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Bob Delaney, Dan Crawford, Greg Willard
Regular season series

Indiana won 2–1 in the regular-season series:

Last Playoffs meeting: 2004 Eastern Conference First Round (Indiana won 4–0)

(4) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) Washington Wizards[edit]

April 24
4:30 pm
Washington Wizards 94, Chicago Bulls 103
Scoring by quarter: 26–24, 26–29, 30–24, 12–26
Pts: Larry Hughes 31
Rebs: Kwame Brown 9
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 8
Pts: Ben Gordon 30
Rebs: Andrés Nocioni 18
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 7
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,655
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Michael Smith, Mike Callahan
April 27
7:30 pm
Washington Wizards 103, Chicago Bulls 113
Scoring by quarter: 29–19, 21–38, 20–24, 33–32
Pts: Gilbert Arenas 39
Rebs: Larry Hughes 10
Asts: Larry Hughes 5
Pts: Kirk Hinrich 34
Rebs: Chris Duhon 8
Asts: Chris Duhon 7
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,605
Referees: David Jones, Monty Mccutchen, Ron Garretson
April 30
3:00 pm
Chicago Bulls 99, Washington Wizards 117
Scoring by quarter: 23–31, 32–26, 22–33, 22–27
Pts: Tyson Chandler 15
Rebs: Antonio Davis 11
Asts: Duhon, Hinric, Pargo 4 each
Pts: Gilbert Arenas 32
Rebs: Haywood, Thomas 9 each
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 7
MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,173
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington, Tony Brothers
May 2
7:30 pm
Chicago Bulls 99, Washington Wizards 106
Scoring by quarter: 15–29, 22–32, 23–19, 39–26
Pts: Hinrich, Pargo 18 each
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 13
Asts: Gordon, Hinrich 5 each
Pts: Juan Dixon 35
Rebs: Etan Thomas 9
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 5
MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,173
Referees: Dan Crawford, James Capers, Joe Forte
May 4
6:00 pm
Washington Wizards 112, Chicago Bulls 110
Scoring by quarter: 34–28, 29–21, 23–24, 26–37
Pts: Larry Hughes 33
Rebs: Antawn Jamison 10
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 8
Pts: Ben Gordon 27
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 10
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 7
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,250
Referees: Bob Delaney, Derrick Stafford, Greg Willard
May 6
8:00 pm
Chicago Bulls 91, Washington Wizards 94
Scoring by quarter: 26–23, 28–29, 20–16, 17–26
Pts: Hinrich, Nocioni 22 each
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 11
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 9
Pts: Larry Hughes 21
Rebs: Ruffin, Haywood 8 each
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 7
Washington wins the series, 4–2
MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,173
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Jack Nies, Jim Clark
Regular season series

Washington won 2–1 in the regular-season series:

Last Playoffs meeting: 1997 Eastern Conference First Round (Chicago won 3–0; Wizards franchise were then named as the Bullets)

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Miami Heat vs. (5) Washington Wizards[edit]

May 8
3:30 pm
Washington Wizards 86, Miami Heat 105
Scoring by quarter: 18–26, 29–23, 17–33, 22–23
Pts: Gilbert Arenas 25
Rebs: Antawn Jamison 8
Asts: Larry Hughes 3
Pts: Dwyane Wade 20
Rebs: Eddie Jones 8
Asts: Dwyane Wade 7
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,151
Referees: Blane Reichelt, Dick Bavetta, Tom Washington
May 10
7:00 pm
Washington Wizards 102, Miami Heat 108
Scoring by quarter: 20–30, 27–24, 24–26, 31–28
Pts: Antawn Jamison 32
Rebs: Hughes, Ruffin 8 each
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 5
Pts: Dwyane Wade 31
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 13
Asts: Dwyane Wade 15
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,205
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Joe DeRosa, Scott Foster
May 12
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 102, Washington Wizards 95
Scoring by quarter: 21–24, 28–27, 30–19, 23–25
Pts: Dwyane Wade 31
Rebs: Alonzo Mourning 13
Asts: D. Jones, Wade 6 each
Pts: Antawn Jamison 21
Rebs: Brendan Haywood 8
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 14
MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,173
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Jess Kersey, Ken Mauer
May 14
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 99, Washington Wizards 95
Scoring by quarter: 23–26, 24–25, 40–25, 12–19
Pts: Dwyane Wade 42
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 13
Asts: Damon Jones 6
Pts: Gilbert Arenas 25
Rebs: Brendan Haywood 15
Asts: Larry Hughes 5
Miami wins the series, 4–0
MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,173
Referees: Dan Crawford , Derrick Stafford , Monty Mccutchen

Last Playoffs meeting: This is the first meeting between the Heat and Wizards.

(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (6) Indiana Pacers[edit]

May 9
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 81, Detroit Pistons 96
Scoring by quarter: 20–23, 18–29, 19–20, 24–24
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 22
Rebs: Jeff Foster 13
Asts: Johnson, Miller 3 each
Pts: Richard Hamilton 28
Rebs: Ben Wallace 15
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Jess Kersey, Jim Clark
May 11
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 92, Detroit Pistons 83
Scoring by quarter: 18–33, 22–17, 28–19, 24–14
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 22
Rebs: Jeff Foster 20
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 12
Pts: Tayshaun Prince 24
Rebs: Ben Wallace 16
Asts: Chauncey Billups 10
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson, Sean Corbin
May 13
6:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 74, Indiana Pacers 79
Scoring by quarter: 11–17, 17–25, 17–16, 29–21
Pts: Chauncey Billups 23
Rebs: Ben Wallace 14
Asts: Tayshaun Prince 6
Pts: Reggie Miller 17
Rebs: Jeff Foster 12
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 6
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe Forte, Tom Washington
May 15
2:30 pm
Detroit Pistons 89, Indiana Pacers 76
Scoring by quarter: 21–13, 26–21, 25–22, 17–20
Pts: Chauncey Billups 29
Rebs: Rasheed Wallace 12
Asts: Richard Hamilton 7
Pts: Stephen Jackson 23
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 13
Asts: Anthony Johnson 6
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Bob Delaney, Luis Grillo, Steve Javie
May 17
7:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 67, Detroit Pistons 86
Scoring by quarter: 21–23, 14–19, 11–27, 21–17
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 14
Rebs: Dale Davis 12
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5
Pts: Ben Wallace 19
Rebs: Tayshaun Prince 9
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Jack Nies, Joe Crawford
May 19
7:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 88, Indiana Pacers 79
Scoring by quarter: 19–21, 20–25, 23–17, 26–16
Pts: Richard Hamilton 28
Rebs: B. Wallace, R. Wallace 11 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pts: Reggie Miller 27
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 11
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 10
Detroit wins the series, 4–2
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bill Spooner, Ken Mauer

Last Playoffs meeting: 2004 Eastern Conference Finals (Detroit won 4–2)

Conference Finals: (1) Miami Heat vs. (2) Detroit Pistons[edit]

May 23
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 90, Miami Heat 81
Scoring by quarter: 24–25, 20–18, 30–24, 16–14
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 20
Rebs: Ben Wallace 13
Asts: Carlos Arroyo 7
Pts: Eddie Jones 22
Rebs: Eddie Jones 8
Asts: Damon Jones 5
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,203
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Bob Delaney, Mike Callahan
May 25
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 86, Miami Heat 92
Scoring by quarter: 23–24, 13–23, 27–15, 23–30
Pts: Richard Hamilton 21
Rebs: Ben Wallace 14
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Dwyane Wade 40
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,228
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Tom Washington
May 29
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 113, Detroit Pistons 104
Scoring by quarter: 22–24, 31–27, 26–24, 34–29
Pts: Dwyane Wade 36
Rebs: D. Jones, Wade 7 each
Asts: D. Jones, O'Neal 5 each
Pts: Richard Hamilton 33
Rebs: Rasheed Wallace 8
Asts: Richard Hamilton 5
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Dan Crawford, Greg Willard, Joe Forte
May 31
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 96, Detroit Pistons 106
Scoring by quarter: 21–25, 25–35, 23–19, 27–27
Pts: Dwyane Wade 28
Rebs: Eddie Jones 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
Pts: Richard Hamilton 28
Rebs: Ben Wallace 15
Asts: Richard Hamilton 8
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Jack Nies, Joe Crawford
June 2
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 76, Miami Heat 88
Scoring by quarter: 26–27, 13–25, 21–20, 16–15
Pts: Richard Hamilton 21
Rebs: Antonio McDyess 9
Asts: Richard Hamilton 5
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 20
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 13
Asts: Damon Jones 6
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,225
Referees: Ken Mauer, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
June 4
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 66, Detroit Pistons 91
Scoring by quarter: 16–17, 16–27, 13–24, 21–23
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 24
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 13
Asts: Damon Jones 6
Pts: Richard Hamilton 24
Rebs: Prince, R. Wallace 9 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bernie Fryer, Dan Crawford
June 6
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 88, Miami Heat 82
Scoring by quarter: 21–23, 24–17, 19–26, 24–16
Pts: Richard Hamilton 22
Rebs: Ben Wallace 9
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 27
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 4
Detroit wins the series, 4–3
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,241
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Joe Crawford

The Pistons beat the Heat in this series 4-3 due much to the comeback mounted in the 4th quarter of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference by Chauncey Billups. Dwyane Wade also missed Game 6 of the series due to a rib injury.

Last Playoffs meeting: 2000 Eastern Conference First Round (Miami won 3–0)

Western Conference[edit]

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4)

First Round[edit]

(1) Phoenix Suns vs. (8) Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

April 24
7:30 pm
Memphis Grizzlies 103, Phoenix Suns 114
Scoring by quarter: 29–39, 22–20, 28–28, 25–27
Pts: Mike Miller 19
Rebs: Shane Battier 9
Asts: Jason Williams 5
Pts: Shawn Marion 26
Rebs: Shawn Marion 13
Asts: Steve Nash 13
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bob Delaney, Sean Corbin
April 27
7:30 pm
Memphis Grizzlies 103, Phoenix Suns 108
Scoring by quarter: 31–29, 23–31, 23–22, 26–26
Pts: Pau Gasol 28
Rebs: Pau Gasol 16
Asts: Pau Gasol 5
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 34
Rebs: Shawn Marion 13
Asts: Steve Nash 15
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Blane Reichelt, Eddie F. Rush, Joe DeRosa
April 29
8:00 pm
Phoenix Suns 110, Memphis Grizzlies 90
Scoring by quarter: 31–30, 26–17, 26–20, 27–23
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 30
Rebs: Shawn Marion 13
Asts: Steve Nash 8
Pts: Lorenzen Wright 14
Rebs: Battier, Swift, Wright 8 each
Asts: Jason Williams 6
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Joe Forte, Steve Javie, Tim Donaghy
May 1
7:00 pm
Phoenix Suns 123, Memphis Grizzlies 115
Scoring by quarter: 39–20, 24–36, 28–26, 32–33
Pts: Joe Johnson 25
Rebs: Shawn Marion 11
Asts: Steve Nash 9
Pts: Pau Gasol 28
Rebs: Dahntay Jones 5
Asts: Jason Williams 8
Phoenix wins the series, 4–0
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 17,243
Referees: Ken Mauer, Mark Wunderlich, Ron Garretson
Regular season series

Both teams were tied 2–2 in the regular-season series:

Last Playoffs meeting: This is the first meeting between the Suns and Grizzlies.

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Denver Nuggets[edit]

April 24
7:00 pm
Denver Nuggets 93, San Antonio Spurs 87
Scoring by quarter: 23–27, 29–25, 21–23, 20–12
Pts: Andre Miller 31
Rebs: Marcus Camby 12
Asts: Andre Miller 5
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 23
Rebs: Nazr Mohammed 15
Asts: Tony Parker 6
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bill Spooner, David Jones, Eddie F. Rush
April 27
7:00 pm
Denver Nuggets 76, San Antonio Spurs 104
Scoring by quarter: 18–29, 14–34, 30–23, 14–18
Pts: DeMarr Johnson 12
Rebs: Marcus Camby 12
Asts: Andre Miller 7
Pts: Tim Duncan 24
Rebs: Duncan, Horry 9 each
Asts: Tony Parker 6
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Greg Willard, Mark Wunderlich, Steve Javie
April 30
8:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 86, Denver Nuggets 78
Scoring by quarter: 24–20, 26–21, 11–17, 25–20
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 32
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Brent Barry 4
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 19
Rebs: Marcus Camby 14
Asts: Andre Miller 7
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,913
Referees: Dan Crawford, Leon Wood, Scott Foster
May 2
8:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 126, Denver Nuggets 115 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 28–27, 29–24, 30–29, 20–27, OT: 19–8
Pts: Tim Duncan 39
Rebs: Tim Duncan 8
Asts: Tony Parker 7
Pts: Earl Boykins 32
Rebs: Marcus Camby 14
Asts: Anthony, Boykins 5 each
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,776
Referees: Bennie Adams, Derrick Stafford, Dick Bavetta
May 4
8:30 pm
Denver Nuggets 89, San Antonio Spurs 99
Scoring by quarter: 21–25, 22–20, 24–26, 22–28
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 25
Rebs: Marcus Camby 10
Asts: Andre Miller 6
Pts: Tony Parker 21
Rebs: Nazr Mohammed 13
Asts: Tony Parker 7
San Antonio wins the series, 4–1
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Jim Clark, Luis Grillo, Mike Callahan
Regular season series

Both teams were tied 2–2 in the regular-season series:

Last Playoffs meeting: 1995 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 3–0)

(3) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (6) Sacramento Kings[edit]

April 23
7:30 pm
Sacramento Kings 82, Seattle SuperSonics 87
Scoring by quarter: 22–30, 18–25, 24–15, 18–17
Pts: Peja Stojaković 24
Rebs: Kenny Thomas 8
Asts: Mike Bibby 4
Pts: Ray Allen 28
Rebs: Evans, James 15 each
Asts: Daniels, Ridnour 4 each
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Bennie Adams, Jim Clark, Ron Garretson
April 26
7:30 pm
Sacramento Kings 93, Seattle SuperSonics 105
Scoring by quarter: 22–26, 22–29, 18–33, 31–17
Pts: Bobby Jackson 17
Rebs: Peja Stojaković 10
Asts: Mike Bibby 8
Pts: Ray Allen 26
Rebs: Jerome James 9
Asts: Allen, Ridnour 6 each
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bob Delaney, Sean Corbin
April 29
7:30 pm
Seattle SuperSonics 104, Sacramento Kings 116
Scoring by quarter: 19–31, 26–23, 36–38, 26–24
Pts: Ray Allen 33
Rebs: Jerome James 9
Asts: Allen, Ridnour 5 each
Pts: Mike Bibby 31
Rebs: Bibby, Thomas 7 each
Asts: Mike Bibby 4
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Attendance: 17,317
Referees: Blane Reichelt, Eddie F. Rush, Joe DeRosa
May 1
7:30 pm
Seattle SuperSonics 115, Sacramento Kings 102
Scoring by quarter: 20–31, 36–37, 24–16, 35–18
Pts: Ray Allen 45
Rebs: James, Lewis 8 each
Asts: Allen, Daniels 6 each
Pts: Peja Stojaković 25
Rebs: Kenny Thomas 14
Asts: Mike Bibby 7
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Attendance: 17,317
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Bill Spooner, Jack Nies
May 3
7:30 pm
Sacramento Kings 118, Seattle SuperSonics 122
Scoring by quarter: 24–29, 33–31, 36–30, 25–32
Pts: Peja Stojaković 38
Rebs: Miller, Thomas 6 each
Asts: Brad Miller 11
Pts: Ray Allen 30
Rebs: Nick Collison 9
Asts: Antonio Daniels 8
Seattle wins the series, 4–1
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Mark Wunderlich, Steve Javie, Tom Washington
Regular season series

Seattle won 3–1 in the regular-season series:

Last Playoffs meeting: 1996 Western Conference First Round (Seattle won 3–1)

(4) Dallas Mavericks vs. (5) Houston Rockets[edit]

April 23
4:30 pm
Houston Rockets 98, Dallas Mavericks 86
Scoring by quarter: 26–16, 26–24, 18–23, 28–23
Pts: Tracy McGrady 34
Rebs: Mutombo, Yao 8 each
Asts: Tracy McGrady 6
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 21
Rebs: Josh Howard 10
Asts: Nowitzki, Terry 3 each
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,678
Referees: Dan Crawford, James Capers, Ken Mauer
April 25
8:30 pm
Houston Rockets 113, Dallas Mavericks 111
Scoring by quarter: 34–30, 26–26, 24–32, 29–23
Pts: Yao Ming 33
Rebs: McGrady, Yao 8 each
Asts: Tracy McGrady 10
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 26
Rebs: Erick Dampier 9
Asts: Jason Terry 6
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,884
Referees: Dan Crawford, Greg Willard, Mark Wunderlich
April 28
8:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 106, Houston Rockets 102
Scoring by quarter: 32–27, 22–22, 24–34, 28–19
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 28
Rebs: Dampier, Nowitzki, Terry 6 each
Asts: Daniels, Terry 4 each
Pts: Tracy McGrady 28
Rebs: Bob Sura 11
Asts: McGrady, Sura 6 each
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,199
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Jess Kersey, Scott Foster
April 30
4:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 97, Houston Rockets 93
Scoring by quarter: 26–22, 22–29, 29–26, 20–16
Pts: Jason Terry 32
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 7
Asts: Dirk Nowitzki 6
Pts: Tracy McGrady 36
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 7
Asts: Tracy McGrady 5
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,211
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Jim Clark, Luis Grillo
May 2
7:00 pm
Houston Rockets 100, Dallas Mavericks 103
Scoring by quarter: 22–24, 22–28, 24–24, 32–27
Pts: Yao Ming 30
Rebs: Tracy McGrady 9
Asts: Tracy McGrady 6
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 23
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13
Asts: Jason Terry 7
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,894
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Joe DeRosa ,Tony Brothers
May 5
8:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 83, Houston Rockets 101
Scoring by quarter: 26–18, 19–34, 25–17, 13–32
Pts: Jerry Stackhouse 21
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13
Asts: Nowitzki, Terry 4 each
Pts: Tracy McGrady 37
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 10
Asts: Tracy McGrady 7
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,215
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Joe Forte, Sean Corbin
May 7
7:00 pm
Houston Rockets 76, Dallas Mavericks 116
Scoring by quarter: 20–32, 24–27, 20–33, 12–24
Pts: Yao Ming 33
Rebs: Yao Ming 10
Asts: Tracy McGrady 7
Pts: Jason Terry 31
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 14
Asts: Armstrong Stackhouse 4 each
Dallas wins the series, 4–3
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,884
Referees: Bill Spooner, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
Regular season series

Both teams were tied 2–2 in the regular-season series:

Last Playoffs meeting: 1988 Western Conference First Round (Dallas won 3–1)

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Phoenix Suns vs. (4) Dallas Mavericks[edit]

May 9
7:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 102, Phoenix Suns 127
Scoring by quarter: 22–29, 25–34, 26–36, 29–28
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 28
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13
Asts: Dirk Nowitzki 4
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 40
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 16
Asts: Steve Nash 13
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ken Mauer, Monty Mccutchen
May 11
7:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 108, Phoenix Suns 106
Scoring by quarter: 34–22, 20–24, 26–36, 28–24
Pts: Michael Finley 31
Rebs: Dampier, Nowitzki 12 each
Asts: Finley, Stackhouse 5 each
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 30
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 16
Asts: Steve Nash 13
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Greg Willard, Dick Bavetta, Tony Brothers
May 13
8:30 pm
Phoenix Suns 119, Dallas Mavericks 102
Scoring by quarter: 27–31, 33–28, 27–23, 32–20
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 37
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 14
Asts: Steve Nash 17
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 21
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13
Asts: Jason Terry 7
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,896
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Jim Clark, Sean Corbin
May 15
8:30 pm
Phoenix Suns 109, Dallas Mavericks 119
Scoring by quarter: 22–30, 28–36, 29–27, 30–26
Pts: Steve Nash 48
Rebs: Shawn Marion 12
Asts: Steve Nash 5
Pts: Josh Howard 29
Rebs: Erick Dampier 11
Asts: Jason Terry 8
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,894
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Joe DeRosa, Mark Wunderlich
May 18
6:00 pm
Dallas Mavericks 108, Phoenix Suns 114
Scoring by quarter: 29–25, 26–23, 22–28, 31–38
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 34
Rebs: Erick Dampier 14
Asts: Jason Terry 8
Pts: Steve Nash 34
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 18
Asts: Steve Nash 12
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Mike Callahan, Steve Javie, Tom Washington
May 20
8:30 pm
Phoenix Suns 130, Dallas Mavericks 126 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 28–32, 25–30, 24–22, 34–27, OT: 19–15
Pts: Steve Nash 39
Rebs: Shawn Marion 16
Asts: Steve Nash 12
Pts: Jason Terry 36
Rebs: Josh Howard 14
Asts: Dirk Nowitzki 6
Phoenix wins the series, 4–2
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,915
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Derrick Stafford, Ron Garretson

Last Playoffs meeting: This is the first meeting between the Suns and Mavericks.

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (3) Seattle SuperSonics[edit]

May 8
7:00 pm
Seattle SuperSonics 81, San Antonio Spurs 103
Scoring by quarter: 22–35, 13–27, 22–13, 24–28
Pts: Rashard Lewis 19
Rebs: Collison, Evans 7 each
Asts: Luke Ridnour 4
Pts: Tony Parker 29
Rebs: Tim Duncan 9
Asts: Tim Duncan 5
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, David Jones, Derrick Stafford
May 10
8:30 pm
Seattle SuperSonics 91, San Antonio Spurs 108
Scoring by quarter: 16–28, 26–26, 23–25, 26–29
Pts: Ray Allen 25
Rebs: Reggie Evans 12
Asts: Antonio Daniels 6
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 28
Rebs: Nazr Mohammed 10
Asts: Tony Parker 7
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bob Delaney, Dan Crawford, James Capers
May 12
7:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 91, Seattle SuperSonics 92
Scoring by quarter: 29–21, 22–28, 24–26, 16–17
Pts: Tim Duncan 23
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Tony Parker 8
Pts: Ray Allen 20
Rebs: Rashard Lewis 10
Asts: Ray Allen 7
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Jack Nies, Mark Wunderlich
May 15
4:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 89, Seattle SuperSonics 101
Scoring by quarter: 26–28, 14–18, 26–36, 23–19
Pts: Tim Duncan 35
Rebs: Tim Duncan 10
Asts: Bowen, Parker 3 each
Pts: Ray Allen 32
Rebs: Collison, James, Wilkins 6 each
Asts: Antonio Daniels 7
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Bill Spooner, Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson
May 17
8:30 pm
Seattle SuperSonics 90, San Antonio Spurs 103
Scoring by quarter: 18–25, 32–25, 18–28, 22–25
Pts: Ray Allen 19
Rebs: Danny Fortson 9
Asts: Ray Allen 6
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 39
Rebs: Tim Duncan 14
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 6
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Blane Reichelt, Dick Bavetta, Luis Grillo
May 19
7:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 98, Seattle SuperSonics 96
Scoring by quarter: 20–25, 32–22, 20–26, 26–23
Pts: Tim Duncan 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 9
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 7
Pts: Ray Allen 25
Rebs: Reggie Evans 9
Asts: Antonio Daniels 5
San Antonio wins the series, 4–2
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Dan Crawford , Gary Forest , Greg Willard
  • Tim Duncan made the series-winning shot with 0.5 seconds left in Game 6.

Last Playoffs meeting: 2002 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 3–2)

Conference Finals: (1) Phoenix Suns vs. (2) San Antonio Spurs[edit]

May 22
12:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 121, Phoenix Suns 114
Scoring by quarter: 30–20, 25–29, 23–33, 43–32
Pts: Tony Parker 29
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 5
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 41
Rebs: Marion, Stoudemire 9 each
Asts: Steve Nash 13
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Jack Nies, Jim Clark, Joe Crawford
May 24
6:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 111, Phoenix Suns 108
Scoring by quarter: 31–21, 22–33, 27–31, 31–23
Pts: Tim Duncan 30
Rebs: Duncan, Mohammed 8 each
Asts: Tony Parker 5
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 37
Rebs: Shawn Marion 12
Asts: Steve Nash 15
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bill Spooner, Ken Mauer
May 28
8:00 pm
Phoenix Suns 92, San Antonio Spurs 102
Scoring by quarter: 29–38, 10–18, 24–24, 29–22
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 34
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 11
Asts: Johnson, Nash 3 each
Pts: Tim Duncan 33
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Tony Parker 7
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Ron Garretson Steve Javie
May 30
7:30 pm
Phoenix Suns 111, San Antonio Spurs 106
Scoring by quarter: 26–23, 26–36, 35–21, 24–26
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 31
Rebs: Shawn Marion 14
Asts: Steve Nash 12
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 28
Rebs: Tim Duncan 16
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 7
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Joe DeRosa, Mike Callahan
June 1
6:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 101, Phoenix Suns 95
Scoring by quarter: 24–24, 25–26, 29–20, 23–25
Pts: Tim Duncan 31
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 6
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 42
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 16
Asts: Steve Nash 10
San Antonio wins the series, 4–1
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Greg Willard

Last Playoffs meeting: 2003 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 4–2)

NBA Finals: (W2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (E2) Detroit Pistons[edit]

Main article: 2005 NBA Finals
All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4)
June 9
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 69, San Antonio Spurs 84
Scoring by quarter: 20–17, 17–18, 14–20, 18–29
Pts: Chauncey Billups 25
Rebs: Ben Wallace 8
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 17
Asts: Horry, Parker 3 each
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Steve Javie, Ron Garretson, Mike Callahan
June 12
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 76, San Antonio Spurs 97
Scoring by quarter: 19–30, 23–28, 21–21, 13–18
Pts: Chauncey Billups 25
Rebs: Ben Wallace 8
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 17
Asts: Horry, Parker 3 each
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Dan Crawford, Jack Nies
June 14
9:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 79, Detroit Pistons 96
Scoring by quarter: 27–21, 15–20, 23–29, 14–26
Pts: Tony Parker 21
Rebs: Tim Duncan 10
Asts: Duncan, Parker 4 each
Pts: Richard Hamilton 24
Rebs: Ben Wallace 11
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bob Delaney, Joe Crawford
June 16
9:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 71, Detroit Pistons 102
Scoring by quarter: 17–23, 19–28, 21–23, 14–28
Pts: Tim Duncan 16
Rebs: Tim Duncan 16
Asts: Bowen, Parker 4 each
Pts: Billups, Hunter 17 each
Rebs: Ben Wallace 13
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Joe DeRosa
June 19
9:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 96, Detroit Pistons 95 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 21–23, 21–19, 22–21, 25–26, OT: 7–6
Pts: Tim Duncan 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 19
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 9
Pts: Chauncey Billups 34
Rebs: Ben Wallace 12
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
June 21
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 95, San Antonio Spurs 86
Scoring by quarter: 23–23, 23–24, 25–20, 24–19
Pts: Richard Hamilton 23
Rebs: Ben Wallace 9
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Duncan, Ginóbili 21 each
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Tony Parker 5
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bernie Fryer, Dan Crawford
June 23
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 74, San Antonio Spurs 81
Scoring by quarter: 16–18, 23–20, 18–19, 17–24
Pts: Richard Hamilton 15
Rebs: Ben Wallace 11
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pts: Tim Duncan 25
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 4
San Antonio wins the NBA Finals, 4–3
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Joe Crawford

Last Playoffs Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Spurs and Pistons.

  • Robert Horry hit the game-winning shot with 5.9 seconds left in Game 5.

The Finals were broadcast in the United States on ABC and in Canada on TSN. For a list of international broadcasters see the NBA international TV site. Jennifer Lopez's "Get Right" music video became the anthem song for the playoffs and the conclusion song at the end of the regular season.

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