1997 NBA Playoffs
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1997 NBA Playoffs
1997 NBA playoffs
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DatesApril 24-June 13, 1997
Season1996-97
Teams16
ChampionsChicago Bulls (5th title)
Runners-upUtah Jazz (1st finals appearance)
Semifinalists

The 1997 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1996-97 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls defeating the Western Conference champion Utah Jazz 4 games to 2. This was the Bulls' second straight title, and fifth overall (They completed the 3-peat by beating Utah again in 1998). Michael Jordan was named NBA Finals MVP for the fifth time.

This was the first Western Conference title for the Jazz in their 23-year history.

The Miami Heat's run to the Eastern Conference Finals marked the farthest they had reached in the playoffs up to that point; they did not return until 2005, and won the NBA Finals in 2006.

The Minnesota Timberwolves made their playoff debut after failing to win more than 30 games in their first 7 seasons. It was also the first of 7 straight years in which they made the playoffs only to lose in the first round. They were the last of the 1988/89 expansion four to make their playoff debut

This season was the first, and to date only, season since the ABA-NBA merger that none of the four former ABA teams (the San Antonio Spurs, the Denver Nuggets, the Indiana Pacers, and the New Jersey Nets) qualified for the playoffs. It was also one of only four times that the Spurs failed to make the playoffs since their admission to the NBA. The Spurs would not missed the playoffs again until 2020.

All four 1988/89 expansion teams (Minnesota, Miami, Orlando and Charlotte) made the playoffs for the first time. This would happen again in 2001.

The two #8 seeds in this tournament, the Washington Bullets and the Los Angeles Clippers, broke long playoff droughts (Bullets eight years, Clippers only just three) with their appearances in the 1997 Playoffs. (The Bullets' last playoff appearance was in 1988; the Clippers in 1993). Unfortunately for both teams, it would be a long time before they made the playoffs again; the renamed Wizards made their return in 2005; the Clippers in 2006). The Bullets qualified by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in a regular season finale that saw both teams fighting for the #8 seed.[1]

Game 4 of the Bulls-Hawks series was the last game ever played at The Omni. The Hawks' home playoff games for 1998 and 1999 were played at the Georgia Dome while the Omni was demolished to make way for Philips Arena, which would open in September 1999.

The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena hosted its final NBA playoff game in Game 3 of the Clippers-Jazz series. When the Clippers returned to the playoffs in 2006, they had moved to the Staples Center, their home since the 1999-2000 season. The Sports Arena remained active until its closure and demolition in 2016.

Game 3 of the Bulls-Bullets series was the last playoff game ever played at the Capital Centre (named USAir Arena at the time). They moved into a new arena the next season.

In addition, the Bullets changed their team name to the Wizards on May 15, making it the last time the team was officially named the "Bullets".

After losing in the Western Conference Finals, the Houston Rockets would not win a playoff series until 2009 and would not return to the Conference Finals until 2015.

Bracket

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
E1 Chicago* 3  
E8 Washington 0  
  E1 Chicago* 4  
  E4 Atlanta 1  
E4 Atlanta 3
E5 Detroit 2  
  E1 Chicago* 4  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Miami* 1  
E3 New York 3  
E6 Charlotte 0  
  E3 New York 3
  E2 Miami* 4  
E2 Miami* 3
E7 Orlando 2  
  E1 Chicago* 4
  W1 Utah* 2
W1 Utah* 3  
W8 LA Clippers 0  
  W1 Utah* 4
  W4 LA Lakers 1  
W4 LA Lakers 3
W5 Portland 1  
  W1 Utah* 4
Western Conference
  W3 Houston 2  
W3 Houston 3  
W6 Minnesota 0  
  W3 Houston 4
  W2 Seattle* 3  
W2 Seattle* 3
W7 Phoenix 2  


* Division winner
Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage


Playoff qualifying

Western Conference

Best record in conference

The Utah Jazz clinched the best record in the Western Conference, and had home court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

Clinched a playoff berth

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:

  1. Utah Jazz (64-18, clinched Midwest division)
  2. Seattle SuperSonics (57-25, clinched Pacific division)
  3. Houston Rockets (57-25)
  4. Los Angeles Lakers (56-26)
  5. Portland Trail Blazers (49-33)
  6. Minnesota Timberwolves (40-42)
  7. Phoenix Suns (40-42)
  8. Los Angeles Clippers (36-46)

Eastern Conference

Best record in NBA

The Chicago Bulls clinched the best record in the NBA, and earned home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs.

Clinched a playoff berth

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:

  1. Chicago Bulls (69-13, clinched Central division)
  2. Miami Heat (61-21, clinched Atlantic division)
  3. New York Knicks (57-25)
  4. Atlanta Hawks (56-26)
  5. Detroit Pistons (54-28)
  6. Charlotte Hornets (54-28)
  7. Orlando Magic (45-37)
  8. Washington Bullets (44-38)

Memorable moments

The 1997 NBA Playoffs featured numerous clutch shots and other moments.

Scottie Pippen made the series-winning dunk with 7.4 seconds left as the Bulls swept the Bullets 96-95 and advanced.[2]

With his team trailing 107-104 with 4.3 seconds left, Phoenix guard Rex Chapman took the inbounds pass, launched a 3-point shot while falling out of bounds, and made the shot to tie the game. The Sonics would however win in OT 122-115.

Scottie Pippen broke a 97-97 tie by making a 3-point shot with 43.9 seconds left. Neither team would score after that, and the Bulls beat Atlanta 100-97.

A courtside brawl erupted when Heat forward P.J. Brown body-slammed Knicks guard Charlie Ward causing both teams' benches to clear. For the Knicks, Patrick Ewing, John Starks, Allan Houston and Larry Johnson left the bench. All of the players involved were suspended. The Knicks, under-manned by the suspensions, lost the series in 7 games to start the Heat-Knicks rivalry. This was the first time in history where a New York-based major league sports team lost a playoff series after securing a 3-1 series lead; this would later be repeated when the New York Yankees blew a 3-0 series lead against the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and when the New York Rangers blew a 3-1 series lead against the Washington Capitals in 2009.

Eddie Johnson made a 3 as time expired to tie the Western Conference Finals at 2.

  • May 29: Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets, Game 6

John Stockton scored 25 points and Karl Malone scored 24. John Stockton capped off a spectacular 4th quarter performance by hitting a 3 as time expired to send Utah to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

  • June 1: Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz, Game 1

With the game tied at 82 with 9.2 seconds left, Jazz forward Karl Malone missed two crucial free throws. Chicago regained possession and Michael Jordan hit a jumper as time expired for the Bulls to win 84-82.

  • June 13: Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz, Game 6

With most NBC viewers thinking Jordan would take the last shot with the game tied at 86, he instead passed to Steve Kerr, who made a 17-foot shot with 5 seconds left. On the next play, Scottie Pippen stole Bryon Russell's inbound pass and rolled the ball to Toni Kuko?, who clinched the title with a dunk.

Notes

  • For the first time since 1992, a #5 seed did not beat their #4 seeded opponent in the first round.
  • This would be the last postseason until 2004 to feature teams with sub .500 records.
  • Until 2020, this is the most recent postseason where a Western Conference team (Minnesota, Phoenix, and the Los Angeles Clippers) qualified with a losing record.

First Round

Eastern Conference First Round

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (8) Washington Bullets

April 25
Washington Bullets 86, Chicago Bulls 98
Scoring by quarter: 18-20, 25-19, 13-17, 30-34
Pts: Juwan Howard 21
Rebs: Rod Strickland 10
Asts: Rod Strickland 8
Pts: Michael Jordan 29
Rebs: Scottie Pippen 10
Asts: Michael Jordan 8
Chicago leads series, 1-0
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 24,122
Referees: Ted Bernhardt, Joe Forte, Steve Javie
April 27
Washington Bullets 104, Chicago Bulls 109
Scoring by quarter: 30-29, 35-29, 15-28, 24-23
Pts: Calbert Cheaney 26
Rebs: Chris Webber 12
Asts: Rod Strickland 8
Pts: Michael Jordan 55
Rebs: Scottie Pippen 9
Asts: Luc Longley 6
Chicago leads series, 2-0
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 24,267
Referees: Hugh Evans, Nolan Fine, Don Vaden
April 30
Chicago Bulls 96, Washington Bullets 95
Scoring by quarter: 22-23, 26-23, 22-24, 26-25
Pts: Michael Jordan 28
Rebs: Dennis Rodman 10
Asts: Michael Jordan 6
Pts: Rod Strickland 24
Rebs: Chris Webber 8
Asts: Rod Strickland 9
Chicago wins series, 3-0
USAir Arena, Landover, Maryland
Attendance: 18,756
Referees: Dick Bavetta, David Jones, Ken Mauer

This was the first playoff meeting between the Bulls and the Bullets/Wizards franchise.[3]

(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) Orlando Magic

April 24
Orlando Magic 64, Miami Heat 99
Scoring by quarter: 10-35, 20-14, 17-24, 17-26
Pts: Derek Strong 15
Rebs: Nick Anderson 12
Asts: Anfernee Hardaway 3
Pts: Voshon Lenard 24
Rebs: P.J. Brown 12
Asts: Tim Hardaway 11
Miami leads series, 1-0
Miami Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 15,200
Referees: Jim Clark, Joe Crawford, Eddie F. Rush
April 27
Orlando Magic 87, Miami Heat 104
Scoring by quarter: 18-20, 13-36, 27-24, 29-24
Pts: Anfernee Hardaway 26
Rebs: Derek Strong 16
Asts: Brian Shaw 4
Pts: Tim Hardaway 20
Rebs: Alonzo Mourning 9
Asts: Tim Hardaway 11
Miami leads series, 2-0
Miami Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 15,200
Referees: Hue Hollins, Ken Mauer, Jack Nies
April 29
Miami Heat 75, Orlando Magic 88
Scoring by quarter: 29-13, 13-29, 15-23, 18-23
Pts: Alonzo Mourning 17
Rebs: Alonzo Mourning 17
Asts: Tim Hardaway 8
Pts: Anfernee Hardaway 42
Rebs: Anfernee Hardaway 8
Asts: Darrell Armstrong 8
Miami leads series, 2-1
Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,248
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Luis Grillo, Steve Javie
May 1
Miami Heat 91, Orlando Magic 99
Scoring by quarter: 25-27, 14-26, 25-20, 27-26
Pts: Alonzo Mourning 23
Rebs: Mourning, Brown 13 each
Asts: Tim Hardaway 8
Pts: Anfernee Hardaway 41
Rebs: Darrell Armstrong 9
Asts: Anfernee Hardaway 4
Series tied, 2-2
Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 16,555
Referees: Ted Bernhardt, Ron Garretson, Ed T. Rush
May 4
Orlando Magic 83, Miami Heat 91
Scoring by quarter: 20-22, 14-19, 19-28, 30-22
Pts: Anfernee Hardaway 33
Rebs: Derek Strong 12
Asts: Anfernee Hardaway 6
Pts: Alonzo Mourning 22
Rebs: P.J. Brown 14
Asts: Tim Hardaway 11
Miami wins series, 3-2
Miami Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 15,200
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Joe Forte, Bill Oakes

This was the first playoff meeting between the Heat and the Magic.[4]

(3) New York Knicks vs. (6) Charlotte Hornets

April 24
Charlotte Hornets 99, New York Knicks 109
Scoring by quarter: 23-30, 23-29, 29-16, 24-34
Pts: Vlade Divac 27
Rebs: Anthony Mason 13
Asts: Anthony Mason 5
Pts: Allan Houston 25
Rebs: Patrick Ewing 9
Asts: Chris Childs 8
New York leads series, 1-0
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Hugh Evans, Nolan Fine, Don Vaden
April 26
Charlotte Hornets 93, New York Knicks 100
Scoring by quarter: 24-24, 23-24, 34-31, 12-21
Pts: Glen Rice 39
Rebs: Mason, Divac 12 each
Asts: four players 2 each
Pts: Patrick Ewing 30
Rebs: Charles Oakley 10
Asts: Chris Childs 9
New York leads series, 2-0
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Jim Clark, Joe Crawford, Eddie F. Rush
April 28
New York Knicks 104, Charlotte Hornets 95
Scoring by quarter: 38-31, 20-18, 21-24, 25-22
Pts: Larry Johnson 22
Rebs: Patrick Ewing 11
Asts: Johnson, Childs 5 each
Pts: Glen Rice 22
Rebs: Anthony Mason 11
Asts: Glen Rice 9
New York wins series, 3-0
Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance: 24,042
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe Forte, David Jones

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

(4) Atlanta Hawks vs. (5) Detroit Pistons

April 25
Detroit Pistons 75, Atlanta Hawks 89
Scoring by quarter: 18-20, 25-19, 15-22, 17-28
Pts: Grant Hill 20
Rebs: Grant Hill 14
Asts: Grant Hill 7
Pts: Dikembe Mutombo 26
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 15
Asts: Christian Laettner 4
Atlanta leads series, 1-0
Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 15,795
Referees: Luis Grillo, Hue Hollins, Jack Nies
April 27
Detroit Pistons 93, Atlanta Hawks 80
Scoring by quarter: 26-20, 19-20, 19-25, 29-15
Pts: Grant Hill 25
Rebs: Otis Thorpe 8
Asts: Grant Hill 3
Pts: Steve Smith 22
Rebs: Mookie Blaylock 9
Asts: Mookie Blaylock 7
Series tied, 1-1
Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 16,378
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Steve Javie, Ron Olesiak
April 29
Atlanta Hawks 91, Detroit Pistons 99
Scoring by quarter: 20-24, 20-32, 26-16, 25-27
Pts: Christian Laettner 25
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 21
Asts: Mookie Blaylock 10
Pts: Lindsey Hunter 26
Rebs: Terry Mills 7
Asts: Grant Hill 8
Detroit leads series, 2-1
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 20,059
Referees: Mike Callahan, Bill Oakes, Bennett Salvatore
May 2
Atlanta Hawks 94, Detroit Pistons 82
Scoring by quarter: 22-23, 24-15, 27-19, 21-25
Pts: Steve Smith 28
Rebs: Mutombo, Laettner 12 each
Asts: Mookie Blaylock 9
Pts: Grant Hill 28
Rebs: Terry Mills 10
Asts: three players 3 each
Series tied, 2-2
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 21,454
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Jim Clark, Bob Delaney
May 4
Detroit Pistons 79, Atlanta Hawks 84
Scoring by quarter: 25-22, 17-20, 20-12, 17-30
Pts: Grant Hill 21
Rebs: Lindsey Hunter 9
Asts: Grant Hill 6
Pts: Christian Laettner 23
Rebs: Mutombo, Blaylock 9 each
Asts: Blaylock, Corbin 5 each
Atlanta wins series, 3-2
Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 16,378
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ed T. Rush, Don Vaden

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

Western Conference First Round

(1) Utah Jazz vs. (8) Los Angeles Clippers

April 24
Los Angeles Clippers 86, Utah Jazz 106
Scoring by quarter: 24-31, 24-23, 20-26, 18-26
Pts: Loy Vaught 20
Rebs: Loy Vaught 11
Asts: three players 3 each
Pts: Karl Malone 27
Rebs: Karl Malone 10
Asts: John Stockton 17
Utah leads series, 1-0
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ron Garretson, Ed Middleton
April 26
Los Angeles Clippers 99, Utah Jazz 105
Scoring by quarter: 22-27, 23-34, 32-23, 22-21
Pts: Lorenzen Wright 17
Rebs: Loy Vaught 9
Asts: Darrick Martin 6
Pts: Karl Malone 39
Rebs: Karl Malone 11
Asts: Stockton, Hornacek 4 each
Utah leads series, 2-0
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Terry Durham, Bill Oakes, Bennett Salvatore
April 28
Utah Jazz 104, Los Angeles Clippers 92
Scoring by quarter: 32-24, 26-18, 22-21, 24-29
Pts: Karl Malone 26
Rebs: Karl Malone 13
Asts: John Stockton 13
Pts: Loy Vaught 20
Rebs: Vaught, Wright 9 each
Asts: Darrick Martin 5
Utah wins series, 3-0
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 11,747
Referees: Bob Delaney, Tommy Nunez Sr., Ed T. Rush

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

(2) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (7) Phoenix Suns

April 25
Phoenix Suns 106, Seattle SuperSonics 101
Scoring by quarter: 20-23, 31-24, 26-32, 29-22
Pts: Rex Chapman 42
Rebs: Kevin Johnson 7
Asts: Jason Kidd 10
Pts: Gary Payton 23
Rebs: Shawn Kemp 15
Asts: Gary Payton 9
Phoenix leads series, 1-0
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Bob Delaney, Ed T. Rush, Tom Washington
April 27
Phoenix Suns 78, Seattle SuperSonics 122
Scoring by quarter: 18-35, 19-21, 26-29, 15-37
Pts: Rex Chapman 18
Rebs: Wesley Person 10
Asts: Jason Kidd 8
Pts: Payton, Kemp 23 each
Rebs: Shawn Kemp 15
Asts: Gary Payton 6
Series tied, 1-1
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Joe Borgia, Bernie Fryer
April 29
Seattle SuperSonics 103, Phoenix Suns 110
Scoring by quarter: 40-30, 22-27, 19-25, 22-28
Pts: Gary Payton 34
Rebs: Shawn Kemp 11
Asts: Gary Payton 6
Pts: Wesley Person 29
Rebs: Wesley Person 10
Asts: Jason Kidd 10
Phoenix leads series, 2-1
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 19,023
Referees: Joe Crawford, Eddie F. Rush, Greg Willard
May 1
Seattle SuperSonics 122, Phoenix Suns 115 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 36-26, 25-23, 17-27, 29-31Overtime: 15-8
Pts: Gary Payton 28
Rebs: Shawn Kemp 20
Asts: Gary Payton 14
Pts: Johnson, Kidd 23 each
Rebs: Danny Manning 10
Asts: Jason Kidd 14
Series tied, 2-2
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 19,023
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe Forte, Tommy Nunez Sr.
May 3
Phoenix Suns 92, Seattle SuperSonics 116
Scoring by quarter: 23-33, 18-30, 32-18, 19-35
Pts: Wesley Person 26
Rebs: Person, Kidd 8 each
Asts: Jason Kidd 7
Pts: Detlef Schrempf 24
Rebs: Shawn Kemp 11
Asts: Gary Payton 10
Seattle wins series, 3-2
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Hugh Evans, Hue Hollins, Jack Nies

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

(3) Houston Rockets vs. (6) Minnesota Timberwolves

April 24
Minnesota Timberwolves 95, Houston Rockets 112
Scoring by quarter: 25-31, 23-30, 17-27, 30-24
Pts: Stephon Marbury 28
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 9
Asts: three players 4 each
Pts: Mario Elie 21
Rebs: Kevin Willis 13
Asts: Clyde Drexler 8
Houston leads series, 1-0
The Summit, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 16,285
Referees: Bill Oakes, Ron Olesiak, Bennett Salvatore
April 26
Minnesota Timberwolves 84, Houston Rockets 96
Scoring by quarter: 20-24, 23-17, 22-25, 19-30
Pts: Stephon Marbury 22
Rebs: Dean Garrett 14
Asts: Stephon Marbury 6
Pts: Charles Barkley 20
Rebs: Charles Barkley 15
Asts: Clyde Drexler 7
Houston leads series, 2-0
The Summit, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 16,285
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ron Garretson, Derrick Stafford
April 29
Houston Rockets 125, Minnesota Timberwolves 120
Scoring by quarter: 32-29, 27-30, 32-32, 34-29
Pts: Matt Maloney 26
Rebs: Hakeem Olajuwon 11
Asts: Clyde Drexler 9
Pts: Tom Gugliotta 27
Rebs: Dean Garrett 15
Asts: Stephon Marbury 13
Houston wins series, 3-0
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 19,006
Referees: Terry Durham, Hue Hollins, Jack Nies

This was the first playoff meeting between the Rockets and the Timberwolves.[9]

(4) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers

April 25
Portland Trail Blazers 77, Los Angeles Lakers 95
Scoring by quarter: 24-22, 16--21, 22-25, 15-27
Pts: Wallace, Sabonis 18 each
Rebs: Chris Dudley 11
Asts: Isaiah Rider 5
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 46
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 11
Asts: Nick Van Exel 8
LA Lakers lead series, 1-0
Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Attendance: 17,505
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Bernie Fryer, Greg Willard
April 27
Portland Trail Blazers 93, Los Angeles Lakers 107
Scoring by quarter: 26-33, 25-16, 18-29, 24-29
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 20
Rebs: Clifford Robinson 10
Asts: Kenny Anderson 7
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 30
Rebs: Eddie Jones 7
Asts: Nick Van Exel 9
LA Lakers lead series, 2-0
Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Attendance: 17,505
Referees: Bob Delaney, Ed T. Rush, Tom Washington
April 30
Los Angeles Lakers 90, Portland Trail Blazers 98
Scoring by quarter: 17-32, 19-27, 22-25, 32-14
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 29
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 12
Asts: O'Neal, Exel 4 each
Pts: Kenny Anderson 30
Rebs: Chris Dudley 7
Asts: Kenny Anderson 5
LA Lakers lead series, 2-1
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 21,538
Referees: Hugh Evans, Ed Middleton, Derrick Stafford
May 2
Los Angeles Lakers 95, Portland Trail Blazers 91
Scoring by quarter: 21-19, 23-30, 24-25, 27-17
Pts: O'Neal, Campbell 27 each
Rebs: four players 8 each
Asts: Exel, Jones 5 each
Pts: Arvydas Sabonis 23
Rebs: Arvydas Sabonis 10
Asts: Kenny Anderson 5
LA Lakers win series, 3-1
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 21,538
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Steve Javie, Bennett Salvatore

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

Conference Semifinals

Eastern Conference Semifinals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (4) Atlanta Hawks

May 6
Atlanta Hawks 97, Chicago Bulls 100
Scoring by quarter: 26-19, 24-20, 20-38, 27-23
Pts: Mookie Blaylock 31
Rebs: Mookie Blaylock 12
Asts: Christian Laettner 6
Pts: Michael Jordan 34
Rebs: Michael Jordan 11
Asts: Michael Jordan 6
Chicago leads series, 1-0
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 24,397
Referees: Joe Crawford, Ron Garretson, Tommy Nunez Sr.
May 8
Atlanta Hawks 103, Chicago Bulls 95
Scoring by quarter: 27-28, 26-23, 23-19, 27-25
Pts: Steve Smith 27
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 15
Asts: Mookie Blaylock 9
Pts: Michael Jordan 27
Rebs: Michael Jordan 16
Asts: Scottie Pippen 9
Series tied, 1-1
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 24,544
Referees: Nolan Fine, Steve Javie, Eddie F. Rush
May 10
Chicago Bulls 100, Atlanta Hawks 80
Scoring by quarter: 20-24, 26-28, 25-16, 29-12
Pts: Michael Jordan 21
Rebs: Jason Caffey 11
Asts: Kuko?, Pippen 5 each
Pts: Dikembe Mutombo 16
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 13
Asts: Mookie Blaylock 6
Chicago leads series, 2-1
Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 16,378
Referees: Bob Delaney, Hugh Evans, Derrick Stafford
May 11
Chicago Bulls 89, Atlanta Hawks 80
Scoring by quarter: 33-19, 22-23, 20-11, 14-27
Pts: Michael Jordan 27
Rebs: Jordan, Pippen 8 each
Asts: three players 4
Pts: Christian Laettner 21
Rebs: Christian Laettner 12
Asts: Mookie Blaylock 4
Chicago leads series, 3-1
Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 16,378
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Hue Hollins, Bennett Salvatore

Game 4 was Robert Parish's final NBA game.

May 13
Atlanta Hawks 92, Chicago Bulls 107
Scoring by quarter: 27-33, 17-27, 24-19, 24-28
Pts: Christian Laettner 23
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 12
Asts: Mookie Blaylock 8
Pts: Michael Jordan 24
Rebs: Dele, Longley 10 each
Asts: Jordan, Pippen 7 each
Chicago wins series, 4-1
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 24,544
Referees: Joe Forte, Ken Mauer, Ed T. Rush

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

(2) Miami Heat vs. (3) New York Knicks

May 7
New York Knicks 88, Miami Heat 79
Scoring by quarter: 23-23, 14-16, 29-16, 22-24
Pts: Allan Houston 27
Rebs: Patrick Ewing 16
Asts: Johnson, Ward 5 each
Pts: Tim Hardaway 21
Rebs: P.J. Brown 12
Asts: Tim Hardaway 6
New York leads series, 1-0
Miami Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 14,870
Referees: Hugh Evans, Bennett Salvatore, Don Vaden
May 9
New York Knicks 84, Miami Heat 88
Scoring by quarter: 25-20, 17-28, 27-22, 15-18
Pts: Allan Houston 19
Rebs: Patrick Ewing 11
Asts: Chris Childs 7
Pts: Tim Hardaway 34
Rebs: Alonzo Mourning 13
Asts: Hardaway, Majerle 4 each
Series tied, 1-1
Miami Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 14,870
Referees: Hugh Evans, Ron Garretson, Ed Middleton
May 11
Miami Heat 73, New York Knicks 77
Scoring by quarter: 24-16, 18-18, 17-24, 14-19
Pts: Voshon Lenard 22
Rebs: P.J. Brown 10
Asts: Tim Hardaway 8
Pts: Patrick Ewing 25
Rebs: Ewing, Oakley 11 each
Asts: Ward, Starks 4 each
New York leads series, 2-1
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bernie Fryer, Eddie F. Rush

Patrick Ewing blocked a last second three pointer to preserve the victory.

May 12
Miami Heat 76, New York Knicks 89
Scoring by quarter: 22-23, 14-28, 16-17, 24-21
Pts: Tim Hardaway 14
Rebs: P.J. Brown 12
Asts: Willie Anderson 4
Pts: John Starks 21
Rebs: Charles Oakley 9
Asts: Chris Childs 8
New York leads series, 3-1
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bob Delaney, Jack Nies
May 14
New York Knicks 81, Miami Heat 96
Scoring by quarter: 22-21, 12-14, 25-31, 22-30
Pts: Patrick Ewing 19
Rebs: Charles Oakley 9
Asts: Chris Childs 7
Pts: Voshon Lenard 21
Rebs: P.J. Brown 12
Asts: Tim Hardaway 6
New York leads series, 3-2
Miami Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 14,782
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Nolan Fine, Bill Oakes

This game featured a fight between P.J. Brown and Charlie Ward, with John Starks, Larry Johnson, Patrick Ewing, and Allan Houston leaving the bench. Brown was suspended for the rest of the series; Ewing, Houston, and Ward were suspended for Game 6; Johnson and Starks were suspended for Game 7.

May 16
Miami Heat 95, New York Knicks 90
Scoring by quarter: 17-27, 23-17, 24-22, 31-24
Pts: Alonzo Mourning 28
Rebs: Alonzo Mourning 9
Asts: Tim Hardaway 8
Pts: Chris Childs 22
Rebs: Charles Oakley 12
Asts: Chris Childs 9
Series tied, 3-3
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 19,763
Referees: Jim Clark, Joe Forte, Ed T. Rush
May 18
New York Knicks 90, Miami Heat 101
Scoring by quarter: 14-25, 18-24, 22-22, 36-30
Pts: Patrick Ewing 37
Rebs: Patrick Ewing 17
Asts: Charlie Ward 8
Pts: Tim Hardaway 38
Rebs: Alonzo Mourning 12
Asts: Tim Hardaway 7
Miami wins series, 4-3
Miami Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 14,870
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe Crawford, Jack Nies

Miami becomes the 6th team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 series deficit.

This was the first playoff meeting between the Heat and the Knicks.[12]

Western Conference Semifinals

(1) Utah Jazz vs. (4) Los Angeles Lakers

May 4
Los Angeles Lakers 77, Utah Jazz 93
Scoring by quarter: 25-27, 15-25, 20-18, 17-23
Pts: Nick Van Exel 23
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 12
Asts: Nick Van Exel 4
Pts: Karl Malone 23
Rebs: Karl Malone 13
Asts: Jeff Hornacek 7
Utah leads series, 1-0
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bernie Fryer, Eddie F. Rush
May 6
Los Angeles Lakers 101, Utah Jazz 103
Scoring by quarter: 24-27, 31-32, 30-28, 16-16
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 25
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 12
Asts: Nick Van Exel 12
Pts: Karl Malone 31
Rebs: Karl Malone 11
Asts: Hornacek, Stockton 7 each
Utah leads series, 2-0
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Jim Clark, Hue Hollins, Jack Nies
May 8
Utah Jazz 84, Los Angeles Lakers 104
Scoring by quarter: 21-29, 15-20, 23-23, 25-32
Pts: Jeff Hornacek 26
Rebs: Karl Malone 10
Asts: John Stockton 8
Pts: Kobe Bryant 19
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 10
Asts: Nick Van Exel 5
Utah leads series, 2-1
Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Attendance: 17,505
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Terry Durham, Bill Oakes
May 10
Utah Jazz 110, Los Angeles Lakers 95
Scoring by quarter: 25-22, 26-22, 28-25, 31-26
Pts: Bryon Russell 29
Rebs: Bryon Russell 10
Asts: John Stockton 11
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 34
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 11
Asts: Nick Van Exel 7
Utah leads series, 3-1
Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Attendance: 17,505
Referees: Joe Forte, Ken Mauer, Ed T. Rush
May 12
Los Angeles Lakers 93, Utah Jazz 98 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 25-31, 20-22, 16-13, 28-23, Overtime: 4-9
Pts: Nick Van Exel 26
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 13
Asts: Shaquille O'Neal 5
Pts: Karl Malone 32
Rebs: Karl Malone 20
Asts: John Stockton 10
Utah wins series, 4-1
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Hugh Evans, Ron Garretson, Derrick Stafford

In Game 5, Kobe Bryant had an infamous rookie moment in which he airballed 4 jump shots from the end of regulation through the end of overtime.

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

(2) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (3) Houston Rockets

May 5
Seattle SuperSonics 102, Houston Rockets 112
Scoring by quarter: 25-35, 30-29, 16-32, 31-16
Pts: Shawn Kemp 24
Rebs: Shawn Kemp 11
Asts: Eric Snow 7
Pts: Clyde Drexler 22
Rebs: Hakeem Olajuwon 11
Asts: Mario Elie 8
Houston leads series, 1-0
The Summit, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 16,285
Referees: Steve Javie, Ron Olesiak, Bennett Salvatore
May 7
Seattle SuperSonics 106, Houston Rockets 101
Scoring by quarter: 32-30, 33-17, 17-23, 24-31
Pts: Shawn Kemp 22
Rebs: Shawn Kemp 15
Asts: Gary Payton 9
Pts: Clyde Drexler 25
Rebs: Hakeem Olajuwon 12
Asts: Clyde Drexler 8
Series tied, 1-1
The Summit, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 16,285
Referees: Joe Forte, Ed Middleton, Ed T. Rush
May 9
Houston Rockets 97, Seattle SuperSonics 93
Scoring by quarter: 29-21, 26-23, 17-35, 25-14
Pts: Hakeem Olajuwon 24
Rebs: Hakeem Olajuwon 11
Asts: Sedale Threatt 5
Pts: Payton, Kemp 28 each
Rebs: Shawn Kemp 10
Asts: Payton, Kemp 5 each
Houston leads series, 2-1
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Jim Clark, Dan Crawford, Jack Nies
May 11
Houston Rockets 110, Seattle SuperSonics 106 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 23-25, 24-28, 27-24, 24-21, Overtime: 12-8
Pts: Maloney, Barkley 26 each
Rebs: Charles Barkley 15
Asts: Hakeem Olajuwon 9
Pts: Gary Payton 27
Rebs: Kemp, Cummings 9 each
Asts: Gary Payton 11
Houston leads series, 3-1
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Bill Oakes, Don Vaden
May 13
Seattle SuperSonics 100, Houston Rockets 94
Scoring by quarter: 27-19, 30-33, 22-19, 21-23
Pts: Hersey Hawkins 23
Rebs: Shawn Kemp 10
Asts: Gary Payton 11
Pts: Hakeem Olajuwon 31
Rebs: Charles Barkley 20
Asts: Mario Elie 6
Houston leads series, 3-2
The Summit, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 16,285
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bernie Fryer, Tommy Nunez Sr.
May 15
Houston Rockets 96, Seattle SuperSonics 99
Scoring by quarter: 13-30, 24-21, 24-27, 35-21
Pts: Hakeem Olajuwon 30
Rebs: Charles Barkley 12
Asts: Clyde Drexler 6
Pts: Shawn Kemp 22
Rebs: Shawn Kemp 11
Asts: Gary Payton 13
Series tied, 3-3
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Ron Garretson, Hue Hollins, Eddie F. Rush
May 17
Seattle SuperSonics 91, Houston Rockets 96
Scoring by quarter: 31-30, 19-25, 17-19, 24-22
Pts: Gary Payton 27
Rebs: Shawn Kemp 10
Asts: Gary Payton 7
Pts: Clyde Drexler 24
Rebs: Charles Barkley 14
Asts: Mario Elie 11
Houston wins series, 4-3
The Summit, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 16,285
Referees: Hugh Evans, Steve Javie, Bennett Salvatore
  • Seattle and Houston individually tie their regular season records with 57 wins apiece. Although the Sonics won the Pacific division, the Rockets won the regular season series over the Sonics 3-1, and gained home-court advantage.

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

Conference Finals

Eastern Conference Finals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (2) Miami Heat

May 20
Miami Heat 77, Chicago Bulls 84
Scoring by quarter: 25-17, 24-21, 17-23, 11-23
Pts: Alonzo Mourning 21
Rebs: Mourning, Austin 8 each
Asts: Tim Hardaway 9
Pts: Michael Jordan 37
Rebs: Michael Jordan 19
Asts: Pippen, Harper 4 each
Chicago leads series, 1-0
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 24,544
Referees: Hugh Evans, Eddie F. Rush, Bennett Salvatore
May 22
Miami Heat 68, Chicago Bulls 75
Scoring by quarter: 12-22, 17-17, 16-12, 23-24
Pts: Tim Hardaway 15
Rebs: Alonzo Mourning 8
Asts: Tim Hardaway 5
Pts: Jordan, Pippen 23 each
Rebs: Dennis Rodman 10
Asts: Ron Harper 6
Chicago leads series, 2-0
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 24,544
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Steve Javie, Bill Oakes
May 24
Chicago Bulls 98, Miami Heat 74
Scoring by quarter: 19-15, 28-19, 25-15, 26-25
Pts: Michael Jordan 34
Rebs: Dennis Rodman 9
Asts: Toni Kuko? 6
Pts: Voshon Lenard 14
Rebs: Alonzo Mourning 9
Asts: John Crotty 5
Chicago leads series, 3-0
Miami Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 14,720
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Ron Garretson, Jack Nies
May 26
Chicago Bulls 80, Miami Heat 87
Scoring by quarter: 19-24, 12-23, 26-14, 23-26
Pts: Michael Jordan 29
Rebs: Dennis Rodman 11
Asts: Scottie Pippen 5
Pts: Tim Hardaway 25
Rebs: Alonzo Mourning 14
Asts: Tim Hardaway 7
Chicago leads series, 3-1
Miami Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 14,720
Referees: Bob Delaney, Joe Forte, Ed T. Rush
May 28
Miami Heat 87, Chicago Bulls 100
Scoring by quarter: 19-33, 31-31, 15-16, 22-20
Pts: Tim Hardaway 27
Rebs: Alonzo Mourning 8
Asts: Lenard, Hardaway 5
Pts: Michael Jordan 28
Rebs: Dennis Rodman 13
Asts: Toni Kuko? 7
Chicago wins series, 4-1
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 24,544
Referees: Joe Crawford, Hue Hollins, Don Vaden

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

Western Conference Finals

(1) Utah Jazz vs. (3) Houston Rockets

May 19
Houston Rockets 86, Utah Jazz 101
Scoring by quarter: 23-20, 17-29, 25-30, 21-22
Pts: Hakeem Olajuwon 30
Rebs: Hakeem Olajuwon 13
Asts: Hakeem Olajuwon 5
Pts: Karl Malone 21
Rebs: Karl Malone 13
Asts: John Stockton 13
Utah leads series, 1-0
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Bob Delaney, Joe Forte
May 21
Houston Rockets 92, Utah Jazz 104
Scoring by quarter: 23-25, 19-23, 26-35, 24-21
Pts: Hakeem Olajuwon 30
Rebs: Charles Barkley 12
Asts: Clyde Drexler 4
Pts: John Stockton 26
Rebs: Karl Malone 15
Asts: John Stockton 12
Utah leads series, 2-0
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Jim Clark, Jack Nies, Ed T. Rush
May 23
Utah Jazz 100, Houston Rockets 118
Scoring by quarter: 31-18, 20-33, 21-29, 28-38
Pts: Karl Malone 21
Rebs: Greg Ostertag 9
Asts: John Stockton 10
Pts: Eddie Johnson 31
Rebs: Charles Barkley 16
Asts: three players 6 each
Utah leads series, 2-1
The Summit, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 16,285
Referees: Joe Crawford, Hue Hollins, Don Vaden
May 25
Utah Jazz 92, Houston Rockets 95
Scoring by quarter: 27-24, 26-24, 23-27, 16-20
Pts: Malone, Stockton 22 each
Rebs: Karl Malone 10
Asts: John Stockton 8
Pts: Hakeem Olajuwon 27
Rebs: Charles Barkley 16
Asts: Matt Maloney 6
Series tied, 2-2
The Summit, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 16,285
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bernie Fryer, Bill Oakes

Eddie Johnson hits the game-winning 3-pointer to even the series.

May 27
Houston Rockets 91, Utah Jazz 96
Scoring by quarter: 27-24, 17-23, 20-24, 27-25
Pts: Hakeem Olajuwon 33
Rebs: Hakeem Olajuwon 10
Asts: Charles Barkley 5
Pts: Karl Malone 29
Rebs: Karl Malone 14
Asts: John Stockton 6
Utah leads series, 3-2
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Hugh Evans, Ron Garretson, Bennett Salvatore
May 29
Utah Jazz 103, Houston Rockets 100
Scoring by quarter: 23-21, 20-28, 27-22, 33-29
Pts: John Stockton 25
Rebs: Greg Ostertag 14
Asts: John Stockton 13
Pts: Clyde Drexler 33
Rebs: Hakeem Olajuwon 11
Asts: Sedale Threatt 9
Utah wins series, 4-2
The Summit, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 16,285
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Steve Javie, Eddie F. Rush

John Stockton hits the series-winning 3-pointer.

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

NBA Finals: (E1) Chicago Bulls vs. (W1) Utah Jazz

June 1
Utah Jazz 82, Chicago Bulls 84
Scoring by quarter: 18-17, 24-21, 22-24, 18-22
Pts: Karl Malone 23
Rebs: Karl Malone 15
Asts: John Stockton 12
Pts: Michael Jordan 31
Rebs: Dennis Rodman 12
Asts: Michael Jordan 8
Chicago leads series, 1-0
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 24,544
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bill Oakes, Ed T. Rush

Michael Jordan hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer.

June 4
Utah Jazz 85, Chicago Bulls 97
Scoring by quarter: 20-25, 11-22, 28-31, 26-19
Pts: Karl Malone 20
Rebs: Karl Malone 13
Asts: John Stockton 7
Pts: Michael Jordan 38
Rebs: Michael Jordan 13
Asts: Michael Jordan 9
Chicago leads series, 2-0
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 24,544
Referees: Hugh Evans, Steve Javie, Bennett Salvatore
June 6
Chicago Bulls 93, Utah Jazz 104
Scoring by quarter: 22-31, 23-30, 15-16, 33-27
Pts: Scottie Pippen 27
Rebs: Ron Harper 7
Asts: Michael Jordan 6
Pts: Karl Malone 37
Rebs: Karl Malone 10
Asts: John Stockton 12
Chicago leads series, 2-1
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Joe Crawford, Hue Hollins, Jack Nies

Scottie Pippen tied a then-Finals record with 7 3-pointers.

June 8
Chicago Bulls 73, Utah Jazz 78
Scoring by quarter: 16-21, 24-14, 16-21, 17-22
Pts: Michael Jordan 22
Rebs: Scottie Pippen 12
Asts: Michael Jordan 6
Pts: Karl Malone 23
Rebs: Karl Malone 10
Asts: John Stockton 12
Series tied, 2-2
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Joe Forte, Ed T. Rush

John Stockton threw a full-court pass over Michael Jordan to Karl Malone to give Utah the lead for good.

June 11
Chicago Bulls 90, Utah Jazz 88
Scoring by quarter: 16-29, 33-24, 18-19, 23-16
Pts: Michael Jordan 38
Rebs: Scottie Pippen 10
Asts: Pippen, Jordan 5 each
Pts: Karl Malone 19
Rebs: Greg Ostertag 15
Asts: Karl Malone 6
Chicago leads series, 3-2
Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Dan Crawford, Hugh Evans, Bill Oakes

(The Flu Game), Michael Jordan plays 44 minutes and scores 38 points despite being ill from food poisoning.

June 13
Utah Jazz 86, Chicago Bulls 90
Scoring by quarter: 23-17, 21-20, 26-27, 16-26
Pts: Karl Malone 21
Rebs: Greg Ostertag 8
Asts: John Stockton 5
Pts: Michael Jordan 39
Rebs: Jordan, Rodman 11 each
Asts: Michael Jordan 4
Chicago wins series, 4-2
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 24,544
Referees: Joe Crawford, Steve Javie, Bennett Salvatore

Steve Kerr hits the series-winner with 5 seconds left, then Scottie Pippen steals Bryon Russell's inbounds pass and rolls the ball to Toni Kuko?, who dunks it with 6 tenths left to bring the Finals to a close.

This was the first NBA Finals meeting between the Bulls and the Jazz.[17]

References

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  2. ^ Roberts, Selena (1 May 1997). "Bulls Prevail, but Bullets Go Out Fighti". New York Times. Retrieved 2010.
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