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1993 NBA Playoffs

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Season  1992–93
Teams  16
1993 NBA Playoffs
Champions  Chicago Bulls (3rd title)
Runner-up  Phoenix Suns (2nd finals appearance)
Semifinalists  New York Knicks Seattle SuperSonics

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.

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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.

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 has called the 1993 post-season the best in NBA history.

Western Conference

Champion: Phoenix Suns

First Round

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

  • Game 1 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (April 30): LA Lakers 107, Phoenix 103
  • Game 2 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (May 2): LA Lakers 86, Phoenix 81
  • Game 3 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (May 4): Phoenix 107, LA Lakers 102
  • Game 4 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (May 6): Phoenix 101, LA Lakers 86
  • Game 5 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (May 9): Phoenix 112, LA Lakers 104 (OT) (Before winning Games 3, 4 and 5, former Suns head coach Paul Westphal guaranteed that they would come back from the 2–0 deficit)
  • 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

  • Game 1 @ The Summit, Houston (April 29): Houston 117, LA Clippers 94
  • Game 2 @ The Summit, Houston (May 1): LA Clippers 95, Houston 83
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles (May 3): Houston 111, LA Clippers 99
  • Game 4 @ Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles (May 5): LA Clippers 93, Houston 90
  • Game 5 @ The Summit, Houston (May 8): Houston 84, LA Clippers 80
  • This was the first playoff meeting between the Rockets and the Clippers.

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

  • Game 1 @ Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle (April 30): Seattle 99, Utah 85
  • Game 2 @ Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle (May 2): Utah 89, Seattle 85
  • Game 3 @ Delta Center, Salt Lake City (May 4): Utah 90, Seattle 80
  • Game 4 @ Delta Center, Salt Lake City (May 6): Seattle 93, Utah 80
  • Game 5 @ Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle (May 8): Seattle 100, Utah 92
  • 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

  • Game 1 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland (April 29): San Antonio 87, Portland 86
  • Game 2 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland (May 1): Portland 105, San Antonio 96
  • Game 3 @ HemisFair Arena, San Antonio (May 5): San Antonio 107, Portland 101
  • Game 4 @ HemisFair Arena, San Antonio (May 7): San Antonio 100, Portland 97 (OT)
  • This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Trail Blazers winning the first meeting.

    Conference Semifinals

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

  • Game 1 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (May 11): Phoenix 98, San Antonio 89
  • Game 2 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (May 13): Phoenix 109, San Antonio 103
  • Game 3 @ HemisFair Arena, San Antonio (May 15): San Antonio 111, Phoenix 96
  • Game 4 @ HemisFair Arena, San Antonio (May 16): San Antonio 117, Phoenix 103
  • Game 5 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (May 18): Phoenix 109, San Antonio 97
  • Game 6 @ HemisFair Arena, San Antonio (May 20): Phoenix 102, San Antonio 100 (Charles Barkley hits the series-winning shot with 1.8 seconds left)
  • 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

  • Game 1 @ Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle (May 10): Seattle 99, Houston 90
  • Game 2 @ Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle (May 12): Seattle 111, Houston 100
  • Game 3 @ The Summit, Houston (May 15): Houston 97, Seattle 79
  • Game 4 @ The Summit, Houston (May 16): Houston 103, Seattle 92
  • Game 5 @ Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle (May 18): Seattle 120, Houston 95
  • Game 6 @ The Summit, Houston (May 20): Houston 103, Seattle 90
  • Game 7 @ Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle (May 22): Seattle 103, Houston 100 (OT)
  • This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the SuperSonics winning the first three meetings.

    Conference Finals

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

  • Game 1 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (May 24): Phoenix 105, Seattle 91
  • Game 2 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (May 26): Seattle 103, Phoenix 99
  • Game 3 @ Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle (May 28): Phoenix 104, Seattle 97
  • Game 4 @ Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle (May 30): Seattle 120, Phoenix 101
  • Game 5 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (June 1): Phoenix 120, Seattle 114
  • Game 6 @ Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle (June 3): Seattle 118, Phoenix 102
  • Game 7 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (June 5): Phoenix 123, Seattle 110
  • This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning one series.

    Eastern Conference

    Champion: Chicago Bulls

    First Round

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

  • Game 1 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (April 30): New York 107, Indiana 104
  • Game 2 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (May 2): New York 101, Indiana 91
  • Game 3 @ Market Square Arena, Indianapolis (May 4): Indiana 116, New York 93 (John Starks headbutts Reggie Miller)
  • Game 4 @ Market Square Arena, Indianapolis (May 6): New York 109, Indiana 100 (OT)
  • This was the first playoff meeting between the Pacers and the Knicks.

    (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
  • 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 0.4 seconds left; this was Kevin McHale's final NBA game)
  • This was the first playoff meeting between the Celtics and the Hornets.

    Conference Semifinals

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

  • Game 1 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (May 9): New York 111, Charlotte 95
  • Game 2 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (May 12): New York 105, Charlotte 101 (OT)
  • Game 3 @ Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte (May 14): Charlotte 110, New York 106 (2OT)
  • Game 4 @ Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte (May 16): New York 94, Charlotte 92
  • Game 5 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (May 18): New York 105, Charlotte 101
  • This was the first playoff meeting between the Hornets and the Knicks.

    (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 fadeaway shot at the buzzer as he beats the Cavs for the fourth time in his career.)
  • This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Bulls winning the first three meetings.

    Conference Finals

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

  • Game 1 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (May 23): New York 98, Chicago 90
  • Game 2 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (May 25): New York 96, Chicago 91 (John Starks' famous dunk with 47.3 seconds left in the game)
  • Game 3 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 29): Chicago 103, New York 83
  • Game 4 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 31): Chicago 105, New York 95 (Michael Jordan scores 54 points, the most against the Knicks in a playoff game by any player)
  • Game 5 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (June 2): Chicago 97, New York 94 (Charles Smith gets blocked 4 straight times by Horace Grant, Michael Jordan, and Scottie Pippen at the end of the game)
  • Game 6 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (June 4): Chicago 96, New York 88
  • This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Bulls winning the first four meetings.

    NBA Finals

    (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 (This game marks the first time in NBA Finals history that a team with home-court advantage loses the first two games at home)
  • 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
  • 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, and then Horace Grant blocks Kevin Johnson at the buzzer.)
  • This was the first playoff meeting between the Bulls and the Suns.

    References

    1993 NBA Playoffs Wikipedia


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